Monday, 13 December 2010

Moustache Classic

I haven’t done much with my TR7’s since the Nachtrit early in November. After having spent the best part of two years on the restoration of the DHC, it was time to spent some time on other things. But when I received an invitation for a classic car rally just across the border in Belgium the decision wasn’t difficult. So last Saturday morning we headed for the start of the Moustache Classic, in the church square in Bocholt, opposite the local brewery, and main sponsor for the event! Only this time I would be in the navigator’s seat, with René doing the driving in his Dolomite 1850 ...


There was a rather interesting variety of cars ranging from a lovely Renault 4CV ...


to this rather nice Mustang ...


And lots of other interesting cars ...






As it was the first time we did this event, we opted for the easiest option, a 150 kilometre tour in three stages, using a tulip diagram road book. Turned out to be very good fun indeed, both for me and René. Due to the still slightly wintery conditions, a fair bit of rain and lots of mud and leaves on the roads, conditions were rather entertaining to say the least. Very good fun indeed. Sadly the navigating took up most of the time, guiding Rene through the traffic and the twisty bits, so no action pictures. But the cars looked well used at the finish ...


After we finished I managed to get a road book from the competitive event. Doesn’t look too difficult.
Certainly one which will go onto the calendar for next year. As for the route, the three stages were fairly typical for this area, lots of short straights and sharp turns. Although from above it looks much easier then it is ...
Stage 1, 44,96km;


Stage 2, 61,64km;


Stage 3, 40,15km;

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