In which I get a week off car renovations !
|Ashton's Lotus in the High Country|
|Shelley Beach, on the NSW Central Coast|
|Loading onto the trailer|
|Coffee time in Gundagai|
|Lotus convoy on the Hume|
|Stickers going on|
|Looking good !|
Targa High Country stickers,
|Lotus in the High Country|
We went into Mansfield for lunch and to buy a few things (like a stop watch !), and then we were back on the mountain for a great supper before turning in so we would be ready for the rally start on the Friday morning. We had purchased some additional pace notes which I thought were pretty daunting when I first saw them. But as I worked through the 6 stages we would be doing tomorrow, I started to get a bit of a feel for them. This was, after all, not only my first real rally, but also the first time I had sat in the passenger seat and had someone else doing the driving while I had to read out the pace notes - Not an easy transition, I can assure you !
In the morning we had our breakfast, and met down at the start for our first stage - A sprint down the winding mountain road from Mt Buller summit - Only 7 kms, but a LOT of corners !
|Heading out on day 1|
Day two was a later start with much shorter stages, with the final one of the day being around the streets of Mansfield. Ashton and I were doing OK, but on the final twisty Mansfield stage had a bit of a "moment" on one corner, having to reverse away from a hay bale, and as a result lost quite a few points which put us down to
|Cueing up to leave the lunch break|
Day three was an early start, with 2 long stages of 49 kms and 40 kms respectively, a couple of shorter ones, and then the final stage of over 18 kms up the mountain back up to Buller. This was a
|Video clip of our last stage finish !|
Final result in our division were Lotus 2nd and 3rd, unfortunately displaced by just a single point by a Jaguar F Type that was well driven all weekend. We dropped to 7th, just not quite nailing a couple of the stages on the last day, but there were 5 Lotus' in the top 10, which is an excellent result for the group and SSC who supported and organised us so well throughout the weekend.
|Two Exiges V6's tied for first place !|
Just to clarify the "method" of our TSD (Time, Speed, Distance) group, the rules are that you cannot go over 130 kmh, and you cannot go under 30 kmh at any time, or you get penalties. You are given written stage details of the route, the length in kilometres, and the exact average speed you must maintain. From this you can work out in advance the exact moment you must cross the finish line. So you tend to go
|At the end of a long stage|
|At dinner on the last night|
|Campsite on the way home|
|Early morning on the Myall river bank|
I got some 4 hours up the road before I stopped at a free roadside camping area in Bulahdelah - One I
have stayed at many times before, located beside a lovely river. I had some quick noodles for supper and was fast asleep by 8 pm, exhausted. Next morning I was up early, and continued north, arriving home by about 2 pm. What a week ! It was exhausting but a great change from working on the Healey every day.
|Gidget as I left her.......|
|Gidget as I found her !|
engine bay have all been
|In her new Coronet Cream livery|
Rest of the pics are here :- https://photos.app.goo.gl/MZHlg3ujKfcO9g2y2
Targa Results :- TSD http://www.rallyresults.com.au/targa/thc2017/tsd_Provisional.pdf
GT Sports http://www.rallyresults.com.au/targa/thc2017/GTS_Provisional.pdf