This is what happened:
On the way up:
Friday morning started with the excellent (not) breakfast at the Travel Inn. After that we visited Dave Pictons workshop to have a look at the brakes. Amazingly the brakes where rock solid again. We took Daves advise leaving the brakes as they are. Everything seemed ok! After some more chatting and exchanging vlaai for brakefluid we left for the Plough. (again) Filled the car up on our way. RBRR ready….. or maybe not?! Just before entering the Plough the brakes fail again. Damn, there must be some air in the system. As we know Tim will bring a bleedingkit and a spare master cylinder we wait for him to arrive. We use the spare time to chat with Steve who is doing the RBRR in a Dolomite SE. He’s alone and waiting for his co-driver to arrive. A Swedish guy he never met before. Think that’s a challenge! Being in a car for 48 hours with someone you don’t know. Tim arrives a bit later and so does the pouring rain. Not the best moment for bleeding the brakes. After a while the weather clears up, time to start our bleeding session. There’s indeed air in the system and after the bleeding the pedal feels better than ever. Right, now we only have to sticker up the car and we are ready for
Friday 19.00 The Plough
James has obviously spend all day at the hairdresser and shows up in last minute. Finally Team Vlaai is complete and ready for take off. The first leg is pretty much uneventful. We try to keep up with Ben and James in their mk1, but it looks like they are on high adrenaline levels. We decide to take it easy and drive our own speed.
22.24 Blythe Services, 25092mls:
Only a control, no actual stop. I’m back behind the wheel for the next session. The roads become more interesting the further we drive up North. I’ve driven the A68 a couple of times but never in the dark. An interesting challenge as it’s best compared to a rollercoaster ride! I’m following Barry and Caroline in the PI. In Jedburg we stop for petrol and fill up with 24.04 ltrs of Vpower. Odometer says 25272mls. The time is 02.11. We continue on the A68 towards
Only a quick stop for team 28 here. Just signing the roadbook and back on the road again. From here it’s one way to JoG. We cross the
08.34 Seaview Hotel, John O Groats:
John O Groats turns out to be cold and windy and feels very much as the end of the world. Maybe because it is…. The hotel serves a full Scottish breakfast and it’s good to see other entrants again. Most have survived the first leg! After we have the roadbook signed it’s time to carry on. A quick oil check, some windy snapshots and we’re off again.
For the next 24hrs the direction will be south-west. In Castletown we fill up the car with 21 ltrs of petrol. As we move on we soon end up cueing for a traffic light in a town at the end of the world. All very frustrating! It turns out that some idiot on a mini digger is doing roadworks. Possibly not knowing he’s causing the biggest traffic jam in the history of Thurso. Once we’re out on the open roads again we can make up the lost time. Followed by Dave and Fred in their all standard 2000 mk1 we blast down the A836. It’s really funny to see the big saloon going round corners, scratching the door handles on the tarmac. We overtake The Acclaimers who made these great pictures of us. Can't link them direct to this site unfortunately.
Next road on the menu is B871. Very tasty I can tell! The road follows the river Naver, is single track and very twisty. We have some more fun with the Acclaimers who made even more photos. The scenery is awesome. This is what
I let the Acclaimers pass as we need to stop for a pee. Not much later I’m chasing the big Saloon again. This time it’s Dave behind the wheel, again top motoring entertainment!
13.10 Conon Bridge Hotel,
What can I say, this stop must be the highlight of the RBRR, as the marshal at this stop is Mr McGuinness aka McJim. A true Scotsman and more than proud of it. We are very pleased to see the old chap again. He’s always good for a laugh. I brought some traditional “Limburgse Vlaai” which I think he liked a lot. Of course vlaaimaster James couldn’t resist to eat the last slice. To report on the car, brakes are still OK, gearbox is very noisy in 1st and 3rd gear but still going. We topped the engine oil up.
The next section would be wet. Very very wet! The typical Scottish weather showed it's best side. Pouring rain from Loch Ness all the way up to
18.11 Morrison Garage
A classic stop on the RBRR. A former Triumph dealership that has been a control stop since the first RBRR in 1966. They are famous for their Scottish pies which were all gone by the time we arrived. What a shame. Now we have to come back in 2008! Next session it was Theo’s behind the wheel again. As he had some problems with driving the car we sort of agreed that he would drive the motorway sections. We did another fill up we hit the road again. After we passed
At Lancaster Services we met up with Steve. He came along with his dad to cheer up the RBRR teams. Good to see them again!
Now it was my turn again to drive the car. I felt amazingly fresh again after my 2hr nap. This section was mainly motorway.
23.53 Gledrid Services, 26201mls
Another controlled stop.
03.51 Gordano Services, 26351mls
Huge mug of coffee here! I really need some sleep now so Theo will be doing the next section. Possibly the most boring one from the run. A long stretch of motorway driving towards Lands End. I wish him all the best and fall asleep.(ish) As I wake up again I see a blue GT6 mk1 in front of me. Ben and James have catched up again. The motorway changes into the A30 which will lead us straight to Lands End. Somewhere along this road we swap seats and I’m back behind the wheel. As the night turns into day we really trash it down towards Lands End. James is driving Bens car in anger! This is good fun! As the sun comes up again you notice the total different scenery compared to
07.32 Lands End
Time for another well deserved full English breakfast. After the obligatory photoshoot we leave Lands End for more pleasant motoring. Click here to see a short review on the run so far from Martin Randle. Well what can I say...
In convoy with Bens mk1 and Tims mk2 GT6 we blast down the road towards
This is the end of my GPS tracking as my Garmin has run out of memory. RBRR is just to much for it! We are nearing the end of the event, only 3 stops to go!
Next one on the list is a small village called Pimperne. Some local CT members organised a superb stop at their village hall. I recon half of the village was somehow involved in this. The ladies made loads of delicious cakes for us. Awesome!
Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit, last stop before the Plough. Never been here before, but what a great atmosphere. I certainly have to come back one day. This must be one of the coolest places in the world to see classic car racing. Unfortunately we didn’t have much time to wander around, The Plough was waiting for us!
On our way back to the motorway the brakes lost pressure again. Still, not to much to worry about. Plenty of pressure left to stop the car. Once back on the M25 we got stuck in traffic. Luckily it wasn’t for long and we managed to get back at the Plough just after 19.00.
We made it!! Can I now have a pint please!!
Once back at the hotel I got hit by the man with the hammer. All I can say is that I slept very well.
RBRR is a top event! Much better than expected. Although it’s complete madness I certainly will do it again!
The next day we met up with James and Amo for lunch.
Before we could leave for
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After finding a hotel in
In total we did