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    Re: my road rally mk2

    Not much to report been busy with work and house.

    My garage building has been on hold as my dad is moving house at the minute and I’m storing all his rubbish for him.

    Hopefully he should be moved within two weeks then we can get on with getting the garage torn down.

    Booked my mate josh in to do all the digging one weekend so hopefully after that we should start making some good progress.

    Oh and my mk2 is now tax free which is nice.
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    my road rally mk2

    So bit of a catch up with this.

    My house is finally finished and the garage is due to start in April once the weather has hopefully improved.

    Ali, who has navigated for me a few times is doing the founds and base and then i will be doing the brickwork and roof.

    In other matters I went to check on the car and itís still there


    In November I was feeling a bit bored so decided to enter a 12 car in my diesel fiesta road car.

    Aliís wife Lynsey had been talking about giving them ago so I was happy to drive for her. After a bit of training from Ali she knew most of the basics and we had a good run round despite taking a few wrong slots we were quickly back on the route. I also managed to reverse into a hedge but every panel on the car has a dent in it (even the roof itís had a hard life moon lighting as a van recently) so no new damage was done.

    We manage to bounce around the lanes and eventually finished 3rd which we were more than happy with.

    Then it was onto December and our annual trip down to the Preston Road rally. Two crews from our club were doing it and despite me trying to sort a car i ran out of time so I was on trailer driving and marshalling duties! My mate josh had managed to prise the proton rally car key off his dad and was having his first go at driving with Chrisís Dodds on the maps. The other crew of James Hastings and Sophie Wickham were also entered in a near identical Proton. Josh and Chris finished 15th overall in 2nd in Class a brilliant result for a first timer

    James and Sophie finished 35th but were just happy to survive!

    We all had brilliant night even if we all questioned our sanity on Sunday!

    Was nice to see Gavin Rodgers out setting a very quick pace in Fly.

    Hopefully the event will run again but the main organisers have stepped down so it seems unlikely.


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    Re: my road rally mk2

    nice post luke, keep us updated on the garage build

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    my road rally mk2

    Still no garage building but have been messing with something else whilst Iím waiting!




    This little beauty is on loan to me at the minute
    It was my friends spare car but the original car, a blue enduro spec proton got written off, so he asked me if I would rebuild it for him into this car.

    Enduro cars had a very simple spec this is been built to use on targas and road rallies. Itís a standard 1.3 only upgrade is an induction kit. I fitted the cage sump guard harness and spotlights. Just had it motd and going to use of on a few events to get it dialled in.

    These are really underrated cars they handle very well as standard only other upgrade is some bigger brakes and calipers.

    It was good fun in the snow the other day!




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    Using the white wonder on a 12 car tomorrow night! It’s a bit slow really has to be caned to get it moving but handles very well and stops on a dime!


    Going to have to keep my foot in tomorrow night if I wanna be up there with the quick boys!
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    John Robson/Hexham Historic 23/24 of February



    The main reason for borrowing the white wonder was I need a course car for our big event The John Robson/Hexham Historic Road rally.

    For the past three years a new team was asked to take over the running of the rally after the previous running had fallen below a decent standard and struggled for entries. In 2016 the current team took over and I was asked to help last year driving the course car.
    This year I was asked to be properly involved and took over chief marshal role as well as other roles along the way. Along with my regular navigator Josh as my deputy.

    The event went well last year with a strong entry but we hoped to right some mistakes that were made and to improve on the event once again.
    With no road rallying taking place in the north east we knew if we could get a good route and organise it well we could make it into one of the ‘must do’ events.

    This all started in October last year with lots of planning and organising we had a superb route sorted with minimal changes to be made. Interest was brimming and we had a full entry of 50 plus reserves. We then got permission from the MSA to extend the entry so 57 started the event with 13 Historics.

    We were overwhelmed with marshals some coming as far as north wales to help out!

    Competitors had come from far and wide so all we had to do was deal with any problems on the night.

    Aside to all this I was rebuilding the white proton as my mk2 wasn’t anywhere near ready. It being a standard 1.3 it was going to be a challenge keeping the main field behind me and we just hoped for no problems.

    Based just outside of Corbridge at Brockbushes Garden centre we left at 9 pm with a short run out to the first section.

    Here we met the clock car who was waiting to go ahead . He would act as a course car to wake the marshals up and we were car ‘0’ as one final check and also we would be a control competitor. If we found a control board then all the others should.
    First section was from the start marshal 200m not as map hairpin left

    There’s was a good mix of competitive sections with short transport sections heading from Corbridge down to Allanheads then a transport section down to Durham for the last two competitive sections before petrol at Mickleton on tees. These two sections have largely been unused in a number of years. They were very challenging with lots of yumps and blind crests. Even after all the times going over it I was still struggling to remember it. We only had one heavy landing but got away unscathed. After this we headed to petrol which was run by local stage rallying regular at his garage complete with homemade cakes and tea and coffee. Also his staff came and filled the cars up so we could get a bite.
    Unfortunately the protons filler neck had gotten damaged so started to leak which we managed to bodge up.



    After this it the event headed to the top of hamsterly forest for the regroup.

    It was good to have a chat with the competitors who all seemed to be enjoying the route.
    We headed off on the next competing section but the fan belt started to squeal. We managed to get through the section but had to go on to side lights to stop the car from misfiring.
    At the end of the section we jumped out and managed to swap the fan belt and carry on.

    We got to start of the next section to see car one had already started so we cut and run to the start of the next.
    Luckily this section had lots of experienced marshals on so wasn’t a problem.
    We then carried on to the end of the event without any problems to set up the last section which turned off the road into the Garden centre itself through a very narrow tunnel to a hairpin right and over the finish of the section and the event.

    It all went well despite the car issues but I wish I’d been out in the escort! Fwd really doesn’t suit me.

    The event was won by my good friend Richard Hunter with Iain Tullie on the maps.

    After the prize giving I went to to drive home and got 1/2 a mile before the fan belt snapped so waited for it to get light then limped home!

    Planning has already started for next years event!
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    Re: my road rally mk2

    are they NS2R's i spy? how did they perform?

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    Well done on getting round - it's not as easy as it sounds doing Course Car!
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    Re: my road rally mk2

    why are protons so popular on road rallys ? not too common anywhere else ..........

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    Re: my road rally mk2

    They are a very underrated car but compared to a lot of cars you wouldn’t want to drive one everyday
    They are very cheap inside
    Rust just like a mk2 and the proton name doesn’t exactly do it for many people
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    Quote Originally Posted by onecamohv View Post
    are they NS2R's i spy? how did they perform?

    Very well according to rich and wear well too
    For the price not much else comes close
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    cool i was always meaning to give them a go, they just done look like they would be any use of slippy muddy lanes

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    my road rally mk2

    Finally thereís some garage progress!

    The old asbestos roof has been removed and we set to work taking the rest of the garage down


    And now itís all into a flat pack garage


    Next step is to try and move the shed to the back of the garden
    Which will let us do all the landscaping and digging of the foundations in one go
    Just need to get saving the pennies up!


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    my road rally mk2

    Progress is slow with various other things that have happened over the past few months including a change of career but finally something has actually been happening



    First off I bought a concrete breaker to break up the base of the old concrete garage and I will be using this as hardcore

    You can see from the piles of soil that we have been digging as well!


    And finally managed to get the founds poured


    Digger is back this weekend so we will get the middle scraped out ready for hardcore and sand and dpm then Finally we can get the base poured!

    Looks small in the pic but I can fit two escorts side by side with space to spare

    Will have to get another one now!


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