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    Re: my road rally mk2

    Your doing well mate, might be worth getting it checked on the rollers or if it's off the road in the winter take the engine out to a proper engine dyno
    Keep her lit

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    my road rally mk2

    Autumn trophy rally


    Car didnít need anything doing to it before this event
    Been having a bit of trouble with the engine setup but havenít had chance to carry out upgrades yet

    Started at car ten with top nav Ali procter on the maps he does a lot historic and road rallying so I was pleased have him in the left hand seat


    Starting in Hexham the route was to use a lot of the local lanes which I know well so was hoping for a good result

    From the start out of the town slot left onto a little very slippery white to a cross roads turn right then up a section called the St. John lee which is really tight and twisty with a lot of yumps had a small overshoot but managed to spin round quick enough and arrived with time to spare

    Next section was heading out further into the countryside lots of fast lanes but heavy rain and mud on the road made the conditions hard work had a huge full lock slide whilst flat in fourth where I thought I was about to end it all but came back through pure luck more than anything else

    Then onto another fast section where we were having trouble catching cars most let us past no problem but one 205 wouldnít move over and eventually we had to go four wheels on the grass to get past

    Next section was very slack timed and we arrived at the next control 10 minutes early so got had a chat with the marshal and few other competitors to see how they were getting on
    We were now running first on the road so knew we were going well.


    Next section was very very tightly timed we were going flat out Ali was calling the bends beautifully and giving me the confidence to push on
    Had one moment where we overshot a 90 right after hitting a lot of standing water
    Then a big jump where we bottomed out on the sump guard with a Big Bang but no harm done


    Then onto the final section lots of hairpins and a few fords one very big sideways moment taking a slot left that we only just got away with
    Then final blast through another couple of hairpins and finally to the final control with a few seconds to spare

    Rally buffet and chat at the finish lots of people had dropped time and I was very happy to be first overall

    We were the only crew to clean it

    2nd crew dropped over 5 mins so it was worth all the near misses and trying hard.

    One of those nights were both sides of the car were on it and the car itself was near faultless

    First proper event Iíve ever won outright so I was very very happy Ali was also pleased and we showed up a lot of higher spec cars in my little xflow powered 4 door





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    Re: my road rally mk2

    Well done makes all the late nights and hard work seem worth it onwards and upwards now then keep up the good work and a great write up too

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    Did have one problem with the car

    Went on full throttle at high revs it would occasionally misfire if I came off the throttle it would clear and rev fine


    Thinking it is fuel related either fuel pressure is too low or float level isn’t right
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    Re: my road rally mk2

    well done luke great result good job!

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    Great result
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    Re: my road rally mk2

    Just purchased a stage 3 head for a good price but will have to wait for house work to be finished before any more car work gets done

    Having a strange problem with the car

    If I go floor it it holds back unless I come off the throttle then back on again

    Feels like it’s running out of fuel tried running both fuel pumps and it makes no difference

    Fuel pressure is set at 2.5 psi is this enough
    Not had chance to check the float level in the carbs yet either
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    my road rally mk2

    I would think if fuel issue then you should only see the problem after a sustained wot period ? Check butterfly not going over horizontal?


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    Will do cheers
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    New head turned up today
    Looks very nice and a bit of a bargain too


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    Re: my road rally mk2

    They have really maxed-out on the inlet valve size there! It would be interesting to see what the porting looks like if you strip the valvetrain down :-)

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    deburr the edges of those park plug holes! good job, whats the porting like? a good head is essential on an xflow, can transform or make shit of an engine

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    Will do mark
    Will try and get some photos of the porting later
    Looks nice was apparently done by Vulcan
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    my road rally mk2

    Well what a busy weekend


    Spent Friday putting knobblies on and changing a front disc that had a few big cracks in it


    Then up early on sat morning to help out with the rac rally of the tests
    Had a few runs round the test at eastgate just to check it was all ok



    Parked up with my mate Liamís puma



    Then after stopping In Corbridge for lunch we headed to harwood forest to marshal on the Roger Albert Clark rally



    What an amazing event as usual
    The top two Jason Pritchard and Marty McCormack were on an unreal pace
    A couple of second splitting them then nearly
    3 minutes back to Matt Robinson in third
    The sound of full house bdas in the forest was just amazing topped off with Steve Perez stratos and Jimmy McRae v8 firenza


    The second running of the stage was in full darkness and we had about 100 spectators where we were all really well behaved and did exactly as they were asked.

    All in all a brilliant nights rallying


    Headed home and spent Sunday dismantling my shed ready to move to our new house

    Then headed out to kielder on Monday with my dad to go watch
    Unfortunately Pritchard had gone out with halfshaft failure so Marty was left to just keep it on the road to take the win

    Something I was very happy about as my regular navigator Hannahís dad John Mckillop built the car for him


    We went to watch at a downhill ninety right that caught out Adrian hethrington
    In his borrowed mk2

    He slid off and rolled narrowly voiding a bridge
    They both got out unharmed but thought there rally was over but we managed to lift the car out of the ditch and get them going again

    And a mk1 snapped its throttle cable and coasted to a halt where we watching luckily I had a spare in the car that I gave them and they continued and just managed to win there class
    They bought me a pint at the finish too



    Great four days of rallying the best rally In The world Iíd say

    It returns in 2019 so get out and watch or better still go and marshal
    You wonít regret it.



    The rally of the tests carried on until Sunday where it was won by John Abel in his Alfa


    My mates Andy Beaumont and Andy fish were doing it in there sunbeam rapier h120 but didnít even make the first test when the engine went sick and that was game over so a bad weekend for them.




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    Another road rally booked in on the 29 th of November

    Shouldn’t really be doing it as I’m meant to be getting my house sorted and saving to start building a new garage

    But it’s the last one of the year and should be a good route hope it doesn’t snow
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