I purchased my first car a Land Rover Discovery 1 that the previous owner had decided to give up after "upgrading".
The car was relatively cheap (may be a little too cheap!) and I went about preparing the car and myself to enter a "British Cross Country Championship" event.
This turned out not to be such an easy option as I found the chassis and body badly damaged and in need of a lot of repair. This however gave me an opportunity to understand the way the vehicle was built in some significant detail andenabled me to add some of my own modifications and changes.
In 2012 we entered the BCCC "Trophy" class, in the now very distinctive purple livery. Still learning all the time.
The first event of the 2012 season at Pikes Peak and was quite eventful with a roll toward the end of the first da, embaresingly on what should have been a simple corner. I think I cliped a log or bouder on the inside edge just enough to flip the car around. Being a top heavy discovery did the rests and the car "fell over".
On the unday the engine started failing with loss of oil pressure possibly as a result of the roll the preious day.
The second event at Epynt, did not start well, after having replaced the engine (with a spare form a donor car) it kept stalling and feeling low on power.
We were however with considerable help and encoragement from other competitors able to compete and finished the weekend completing all rounds for the weekend.
The third event of the season was Forrest Lodge in Scotland. This meant a full days drive just to get to the site.
The engine problems had been fixed, crossed wires between the water and fuel temperature sensors.
This event again provided a steep learning curve as it is largely long fast gravel surfaces, but this was to be my best event of the season (even managing a podium place for my class).
Forest lodge has subsiquently become a favorate venue enen thogh I still find it an intimidating venue to compete at. I like it here so mutch you will now also find me there in the autume at the Bourders hill rally, but as stage set up and marshal.
The next event, number four of the season was at Radnor. This was to turn out to be our last this year and the last ever for the car. After an aborted first run (getting stuck behind a stranded car) we went out for a second lap, it became obvious early on that we had picked up a puncture and continued on a "little" more cautiously, but on the last major descent, a very long section down a muddy track of varying conditions something "picked up" the back end and the car got cross rutted and rolled over completely, ending back on its wheels.
Establishing that both myself and the navigator were OK we were able to reverse the car out of the stage.
On subsiquent inspection it very quickly became obvious our weekend was over. The roll cage in the car had done exactly what it was designed to do, however, it had become seriously damaged in the process, so the car was loaded back on to the trailer and we became marshals for the Sunday.
I had already decided by this point that this car was too "tired" to compete any further and with the damage to the roll cage it was beyond economical repair.
Due to the loss of the car we spent the rest of the 2012 season as marshals. By this time I had already decided that I wanted to do more!
Time to start the "Project" "Insanity Too".
You can follow the continuing story of how we get on in the new car and all the modifications (intentional and otherwise) in the rest of this site.