View Full Version : My Rallying day out

13-07-2008, 09:44 PM
It was all going really well. Car looked good, overheating problems were solved, and I was back in the passenger seat (shitting my pants) of the Stratos Replica and even the weather wasn't too bad.

This is the car.

We were seeded 74 out of 90 runners. I was going to bleat about it at first to the organisers, but we thought it would be easier to pass the slower runners than those who further up the running order. There some lovely cars out. Three WRC Subaru's, two Aston V8 Vantage rally jobbys and plenty of big power Escorts and Darians.

First thing to go wrong was the noise test. We were reading 108 decibels when it needed to be 100. It did seem to be popping and banging, so we changed the plugs and stuffed some wire wool up it's chuff and we got down to 99.

Out on the first stage, and I got the map upside down and the first four corners wrong. oops. (video, including sound from intercom will be posted up in the next few days :shame: ) Didn't seem to be putting dave off though. He thought he was driving rubbish, but it felt really quick. We had passed a couple of cars on stage, but not been held up. We stopped the clock at 6m 20. Dave said again at the end of the stage that we were too slow, and that he could have gone quicker. We had agreed at the start that we would take it steady on the first two stages, and build slowly, not losing time with spins and offs (we normally have one per stage). I asked around the service area to see who was doing what. The Guys we know from our club who were seeded 11th in their mk2 escort running with an xe built by JRE to 260ish bhp and a sequential box had dropped 11 seconds to us!

This is their car. Stunning peice of kit

We also beat both of these by some margin
I thought it felt quick. Dave was impressed, but sceptical about our speed as he was still convinced we could have gone ten ish seconds quicker. Maybe, but with the risk of a spin or and off in my opinion. scroll down and click on the impreza for the preview video (http://www.4sportvideo.co.uk/index.html)

We went out for the second stage. I was prepared this time, with the map the right way up and everything! Coming off the line the car went really noisy and after 100 ish meters lost power. We knew it was terminal from the noise. We coasted into the service area, and were greeted by Paul, the navi from the escort from our club. He looked as gutted as us. "Your timing wasn't out Andrew. The results show you 5th after the first stage". This wasn't helping at all. Keith our mechanic took off the air filter to find bits of piston and valve seat coming out of one of the throttle pots. Ahh, that'll be fooked then.

We stayed the rest of the day. It's not often we all get together as Dave lives in Cyprus now, and we all chewed over what to do about the engine. We had just put an entry in for the Richard Burns memorial event at RAF MArham in September so a alot of work would need to be done to get her ready. We left it that Keith would strip it down next week and see what was salvagable and go from there.

Will post up more pics and video this week as I get more from the other Guys.

Some more pics from the day

This is Flimstads mate Barry in his Mk1. Jolly nice chap too :thumb:
This was running v serious duratec power. Probably upwards of 300bhp we reckon!

Gary Kinghorn
13-07-2008, 10:05 PM
No pics of the car you were in?

Gutted for you by the way

13-07-2008, 10:10 PM
Good call. Edited :thumb:

13-07-2008, 10:48 PM
Hard luck Stace, that looks a mess!!!

some nice weaponry there!

14-07-2008, 08:12 AM
WOW, sounds like you were really doing well until the failure too :(

Good report that :thumb:

14-07-2008, 09:33 AM
Shame about the car, especially as you were going so well :(

14-07-2008, 09:45 AM
FOR THE PREVIEW VID CLICK HERE (http://www.4sportvideo.co.uk/AZ08.wmv)

I will post up the in-car video of us on the first stage when dave posts me the dvd. Should be interesting.

The engine was running with 230bhp before, but next engine should be 260-270bhp hopefully. Seemed fast enough to me before tbh, but as they say, "too much power is just enough" :lol:

14-07-2008, 09:50 AM
pmsl at people that blow engines up then get new ones with even more power :lol: Hero

14-07-2008, 10:08 AM
I know what mean :lol:

The old engine had done 25ish events bouncing off the rev limiter, so it has done fairly well. Dave also has some new, lighter bodywork coming this month for it and some improvements to the gearshift. Hopefully, all will add up to a faster allround car B) B) :o

14-07-2008, 10:14 AM
what does it use, alfa v6??

14-07-2008, 10:33 AM
Thats the one. 3.0 12v on tb's.

14-07-2008, 10:57 AM
:D Nice :D

Neil Mac
14-07-2008, 12:31 PM
Hi Stace,

Good report. I got the short version of it from Barry this morning. His car was running really well until:

1. Ignition fault on stage 4.
2. Broken halfshaft on stage 7

He did have a very good time, though, and after taking stage maximum thanks to their ignition fault, decided to hang it sideways for the rest of the day. Seemed to be appreciated by the Marshalls, until he broke it again.

I'll try to get along to one of these events in the future, so I might see you there.



14-07-2008, 01:04 PM
I stood waiting with the camera for him to come round on the 8th stage to see if I could get a better photo. The one's I have of him seem a little out of focus.

Snapped half shaft? Bloody english diffs :( (same as mine)

Neil Mac
14-07-2008, 02:40 PM
Yeah, if they were Scottish axles they would be a lot tougher...