The Open Sports
Series Round 10, APIRA Round 3
26th-28th August '06
and all's well!!
Okay, so it was Mr. Hartnell's
Birthday so we popped by to see the old boy and watch him open his pressies
and snaffle a bit of cake. Our friend Laura also had her birthday on Friday
so we ate her cake as well!
Happy Birthday to you....
With few choices left Dean locked
out the dizzy at full advance and we took the extra jump battery down to the
start line with us to help get the Belle started.
So, with the belle sort of fixed
we headed for the first qualifying run shortly before 2pm. We dialled in
9.62 and ran 9.86 at 138mph, a bit off the dial in but a safe qualifying
pass in the bag, and the car in one piece.
I've never seen a man more
proud of his chopper.....
Others....... didn't ....
Some people made the effort to
Three wise monkeys look at the
Chris spent most of the morning
cruising the pits on his shiny new bike, but the rest of us got the cars
ready to race! Being a three day event Saturday and Sunday were set aside
We warmed the
Belle up, and after last weeks ignition shenanigans, Dean wanted to check
the timing. Well, there was no advance at all and the chief spanner monkey
checked over a few things but couldn't figure out why the dizzy wouldn't
advance. A couple of other spanner monkeys from another tribe came to help
and it soon became apparent that the centrifugal advance weights in the
dizzy has shattered... ooops.
Nice Christmas paper, Mrs.
Forty, (sorry.... Mrs. Coulsell)
On closer inspection the locked
out dizzy had broken free, and needed to be locked again, this time with
springs, lock wire and tie wraps...
As we queued up for the
next round, the British weather proved once again that even in August, rain
was going to cut a days racing short!
Claire's view of the Belle...
stop the racing, but it doesn't stop the Wild Bunch having fun. Lynne
Coulsell was going to be forty in a few days time, so cue the party in
the pits (well the camping field anyway!)
With a sixties theme there was a
great selection of groovy dudes and chicks diggin' the music and having a
fine time. One of our favourites had to be Ed Yates, who not only managed to
dress up, but also managed to find his groove in true sixties fashion. (We
messed up big time and forgot to get down with the vibe, man)