Just got back from the RHOCaR Club End-of-Season Weekend bash. I really enjoyed the run there and back, all cross country no motorways, 60 miles each way, weather glorious and the car behaving nicely (Although on the way back I was wearing noise-cancelling headphones so the engine could have been tearing itself apart and I would be none the wiser). The cooling was absolutely perfect with the fan just kicking in occasionally. And passed 16,000 miles on the way home.
And while I really don't like driving in a big formation, as everyone else goes too fast for me, the charity run was also OK as we all got separated after 1 mile when
we hit a very difficult junction to get out and join a main road and it
took about 1-2 mins for each car to escape. I had no chance of
catching up with the chap in front so just pottered along and
followed the satnav for 16 miles. Funnily enough I was the first to
arrive at the pub as everyone else got lost.
was having a bit of clutch trouble (found it difficult to select 1st
and reverse in the car park, so joined the return run right at the back
and made no effort to keep up. In fact clutch problem did not manifest
again and although I never exceeded 60 I picked up the tail end of the
procession with 1 mile to go.
The do itself is really a chance to chat to people and discuss cars and that was good, Unfortunately the band in the evening was way to loud
and not my type of music at all. I did win at the Bingo, and my prize
was a roll of insulating tape !! Actually more useful than many of
the other prizes
Tent was fine and
I slept reasonably well apart from being woken at 0400 by a rain storm and
then 0600 by an aircraft from East Midlands (we were very close).
I set up camp as far away from the band as I could, in
between 2 dead caravans, to act as wind breaks. And car buttoned up
for the rain we knew was coming overnight (Tarpaulin covering engine
inside bonnet as well based on past experience).
Did have a couple of interesting chats this morning. I asked one chap
to take her for a test run as recently I have noticed a
vibration/rattle/clunk at low speeds. he gave her a clean bill of
health but was amazed at how stiff the clutch was. Another one tried it and
said the same. I told them it was a Superspec design problem and told
them to sit in another car to check it. They both proclaimed his
clutch much lighter than mine. So I guess it's time to go in there and find out why
it is stiff (pedal, cable or clutch).