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Nige
28-12-2010, 07:27 PM
We went to Croft to watch the annual Christmas rally. Its run on the Croft circuit, but with bales to change the lines and a section through the pits / paddock. Arrived to find a queue to get into the venue, which was surprising. Weather was cold, snowy, damp and cold. Did I mention it was a bit chilly ?

Arrived, parked, changed into our waterproofs with several layers to try and keep warm. Walked over to the bottom of the track and Weeman and Jon were waving from the grandstand. Joined them and the first car past was a supercar. :D
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/NLP_4804.jpg

It was still very slushy, some Ford clutter was going round.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/NLP_4810.jpg

Looked towards the entrace and saw the Boulders arriving.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/NLP_4850.jpg

Still slushy
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/NLP_4891.jpg

This Audi was getting great traction out of the slow corners, at this point, the front NS headlight was still in one piece, as was the wing, bumper, grille, bonnet...
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/NLP_4932.jpg

We`d walked to the bottom corner, took a while for Lou, Hayley & Cat to join us..
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/NLP_4939.jpg

The Boulders weren`t far behind.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/NLP_4999.jpg

For Geoff :D
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/NLP_4975.jpg

As cars were being released from the pitlane, those already on track were reluctant to give a place away.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/NLP_5253.jpg

Wasn`t at full throttle, much too slippery :(
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/NLP_5298.jpg

Look at the Marshall & Photographer in the bottom left, they were covered in spray :lol:
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/NLP_5485.jpg

You just KNOW there is a lot of standing water when it is coming out of the front brake ducts, from the wheelarch :o
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/NLP_5531.jpg

Getting chilly, we went back to the carpark for a snack. Bacon and egg butties were speciality of the day :thumb:
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/P1060001.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/P1060003.jpg

Tim cooked his own.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/P1060004.jpg

He has a full pack of Bacon in a buttie.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/P1060007.jpg

Hayley was drinking coffee to try and warm up.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/P1050998.jpg

We had a walk through the paddock
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/NLP_5571.jpg

Stace was happy.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/P1060010.jpg

Northloopers all together :thumb:
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/NLP_5600.jpg

Drying out.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/NLP_5613.jpg

Sunny out saw some wide lines.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/NLP_5629.jpg

Cutting the corner a tiny bit too much and he caught the cone
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/NLP_5699.jpg

Next car past was thrilled.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/NLP_5713.jpg

FINALLY, a sideways MK2.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/NLP_5774.jpg

This guy was getting the back out more than most.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/NLP_5781.jpg

There was standing water near the apex on some corners
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/NLP_5787.jpg

Ah Ha, a new Aero improvement. :whistle:
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/NLP_5814.jpg

Nige
28-12-2010, 07:28 PM
This guy was by far and away the one who looked to be driving beyond his limit.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/NLP_5172.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/NLP_5169.jpg

Car still in one piece (ish)
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/NLP_5187.jpg

Next lap, front NS damage
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/NLP_5374.jpg

Evened it out with front OS damage
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/NLP_5681.jpg

Someone span, who could it be ? :rolleyes:
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/NLP_5743.jpg

About 1pm we called it a day, Dave said there was a pub just down the road. Sounded perfect. It was freezing !. There was only 1 guy in the kitchen and another party had just ordered, so Dave suggested just getting some baskets of Chips. Great idea :thumb:
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/P1060022-1.jpg

Stace had too many !
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/164513_1712859176956_1102443702_1991566_2677057_n. jpg

We had a great day out, OK it was cold, but we wrapped up well and it wasn`t too bad. Good company, enough time for a talk and also good to see such a variety of cars. Not ideal weather for taking pictures, the mist was coming in as the day progressed but today gets a big :veryhappy: from the Pinders :D

Rory
28-12-2010, 08:25 PM
Looks like a good, if somewhat frosty, day out for brave souls such as yourselves.
The dinner table looked like a re-union from the Rad am Ring night in the CC. :D
Nice pics, love that Sunbeam shot. :thumb:

autohabit
28-12-2010, 10:07 PM
Looks like you had a good gathering, I've been to this event quite a few times, a rather late night on Monday :drink: prevented me attending this time. Conditions for the drivers looked pretty bad.

