26.09.2013 - 26.09.2013 19 °F
I have deliberately skipped Day 4 as will add at the end to get the photos in....they won us a prize...TEAM WHO SHOWED BEST SPIRIT OF THE COUPE DES COLS. Now you are on tenter hooks aren't you!
So onto Day 5. But before I do that I need to tell you Team Bianca was lying 4th in Class by the end of Day 3. I KNOW....WE CAN'T BELIEVE IT EITHER. I squealed and whooped when it was announced...our beloved Bianca took it all in her stride!
So this morning pretty weary but buoyed by our 4th place we were raring to go. Col de la Forclaz Benularity went pretty well. It seems The Navigator 'might' have started getting the hang of timings and doing things in a rotation of checks with my eyes...trip meter/Benularity (timings) Sheet/tulips again, again and again for 18.81km.
On to T.C. 5:3 Montaimont where we passed through Albertville and looked for Pussy (it's a town near Bonneval!). Then up Col de la Madelaine at 2,000m with its extraordinary rock formations. Photos not possible as putting the camera out the window with a sheer drop of that height was not an option. At one point The Driver asks..."why are you so quiet?" He's bloody hilarious isn't he! No barriers, nothing to break the fall, flashing images of falling vehicles...I could hardly breathe let alone speak!
Here's two photos for you...
The small light blue car you can see is a Triumph TR3A being driven by Geoff and navigated by Vince, who gave us hours of entertainment both on and off the roads.
We go to an Ice Circuit Serre Chevalier. No ice in sight but OMG it was fun. My screaming was apparently louder than the tyre squeal and engine noise combined. We were the last to go and, grinning, the wonderful Rally Marshalls let us do it again. This time The Driver got Bianca on two wheels. The official photographer fled thinking we were going to flip over and we did it in 1.37 - two seconds faster than the first lap! Sadly only the first time counted but it was still one of the fastest times and I think will possibly go down in Liege/Rome/Liege Rally 2013 history as it was mentioned in dispatches at dinner. Look on this link if you are simply dying for more info, www.liegeromeliege.eu then click on 'day reports Day Five'. There is a write-up and photo of Bianca with "compressed wheels".
I didn't make it to dinner...exhaustion took over...so didn' t hear Bart announce we came 1ST IN CLASS today! OH MOTHER OF ALL JOYS! Let's go home now on that stratospheric note!