Rally North Wales will be the first rally to be organised to the new Rally 2WD format when the popular event runs in classic Welsh forests on Saturday 24 March.
The organising team from Wolverhampton and South Staffs Car Club has confirmed a partnership with R2WD, the new initiative designed to rekindle support for gravel rallying for all two-wheel drive cars, both modern and historic.
Rally2WD has been developed to encourage back the groups most adversely affected by the move to a single field running in performance order. The historic and lower powered front-wheel drive entries have been decimated as a result and it is those competitors that are the target for Rally 2WD, along with all other two-wheel drive cars, historic or modern, that have disappeared from the sport.
“As one of the longest established clubs we need to ensure that our major event of the year is on a sound financial platform,” said Guy Weaver, chairman of WSSCC. “We see R2WD as a way of building support for Rally North Wales by attracting back crews in two-wheel drive cars who have been put off by the changes to running order. When added to the excellent re-grading work being completed by Rally 4 Wales, we are confident that we can offer an event that will give everyone a tremendous gravel experience, no matter what type of car they are using.”
Simon Wallis from R2WD said: “There is a great deal of concern about the viability of gravel events for 2018 and beyond. Rally North Wales is a superb event, typically running over world-class stages. This will be an ideal opportunity to get competitors in all types of two-wheel drive cars, both modern and historic, back out rallying again.”
The team behind R2WD has already received pledges of support for the event from 20 crews and this number is growing rapidly. The RNW organisers are considering capping the entry at a maximum of 120 cars and may introduce an entry deposit scheme later in the year.
Events choosing to adopt the Rally 2WD concept will effectively run two back-to-back rallies: the first one for all two-wheel drive cars, both modern and historic, and the second event for all four-wheel drive cars. The concept allows both events to run within one day, with all stage action running between 9am and 5pm while fully meeting all MSA requirements.
The concept for Rally 2WD events will put the entire two-wheel drive field through all stages first to complete their competitive mileage, followed as soon as possible by the four-wheel drive field. It is expected that the on-going work of Rally4Wales will ensure that the four-wheel drive cars will still enjoy very good road conditions.
This has generated alot of interest from the cat 1 car drivers which are small engined pre 1967 2 wd rally cars that have disappeared from the forests due to the tracks being too rough because of the 4wd cars running first on the road. So expect to see Anglias, MK1 cortina's imps etc back out in the forests if you want to safely get close to the action then marshalling is a great way to get involved see your local motorsport car club they will be more than happy to help you. Online rally marshals' training and accreditation
For rally marshals, there is a new online training and accreditation scheme to ensure that everyone has a common understanding of their roles and responsibilities, the management of spectators and how to handle an incident. This should take less than an hour tom complete.
best upgrade i made to my cabinet the small pipe on the pick up tube ensures a smooth flow of media to the gun, i can turn the pressure down for delicate work. I use glass bead for carbs, manifolds and small brackets i don't bother doing big stuff like wheels i have chem cleaning company at £15 per wheel, cheaper than the blast media and electricity you have to use.
Hi don't know what happened with the link, Geoff finished the rally with no second gear and held the lever to keep it in third for the whole rally, some brave driving in the wet on the Manx lanes flat out in third steering one handed. He was seeded car 129 in the overall event (a round of the British rally championship) and finished 74th overall 29th historic and 5th in class H1 pre 68 cars.
Now looking forward to getting back into the forests as a group of rally enthusiasts and organisers have found a way round the stupid MSA seeding for gravel rallies.
if you are fitting a bush with a metal outer sleeve make sure the hole in the arm it is going into is spotlessly clean and apply some light oil to both metal surfaces. if fitting rubber bushes or poly bushes use brake cleaner as a lubricant as it evaporates off.
fit an overflow bottle, fill bottle half full of coolant, fill rad full, start car get up to temp of stat opening keeping the radiator as full as possible, revving engine as few times can shift air bubbles and will allow you to see the flow through top of rad confirming pump is good. Make sure heater is in hot position if on a water control valve. when you think you have all the air out fit rad cap and allow to cool completely, as it cools and the coolant contracts it will suck coolant back to rad from overflow, now repeat the warm up routine but with cap on and allow to cool again, keep the level in the overflow bottle at about half way. The idea is as the air rises to top of rad it is vented out into the overflow bottle where you will see it bubble through the coolant. When it cools again any air expelled when hot is replaced with coolant. How many people fill a rad brim full, engine gets hot, water from overflow pipe to floor and they are happy next time they check level and it is down in rad but at same position it always is i.e. it finds it own level. The problem here is you now have a large volume of air in your coolant system that increases cavitation through pump and a coolant/air mix does not cool any where near as good as pure coolant, you will never get all air out but you can give it the best chance by fitting an overflow bottle. When you have run the engine up to temp and cooled down several times you can check you coolant level by marking the overflow bottle in the hot and cold level positions. if it ever changes from these two positions then you have a coolant system problem.
yep a damaged, kinked pipe would give you a pressure reading the same as it should be but you would lack flow. External fuel pump fittings been fitted with PTFE? is some in the pipe causing a flow restriction?