As it was the 25th anniversary running of the LeJog this year the organisers asked if TDMC could possibly run two tests, the normal Cornwall College one and the Land’s End test which we have run a number of times over the years, but the one we ran twenty five year’s ago. This put quite a strain on the club for marshals and I know both John Collins and I struggled to get sufficient to man all the points necessary.
Saturday 7th December was dark, bleak and damp when I arrived at Land’s End at 06.00 to find Geoff Gibson had beat me to it, Geoff had gone down on Saturday afternoon to set out the cones, tape etc., but of course overnight most of the tape had gone. Anyway It was soon finished and we set about signing on the marshals who were all on site before 06.45.
Geoff was assisted with the start control by Derek House who was the club’s chairman when I first got involved in about 1971, not only that but Chris and Joanna Cock maned the finish time control and they were also on the committee at that same time, in fact Joanna was club secretary when I first joined.
As it was the events 25th anniversary the organisers had a very good entry. Car 1 was a 1924 Bentley Le Mans, with a Model A Ford at 2 and a rather noisy 1927 Bentley Super Sport at 3. All open topped and though some did have the canvas hoods. Another five Bentley’s followed in within the top fifteen and a very nice 1938 Chevrolet Fangio Special at 9. You certainly needed to be committed to enter such an event in an open top car, particularly at this time of year. The all lady crew of Susan Holyoake and Claire Lawson in a series 1 Land Rover were running at 14.
It was quite amusing at the start because the organisers issued the competitors with there timecards at TC1 which was inside the Land’s End hotel, but this was only done three minutes prior to their start time of the first test, so we had a number of cars getting ready to line up with drivers tooting their horns trying to hurry up their navigators. When they finally got to the start line some of the navigators had to be reminded to put on their seat belts and one or two to get out the route diagram for the first test.
It was good to see such good a selection of ‘old cars’ from Porches, Triumph TR’s, 2000’s, Rovers, Mk1 Ford Cortinas, Mini’s, Alfa Romeos and Volvo Amazons to name a few.
The Cornish crew of father and son Roger and Tom Bricknell were running at 74 in their Mk1 VW Golf GTi. Tom went off the line very quickly as though he meant business and according to our finish timing crew it certainly appeared as though they were the fastest car through the Land’s End test. We will await the event results with interest.
Many thanks to all the TDMC marshals for turning out at both tests and of course to all the competitors who gave us an entertaining morning.