Customized Suzuki Intruder in French village
Photo: Copyright © 2014 Eelke Blok

Whoohoo! I am the champion!

Sorry for the loud title, but I am happy :) This weekend, we came third in the very last puzzle rally of the Mini Seven Club for the year 2004, which meant I secured my first place overall in the club championship!

It was quite exciting (if this is your thing), because the first three positions were still well in the race for the title. If I screwed up (has been known to happen) and the others did good (I won't bore you with all the maths), I'd loose the first place which I had just earned only two weeks ago.

But, the rally wasn't too difficult, and the scoring was favorable...

Doorsmeren en gescheurde homokineethoes

Dit weekend hebben we wat tijd uitgetrokken om het witte Coopertje een welverdiende wasbeurt te geven, met een doorsmeerbeurt als toetje (iets dat je bij Mini's nooit te vaak kunt doen). Afgezien van een ratel die ik verwoest heb bij het losdraaien van de wielmoeren (terwijl de moeren van het andere wiel nog vastgezet moesten worden), kwamen we er ook achter dat er een flinke scheur zat in de hoes van de linker homokineet. We brengen de auto volgende week naar de garage omdat dit niet een klus is die we zelf willen doen (niet genoeg vaardigheid en niet genoeg tijd). Wordt vervolgd...

Greasing up and torn HV joint cover

This weekend we took some time to give the white Cooper a well-earned wash, and a grease-up after that (something that can never be done too often on Mini's). Apart from a rattle I destroyed while trying to undo the wheel nuts (while the nuts of the other wheel still needed tighting up), we also found the cover of the left HV joint was torn badly. We'll get it to the garage this week, since this is not a job we want to take on ourselves (not enough skills and not enough time). To be continued.

End of year excitement

Last sunday, me and Demelza participated in the "Achterhoekrit", yet another rally (not a speed event, but puzzles) for Mini's, also counting for the club championship for the Mini Seven Club. It was a nice rally, and we came 5th out of 70 teams. This meant I am now at 1st place in the club championship! With only one rally to go, but by no means a comfortable lead, things may become quite exciting at the end of this year.

Flevovos

Yesterday evening, we took the white Cooper to Flevoland, to participate in the bi-weekly Flevovos. This is short for Flevovossenjacht, and vossenjacht is Dutch for fox hunt.

Now, don't worry, we haven't started taking up that nasty habbit of some inhabitants of the UK to hunt a real fox through the countryside on horseback with a pack of dogs. The fox in this context is a guy with a car, a thermos of coffee, and a big CB transmitter, who has hidden himself somewhere in the countryside (one of the few similarities with a real fox hunt) and who transmits a CB signal. The "hunters"...

Whipers whiping once more

As I wrote in yesterday's entry, the windscreen whiper cable had broken on the white Cooper. My dad went to Mini Centre Huissen today to get a new one. This evening we fitted everything back together. We had to cut the cable in half, or thereabouts (universal model that was waaaay to long for the Mini), but everything is fitted now, and all greased up. So, let the rain come down on us.

What a weekend

Wow, what a weekend. Hold on, because I just noticed this is by and large my longest blog-post to so far (or, I managed to keep my typing under control so far). Sorry, and congratulations to you in advance if you make it to the end.