Day 6: Harstad to Tromsų

Distance: 310km
Weather: No surprise, more rain. Cleared for a while in evening
Temperature: Quite cold actually

Daily report:

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...
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!
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.

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.

Todays competitions:

Control cards
Regularity cancelled

Todays results:

1.30John NobleAustin-Healey 3000 BT7
2.31Fritz TextorJaguar XK140 Roadster
3.16Walter RotlaufBugatti Typ 40
3.23John RondeauMGC
3.24Joachim RieckenMercedes 280SL

Total results so far:

1.23John RondeauMGC
2.30John NobleAustin-Healey 3000 BT7
3.14David InnsTriumph TR5
4.36Kjell NilsenPorsche 911T
5.17Charles SayerTriumph TR3A
6.15Dieter HartlageAustin-Healey 3000 Mk3
7.32Erich KMercedes 300SL Roadster
8.12Armin ThornPorsche 356 Speedster 90
9.33Per Chr. HannestadAustin-Healey 3000
10.34Robert HansenJaguar XK140 Roadster

Hotel:

Scandic Hotel, Tromsų
Tel: +47 77 67 34 00
Fax: +47 77 67 67 40