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What an amaz­ing ca­ma­raderie there is in ral­ly­ing, as I found out on the re­cent Track­rod Rally.

On Fri­day af­ter­noon, my His­toric Cup col­league Pe­ter Smith col­lared me be­cause he wanted to run through the DVD and notes for Dalby 1 as we were tack­ling it in the dark and I’d never been in there. He wanted to show me a few places that, with his lo­cal knowl­edge, he thought we might come to grief on.

Then on Fri­day night in ser­vice, for­mer World Rally cham­pion Stig Blomqvist wan­dered over to have a look at my Mini and chat to me about driv­ing them – ut­terly charm­ing man.

Af­ter he re­tired he came over again to chat to me in ser­vice and asked how we were cop­ing with the ruts.

On SS3 we picked up a punc­ture and Hugh Evans and Kevin El­lis, who’d had an off in their Tri­umph TR8 a few min­utes ear­lier, with­out be­ing asked, came straight to help us change the wheel, sort the belts out etc so very big thanks to them.

If you want your faith in peo­ple re­stored, go ral­ly­ing.

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