Disastrous drive home

After a long delay for the final run Rob and I set of home from Prescott (near Gloucester) to Norwich. Car was getting smoky during runs (see below) but seemed to be running fine.

Half an hour after we left we got stuck in a huge traffic jam due to some roadworks. Suddenly the car stopped and we had to push it into the middle of a dug-up area of ground. Quick checks showed no fuel at the carbs. We put more in from a saintly fellow competitor who was passing by (very friendly championship) but it didn’t help as there was already plenty in the tank. I sent Rob off to find where we are so we could call the AA. In the end by the time he came back the car was running – I assume the problem was vapour look and we set off again. Hours behind schedule.

It went from bad to worse. The engine quickly dropped back to 3 and was producing more and more smoke. We had to stop every 30 minutes and fill up with oil. By the time we got back to Norwich, having used 8 litres of oil and very tired and exhausted it was nearly Midnight.

About Shoestring

I just an ordinary guy with a busy job trying to compete in motorsport. I like to make things difficult for myself by living far away from most of the venues, using a car known to have "issues" and living in the cobble-streeted heart of a Cathedral city and therefore having no room to store a trailer or a van. This means that I have to drive to every event. Or get creative with hire vans...
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