Day 6. I think. We’ve actually been gone from home a week now. Weather was a BIG factor again. Drove through a heavy rain, poor visibility, wind. Does this sound the same? Maybe, but much worse today. More rain in the forecast.
A serendipitous meeting with VW enthusiasts from Indiana. We had just pulled off I70 to get gas and there was a bright green 74 VW! Christine and Kimball had taken the chance of catching up with us. Couldn’t have planned the timing if we’d tried. They ran with us to Mid American Motor Works for lunch which was planned for all the racers.
Anxiety increased when we left the lunch stop. The engine seemed a bit sluggish, which at first I thought was headwinds. But when we got up to speed, it was missing at part throttle, but not at full throttle. No time to work on it on the road, the GPS numbers were giving us only 15 minutes to spare. We made our time anyway, but then Stewball was hard to start when Jan attempted to move it to the parking lot. After check in, I leaned the fuel mixture 1/3 turn, replaced the distributor rotor-which has been a chronic problem on this car-and pushed the spark-plug wires in firmly, trying to cover all the bases. We took it out for a test run on the interstate. All OK and back to full power. But it may be temperature related and maybe my test run didn’t get it hot enough. Cross you fingers, we’ll see what today brings.
One more “difference”. A rule change. The Schuster class cars, the antiques, including us now are allowed an additional 10 minutes for every 100 miles since much of the time we run highway speeds. This is a significant change and works a disadvantage for us since we have always met out time but don’t make much effort on the scavenger hunt that is part of the rally which takes place after the rally day is over
. We are ususally too exhausted by the time we get in. Yes, Virginia, there is a scavenger hunt.
P.S. We have learned the shipping value of the cars. Stewball is exactly 1/10 of the average declared value of the others.