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TheFlyer21TalesfromtheMountainAnotherPikesPeakAdventureWellFriday13thcertainlyliveduptoitsreputationalthoughitstartedwell.Ihadspentmostofmytimesincearrivalrecce-ingthemountaininthehirecaragainandrenewingmymemoriesandnotesfromlastyear.ThisyearanewrecruithadjoinedtheTeam.DonHoffmannfromTexashadbeenracinga400bhpRadicalRXCforthelastyearorsobuthadnevertackledanythinglikethePeakbeforesowassomewhatapprehensive.IsuggestedthataswapofcarsmightbesensibleGrantBarclayasTeamLeaderaskedmetotakeDonuptheMountainandgothroughthedifferentsectionsandtheiridiosyncrasiesandafterafewrunsDonwhoturnedouttobeaverypleasantandaffableguyfeltalotmorecondentandIcouldseetheopportunityofacarswaprecedeThenitwasofftotheRacewayformyrstmeetupwiththeMinisincelastyearsrace.Theteamhaddonesomeextensiveenginemodssincethe2013PikesPeakandthesecombinedwiththecloseratiogearboxkindlyloanedbyMinisportofPadihamandthesubstantialrestructuringofthesuspensionsetupprovidedbythemwasexpectedtomakeasubstantialdifferencetobothdriveabilityandhandling.Howeverthecarwasreluctanttoreupandcontinuallycutout.Imanagedtogetinafewlapsthatcertainlydemonstratedthebenetsoftheimprovedsuspensionsetupandtheincreasedperformance.ButonlytimeontheMountainwouldreallyrevealhowmuchdifferencethiswouldmake.ThecarthendecidedithaddoneenoughandsimplyrefusedtostartAtthispointthetravellersdepartedthesceneratherthansitasspectresatthefeastwhiletheteambattledtoidentifytheproblem.At10pmaphonecallwasreceivedtosaythatthefaulthadbeenrectiedandallshouldbewellfortestingontheMountainonSaturdaymorning.Aftera3amstarttobeinpositionanhourlaterandthecarstillprovedtobeveryreluctanttostart.Obviouslylikemenotamorningindividual.Thisengineiscertainlymoretemperamentalthanlastyears.ThepowerbandwasverynarrowcausingmoreissuesontheMountainthanithadontheatRaceway.AfterthreerunsandaTeamdiscussionitwasdecidedtoreverttolastyearsenginesetup.Withtheimprovedgearboxandsuspensiontherewouldstillbeasubstantialincreaseinperformance.AhugeamountofworkhadnowgoneintoensurethatthecarwasreadyfortherstqualifyingrunsonTuesdaybuttheissuesmeantthatIdidnotgetmyseconddayoftestingonthetopsectionofthemountain.InfactIwouldnotgettodrivethecaragainuntiltherstpracticesessiononTuesday.Notidealasseattimeissocriticalinthiseventbutmultiplerecce-ingsessionsonthemountainwouldhopefullyensureIcouldndmyway.MemberFeatureInautumn2013stalwartBOSSandThundercompetitorJohnEdwards-PartontoldofhisrstattemptattheawesomePikesPeakInternationalHillClimbeventintheUSA.ThesecondoldesteventintheUSaftertheIndianapolis500itwasrstrunin1916.SetintheRockyMountainstheeventcovers12.42milesover156bendsandrisesfrom9390feetatthestartlineto14110feetatthenish.Semi-retiredcompanydirectorJohnstartedrallyingin1968andcircuitracinginthe80s.In1973hewasaBTRDASilverStarChampiononeoftheawardsregardedasthepinnacleofclubrallyingintheUK.Hereherecountshisreturnin2014tomakeasecondattemptatthePeak.JohnEdwards-Parton.Onestopshopdesignserviceforwebsitesstationerylogosbrochuresnewsleersleaetsillustrationandmore.sgssdesign.co.uk01892668508SeearangeofmotorsportillustrationsbySteveGoodwinonourwebsite.Fineartprintsandgreetingscardsareavailabletobuyonline.Commissionsalsotaken