Alec has written a short report which follows but although the team suffered some mechanical maladies the TR5 soldiered on and as a result even though the team didn't do very well, I had a great time and certainly got my moneys worth, considering the number of laps I ended up doing! As the weather was hot and the stints were long dehydration became an issue and I remember having a splitting headache after my first stint of an hour and fifteen minutes, which quickly went away after drinking a gallon of water.
If we accept this event as a learning curve, we will be back on October 14th 2012 to give a better showing. Put it in your diary now as spectators and helpers are always welcome.
Relay races are one of those Great British Peculiarities, origins lost somewhere in the mists of club motor sport history. A team of 4 to 6 cars, mostly of a single marque, take turns to race against the clock, and against another 25-30 teams, over a duration of 4 to 6 hours. Each team car takes a stint, eventually returns to the pits and hands over the baton to the next car, and so on. Two races in one, the first being straight distance, the second ‘on handicap’ – the fastest team starting on scratch, every other team being granted a number of ‘credit laps’.
No team trophies to boast of this time, too much time lost to breakdowns – but a remarkable achievement to have completed the race at all, and a great credit to all at Revington TR.
Below is an interesting video of Neil's TR5 being chased by a race prepared MG Metro. Don't switch off when the TR is overtaken by the Metro, there's more to come!
Photos courtesy of John Allan firstname.lastname@example.org