Hour Endurance Race
the 25 hour race
from Jim Crow, Driver, Team 35 (the straight flyers) :-
"Accomodation en route.A friend of ours grew up in Tanganyika-now Tanzania.
Her father was the Commodore of the Dar es Salaam yacht club in the late 1950's.
It is still there and functioning, as her bother visited the place about 18 months
ago. The YC says that they will be happy to accomodate the (Virtual) rallyists
en route, although space might be a little on the tight side.
Kenya. Helen Roberts' (team 21) husband runs a quarry and lime kiln. The quarry
is often used by local car rallies including the (Virtual) Equator Rally and
the quarry could possibly be used for some special stages in the Rallye Sud.
Also Helen might be able to provide free eye tests for participants when we
reply "Jim, thank you for your thoughtful message.
It is splendid to be able to stay with hosts en route. A
large part of the enjoyment is to hear about the local conditions,
try local foods etc. I have organised a block booking with
Econo-Inns "one star, that twinkles world wide" but
it's a big concession to globalisation."
Note: I was asked about the M25 "Could I give
a bit of background" OK.... Britain has two sorts of
roads namely Ancient and Roman. Ancient roads allow you to
follow lay lines, go along ridges, around golf courses, through
fords (yes, even in ancient times) and generally wander about
all over the place. They can be confusing so the main ones
are given names like the London Road, the Portsmouth Road.
It is possible that the place mentioned is at one end of
the road but not always the case (unlike hospitals where
it is forbidden to have them in the same place as their name)
Roads go in straight lines and have Roman names like the
Forumall Way. The one exception is the M25 actually written
in Roman as the MXXV Way which was the number of steps
it took to get back to where you started from. It was a circular
road. Lost in the mists of time, it is thought that the
Romans suffered from disorientation as a result of the very
foggy conditions that used to plague ancient Briton. Modern
road building techniques enabled the construction of a shorter
'ehm vingt cing petite' to facilitate a faster circumnavigation
of the capitol but it was strangled by its own popularity
and was never as genuinely circular as the M25 anyway.
We will avoid the North and South Circulars.
M25 has a similar function nowadays to the 'Terriferique' which
is a genuine motoring experience. It has two forms, the exterior
and the interior allowing Parisians to go in both directions.
the approach is different. Speed is hinted at on the M25 by
illustrations of cameras and signs advising of speed limits
whereas the Terriferique has two speeds, stop and go. Go has
more conviction than on the M25 and to add to the sense of
movement it is general practice to change lanes as often as
possible. This is not done on the M25. Most cars have a favourite
lane and stick to it the only time sudden lane changing and
high speed is used is when a 'slip' lane is encountered.
word on signals. While these are universally unpopular at the moment you
may feel that a gesture is appropriate. Please be aware that signaling
numbers with your fingers is not considered to be good form numbers one
and two usually invoke anger, three and four, anger after a spell of confusion
and naught should be avoided at all costs.
are not allowed on the M25 so we will have the Le Mans style start in
a car park in Staines which is de rigeur particularly in the Councilor
Dimwiddy Memorial Car Park.
assist our visitors from abroad we are installing a Bob-Cutler Translating
Machine shortly. Bob has been a member of the 'Ealing Feeling French Society'
(originally 'le resistance') for many years and this, combined with his
knowledge of parts of all sorts will help us resolve even the most niggling
of issues. Please send in a few phrases for translation to French so that
we can install and test the e-quipment.
driver of team 14, used to fly in Wellingtons.
from Helen Roberts Team 21 (In connection with P
Duck's use of naval octane fuel to achieve high speed being met with organisers'
implementation of standard fuel for all participants) "hmm my
engine is adapted to take surgical spirit"
is actually a scientific mixture. Branded in France as l'essence de l'essence
and sold under the Helf brand, it is, as its name suggests a 'helthy essence'
and must contain Surgical Spirit (for Health), liquid coke (for power),
Parafin (for smooth movement), Diesel (for pollution) and nitros Oxide
(for happy motoring).
entrants who have submitted paperwork now have cars registered. The committee
has had difficulty finalising the 25 hour endurance race start arrangements.
As the M25 goes both ways it seemed like a good idea to offer the choice
to the teams. Even though the question "Do you want to keep your
currency?" Brought an immediate and unanimous answer, no reply was
committee is obliged to make teams' mind up for them when obstacles are
encountered so they set about the task. The first proposal was that the
odd teams should go to the left and the others to the right. This sadly
was abandoned due to the inability to identify which ones were the odd
teams with 100% confidence. The idea of red cars going to port and green
to starboard was another good suggestion but Citroen's wide colour range
and the use of multiple colours ensured this one was also a non starter.
the time-honoured technique used by the FA a double sided metal choice
making technique was used and we are all going clockwise, starting from
the historic battlements of Staines Town. (Scientists have, for some time
now, for unknown reasons, been trying to eliminate Staines. Indeed some
say they are working on Slough too. It's a pity they can't leave well
enough and finish their work on the wonder drug we are all waiting for.)
Kick off (a la FA) is at two thirty.
ensure the accuracy of timings we have been in negotiation with the Governments
across Europe to see if agreement could be reached to add an hour to the
19th so that no disruption is caused by running a 25 hour race in England.
