2nd/3rd November 2002
I teamed up with the famous Dave Jones for this trip, partly
because driving all the way to East Grinstead in a Samurai
didnt sound very appealing and partly because it was cheaper!
Met up with Dave at the Tamworth services on the A5, and
set off. that Vit leans and rolls more than a bouncy castle!
but it did feel great looking down on all the other normal
4x4s. About 30 mins into the trip there started a strange
knocking/clunking noise. we stopped and looked but couldnt
see anything and throughout the trip it got progressively
worse. we arrived for the copthorne night driving event only
half an hour late after spending 20 minutes searching a stupid
little town for a petrol station, that in the end didnt have
Eventually at copthorne the convoy swung back to the entrance
to pick us up where we joined the action. Not quite as exciting
as it was hyped up to be, but nevertheless it was an enjoyable
evening, even if it was over a little too quickly.
We trundled back to Mr John 'stumpy' Sackleys house with
the noises from underneath worse than ever. A quick takeaway
before retiring to bed. We were woken with an excellent breakfast
cooked by Andie before John fixed Daves truck. The rear prop
was on the way out, this problem was overcome by nicking the
prop off Andies Vit and putting it on Daves.
We set off for the second event of the weekend at Woodlands,
Kent. Following that awsome Vit of Mr Sackley on 35"
tyres and an exhaust note that sounds like a jet fighter!
Arrived at Woodlands and met up with James Holloway, James
Holland, Geoff from Bristol and Joe in his beautiful LJ. Then
the off roading began.
Was too busy having fun to take many photos. Until the alternator
gave up, that is! we limped off the site in search of a jetwash
and eventually found one. Went back to Johns to pick up our
stuff and everything seemed to be working again. Set off for
home with more clunking and knocking noises. This was eventually
found out to be the brake shoes, pads and cylinders giving
up after being covered in liquid mud and run at motorway speeds
for 200 miles. Another expensive bill. Oh well, same again
next year Dave?