Monday, December 12, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Thrown together from bits of phone footage and the in-car camera our crude first video. I’m sure there will be a really cool professional attempt but for now this will have to do. It already seems a long time ago… The Bell should be open? Fancy a pint?
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Here we are. Home. Washing machine full of clothes, family’s happy, jet-lagged and not a cheese and ham sandwich in sight. I think we all made it home OK? I know 'Two bottles' Tony could have done without the Quantas strike and loosing his phone. R made it home for Halloween so the Gent must have got home safely as well? Nick landed DXB this morning. D had the shortest flight so were all good...
I'm Just trying to make sense of the hard drive of images and video (it's not happening today) and these came to the surface. Mil Cumbres (thousand hills), 15 mins of madness which I'm sure we will treasure.
The next is rather more sedate. It’s more sedate because we just didn’t like the look of it, watch the video and you will see why.
With both videos you don’t get any real idea of the gradients. Going uphill you just felt so sorry for the old girl as she was thrashed to within an inch of her life trying to get the best from her very long gearbox. Going downhill slowing her down was always at the forefront of your mind as you had the hit the pedal twice before you got any brakes and by the end of the stage there simply wasn’t any brakes left. Sounds like a nightmare but it was predictable and in the end quite good fun… "apparently"
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Having fun at the Bull Ring....
Just arrived in Leon after a mind numbing trip in the big Chevy on our way to Mexico City. We dropped the boys at the airport this morning and said our good-byes. Here are a few pictures and a couple of clips to be going on with...
Friday, October 28, 2011
Will post pics and film later today.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
The support truck has had more problems then the race car- and it smells like 4guys have been living in it for a week. We have 2 support stops today, and then finish line try and beat the boys to so we can get some clips of them coming across.
Zacatecas, should be a lot of fun. No more working 'til midnight, and up at 6 for the boys.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
in our 47 year old Jaguar has rendered my voice so husky I sound like Marlon
Brando. Which is appropriate given the horns of the lady sound ‘The Godfather’
sound track. Somewhat tiring after 2600 kilometres but there you go…Today we
left the stunning caves and castles of Guanajuato to head to Aguascaliantes.
450 km and no fewer than 9 speed sections. Straight into Delores Hidalgo: a
6.55km blast through the dusty plains. Lots of ravines and edges..spooky.
We were a good team today, all worked our socks off: impeccable time
card, no fines, never late; everything spot on. We have been fighting all week
since the drama of a troubled car on day one but are cutting our way through
the pack [which includes Jocham Mass- the ex F1 driver]. Some of the cars
[different classes prevail] have 600Bhp and way the same as ours. Rockets.
Called the turns well, F drove beautifully [other than a brief second on the
edge [my edge- naturally] so we were on the money.
Last speed section after 300km of transito at 150km/ph was on
Aguascaliantes Nascar racetrack: an oval bowl. I do not recommend being a
passenger in a car in such an event. Gravitational pull and concrete walls
change one’s mood quite quickly. Finished it, held our own with a Mustang and
an Alfa and screamed into town with police escort and absolutely no regard for
any laws whatsoever. Only in Mexico.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
PS- thanks Monkey Boy.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Did I mention on the next stage the Jag overheated, I got anitfreeze in my face we had smoke inside the car and we limped home for another refit and missed the rest of the day but lets not talk about that shall we?
What a difference a day makes..
Amazing day yesterday following successful rebuild of the
car in Oxacaca, screaming through cactus filled valleys, falling into Tehuacan
where a Fiesta consumed the race. We moved through the pack carefully, having
been stapled to the back by mechanical issues and ended the day 65th
from 114. Short nights sleep, two hours of prep very earl this am in the books
and off we head to some wild speed sections today: caution is the name of today
with many cars falling by day by day. s