The first autotest of the year was run on Tim Finch’s fields beside his house. This came about due to having to cancel the autotest at Longpark when the weather was still wet.
With two different test routes set up in two different fields it was a perfect venue. The ground had a slight slope away from the start / finish, the grass was still wet from the overnight rain which would hamper the early runners.
Days before the test the club acquired the second car for members to use / hire. The Diahatsu Charade was a good runner after a bit of work with Bits bought off Carlisle Motor Factors.
Test 1 Geoffrey was quickest with 1m 44, followed by Tim on 1m 48 then Peter on 1m 49, then Neil & Sarah T on 1m 51.
Test 2 was a re-run with some of the grass rolled down times were quicker. Neil was quickest with 1m 37, Sarah, Geoffrey, Barry & Peter all got 1m 39.
Test 3 In the other field and marshalled by Caroline. This test involved forward and reverse. Sarah was fastest with 1m 07 followed by Rob on 1m 09 the Emily on 1m 10 then Barry & Neil on 1m 14.
Test 4 was a re-run, proving that women are the fastest at reversing Sarah went fastest again with 1m 05 equal with Geoffrey. Emily also showed it was no flook with 1m 07 then John and Tim on 1m 10.
Positions after test4
|1st||Sarah Taylor||5m 42s|
|2nd||Geoffrey Harkness||5m 45s|
|3rd||Peter Taylor||5m 52s|
|4th||Neil Thomlinson||5m 55s|
|5th||Emily Davies||6m 01s|
|=||Barry Lindsay||6m 05s|
|8th||Rob Hodgson||6m 08s|
|9th||Tim Finch||6m 12s|
|10th||John Ross||6m 25s|
|11th||Nigel Harkness||6m 26s|
|12th||Kevin Johnson||6m 36s|
|13th||Keith Taylor||6m 51s|
|14th||Dean Graham||7m 08s|
Test 5 was a new route around the same cones, marshalled by Michael. Peter was quickest with 1m 22 followed by John with 1m 23 then Barry & Nigel on 1m 25. The test caught out 6 (Geoffrey, Emily, Sarah, Dean, Keith & Rob) all getting confused
Test 6 was a repeat and everyone got it correct, Tim was quickest with 1m 14 followed by Geoffrey & Neil on 1m 16 then Peter & Barry on 1m 17.
Test 7 was also a new route around the existing cones on the other test site, again timed by Caroline. Neil and Tim were quickest with 1m 06, followed by Peter on 1m 07 then Sarah & Barry on 1m 08.
Final test was the repeat, Rob was quickest with 1m 05 followed by Tim, Peter & Geoffrey on 1m 06 then Neil & Barry on 1m 08.
Thanks to Tim for the use of his land, Michael, Caroline & Ian for marshalling, and Joe & Neil for help acquiring & storing the new club car.
Photos of the event can be found Here
|1st||Peter Taylor||10m 44s|
|2nd||Neil Thomlinson||10m 53s|
|3rd||Barry Lindsay||11m 04s|
|4th||Tim Finch||11m 11s|
|5th||Geoffrey Harkness||11m 14s|
|=||Sarah Taylor||11m 14s|
|7th||John Ross||11m 35s|
|9th||Emily Davies||11m 55s|
|10th||Nigel Harkness||11m 57s|
|11th||Rob Hodgson||12m 10s|
|12th||Kevin Johnson||12m 31s|
|13th||Dean Graham||12m 51s|
|14th||Keith Taylor||12m 57s|
(Photo © Helen R. Gibbon / Spadeadam Motor Club)