Annual Mini Club Economy Trial Sunday 30th November 2008
Special report from one of the Z-Club participants - thanks Bronzee.
Well the title says it all really, you know that words Zed and economy aren’t exactly synonymous, hehe, but Nathan and I were up for the challenge, I mean, you’ve got to give a go aye, we’d show those Mini’s who’d use the most petrol, oops there goes that word economy into the ether.
We arrive out at BP Drury in ample time to have some nosh whilst all the Mini crew arrived. Gary (Minimad) our trial master arrives and waves out, with his usual gleeful smile, Dr Evil has nothing on our trial Master. What does he have in store for us this time, cups of water at the start line again, that must be full at the end, abstract clues that get the old grey matter working, oh well we were about to find out….
So Gary starts with the drivers/co-pilot briefing, what you’re kidding me no tricks, no finding random clues, no ice blocks sticks, no getting out of the car, no nothing. Is Gary running a temperature, should we send for an ambulance??!! Oh, but wait there’s more!! It can’t be that easy, well seemingly so, bar finding the signs he’d made and placed throughout the course, but getting the words written on said signs and where they were placed. Well does this mean at every grouping of real estate signs we’re going to be craning our necks to see if there’s a sign stuck to the back??!!!
Anyway, we waited until all the last Mini had gone and set off last, the directions being easy, just your normal 3L, 2R, 1L etc, surely there’s got to be trick somewhere…… Given Gary had spent most of the week winding us up how much fun he’d had setting the trial. It didn’t take us very long to come up behind our first Mini, now these guys are serious about economy, coasting down hills, traveling at 20 or 30kms and having made alterations to their cars to ensure maximum economy, no breakfast the whole works. Now we’d accepted that there’s no way we can possibly compete with cars that only hold 20 odd litres of petrol and only weigh 600kgs or less, so had a lot of laughs along the way and enjoyed the stunning driving roads and the glorious Franklin scenery.
All signs accounted for and directions all correct, our 113kms covered, 1hour 55 mins, we reached the end point at BP Bombay, with only one other team there, but we’d left last!! Ok, that’s not quite what we expected, where were the rest of the teams??? Gary with that evil gleeful smile yet again, ok, what’s he done this time??!! We know we passed a number of Mini’s going the opposite direction, assuming that they’d goofed the directions. Then Gary’s face lights up even more, and puts in front of me two pages, I looked at the directions, they’re both different!!!! Haha, master stroke of genius, 2 sets of instructions, 2 different lots of signs, so he’d know if we’d cheated, confuse them enough and they’ll follow the one in front. Now we’re smart, oh yes we are, and we stuck to our instructions.
This being the 3rd Mini Club Economy Trial I’d participated in, the first co-piloting for Kelvin in his 240z, last year Nathan co-piloted for me in my 350z, and this year I co-piloted Nathan in his 300zx, so does this mean that next year I have to have another Zed, hehe, I don’t think I could stand the stress or do I have to co-pilot for someone else??!!
Awesome day out, and does this mean that next year the instructions will be even harder just to make up for it, should we be wary, would I actually need the torch, the pocket knife and plastic bag and assorted bits I’d prepared this time??!!! Who knows, only 2009 will tell, in the interim, be afraid, be very afraid……….