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Longmoor Loco Stages 30th December

Sadly Shammy Moo was the only one of three ‘Imps’ entered, to complete the Longmoor Loco Stages rally yesterday. Our brilliant service crew Mike Dent, Robin Human and David Werrell were kept very busy with 6 half hour services and one 1hr 20 service by a process of checking and verifying various modifications and ‘playing’ with damper settings, tyre pressures, brake bias, tracking and camber settings. We decided to do this single venue tarmac event to give us the opportunity to tune brakes, suspension and steering.

We achieved all our ‘testing’ targets but in stage seven ‘Shammy Moo’ (who has his own Facebook page) decided to test us – immediately after the last chicane on the 1st to 2nd changeup, the pinchbolt holding the gearchange tube to the UJ dropped out leaving us in the neutral position and we coasted to the side. Henry immediately leapt out, put the ‘OK’ board out and lay down in a puddle trying to poke the selector input shaft in a gear with a screwdriver through a slot in the transmission / gear selection guards. He managed to get first and we were able to complete the stage one minute before the end of the stage target time. The service crew quickly solved the problem and we were able to complete stage 8 in a reasonable time. The other problem we had was fuel surging which we had not encountered previously – easily solved by foam filling the alloy tank which already has baffling!

Unfortunately we have no photographs to publish because of a total ban on photography. However we saw plenty of sneaky mobile phones being used and there will be some from the official photographer. If any appear in the public domain (Flickr or YouTube etc) we will publish a link here.

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New Year Rally for Shammy

New Year Rally for Shammy

Shammy Moo is gearing up to compete with 2 other Imps in the Longmoor Stages Rally near Liphook, Hampshire on Friday 30th December. This two wheel drive only single venue stage rally round at the Longmoor Army Camp is the final preparation event before the 2012 British Historic Rally Championship. Much work has been done to the front suspension over the last few weeks to try and rectify a few issues that we had over camber and ride height.


Sadly the event is not open to spectators for military security reasons but anyone keen enough to watch this event can of course sign on as a marshal.

The event website is at:
http://www.scmc.co.uk/?page_id=77

Dakar dreams

Alfie Cox's Nissan in the bivouac

Alfie Cox's Nissan in the bivouac

The Dakar rally, which runs for 16 days from the first of January each year is perhaps the ultimate Off Road racing event and one to which most competitors aspire.  In recent years there has been a much greater participation on the event from UK individuals and teams. This increase in many ways owes itself to the likes of Drew Bowler, the Round family and their Rally Raid UK operation, Qt Services, and the likes of Keith Banyard and the Gotts, but also to the various individuals who have put everything they have in to making it to the startline.

Although the event has moved from its heartland in the African deserts to the terrain of South America it seems to me that it has lost none of its spirit or challenge.  In fact for me the hugely varying terrain is if anything more appealing, if a little less accessible.

Those of you blessed with access to Eurosport can follow the action everyday, whilst there is also a wealth of places to follow it on the internet.

In particular I have been following two friends of ours and fellow UK based competitors, Simon Pavey and Ben Gott.

Simon, who some of you may remember from Charley Boorman’s ‘Race to Dakar’ TV series, is tackling the grueling.event for an impressive 8th time.  You can follow his trials and tribulations here.
SimonPavey.com

Ben's 8x8 MAN at altitude on this year's event

Ben's 8x8 MAN at altitude on this year's event

Ben Gott is driving an enormous 8×8 MAN support truck looking after the PS Laser Nissan Navara of Alfie Cox and Jorgen Schroder.  Ben’s excellent blog which he is somehow managing to find time to update on a nearly daily basis is a fantastic insight into what goes on behind the scenes on the event to keep the competitors running.

Ben’s Blog

Ben is also bidding for a drive on the Gumball Rally, thanks to an online competition. Please watch his video and vote for him here!

You can also get full results and tracking from the Dakar official site as well as some brief video coverage.

Marathon Rally is the best aggregation of journalism and press coverage that I have found. It also covers the concurrent Africa Eco Race which is bidding to take on the Dakar in its more familiar African setting.

Back in the workshop – photos

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We were back in the workshop at the weekend, but doing things the wrong way around!  Usually the first job when we come back from an event is to get MuddyMoo up in the air and give her a jolly good powerwash. This time, with a gaping hole in the Transfer Box priority was to get the box out and see what of the internals we could salvage before they became rusty.

The spray grease we applied when we got home form the Borders did a good job of keeping the rust off in the last week, and it looks like the chain and associated gears might be salvageable, which is good because they are the expensive bits and a miracle because I reckon we did about 15 miles competitively without much in the way of oil.

Scottish Borders Hillrally 2010 – Photos

Hole in the Transfer Box

The hole that caused our retirement


Hole in Transfer Box

Exposed innards


Setting off from the start

Setting off from the start


Fitting the in-car camera

Fitting the in-car camera


Before the off

Before the off


Ready to go


Setting off from the service area

Setting off from the service area

Scottish Borders Hillrally 2010 – Video

The first video from the Scottish Borders Hillrally has been posted by 2007Deamer on You Tube.

MuddyMoo stars at about 6:20.

YouTube video

Chuffed! 2nd clubman and 12th overall at

Chuffed! 2nd clubman and 12th overall at round 5 of 2010 British Cross Country Championship. Really pleased with the engine, driver rusty!


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