More news on this subject is expected shortly...
in reply to Team details submission from Alan Cole (#27)
I have processed your Rallye Carnet. There is one thing to sort out possibly
are your extra pairs of snow shoes, your extra tablets and your second
second aid kit - do you know something I dont?
Alan Cole (#27) REPLY:
Dick - I didn't think I had requested extras as listed below. I just put
these under 'and finally specify, object of choice 1, 2 & 3' as I
thought you had to give reasons for your 1st 2nd & 3rd choice? Obviously
wrong, so what is one supposed to do there?
REPLY TO Alan Cole (#27) : Life is a
tightrope and if Rallye Sud was less complex people would complain that
it wasn't 'interesting' enough. I am sorry, I think you may have used
common sense over and above the call of duty...
Overview: The idea was to have five missing items (simulating the real
life situation where you find you have to leave something behind) these
five are the means by which candidates are selected to enjoy hazards (in
life not having wheels on your aeroplane would be an analogy, sooner or
later you would enjoy a more interesting than usual landing). The three
items 'of your choice' wasn't meant to carry the perfectly readable grammatical
meaning 'selected from your choice of five items not taken' rather (being
on the list of items to be taken) an additional three items enabling teams
to express their individuality and thus be recognisable by interest and
possession by other competitors.
The rules say "You must not have any object that has not been selected
from the list (of items taken) with you, your car or your passengers during
the entire course of the rallye. The three objects of choice will be any
items you wish so long as you supply a clear description of each. You
will encounter hazards en-route and your equipment and answers to questions
will effect your score for each stage. You will be free to express comments
and to make remarks at any stage."
On a health and safety issue there was a clause added on 17 Sept 2002
(where the rules are changed the amendments are timestamped and published
on the Admin page) "The luggage rules were altered in the interests
of good personal hygiene to read :- "Entrants can take 35 items from
the list below which includes three items of their own choice (it's easier
to mark the 5 you're not taking with an x).....Anything else can be taken
(e.g. fresh underwear) but nothing that can be used in any way instead
of the 5 items not chosen".
This covered all sorts of items (including hankies, condoms, etc) that
were not on the official list and people might want to take but didn't
have to mention (your passport, international driving licence etc would
also qualify) but had to be restricted to ensure they did not offer a
loophole for people to find a pair of wheels in their pocket at the last
minute when they were landing the plane without wheels. If this caught
on it would have been difficult for me to catch people out and although
no-one wants anyone to be caught out ironically if they are not the predictability
co-efficient increases and interest would suffer.
Your choice was valid. You were taking extra quantities of things already
indicated as 'on your list'. In some instances quantity is a key factor
(e.g. water in the desert)
I hope that this helps. I hope you will be on the podium soon.
(Supplementary) REPLY TO Alan Cole (#27)
am doing the preparation for the 25 hour endurance race on Saturday and
I am worried about you going in a Lomax. I have put your image on the
entrants' page on the web site but to enable satisfying or realistic effects
in animation I have to use many angles, I didn't have the heart to refuse
the H-Vans joining the 2CV rallye (I may have been relaxed as they are
the nearest thing to a motoring brick anyway and aren't hard to draw.)
The Lomax however offers a number of problems. The first is the passengers
- There are precious few pictures to work from (people take pictures of
lomaxes empty) the representation is likely to be bad as humans are supposed
to look elegant (while with metal there is more leeway) and finally the
rear wheel is well tucked away due to the angel of view it looks as if
it's missing if represented faithfully. To get a car round a hairpin I
need about 12 views and this is going to be a problem to achieve at high
quality without picture sources.
You can of course still go in your lovely lomax but you may wish to go
in one of your 2CVs (or an ideal one from the pool). I would be happy
for the lomax to be transported to each camp/hotel in one of the fleet
of car transporters if you would like to take evening spins or would miss
it too much if it stayed at home.
A reply asap would be appreciated. Good luck in the Endurance in any case
Message from Alan Cole, Driver,(#27)
In response to your last 2 e-mails, the 3 items of my own choice
are as follows:
Aerosol puncture repair can
One 2 metre length of perforated steel plate (Somerfield tracking)
Search and rescue beacon with international distress frequencies of 243.0
Re M25 endurance race, I think I'll go clockwise.
I also attach 6 photos of the Lomax with someone in it and some showing
a bit of rear wheel. I'm a bit short on pics with people but hope these
will help. I do want to go in the Lomax if possible and don't want to
be transported between camps/hotels.
from Alan Cole, Driver,(#27)
my mind, sorry. Instead of the puncture repair aerosol at 1. below, I'd
like to take 'a window of opportunity' as I think it might be more useful!!
(further) REPLY TO Alan Cole (#27)
I like the window of opportunity! I would like you to have the aerosol
as well for educational purposes as a special concession from the organisers
- does it work like shaving crème?
for allowing you correspondence to be published. Your interpretation of
the rules has 'followers' (drafting legislation must be a nightmare -
keeping it simple leaves bigger holes than one would imagine, keeping
it tight reveals that you (rather me) are insane)
Thanks for your cooperation with the pictures. The ones you sent are very
helpful but I still don't have a rear view (I am not a sad person - it's
needed for technical reasons) The unfortunate effect of publishing is
that the 'public' see what's going on behind the scenes rather than enjoying
seeing 'real' cars and drivers in competition they have to suffer the
disappointment of realising that nothing is real.
from Alan Cole, Driver,(#27)
Please find attached a rear view.