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Video – Small clip of the Cambrian

We are 20 seconds in – but don’t blink it is very short.

In-car footage to follow in the next post 

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Shammy Moo had a great time at a big boys rally – The Cambrian

Following the Neath Valley Stages in August we swapped the power sapping mud and shale for a proper multi venue stage rally –  the Cambrian Rally on 8th October. Based in Llandudno, there were 6 stages through the Penmachno, Clogaenog and Alwen forests followed by two passes through the stunning 2.94 mile Great Orme tarmac coast road which follows the headland facing theIrish Sea.  Being on a cliff face seemed less of an issue than the 3” high kerbs which meant the punishment for untidiness would have been severe (3 wheeled Chamois at the very least!).

Penmachno is said to have spectacular views but we didn’t notice!; Clocaenog (like the Great Orme a famous ‘Lombard RAC’ stage) was very fast with lots of technical bits and hairpins that had to be got right!

Neath Valley Stages

Neath Valley Stages - Photo by Peter Jackson

This was our third rally with the Chamois and we were fortunate enough to have Mike Dent – ‘Moose’ and Sam Thompson servicing for us. Mike built the Haydn Paddon Impreza which won the production class (Group N) WRC championship this year. Whilst Mike and Sam didn’t need to put a spanner on the car all weekend we did end up with significant negative camber on the OSF wheel following a severe bump left by a combination of Escorts and WRC’s digging ruts. Mike noticed it early in the event but after checking it was nothing serious kept it from the crew so we wouldn’t back off!

Cambrian Rally - Photo by Paul Pierce

Out of about 120 starters we came 80th beating many serious rally cars with 3 times our power. We came 7th in the historic class (pre 68) swapping times with the Austin Healey 3000 of Graham Goodall (who has won the HRCR Historic Stage Rally Challenge) but Graham used his superior power to good effect on the Great Orme and ended up 40 seconds up on us over the whole event. We also began to get close to, and on some stages, take time out of some of the Minis (all 1300’s).

Penmachno stage of the Cambrian Rally . Photo by Geraint Evans

We’ve learned a lot about how to drive a competition Imp but even more about what we have done right and wrong about building a historic stage rally car. There is a list of developments planned to improve the car. It will all be pulled apart over the winter to check everything over and search out any potential problems and make some modifications. We plan to compete in the MSA British Historic Rally Championship next year. If anyone is interested and wants to know more about Shammy or rally Imp’s please contact nigel@friesianracing.co.uk and we’ll happily share what little we know.

Introducing ChammyMoo

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The latest, but by no means newest member of the FriesianRacing herd has arrived. Chammy is a 1967 998cc Singer Chamois Sport (a badge engineered Hillman Imp) and is destined for the stages in the hands of Henry’s dad Nigel.

As you can see from the photos she is quite wee compared to Muddy, which is just as well as they had to share a garage when she first arrived.

Chammy is partially prepared, but there is quite a lot to do to get her ready for the stages of the British Historic Rally Championship (BHRC).

So welcome to our new Scottish lass, we’ll no doubt follow some of her progress on the site.

Fantastic Borders Hillrally video from AAL Media Scotland

A fantastic round up of our event at the Scottish Borders Hillrally from AAL Media Scotland who are a self-funded voluntary media collective, founded to promote Scotland, Scottish motorsport, extreme sports, music and the Arts.

You can read more about them and see more of their work at AAL Media Scotland

They have done us proud with some great in-car footage from MuddyMoo, action shots and interviews from the service area. For the first time you too can experience what its like to be part of the Friesian Racing herd at first hand! And all in glorious 720p HD as well!

Frustrating times for Friesian Racing at the Scottish Borders Hillrally – Press Release

Witney based off road rally team Friesian Racing were thwarted early on in the recent Scottish Borders Hillrally.

“We’d set our hopes on a top 5 finish, despite the excellent entry! The event has been sold out since August and we were up against some of the best in the UK.” Said driver Henry Webster (Long Hanborough).

Not much more than a mile from the start of the event the crew were already in trouble. Stopping to help recover a stricken fellow competitor from the first water splash, Henry reversed into a rock picking up a puncture. Stopping to change the tyres cost the crew a considerable amount of time and any hopes of a fast start had long evaporated.

Instead the crew set about clawing their way up from the back of the field. From 35th the team wound their way back to 22nd at the overnight halt, following a string of top 5 stage times notably being 4th quickest on one of the two night stages.

“We used our experience on night navigational events to good effect in the dark.  Some people don’t like the night stages, but they hold no fear for us!” Said co-driver Joel Haylock (Kenilworth).

Friesian Racing and their distinctive cow coloured Land Rover Discovery, MuddyMoo were also back into their usual position of leading production car.

Day two dawned and with the team still back in the pack, overtaking was going to be the order of the day.  Catching a car in the first stage of the day the team struck a rock hard in one of the grueling off road quarry sections.

“We got past the car but had developed a vibration, it was quite bad a 50 mph, but cleared up again at about 75!” exclaimed Henry.

At the next service point all was revealed – a gaping hole in the transfer gearbox was diagnosed.

“That was it game over!” Said a disappointed Joel, “but we set another fast time in the second stage before we spotted the problem!  We did 12 flat out stage miles with no oil in the box. We were very lucky.”

The Borders was the first event in four years that the team have done without the support of Abingdon based Allmakes 4×4. “Its been great to have Allmakes support over the last few years, and I’d like to thank them for the backing they have given us.” said Henry.  Friesian Racing is seeking new sponsorship partners to join this dynamic team and growing sport for 2011. You can find out more about the team at FriesianRacing.co.uk

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Video: Scottish Borders Hillrally preview

Guess where we are going this weekend? Dumfries and Galloway for the slight misnomer that is the Borders Hillrally!

All the info is here if you would like to come and meet us!

Scottish Borders Hillrally

Here’s a preview video for the DVD of the event! It features some footage of us from last year!

2009 Scottish Borders Hillrally – Video

Another old one from the end of last year.  MuddyMoo and the guys feature at about 2’07”.  Not one of our best results, but some awesome stages a great atmosphere and one of the best entries for ages.  We finished second in class and 20th overall after suffering numerous misfires caused by a number of different things.  We did however redeem ourselves by scoring the 4th fastest time on the final stage and by memorably catching one of Drew Bowler’s Nemesis on a number of occasions!


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