Broadside at Bonneville!
Wednesday and Speed Scotland’s adventures at Bonneville go on!
The team were on the Salt early and the EFG Flower of Scotland was prepared for an early pass.
We got off the line well but the engine was struggling for boost and felt a little sluggish. We were still well over 220mph by the 3 mile mark but it was obvious that there was an issue when suddenly the chain failed (no boost = no cooling water) which sounded bad as it welded itself in a lump and smashed its way around the engine bay.
Convinced that a chain failure is usually due to gearbox issues I was devastated. We’re too late in the week for the team to be changing the engine again so a major failure now and it’s all over. An emulsion of water/oil and salt dripping out the back of the Flower looked bad, but in fact the chain had made just a small hole in the oil filler which was easily fixed. The chain was replaced and the cooling water system for the chain checked. Our very melted boost controller was also checked and another burnt wire found: legacy of our fire yesterday so that was back to full health and astonishingly the little car once again had bounced back from a potentially week ending experience.
So we were back on the Long course for a run last thing this evening. Unfortunately during the day, the course had cut up quite a bit and was rutted with large amounts of loose Salt. So as soon as I tried to launch from the push truck the rear wheels span and the back end stepped out throwing the Flower broadside across the track. I had to get out of the power to save the drift and was then hit by the push truck!!! This stuck me up on 2 wheels but I managed to save it from toppling over with luck and quick reactions. In traditional Scottish fashion, Malcolm, our push truck driver was heard to yell “He reversed into me!” as I gathered it up and headed off down the course.
By now of course the start was too poor and the surface too loose to make a really good pass but the Flower pulled well through the full 5 miles of the course, exiting at 244mph, so officially our second fastest pass (although we’ve been quicker and not made end of track) and our first full pass of the week. Things are looking up!!!
The car is 100% good for tomorrow. It seems our engine and gearbox solutions are holding for now (touch wood). SO TURN UP THE B-HOOOOST and lets go fast.
Your Streamliner Drifting Correspondent