In other news i have decided its time i started competing in motorsport thus giving you an opportunity to see what goes on over here.
Whilst it may not be Ultra 4 (that happens over here but is somewhat limp compared to the Hammers) its still challenging and because its at clubman level it still remains a good day out and giggle for all involved.
You will not be likely to see anything with over 30" tyres in this discipline because they have not been needed in the 60 odd years the sport has been running however the sport is changing and they will creep in over the coming years.
So i present to you CCV trials (competition class vehicle) there is another RTV which is Road Taxed Vehicle trials, but with dwindling turn outs i have grown tired of setting out for the club.
It works like this, there are classes from 1 to 10; 1,2,3 being RTV and the remainder CCV. its classed by wheel base, the shortest being 80" up to 100" and over. class 10 is 'unlimited' which might have dumper tyres, diff locks and fiddle brakes.
I will be running class 8 or 9 i forget which.
The name of the game is to get the lowest score possible.
'sections' consist of 12 gates numbered 12-1. You cannot hit a gate, reverse (unless wheelbase is over 100", then it will be 1 vehicle length of reverse in one maneuver per section) , cross tracks between consecutive gates, divert from the driven line or stop whilst on section.
Trials will consist of 8 to 10 sections per day (some are weekend events)
99% of trials vehicles will be landrover based cause theres a millon of the damn things, however there are a few tube frames creeping in but still based on a landrover.
theres also a few fall over machines but even they are going the way of the dodo.
So this is what i have just purchased.
Its based on an old Range Rover frame with Buick based rover v8 on carbs, backed by a TF727 and a Series 2 Transfer case. The front axle is a 24 Spline Rover and the rear is a Salisbury which is a Dana 60 centre made under licence by GKN albeit with 24 splines which is kinda pointless really, it also has an ARB in the rear.
Its not the best for what i will be doing with it but its complete and ready to go. It does not comply with ALRC rules (ALRC is the Association of Land Rover Clubs which has its own set of trialling rules that require the trials car to be of Land Rover shape an have Land Rover/Rover/British Leyland drivetrain, essentially it is a spec class such as maybe sportsman Ultra 4?) so i can cut it up and modify it how i please. It was cheaper to buy one than to build one so thats what i have done.
First competitive event is at the end of August, so i will take some pictures as i make a complete richard of myself.
Im automatically at a disadvantage due to my 93" wheelbase and 205/80/16 tyres.
I mean in the meantime if i have time to make modifications i will do but dont bank on it.
I picked it up today the 9th but have been around this particular vehicle for near ten years.
It belonged to a fella that has travelled the length of Africa in his 110 Defender solo, he bought it because when the delirium of the trip had died down he got bored, now wants to go travelling again so the toy had to go, hence where i stepped in
The rollcage is to MSA spec and is based again on the Land Rover type thing.
I noticed a few things loading and unloading off the trailer, needs a transmission mount, steering arm is loose, seat is too small for my slender frame, tyres are not their best and it definitely needs all the moss and leaves washing out of the passenger compartment.
Is not being overtaken by weeds as that's where i just parked it, it does however have an Ash tree growing out of the passenger seat. I am Groot.