1pm finish - Fair weather rally fans ;)



Alan

Ian H
29-12-2010, 07:59 AM
:thumb:

Nige
29-12-2010, 08:13 AM
Originally posted by autohabit@Dec 29 2010, 12:07 AM
1pm finish - Fair weather rally fans ;)
You called ? :wave:

Ian, shame you couldn`t make it, but a 3hour each way drive is too far :(

Kev_G
29-12-2010, 08:55 AM
looked a bloody cold day but good fun. cracking photos

Tim
29-12-2010, 09:13 AM
Do you have any pictures of the shit box Nissans, Nige?

Nige
29-12-2010, 09:29 AM
Originally posted by Tim@Dec 29 2010, 11:13 AM
Do you have any pictures of the shit box Nissans, Nige?
Yep :thumb:

Will post some up when I get home from work.

Chris D
29-12-2010, 09:57 AM
Excellent read, as always, Nige :thumb:

Was it cold? It looked it :whistle:

Dan
29-12-2010, 10:10 AM
Nice report Nige. Looked like a lot of fun, albeit cold.

Shame I couldn't make it up there in the end. Maybe next year....

crossie
29-12-2010, 10:32 AM
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/NLP_5600.jpg


some cold looking people

looks like a great morning!
bit cold for my liking!

Armour
29-12-2010, 05:53 PM
Good photos Nige :thumb:

It was just a bit too far to be traveling the way the weather has been recently :(

Nige
29-12-2010, 06:08 PM
Originally posted by Tim@Dec 29 2010, 11:13 AM
Do you have any pictures of the shit box Nissans, Nige?
Jap shitbox
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/NLP_5777.jpg

General consensus was this thong would be horrible to drive / passenger in. It was very jerky, bouncy and just looked bloody uncomfortable. Oh, and its a shitbox :whistle:
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/NLP_5622.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/NLP_5420.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/NLP_5423.jpg

Its not just FWD that understeer :loser:
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Croft%20Dec%202010%20Rally/NLP_5823.jpg

Dave B
29-12-2010, 06:20 PM
Some great pics...but where are we in that queue to get in. :fish:

pye21
29-12-2010, 09:52 PM
Tony Bardy GTIR is an Ex works car, its a minter when you have a proper look, some really nice bits on it, his 6R4 is even nicer B)

Im glad i didn't make the 2hr+ drive if you only stopped for 4hrs :whistle:

Nige
30-12-2010, 04:16 AM
Originally posted by pye21@Dec 29 2010, 11:52 PM
Tony Bardy GTIR is an Ex works car, its a minter when you have a proper look,

Im glad i didn't make the 2hr+ drive if you only stopped for 4hrs :whistle:
Still looked an `unpleasant` car to be in...

Everyone had had enough by then Ian, Weeman & Jon were going to stay, then they broke for lunch, so they left too ;)

jon_r
01-01-2011, 04:45 PM
Cracking pics Nige. :thumb:

God it was cold!!

Gary Kinghorn
02-01-2011, 04:20 PM
Some nice pics and cars there :thumb:

JamesW
02-01-2011, 08:45 PM
LOL at the Impreza with the driver aided restyling effort :rolf:

Fitz711
02-01-2011, 09:50 PM
Nissan J3 NME- that might be an ex works car? although I cant be sure. :shame:

jon_r
04-01-2011, 11:21 AM
http://www.rallies.info/res.php?e=91 ('http://www.rallies.info/res.php?e=91')

orsonbuggy
04-01-2011, 12:22 PM
Nice report, Nige :thumb: Glad you all had a good <s>day</s> morning out :D The action pics are excellent - and that pack of bacon sizzling on the cooker - if I&#39;d been there, I&#39;d have crawled a thousand yards over broken glass just to sniff that :lol: