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benjj

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5,355 posts

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Thursday 27th September 2012 quote quote all
Is anyone (else) doing this?

I've done other HERO rallies but never the one dayer at Throckmorton in a couple of weeks. Really looking forward to it.

benjj

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Friday 5th October 2012 quote quote all
Just a bump for this, only a week away.

No other PHers (apart from Tony Tornado smile) doing this?

robg2

286 posts

100 months

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Friday 5th October 2012 quote quote all
Sounds like a good event but it's a tad pricey unfortunately!

Now if someone was looking for a non-contributing navigator that would be another matter...!

benjj

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Tuesday 9th October 2012 quote quote all
As a HERO or HRCR member the Throckmorton Challenge is £150 for the crew of two, not bad when you consider you're getting lunch x 2, dinner x 2, rally plates etc all inc.


velocemitch

1,843 posts

105 months

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Tuesday 9th October 2012 quote quote all
It is a tad more than most other HRCR rounds though, private enterprise I guess..... wink
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benjj

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Tuesday 9th October 2012 quote quote all
I can't remember how much the ilkley Jubilee was.

Anyway, I'm a HERO fan now so they'll be getting my few bob happily smile

Now London-Lisbon in May, that's going to be pricey... wink

velocemitch

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Wednesday 10th October 2012 quote quote all
Most 'classic' events, which tend to supply a lunch and a meal in the evening and pay for private land for tests, tend to be between 100 and 120 quid in my experience.

The most I've paid was £150.00 this year for the Berwick classic, but on that we got about 250 miles with 6 or 7 regularities, 30 special tests, two lunches and two evening meals, each that is as it was a two day event.

A typical 'modern' road rally would cost about £50 to £70, to include breakfasts, but they don't have to pay for the land as a rule.

To be fair compared to most motorsport it's an absolute bargain. I once worked out how much per (competitive) second a Hillclimb at Harewood cost and it was eye watering!

velocemitch

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Monday 15th October 2012 quote quote all
How did it go Ben?.
The results don't look bad, though I'm not sure how they are doing the tests by scoring on an 'improvement basis'.

benjj

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Monday 15th October 2012 quote quote all
It went better than I expected actually.

We were never going to be challenging for top honours but we're both very competitive. From my seat it was the first drive of the car in anger, I've only had it for a couple of months. From my navigator's seat it was even tougher. I was doing the event in combination with Mission Motorsport. They're a charity that span out of Help for Heroes and focuses on getting wounded servicemen into motorsport. This was their first foray into classic rallying and it was a real baptism of fire smile

My navigator, Nathan, has never done this before. We were up against some very seasoned and experienced crews. We also did not have a trip and my tacho was reading 1.15 miles to the true mile!

So, with a couple of stopwatches and a lot of enthusiasm we got cracking. It turns out that the Parachute Regiment are really quite good with maps. We finished 11th out of 54 overall and came 3rd in our class of 7. Nathan got a bloody good reception, people couldn't have been more welcoming and helpful. My friends from the Scottish Malts gave him some good tips.

On the first regularity he got us round by dead reckoning with just 9 penalty points (seconds). In fact from the MTC to the first TC he nailed it bang on - 0 seconds!

I would urge everyone to go and have a look at their website ( www.missionmotorsport.org. They're not after your money, they're after opportunities for their blokes to get out and compete. Don't underestimate them for a minute, I've never met a novice navigator more serious, diligent and naturally talented than Nathan. I've no doubt at all that if he gets the practice he could put a car on the podium event after event.








velocemitch

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Monday 15th October 2012 quote quote all
Superb job Ben, well done to both of you beer
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