Posts Tagged ‘Rallying’

Dash for Progress

Posted: 5th September 2012 by asteriskr in Rallye 16v, Welding
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About to become exceptinoally busy with work which will put a dampner on much progress in the coming month or so and as a result I am trying to make a bit of a push on the car. I suspect the biggest development is to finally decide the direction for the build, which is now intended for stage rallying. So with that in mind picked up a few more bits Peugeot Sport France (PSF) style sumpguard and mounting that will need to be welded onto the front of the car.

Sumpguard

Sumpguard

Wilwood hydraulic handbrake conversion kit was next. The current handbrake has now been drilled with a 2.5mm hole uinto which a locking pin (bit of stainless steel bicycle spoke) can be insterted to make it a fly-off lever by disabling the ratcheting mechanism and will now need a tab welding on so that the bracket that drives the piston can be attached. I need to have a look at leverage ratios to make sure I mount it properly.

Hydraulic Handbrake

Hydraulic Handbrake

My friend Stu who makes a good living out of welding day in day out kindly did the honours on my EPAS column:

Which has meant that I can reassemble the unit and get it back in the car. I just need to finish assembling it with the support bearing and tube that fits near to the boss. What a mission this has been.

EPAS

Welded in the rear mounts for the fuel cell container – the alloy for the retaining straps turned up today too. Looks a bit messy at the moment, but it will clean up nicely.

Fuel Cell Mounting

…well not one of mine, but that’s not the point.

My wife bought me a trip to Gwynnespeed down in Gloucestershire last year, but getting down there has taken some planning. They’ve recently moved to a new venue and it was a first for me driving a 106 on gravel and that alone made the trip down from Manchester well worth it. I was there for the all day session and saw a noticeable improvement in my driving. Had a good chat with Andy Gwynne – I hadn’t realised that he’d been in the original 106 cup rallying series.

After two trips up to see Chris Birkbeck I am not new to driving on gravel, but have to say Andy’s setup is something special. Great tuition and a good venue. I was very lucky to get some fantastic weather given what it was like elsewhere in the UK. We had rain on and off, but by the afternoon it was dry and dusty on the course. No need for the handbrake to get the car sideways or around the corners, just brake, turn in and feather the throttle. Awesome.

Would very much recommend it to any one looking to have a laugh and improve their driving and car handling – especially if you have a 106. Knackering day though (drive home seemed to take forever) and it felt so weird getting back into the car and driving on roads when you’ve been sliding around all day on gravel.

Rallying

Rallying

Rallying

Rallying

Rallying

Rallying

Rallying

Posted: 28th October 2008 by asteriskr in Driving
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Top birthday weekend away doing some rally driving. It was ace! Chris Birkbeck’s rally school up near Guisborough provided the venue and the hardware…

Sideways Focus