Day 6: Harstad to Tromsų
Weather: No surprise, more rain. Cleared for a while in evening
Temperature: Quite cold actually
The day started out with pouring rain, the rain continued and continued. The
teams continued the trek to the cape, most at moderate speed. The "top-down
to the Cape"-cars continued top-down, even though the weather was more
suited to roof up and heater on full blast. A mainly uneventful day, although
Odemanns Corvette had a rather nasty accident. Driving along a stretch of
fine road the left front wheel suddenly collapsed.
Here we see Dieter examining the damage. It seems all five wheel bolts
had sheared, making the wheel collapse into the arch. The car had gone
about 200 metres on three wheels and a brake disk... The car is all
original 1966, this is most probably a sign that a full mechanical
checkup is in order.
The Luggage-support team was first on the scene and thanks to friends
among the AmCar-enthusiasts in Tromsų, they were able to organize
garage-space and parts by plane from Oslo. When extra parts proved
necessary these were offered up from the cars of local owners, once
again showing the comraderie of true enthusiasts.
Odemann relaxes again, the Vette is repaired and ready to continue
towards the Cape. Contemplation on what the result might have been if
the wheel-bolts had sheared on the racetrack might be in order...
Many of the cars are beginning to show battle-scars. The Alvis is still
without starter engine and has had the radiator cap removed for the night.
Starterless is no real problem as there is never any shortage of eager
helpers to push-start. The tonneau-cover of the XK120 was leaky and a
makeshift solution was to duct-tape a big bin-bag over it.
Other cars having problems is Ruhls E-type with no charge from the
dynamo and Hillgrubers 300SL with a defect alternator.
A quiet evening in Tromsų provided welcome rest for many of the teams.
Here we see Per Hannestad and co-driver Knut in discussion with John Rondeau.
It is believed that many of the other teams took the opportunity to
explore the nightlife of Tromsų...
Although it was cloudy and drizzly at midnight the midnight sun could
be sensed lurking. This photo was taken at exactly midnight!
Still, with the North Cape only 2 days away the teams are in high
spirits and will keep going, come hell or high water. This, incidentally
is the weather forecast for tomorrow...
As a side note I can mention that the police seem to be keeping tabs on
the rally. On the last couple of kilometres in to Tromsų there were two
speed traps in operation. Too bad for the police that by the time they had
rigged their equipment most of the contestants had passed.
|1.||30||John Noble||Austin-Healey 3000 BT7|
|2.||31||Fritz Textor||Jaguar XK140 Roadster|
|3.||16||Walter Rotlauf||Bugatti Typ 40|
|3.||24||Joachim Riecken||Mercedes 280SL|
Total results so far:
|2.||30||John Noble||Austin-Healey 3000 BT7|
|3.||14||David Inns||Triumph TR5|
|4.||36||Kjell Nilsen||Porsche 911T|
|5.||17||Charles Sayer||Triumph TR3A|
|6.||15||Dieter Hartlage||Austin-Healey 3000 Mk3|
|7.||32||Erich K||Mercedes 300SL Roadster|
|8.||12||Armin Thorn||Porsche 356 Speedster 90|
|9.||33||Per Chr. Hannestad||Austin-Healey 3000|
|10.||34||Robert Hansen||Jaguar XK140 Roadster|
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