It was a welcome surprise to wake up to an unexpected warm and sunny day on Sunday. I say welcome because some people did not get home until 5am that morning so sliding out of bed at 8am was made all the easier by the cajoling rays of sunshine that filtered their way through the bedroom blinds.
The guest in the spare room needed to be woken up so what better way than to allow them the pleasure of a Murphy dog alarm call! “Morning Mr Crump, it’s time to get up”. Wet nose and kisses ala Murphy always gets the desired effect, never fails.
Off for breakfast…..yum……what time is it again…..strong coffee please?
The event we were going to was hosted by Telford Auto Club another local and long established rallying club and the organisation on the day was down to Jon Ross and Neal Arden of JRS Motorsport – cue neatness, order and straight lines – only joking 🙂
The tents go up, then down so quickly you can’t even see the guys moving around!
The field that was used was kindly donated by local farmer Nick Gwynne of Charlton Farm and a couple of the cars used came from Eva Metals in Tweedale. Ah so a stubble thrash is “exactly what it says on the tin” – a field recently harvested (hence the stubble), a load of cars and several enthusiastic rally drivers in the making – gottcha 🙂
They keep on coming through that hole in the hedge
Soon quite a crowd of willing participants, cars, trailers and spectators began to gather but the show stopping event was the arrival of the errrmmmm “catering facilities”. Now, I had heard mention of the Porsche BBQ on several previous occasions but I was sure I was being wound up. I am beginning to understand what this lot can be like once they get started. Nope! It was actually the back end of a Porsche that had been very cleverly converted into a mobile BBQ – just take a look at the photo below if you don’t believe me!
Has to be on the list of “world’s most expensive BBQ” surely?
Jon Ross and several other officiating people set up command HQ on …………… a trailer in the middle of the field! Well I suppose it was a good vantage point and it did keep them out of harms way when the odd over zealous driver came past the finishing post with a flourish. Let’s not mention the flying BMW then 🙂
Out of harms way
On your marks….get ready….go!
Now I am the first to admit that I am not the most confident of drivers so why on earth this lot found it hysterical to drive around the field, blindfolded, dodging obstacles and relying purely on the directions of a navigator is a little beyond me but they all had a good time. Testosterone fuelled competitive natures reared their heads as things got under way (the ladies behaved) and there was the odd accusation that there may have been some cheating going on (I do not need to mention the accused here – YOU KNOW WHO YOU WERE!!!) which prompted the confiscation of the smaller pair of blacked out glasses in favour of a welding mask. Iron Man meets rally driver.
Didn’t know Iron Man drove a Fiesta
I’m sure the commuters on the passing trains must have wondered what on earth was going on as it seems that the replacement welding mask had the desired effect and obstacles were not so easily dodged – cue Tony (oops, forgot, I wasn’t mentioning names was I) parked, yes parked, on top of a barrel.
To the right, not straight on
We can modify your car in any situation
The sun shone all day which helped the day along and all the kids seemed to be passing the time of day by competing in their own quad bike championship ably helped out by the odd adult or two along the way.
Quad bike championship
Each driver competed in several rounds, some driven one way round and others driven in reverse (that’s driven in the opposite direction and not literally in reverse although I’m sure this would be a welcome additional type of round in the next competition!).
Note to husband – do not spray the wife in dirt again 🙂
A few events added to the day:
1. Wheel change Longmynd Auto Club Style
Looking a little red in the face there boys
2. Parking competition
More than happy to report that both were male drivers 🙂
3. Further car modifications
In a Michael Caine accent “Your only meant to blow the bl**dy doors off”
The final race got under way around 5pm and all the drivers gave it their best shot at becoming the winner.
The winner, Ben Crump, was announced, the field was cleared and then it was off down the pub for the obligatory team debrief!