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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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    well done luke great result good job!

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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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    my road rally mk2

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


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    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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    my road rally mk2

    Clive elliot memorial rally

    Starting in Stocksfield this was to be the last road rally of the series I compete in for the year.

    Conditions were bad (which I like) with ice and snow covering most of the route so with some dmack knobblies on I was hoping Iíd have a good steady run to the finish.


    Picked my nav Ali up and headed to the start where there were some nervous faces among the starters and news came about one of the entrants had gone off the road on an icy patch on the way to the start
    They were ok but his tr7 was a bit of a mess

    We were running last on the road ( they are reversed seeded so that the experts are at the back in a hope that if the novices struggle they will have people to follow)
    So waited till all the other crews set off and had a steady run out to tc 1.

    My dad was marshalling this and he looked a bit uneasy and told me to take it steady and stay safe.

    Off on our minute down the road to the first route check which none of the experts could find yet one novice did we left it knowing we needed to push onto the next tc or we would be losing loads of time. The roads were sheet ice in places but dry in others so you had to really be on the ball I was just trying to kelp it smooth using hi gears and just nipping the hbrake to get it turned in
    Caught numerous cars as the people were really struggling and they all let us past until I got to a certain competitor in an anglia who is renowned for holding people up and sure enough he wouldnít let us past. I backed right off after he was having moments trying to brake hard for every corner and locking up instead of just letting it flow and being smooth. He eventually went locked up on a 90 right and slid straight into the hedge not doing any damage but his ego maybe took the hit!

    We pushed on having a few big slides and some scary moments but didnít feel like we were going to well.

    My good mates father and son Mick and josh Davison were car in front of me so we were having a good play with them but they were struggling on the Icy roads there proton understeering where my mk2 was just drifting nicely.

    I was loving it sliding all over the place but I didnít think we were going that well.

    Davidsonís missed a route check meaning they had to spin round and go back.

    We then got to the next control to see that we were first on the road and hadnít dropped anytime.

    The sections get tighter and tighter towards the end so I thought we would be struggling to keep it on the pace. Round the right sections was fine I could slide the car into most things and get away with it but itís bloody scary when youíre doing 80 mph and the car suddenly snaps sideways!!!!


    We carried on with a few more moments and pushing on where we could but being sensible where we needed to.

    Had a big moment where we couldnít stop for a downhill slight right into a hairpin left so I just threw it in on the hbrake and we were sliding backwards into first and just made it into the slot with no harm done.


    Last section was really tight and the marshals couldnít stop laughing as we snakes away from the start with wheel spin in every gear

    Managed to get some power down round a tight twisty moors section that I know well sliding into the bends and drifting out lovely scary downhill hair in to a Ford (which was frozen solid) then up the other side to the last tc then to the finish.

    Parked in the car park and fell over on the ice 😂


    We were first ones back to the pub then a few minutes later Mick and josh turned up along with the rest
    Loads of people were had been off but luckily no damage or harm had been done just plenty of stories.

    Mick came over and said

    ďIf you clean that you are either fxxxing nuts or a fxxxing heroĒ



    It was the best night event Iíve ever done
    Never been so sideways and used the hbrake so much.

    When the results came out we had cleaned it with only the first RC missing which we argued about but as it didnít effect the result it stood

    First overall, first expert and only one clean all night

    Thanks to Ali for a superb job on the maps all night and for laughing all night long as usual.


    No events planned now as I have to stop playing with cars and get my house and garage sorted so I can play with cars more easily
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    Re: my road rally mk2

    well done sounds like a very enjoyable night was had and no damage always a huge bonus

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    Great report ,,well done
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    Quote Originally Posted by headbolt View Post
    well done sounds like a very enjoyable night was had and no damage always a huge bonus


    I don’t know how we got away without any damage
    Had more moments in that rally than I had all year
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    Quote Originally Posted by headbolt View Post
    well done sounds like a very enjoyable night was had and no damage always a huge bonus


    I donít know how we got away without any damage
    Had more moments in that rally than I had all year
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    nice update luke, although, serious lack of photos!!

    well done on the win, epic result
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    Quote Originally Posted by onecamohv View Post
    nice update luke, although, serious lack of photos!!

    well done on the win, epic result


    The only picture I have Iím afraid




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    Quote Originally Posted by onecamohv View Post
    nice update luke, although, serious lack of photos!!

    well done on the win, epic result


    The only picture I have Iím afraid




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    Definitely a hero
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    Re: my road rally mk2

    well my house is beginning to progress and by that I mean we are making more mess

    I think we underestimated how hard it is to both be working 40+ hours a week and then coming home and working another five or so hours a night whilst living in a building site

    Last weekend was spent travelling down to the Preston Road rally

    My mates josh and Mick Davison were doing it and I volunteered to marshal and share the driving as it was a 300 mile trip

    They had a good run finishing 15 th and 3 rd in class
    Just a puncture dropping them a few seconds but they changed it in a neutral section and didn’t lose any real time


    I think we were all questioning our sanity driving back on Sunday morning or rather I was everyone else was asleep


    But a good event very rough in places but the format and organisation were brilliant
    I might have to make the trip next year


    This weekend I’m marshalling with my motor club on le jog

    Meant to be the most demanding historic rally in Europe

    My usual nav Ali Procter is sitting in with a guy in an ex works mini cooper s. Hoping they have a good run


    Thanks to all the people for messages on here and fb means a lot
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