Traditional Monday at Bonneville for Speed Scotland
The day started well as we arrived on the Salt to be greeted by a spectacular shooting star! Surely this was a good omen for the day ahead?
The Speed Scotland crew did their final preparation by the lights of the push truck and we were down to the start of the legendary Bonneville Long course for sunrise.
After just 2 qualifiers from the previous day we launched and the Flower ripped away from the line. Suddenly the cockpit was full of acrid smoke and then no drive. The "unbreakable" gearbox that had survived so much last year had seized and destroyed the motor.
We knew we'd have to switch our fresh motor/gearbox combo at sone point in the week but we were hoping we'd manage a few more shakedown passes first.
So the crew knuckled down and managed to change engines (known as #9 and first with a black rather than unlucky green cam cover) in just over 9 hours which was a fabulous effort in the 100 degree heat and just 5% humidity which dehydrates you so badly out here.
So after an extensive final check we'll be good to go again on Tuesday morning.
Morale is still pretty good in the crew, we have 3 full days left to make our attack on the record but pressure is building on me as the driver to pull out a full pass somewhere around 300 mph.
Your "suddenly superstitious" correspondent
Robbie Gilmore changed motors