A Busy Few Weeks For Caroline – The Turnbull Trophy – 7th of July

By Caroline Lodge

I actually thought the next weekend would be spent spectating. However following a call from Keith Taylor, I set off the following Sunday to compete on the Turnbull Trophy at Albemarle, sitting in a 2.5 Scooby with a bloke called Jim Sharpe.

After a quick hello and belt adjustment we were soon out in the car, last week I was in car 81, this week I was in car 6! I had asked Jim how he wanted the route calling, his answer, ‘ah just keep me right on the splits, it will be OK’, no pressure there then. Albemarle has everything, big wide corners, tight twiddly bits, chicanes, splits, hundreds of blooming cones and on this day LOTS of dust. Going flat in 6th into a cloud of dust hiding a chicane is a bit exciting! Jim and I seemed to get on OK, we were servicing next to Barry and Mike so there was a bit of socialising too. My 12 car pal Charlotte turned up to watch with 22 month old Pip. This was Pip’s first rally and she loved it, her summary of the day was, ‘the cars go bruuuummmmm’.We were setting good time and were in the top 5 until a puncture of SS6 lost us a whole load of time and pushed us down to 8th. We were also having problems with the gearbox mounting and our service crew Rodney had to fettle that a number of times. 2 further punctures towards the end of the last stage did not hinder us much and we held on to 8th position. Picking up a 3rd in class award.

Jim Sharpe & Caroline Lodge

Other club members had mixed results, Peter Taylor took First overall, winning by over 3 ½ mins, where as Barry and Mike had climbed to 10th place before an intermittent problem saw them retire on SS6.

Once again a good rally and they even organised sunshine all day.

Now I could carry on and tell you about Greystoke stages the following week, but you are probably sick of me now and I know that Barry has been at his keyboard to tell you about that event.

4 weekend, 4 rallies, 5 trophies (oh and a trip to Goodwood in amongst all that), not bad going I think. I have a couple of weeks off now before the long haul up to Elgin for the Speyside Stages with Rachel again.