Well here we go again with the traditional season
opener, it was just a shame that for the third year in a row there was
rain at the start of the day, although not as bad as 2014.
Entries were down a little this year with only 10 in the pre 54 class, 7
in the post 54 group and 4 drivers of V-twins. As usual there were some
fresh cars, Ted Sharpe with a newly resurrected Kieft and Richard Grant
with the Kiehn Special that he had brought over from Sweden. Both are
Richard Grant, Kiehn Special
The hill was generally wet and slippery, especially through the trees,
so a degree of caution was the order of the day. Ted got caught out by
the swing axle characteristics and the very forward driving position,
looping the car onto the grass at Wis, otherwise everyone made it to the
line. Mike Wood's engine refused to run properly, diagnosed as terminal
magneto, so his day never got started.
The surface was still not dry and so times were very little different
but at least the sky was brightening so the afternoon was looking
Timed run 1
Conditions were now good and this showed with a significant dip in
times. Unfortunately we were now down to 14 runners as a drive shaft on
the Alfa Dana had failed and the Kieft had a few niggles Ted was unable
to put right. Class of the field was Nick Reynolds with a time a
fraction over 49 seconds.
In the V-twins Charles also popped in a sub 50 second time.
Timed run 2
Warming to the task in hand along with the temperature, nearly everyone
was able to better their first run time on this climb. Nick held sway
getting into the 48's and Fin was the only other pilot able to squeeze
below 50 seconds.
Mike considers the apex
The competition between the twins also hotted up,
Richard managing to find almost a second and a half to beat Charles
whilst Bella Murray came within one hundredth of equalling Guy's time.
As in previous years, Martin Sheppard did a grand job marshalling the
cars towards the start. Xavier also got plenty of exercise combining
duties at Bunnies with his runs whilst Darrell Woods and Stuart Wright
hung on to the cars at the start line, thank you one and all.
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