I woke up to the sound of rain falling on the roof of my tent. This is
not always a good sign for a day's rallying but the weather cleared later
in the day, so apart from forcing the cancellation of Special Stage 13 because
the road conditions were a bit awful the only effects of the rain were to
reduce the amount of dust and to cause drivers to be a little more aware
of slippery conditions.
Special Stage 9/12 - Hyles Block
I didn't get many photos at the next
place because it was raining, cold, my shutter-clicking finger was
numb and the only way in and out was to walk about 400 metres along
a steep, slippery, badly rutted road.
Sorry about the blurriness, but it was raining and the camera was trying
to decide whether to automatically focus on the car or the raindrops on
Special Stage 10/13 - East West
The plan for the day was to go to the second running of this stage but
as that was cancelled after the first pass because of road conditions the
plan was thwarted.
Special Stage 11/14 - Cottage 5 Ways
Some spectators were making it difficult
for everyone else. I wasn't sure how to politely explain to the
lady that you are supposed to hold your iPhone in front of your
own face, not someone else's, so I went to another place to take
more photos. And yes, she did actually reach across to the left
to put her phone in front of my camera just as I was setting up
for the next shot. The Datsun 180B in the photos above possibly
did the best attempt at the corner I saw but I missed getting the
real action because I had to shoot around the iPhone.
I arrived at the last spectator point a bit late in the day, in
time to catch only a couple of tail-enders who weren't trying
very hard before the official cars arrived to close the course.
The videos below were taken on the Monday after the event and show
the condition of the roads. Both were in the Cottage 5 Ways stage. I
wasn't trying to drive at anything like a completive speed because a) my
1993 Falcon wagon is not a rally car, b) the roads were still slippery
from the previous day's rain (you can see standing water in some places)
and c) there was no recovery vehicle handy (see point "b"). You have to
imagine driving on these roads at two to three times my speed.