A bit of a long Blog entry this time around as it's basically a full report on team Flying Log's entry in the Club Triumph Round Britain Reliability Run.
Very hard work but a successful, eventful and extremely enjoyable and so far we've raised £700 for Macmillan Cancer Support so all in all a great achievement for team "Flying Log" last weekend. Thank you to everyone who has sponsored team Flying Log so far. If you are reading this but haven't sponsored us yet and would like to it's not too late, just go on line to:- www.justgiving.com/Flying-Log
Having spent the last few weeks fully prepping the Dolomite 1500 "Flying Log" ready for the Round Britain Run Glynn left his car at mine and we went and picked up Paul ready to leave for the start.
|Outside Paul's house ready to leave for the Plough at Enfield for the RBRR start.|
Team Flying Log at the start
|The Log Ready to go, note "Carol Bear" on the parcel shelf.|
|Monte Carlo Rally Replica 2.5pi|
|Roger Hoogman's Mk3 GT6 over from Holland|
|Roy Lacey's MK1 GT6|
|Commonwealth Gold Judo Medallist Chris Sherrington's Plastic Bodied T4 Spitfire, Chris's wife Zoe in the background|
|Tim Bancroft RBRR organiser's GT6 MK2 which unfortunately retired close to the start with a seized rockershaft|
|Dolomite fitted with a 2L TR7 engine. Owned by Bill Goodwin from the USA. Bill keeps the car over here in the UK for use at Triumph events.|
|1300fwd in superb condition, A a rare example|
|Another 1500 Dolomite entered, owned by Elaine Cartwright.|
|Tom Key's nicely modified and very quick TR6|
|Tim Hunt's TR4, a veteran of many many RBRRs|
|Moss Kit car, unfortunately retired on the first evening with a blown head gasket|
|The oldest car on the run. A 1950 Renown which was over from Belgium|
|Ex works rally Vitesse. owned by Dave Pearson of Canley Classics|
|A 2nd ex works rally Vitesse|
|TR5 from Germany, also ex works I think|
|Toledo with 4 light Dolomite front|
|One of the newest cars on the run, Chris Gunby's Triumph Acclaim|
|Club Triumph President, Derek Pollock MBE (right) with a representative from Macmillan Cancer Support the charity being supported by the run.|
|Fuzz Townsend with his co-Driver/Partner|
Paul took over at Carter bar, just as he was about to start we had a problem with the windscreen wipers, not good in torrential rain but soon traced to a loose connection on the fuse box and duly sorted out. The journey from Carter Bar down into Edinburgh was tricky with heavy Rain and standing water on the A68 but Paul managed to negotiate it with no problem and got to Edinburgh in time to meet the checkpoint.
I took over from Edinburgh for the longest part of the run. Over the Forth Bridge, up to Perth, through the highlands on the A9. Past Inverness to Skiach Services near the Cromaty Firth. A long run but with the SatNav warning when I needed to slow down for speed cameras we made up time and got to Skiach nice and early.
Th next section was driven by Glynn, up the edge of the East Coast of Scotland to John O'Groats at the top right hand corner of the British Isles. We arrived before the checkpoint opened and had the full Scottish Fry up breakfast provided by the Seaview hotel to all entrants. We then went down to the classic tourist spot with the sign post by the first and last house to take photos.
|At the Sea View Hotel John O'Groats for Breakfast|
|The Flying Log with the John O'Groats signpost in the background|
|The Flying Log with the First and Last House, John O'Groats in the background|
|Doug Jensen (from the USA) in Roy Lacey's Mk1 GT6 with the John O'Groats sign post behind|
|The Flying Log, Chris Sherrington's T4 Spitfire and Roy Lacey's Mk1 GT6 by the signpost.|
|Following Roy Lacey along the North Coast Road, East of Thurso|
|Believe it of not this is an "A" Road!" Following Roy's car with Doug Jensen from the USA driving and Ashley Mills in the 2000 Estate known as "Le Bucket" in front|
|Sheep and a Stag running along the road in front of Doug and Roy after a near miss.|
|The Flying Log parked next to Alex Chandlers 1500 Spitfire at Conon Bridge. Apart from the rainy bit over Friday night Alex did the rest of the run with the roof down. Cool. literally!|
|Ashely's Mk1 2000 Estate "Le Bucket" at Conon Bridge|
|Herald 1200 convertible fitted with a 2 litre Vitesse Engine and a modified Herald Coupe Roof as a Hardtop. At Conon Bridge. This car had a broken leaf on the rear spring and was sitting pretty lopsided, however it still completed the run.|
|Dave Aspinall's Mk1 pi Saloon at Conon Bridge|
|Stunning Scenery through Glen Coe|
Morrison's Garage have been supporting the run since the 60s, they were a Triumph dealership back in the day, and still sell MGs today (MG bare now under Chinese ownership) . On the RBRR the entrants are rewarded with Scotch Pies and sausage rolls provided by the Garage.
