The organising team got together on the 28th –two Triumphs and a Scimitar made it to the meeting.
You should have had an email from Jedi Tim- if not a copy can be found on “Jedi Tims” page above.
Top of the agenda was start venue which has now been confirmed as Knebworth House
This is a change from tradition but offers a lot to the event in prestige and practicality – it means we can now offer entry to the reserve list as the venue can handle a lot more starters, so if you are on the reserve list await contact from Chinn Towers, it also allows the event good access onto the A1.
It has implications for the route –so even if you are a veteran of previous events you really need to read up on the road book and attend the Drivers Meeting where there will be plenty of important new information regarding the route.
The drivers meeting date is confirmed as 24th September at the newly named British Motor Museum, at Gaydon, Warwickshire. -this is when the road book will be issued, it is vital once back at home that you sit down with it, a decent large scale road atlas, mug of tea and your favourite L.P playing, mark up the atlas, include:-route, controls, where you think you need to re-fuel, in fact anything that you think may be useful to make your life easier. Familiarise yourself with the route as best you can –look at the control locations on google earth, update your sat nav (if you are using one) load the controls into the sat nav, along with way points that will take you along the suggested route–it’s a great way to spend a couple of hours you end up finding out all sorts via the power of Google and Wiki..I ended up recently finding out all about the piling used on the Cromarty Bridge!-
Controls were discussed –in particular Westonzoyland, (WZL for short) the replacement for Gordarno services, it was agreed to stick with WZL as opposed to the soulless Gordarno,-WZL offers a bit of the “Spirit of 66” roadside brew up feel in that it's off the Motorway but has no “services” – a Catering van has been arranged for entrants to purchase coffee and bacon butties if required. Drivers and navigators will have to remain sharp after the Welsh section –again have a look at the road book and your atlas, plan your driver swaps/re-fuelling –you could still “splash and dash” at Gordarno or Sedgemoor Services then crack on to WZL for coffee and butties –don’t drive tired through this graveyard shift
Hopefully all your cars are fully prepared tested, washed and ready to go..? Don’t despair there is still time... Write a list of jobs to be done, aim to get the ones done to get it on the road ASAP and start driving it! “finishing” jobs can be done with the car as a rolling test bed, my own preparation / transformation of the “Basildon Banger” to the “Burtle Banger” is massively behind schedule so if you want see how not to prepare in time head over to my own blog..
Today’s top tip- wire exhaust hangers to “catch” the exhaust if the rubber hanger fails –
I do this as a backup – I had forgotten I had done it to the Scimitar for its Stelvio 2014 tour. Just as well I had, came in useful two years later taking on the Somerset levels!
Expect a call from the team just to catch up, we will be asking
· How preparation is going.
· If you intend to attend the Drivers Meeting.
· If your entry details are still correct.
· You are aware of the start venue change.
It’s also worth thinking about your own personal logistics for the start and finish
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As we get nearer to the event updates to the blog will become more regular
So watch this space!