Monday, January 17, 2011

PMW & the CT Essex Winter rally

Collected PMW from my brothers' on Saturday.

Malcolm and Harvey had fitted the "new" distributor as well as the new speedo cable - thanks chaps! They did advise me though that there was a dodgy ball joint and that it would be wise to turn round and go home.

So obviously I headed south!

Being cautious down the M1 and then A1 I arrived in Potters Bar OK and had a lovely meal with Ellis Stokes, his wife Ann and another CT member, Keith Compton-Bishop.

Sunday saw us head off for the 12 car rally and on the 1 hour run up to the start a vibration began to develop - could be propshaft or driveshaft UJ(s). So, bearing in mind the dodgy balljoint a steady run was in order.

After plotting section one we set off and obeserved as best we could with a "waving speedo" the average speed tie breaker. It's clear why Ellis is one of the best navigators in the club - solving a circular herringbone in itself shows that.

There were some enjoyable roads on the route but I was very conscious of car preservation on quite a few rough surfaces where the tarmac had broken up.

The result of our efforts though was third overall, which I am very happy with and is pretty much down to Ellis - thanks mate.

Then back to drop Ellis off when more clonks started to be heard . These were not helped by an awful pothole on the M25 just east of the M11 junction which I couldn't/didn't avoid and the car dropped into with a right clonk and a twitch from the rear.

All that remained then was a 60 mph steady drive home up the A1. I remember quite a noise from the rear of the car near Blythe which sounded like something broke (!) and the car became very twitchy. Arrived home at 9PM after all that though but with at least a ball joint needing replacement and some investigation/rectification of various vobrations and "clonks" to be done.

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