|The Flying Log at Morrison's Garage, Stirling.|
|Fuzz Townsend leaving the Morrison's checkpoint|
Paul drove the next section. After leaving Tebay it was south along the M6 then over to Chester on the M56 and down to Oswestry by the Welsh Border to a checkpoint at Gledrid Services. On the way to this checkpoint the exhaust flange gasket started to blow so the car sounded a bit loud. The exhaust gasket is a well known weak point on Spitfire and Dolomite 1500 engines and they only last 2 or 3 thousand miles on average so on a 2,000 mile journey the chances of it blowing are pretty high! However it wasn't affecting the running and as it would have taken a while to fit we just cracked on. Roy Lacey's wife Julia was the marshal at Gledrid. She had baked cookies and brownies and bagged them up to be given to each of the entrants and very tasty they were too. The teams all tend to refuel at this stop as the next section overnight through deepest darkest Wales has no fuel stations.
|The teams re-fuelling at Gledrid|
|Chris and Zoe arrive at Gledrid in the T4 Spitfire|
Glynn drove the next section through wales across to Monmouth and down through the Wye valley crossing the Severn Road Bridge to the next checkpoint at Gordano services Bristol. Paul then took over and drove the next section. This is a difficult section for the teams as it's the middle of the second night of driving, everyone tired and it's on boring motorway and dual carriageway roads. On the way down the M5 we hit an already squashed dead Badger, fortunately it didn't do any damage to the car. When we arrived at the checkpoint near Okehampton it seemed like most of the crews had also drive over it, good job it was already dead!
I took over for the run down from Okehampton to Lands End, however the tiredness start to get the better of me and I pulled over about halfway down so Glynn took over from me for the drive down to Lands end for Breakfast. We arrived at Lands End very early, not only wasn't the checkpoint open but there was no-one at the hotel to get us breakfast and it was dark. Eventually the Hotel staff turned up late and it was a bit chaotic as most of the teams had arrived so they had about 250 breakfasts to serve all at once. I've got little sympathy for the Hotel staff being rushed of their feet, it serves them right, it had all been booked up in advance so they knew we were coming and what time we were likely to arrive so the staff should have been to work on time! We have had issues at Lands End with the Catering in the past and have moved to another venue before (which unfortunately went bust) , time for another re-think for next time on the catering front I reckon. Anyway Lands End is an important milestone, for many the John O'Groats to Lands end would be an impressive achievement but we go for a more difficult challenge at Club Triumph whose motto is "the club that does" .
|The Flying Log at Lands End|
|Team Flying Log and Carol Bear at Lands End|
|Even an Olympian and Commonwealth Olympic champion has to sleep! Chris and Zoe catching up on the zz's at Lands End in the T4 Spitfire|
Glynn drove the next bit from Lands end up to Bude where the checkpoint was at Bude Museum. We followed Dave Aspinall's MK1 2.5 pi saloon for the run into Bude. At Bude it was time for a tea break and a check over of the cars.
|Following Dave Aspinall in the Mk1 2.5pi towards Bude|
|Nigel Gair's team replacing a Clutch slave cylinder at Bude|
|Teams parked up at Bude|
|This lovely Dolomite Sprint is owned by one of the Marshall's at Bude, Malcolm Warren|
|A Trio of Saloons arriving at Bude|
|Badgers Holt checkpoint|
|The Flying Log ready to depart from Badgers Holt, Glynn at the wheel.|
We arrived at the Pimperne checkpoint later than we intended but still on time. This is always and excellent checkpoint as lots of local area members come with their Triumph's to welcome as at the village hall and the wives put on a spread of homemade baked cakes to serve with tea and coffee. Beckie from our area was there and she had baked some excellent home made pork pies which she had saved for us and we duly enjoyed!
|Tea and Cakes at Pimperne|
I drove the next stint up to the TR Register Offices at Didcot. We decided that the part of the route along the M4 and A34 might be a bit snarled up on a Sunday evening so made a detour from Hungerford up the back roads via Wantage to Didcot. Nice empty roads and a "spirited drive" saw us made up for some of the lost time.
Paul drove the last stint back to the Plough. The Traffic on the Oxford Ring Road and the M40 was pretty horrible but we made it back OK and had a successful RBRR completion in the flying log under our belt. Lots of people had turned out to welcome the teams back and we had a meal in the pub and a good chin wag with the other teams before driving back home around the M25.
|Arriving back at the Plough (Thanks for the picture Kirk Baker!)|
That's it until the next RBRR in 2 years time, team Flying Log are already talking about the next time. I have a pipe dream of replacing the 1500 Flying Log with a Dolomite Sprint but if I do it will have to be a brown one so it can still qualify to be called the flying log!