By David Love
What can I tell you about my involvement in this year’s Countdown? Absolutely nothing!
For some strange reason I thought the Countdown was on the 1st of September so I arranged to be on holiday after that. So for the first time in many years I wasn’t standing out in the middle of nowhere thinking I was in the wrong location as headlights head towards me then turn away only to reappear in 5 minutes. It’s quite scary standing in the dark watching a faint glow bobbing up and down from side to side getting closer only to discover, with relief, it’s only some drunk with a head torch heading home from the pub.
I didn’t totally forsake Motorsport on the day of the rally I just switched to a different type. Many of our older readers will be familiar with the name of Carroll Shelby, he of the Cobra fame and winner of the 1959 Le Mans with Roy Salvadori in an Aston Martin DBR1. His company Shelby American has a small museum that has a daily tour so I decided we should go. Especially as it was free. I didn’t really know much about him other than the Cobra connection but I knew there were cars in the museum so that was good enough for me. I thought that there would be half a dozen or so people for the tour but there were over 30 there. Shelby was a Texan who loved to race but it was discovered he had heart problems and had to give up racing, so he turned his hand to preparation. In the early 60’s he had the idea that a V8 in a lightweight sports car was the way to go and he chose the AC Cobra. As he had contacts in Ford he went to see the CEO Lee Iacocca and persuaded him to part with some engines and money to develop the car so they could “beat the crap out of those Corvettes”. Shelby still owns the original show Cobra, which was on display. Several years ago he turned down an offer of $23,000,000 for it, guess he can’t have been short of a bob or two! When it was new he kept respraying it different colours to make people think he had several cars. There were six Cobras of varying ages on display; one was unpainted with a polished aluminium body and worth around $2,000,000. Continue reading
By John Ross, Clerk of Course
I would like to express my thanks to all members who assisted in the organisation and marshalling of the Countdown this year. Whilst I know my name is at the top of the organisers list as Clerk of the Course, the event would not have got anywhere near the starting blocks without the able assistance of my fellow sub-committee members, Phil, Barry, Ian, Jerry and Mark. Together with Richard Thomson(PR & Timing) Richard Clark & James McWhir (scrutineering) David Robinson (petrol at the Sands Garage) Mike (Noise Check) Helen (photography)Barry Thompson/Barry Lindsay (Opening Car), Mike Lindsay/ Geoffrey Harkness(Closing Car)Dave Love & George Rutherford(PR) and all the marshals who were signed-on, on the night. Without any one of you there would have been a gaping hole in the organisation of this event. If I have missed out anybody that deserves personal thanks may I apologise now. Finally a big thank you goes to the Private Landowners over who’s ground the event ran over. Without which I know the competitors would not have had so much fun.
We have received several e-mails and personal thanks from the competitors who all appeared to have thoroughly enjoyed themselves. To the few who failed to stay within OTL at MC12 I offer my apologises, it was my intention that you would have made it to the end of the event and not failed to reach the end of the first section. Hopefully you will come back for more next year and with luck and a bit of rethinking we will get everybody to the finish.
As for next year I have been asked if I am prepared to put my neck on the block again (somewhere I heard myself agree to this). So with that in mind I have already had the pencil scratching lines over Maps 85 & 86 (other maps may be available)
Here’s looking forward to a successful Countdown 2013.
Please Note: This event has been Cancelled.
Thanks to all those who volunteered to marshall. Hope to see you next year.
Event Regs are now available for the 2010 Countdown Navigational Rally.
Put the date of the 4th/5th of September 2010 in your diaries!
Marshals are wanted for the event – if you think you can help please contact
Photos from the 2009 event can be found HERE
**** The Countdown Navigational Rally, incorporating The Rocket Historic Road Rally & The LaunchPad 12 Car Rally. ****