This being the first day of the event, HPV time was much evidenced and things didn't get underway properly until after 08:00. Projected start time was 07:30. Bah! The Mudstang and I did sweep - checking the course for stray motons, cows, alien spacecraft etc. after the road was closed. Some people were more successful than others: Adam Ince dropped Adam's Folly twice on starting, in spite of their radical use of String Technology on their launch dolly, and elected to practice starting some more before doing it in anger again.
|Most people just hold the non-bike end of their String Technology|
|Dutch PSOs attend to Christien and Velox 4. I believe that's David Wielermaker's wife with the camera...|
|Rocky gives his considered opinion on how to fettle Slippery Slug's drivetrain|
Mike Sova and I are on our way out to the course, but dive into the supermarket across the street; me for fags and Mikey for potato-based salty snackettes which, incidentally, were foul. I am waiting for Mikey to pay for his habanero 'n' lime flavoured Things when another customer notes that "It" has started. Exit Mr Larrington at a dead run to raise the Mudstang's roof ere it turns into a hot tub.
Radio issues and general rustiness ensure that HPV time is once again the Order of Things. We overran our permitted road closure period by the thick end of ten minutes, but at least everyone appeared to adhere to the 15 metre start rule which caused so much argument last year. Speeds for the early runners were hampered by too strong a wind, plus the rain had dropped the ambient temperature a fair whack, but things settled later on. And culminated in Rik and Velox 4 being the third person evvah to clock over 80 mph, after decking the bike at his first attempt to launch. The timers initially thought that Christien was the rider, and there was Great Rejoicing, but the lady was, alas, sitting in the chase vehicle and not in the bike.
|Nu-tech filming #1: the Todd-Cam|
|Nu-tech filming #2: the Black Helichopter|
On why Al Krause is a Bad Man: Alice had already drawn some flames in the dirt behind the Mudstang's front wheel. Al had to go one better:
The legs were added by Mr Larrington lest he be required to surrender his copy of "The God Delusion".
- I've actually heard some of the Toronto PSO2s refer to Jun as "Professor Nogami" this year!
- PSO = Penniless Student Oaf.