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Insanity "1"


I purchased my first car a Land Rover Discovery 1 that the previous owner had decided to give up after "upgrading". It was relatively cheap (may be a little too cheap!) and I went about preparing the car and myself to enter a "British Cross Country Championship" event.
This turned out not to be such an easy option as I found the chassis and body badly damaged and in need of a lot of repair. This however gave me an opportunity to understand the way the vehicle was built in some significant detail and added some of my own modifications.

 

At the end of the 2011 season, I entered my first event, joining the last event of the season at Nescliff, as a clubman entry with the help of a "brave" and experienced navigator.
This event was a lot of fun and taught me a lot about both myself and the car and its capabilities. Sometimes exceeding both.

We where forced to finish this event when one of the rear trailing arm outriggers finally broke out of the chassis. Although with help and encouragement from the other teams and organizers we had been able to get many more runs in before this failure finally stopped us.

In 2012 we entered the BCCC "Trophy" class, in the now very distinctive purple livery. Again still learning all the time.

The first event of the 2012 season at Pikes Peak was quite eventful with a roll toward the end of the first day and then the engine failing with loss of oil pressure at the start of the second day.

Pikes peak service area
Pikes Peak service area

The second event at Epynt, did not start well, after having replaced the engine we kept stalling and feeling low on power. We were however able to compete and finished the weekend completing all rounds for the weekend.

The third event of the season was Forrest Lodge in Scotland. This meant a full days drive just to get to the site. The engine problems had been fixed, crossed wires between the water and fuel temperature sensors.
This event again provided a steep learning curve as it is largely fast gravel surfaces, but this was to be my best event of the season (even managing a podium place for my class).

The next event, number four of the season was at Radnor. This was to turn out to be our last this year and the last ever for the car. After an aborted first run (getting stuck behind a stranded car) we went out for a second lap, it became obvious early on that we had picked up a puncture so continued on a "little" more cautiously, but on the last major descent, a very long section down a muddy track of varying conditions something "picked up" the back end and the car got cross rutted and rolled over completely, ending back on its wheels. Establishing that both myself and the navigator were OK we were able to reverse the car out of the stage. On inspection it very quickly became obvious our weekend was over. The roll cage in the car had done exactly what it was designed to do, however, it had become seriously damaged in the process, so the car was loaded back on to the trailer and we became marshals for the Sunday.


The end of a short, first season as a BCCC trophy entrant.

Initially the damage dose not look too bad, however this was to be the end! for this car.

An ignominious end, loaded back on the trailer.

I had already decided by this point that this car was too "tired" to compete any further and with the damage to the roll cage it was beyond economical repair.

Due to the loss of the car we spent the rest of the 2012 season as marshals. By this time I had already decided that I wanted to do more! I had already taken steps to start the "Project" "Insanity Too".  Insanity too.

You can follow the continuing story of how we get on in the new car and all the modifications (intentional and otherwize) in the rest of this site.

Also regular updates will be posted on the Facebook page.