Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Rally Report: Editor of the Berkeley Enthusiasts Club Newsletter Writes from the Liège-Brescia-Liège Rally

Sunday morning (13 July, 2008) :

Nine Berkeleys entered (Over 50 cars total )and 9 still running after 2 full 12 hour driving days and 650 miles, for some who drove from the UK -over 800. The rally has included two kart track driving tests and taking electronic photos of checkpoints on the way to prove you have driven the route and have map reading skills. In fact the co-drivers have nearly one hours homework each night to plöt the route for the next day -- this is no holiday, especially when you are on short sleep! All have had minor problems but today is the first real test -into the Alps, starting from the BMW Museum Munich. The weather has been cool - great for the engines but wet, so wet bums has been a common driver complaint! Unfortunately the Messerschmitt Tigers are beating the Berkeley REteam at present! But we are hoping that our team shirts, caps, overalls and LBL -Berkeley coffee mugs will win something!! The scenery despite the weather has been great through Belgium and Germany. Spa Francorchamps circuit lived up to its reputation - it was raining.

(Ray and Nigel Halliday -- England, are piloting a 1959 Berkeley B105 in the Liège-Brescia-Liège Rally)

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