May 9: Day 2. Where to start, so much has happened but the first thing that stands out is how many car breaks downs there have already been. We’ve had our own issues with the rally computer malfunction, the windshield wipers and now a problem headlight.Ed determined now that it was not the bulb when the new bulb didn’t work. He determined it was corrosion at the fuse box and we have light again. Age and moisture most likely.
But our problems are nothing compared to stories we hear and see. Is it the number of British cars? The rally conditions? Preparations? Maybe I’ll have some answers as this goes on. We know of front end problems, clutch failure, ignition problems, but the photos say it all. And these are just a few of the ones I’ve snapped.
Now if anyone is following the ranking based on performance, I must say that Stewball will look quite bad since we are taking two days out of the rally to go to Leslie’s graduation and will be penalized for not competing the next two days.
Stewball did have his day as a race car, making Richard Petty proud. (NOT!). We drove VIR (for non-car followers, the Virginia International Raceway). At the end of day 2, I drove in a consistency run. Our daughter, Lilla and her friend Chad met us at the raceway and Lilla navigated. Now I had no idea what I was doing and neither did Lilla, but we actually did quite well. The purpose is not to drive fast, but to do three laps at exactly the same speed. In all we were 24 sec. off. I know many others did better, but we were novices so I am pleased. This moring Ed drove the timed trial, which was 2 rounds with an expected speed of 50. He made 42.5 which for our little car we thought was great. Again, his first time on a race track. Not ready for the big time, but fun all the same.
Now here is the final thing. Quite by accident, Ed took a very short video of Stewball on VIR. If I can just figure out how to post it on the blog, you’ll get a chance to see him.