Well, a year on from my alternator disaster
and this time I made it, albeit with a little trouble this time as well...
I set off fairly early on a hot Sunday morning ready for the 2 hour plus drive to Bardi. Everything started well as I had myself fully prepared the previous evening to avoid an early morning rush. I'd been going for about 30 mins when the engine started misfiring. At first I thought it was the new plug leads, so I pulled over and checked them - one was a bit loose, so off I went again, but it was no better. I stopped again and switched the Dinoplex from Normale to Emergenza to see if this would make any difference. This time the engine was as smooth as it could be. I spent most of the rest of the day on Emergenza apart from just before the first run up the hill when the car was hot and wouldn't start so I had to switch back to Normale and suffer a loss of power up the hill although above 6000rpm it wasn't too bad.
This event is one of the more relaxed I've been to - arrival and signing on is virtually when you want in the morning and then you go off for a long lunch ready for the first runs at 3pm. It was a very hot and humid day in the mountains and I didn't enjoy the first run due to the misfire but also very sweaty hands on a hot wooden steering wheel. Luckily another English chap, Colin (driving a Lotus 7), loaned me his gloves for the 2nd and 3rd runs added to which I got the engine running properly on the Normale setting and thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the day. We were just finishing up when the heavens opened for an hour or so cooling everthing down nicely.
As I say, a great event and a great way to meet fellow car enthusiasts, eat great food and race your car up a closed road in a beautiful setting - what could be better!