The VW made it through the day! We did too, though probably more worse for wear. The starter has been more cooperative than the engine, as well- it no longer starts when we first turn the key, but it will the second time. It’s learning from the Imperial, it does the same thing when it’s cold.
We headed out to the Hagerty garage again, this morning just to pick up the starter. Then it was back to the Holiday Inn to go through the rally school – a necessity for us greenthumbs. Or is it oilhorns? The school was great, reminding us of things we’d forgotten, and teaching us things we’d yet to think about. John Classen and Bill Croker did a great job at showing the basics, and making sure we knew the most important parts- staying on course, primarily, and various ways to time things like starts and speed changes.
After that, it was out on the road to try our “skills” on the Trophy Run! It went immeasurably better than the last TSD, we didn’t get lost once! When we got through, we found out that put us ahead of a few of the rookie teams already. However, our mentors in the “NO XQS” Imperial ended up creeping up on us by the end of the 3rd leg (as we got stuck behind the Volvo moving a bit slowly). They told us that our speedometer was running slow, since they had been steadily gaining on us. Completely believable, since it started to stick, too. So far, we’d run a few MPH (indicated) above the target speed, based off the previously tested 50MPH. We guessed that we should move up to 5+ the target speed.
We guessed wrong. Our final times were +9, +56, +58 and -1:58. We had gone from being a consistent minute below time to 2 minutes fast. Clearly, some kinks to be worked out. Kink 1: the speedometer. Without a Timewise speedometer, we were stuck with the cable-driven stock VDO gauge, so after dinner we headed out with the Imperial to do a proper calibration run. This is what we came back with:
Each tape slice is 5MPH, 20-45. This should give us a better idea of our speed. Hopefully.
So, all things considered, we may have to resort to our previous team name: “Hopeless Optimism”. Tomorrow is another day, and we need our intelligence sleep. Beauty sleep? Pah! Who needs beauty when you’re trying to hit times?