Monday, 11 June 2007
A month ago I wouldn't have believed that I could get a car around a sharp muddy bend at 70 miles per hour. Now I do.
There's a trick to it you see;
If you enter the corner at the correct speed and balance your throttle just right, the car will go wherever you point it. Under no circumstances should you accelerate, brake or slow down. If you do, your car will spin off in any random direction.
Be brave, because if your car is front wheel drive, it will at some point start to under steer. It'll insist on going straight on, right off the track and into the closest tree.
Trust yourself... Wait for it... The apex will come. When it does, get your foot off the gas. All of a sudden the weight of your car will transfer from the rear wheels to the front. You'll feel your drive wheels dig right into the dirt. As they do, rip the handbrake up. Your rear end will then whip around and you'll find yourself pointing into the opposite side of the curve.
Foot down. Push the bastard as hard as you can and you'll blast right out of the corner like a rocket. On to the next corner.
My brother-in-law and I did this a few weeks ago. We were gifted an afternoon's rally tuition at the pleasure of our wives.
I swear, it was one of the most visceral, joyous experiences I've had in a long time. I felt like a man. I cussed, grimaced and worked as hard as I could to beat the lap record of the day. I had to be the best of course. Top of the pile. The alpha male.
As it happened, bro Mart stole the lap record from me and twenty other blokes at 1m 19s. I came in at 1m 20.5s. Fortunately for me however, he hit an obstacle and incurred a 5s penalty. The next best was 1m 22.4s.
So yours truly ended up top dog! Get in.
At the end of the timed lap I sat panting at the wheel. The tutor, who was plugged into the helmet intercom said,
"Scott, that was fabulous! You did well"
"Thanks man, shit that was good!" I told him.
"Ok, now to the criticism" ,
I looked at him.
"Your cornering was superb, but along the straights, well frankly, it was boring."
"Yeah, I know. I was a bit chicken, wasn't I?"
"Yup." And he left it at that.
So, perhaps this is me - Good at corners.
Throw me a curve ball and I'll solve your problems. Down the straight and narrow however, I'm just nice and steady.
NB: I know the car pictured above is rear wheel drive. Do you think they'd let me drive that monster?
Posted by jamon at 19:51