Wednesday, 29 September 2010

All Prepped up and Ready to go

The GT6 is all prepared ready for the round Britain Run.

It's had a good check over, Engine Oil and Filter changed, blockage in the coolant system fixed, flushed and new coolant, door handle fixed, carb float chambers cleaned out (after a leaky float chamber on one earlier in the week) , all fluids checked and topped up, tyre pressures done, extra 12v sockets fitted under the dash, washed and stickers applied.

To be honest I made a bit of a hash of the stickers and may replace them at the start in Enfield if there's time on Friday.

I've also got snacks on order to keep going between the official breakfast, pie and cake stops in the form of pasties, egg & bacon bites and ginger bread men. Plus a few bottles of energy drink.

Sponsorship has started rolling in although the Virgin giving website going down the today is not good. Especially after I got a slot on a weekly directors briefing call at work to talk about the run and the charity to about 500 people. Several spoke to me today saying they would sponsor me on line but I suspect if they try and the site is still down I'll problem miss out....

Anyway, pictures of the car ready to go below.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Team 30 Changes Car

Mark and I have now agreed to change cars for our entry into the round Britain Run and will now be using my GT6.

I have in any case been starting to prepare the car over the last week or two as per my previous blog post so no big deal.

Still have the door handle to fix, the part arrived today so this should be no problem. Then it's an oil and filter change, check the tyre pressures, give it a wash, apply the RBRR stickers and off we go.

Picture below was taken on the 2008 RBRR near Loch Naver up towards the top of Scotlandshire.

Monday, 20 September 2010

RBRR getting Close!

Only 10 days to go until the Club Triumph Round Britain Run and at this stage team 30 are still not sure whether Marks's 2500 Saloon will be ready or not. I'm therefore busy preparing the GT6 as our back up car. Not that it needs too much doing to it as over the past year I've rebuilt half the rear suspension (the other half was done a couple of years ago), rebuilt the front suspension, changed the diff, changed the clutch, rebuilt the front suspension with new springs, shocks and polybushes, replaced the starter, replaced some of the seals and pipes in the braking system.

Apart from a basic service the couple of jobs which do need to be done are:-
1. Firstly fixing the passenger door handle so it opens from the outside, the broken link piece has been ordered.
2.  Fixing the heater which didn't work on the last RBRR back in 2008 when Bodders and  froze our nuts off driving up the A9 past Aviemore. I've just finished fixing the heater this evening, problem was traced down to a blockage in the pipe through the inlet manifold which feeds the heater valve. Cleaned it out with a bit of wire and then ran the car on bars flush for a while. this included a 190 mile round trip to the RBRR drivers brief on Sunday which certainly gave it a good flushing! I flushed out the system with clean water tonight and refilled with fresh water/antifreeze/barsleak coolant mix. The heater now works a treat!

Had a good run up to the drivers grief which was at Gaydon this year, good to hear from the Charity mind, hear Tim, Jason and Nigel's brief and get a quick look around teh museum. Talking of charity, I've now set up a virgin money giving site plus a micro website for team 30. See and .

Pictures from the Drivers Brief at Gaydon

My GT6 and a few other RBRR cars amongst the other classics at Gaydon.

Tim and Nigel go through the road book briefing.

Triumph Sprint Engined Formula 3 car in the Museum, ex Nigel Mansell.

Works TR8, ex Tony Pond/Fred Gallagher.

The last Spitfire off the Production line.