Singleton Automotive Centre Caves Classic, Hampton, Jenolan,
Vulcan and Essington State Forests,
Saturday April 13 2019
Stages 4 and 8 - Vulcan State Forest 9.37
Photos taken at the spectator point on Ponderosa Road. The last time
I attended a rally
in this section of Vulcan State Forest I managed to trip on some
blackberries and my camera did a nose dive into the ground, never to
work again. When I went back a few days later to make an in-car video I
totally destroyed a tyre. (I discovered the flat in the middle of the
forest but the wheel nuts were immovable and I had no mobile phone
signal, so I had to drive about 18 kilometres out to just near this
spectator point to call the
assistance. Ford make excellent alloy wheels.) It was not a cheap event.
Luckily, I'm not superstitious so I was back this year with a new
Nikon camera (bought about two weeks before this event so I'm still
leaning what the 18 buttons and three little wheels do) and actual air
in actual tyres.
As I said, I was still learning to use an unfamiliar camera. It was
getting dark and the camera was automatically extending the exposure
period, causing some motion blur. I'll know better next time. Also,
after travelling all over the place and being continually covered with
dust my nose was telling me it was time to head back to Oberon Leagues
Club for a cleansing beer. So I did.
Tourists are lovely people
even when they are nuisances. Obviously I have to take these videos at
some day other than when the rally is happening, but that is usually
when picnics are happening.
These videos aren't to prove how fast
I can drive, they are to show people what rally roads look like. I stick
to about 60km/h because a) it's the legal speed limit in State Forests,
and b) my 1993 Falcon wagon with rear leaf springs, road tyres and
pretty useless rear shocks is not a rally car. Also, I have to remember
where to go without anyone sitting beside me reading out instructions.
This video is 11:10 long, the fastest car in the event (Mitsubishi
Lancer EVO7) did it in 5:26.