With the side note that 3 stages will be more drvability oriented that reliability oriented - so the number should be a bit higher.
Team Hurry Squad
The Team (Amateurs):
Teodor Bajkiewicz, 59
Clive Stetbury, 46
Two WWII Veterans who flew in the same Hurricane squadron during the Battle of Britain, they now team up in sparse but regular intervals for the odd crazy adventure. Needless to say, they wouldn’t miss this one.
A shoddy post-war Ligrani van, with the original 875cc engine swapped for a salvaged 8.4L V8 taken from a WWII italian half-track personnel carrier, the 1st gear (crawler) from the slider type 3-speed is long gone, so the have to make do with what is effectively a 2-speed gearbox.
Note: Late ad post because I slightly overshot the deadline, so I PMed it to Private Miros for approval first and waited for green light to enter.
The 1966 Great Archanian Trek Preview
As we are only a few days from the start of the first edition of the Great Archanian Trek, let’s take a look at some of what is ahead.
Stage 1: Archania - Fazo
The approximate length of this stage is only 350km (~220 miles) but expect to be on the road the whole day. While there are enough parts where you can open the throttle, large parts will have be done at walking pace, crawling over difficult and volcanic terrain. The first stage will be a massive test for the structural and technical integrity of your vehicle.
Sector 1 - Archania - Ziffa
A relatively fast part, starting at the presidential palace of Archania, the capital of Archana, driving out of the boulevards until you reach the Zambeza-river, at which points, the cars turn offroad in the direction of Ziffa, the town at the base of the Achra-volcano.
Sector 2 - Ziffa - Black Sands Lake
A steep climb from Ziffa up the volcano, dodging sharp black vulcanic rock that can shred your tires to bits. The checkpoint is at the huge lake that forms the caldera of the vulcano.
Sector 3 - Black Sands Lake - Al Mina Oasis
Going down from the caldera, possibly even more dangerous than going up, we reach the Al Mina hills. The checkpoint is set up at the Oasis in the center.
Sector 4 - Al Mina Oasis - Al Mina Oasis
A short trial rally stage cut out over the hills looping back to the Oasis.
Sector 5 - Al Mina Oasis - Fazo
Leaving the hills, we enter the rock desert that stretches out for many miles. This part is still rather undulating and large boulders make crossing the area difficult. The end point of this stage is Fazo, a smaller city where the night camp has been built up and food and provisions will be provided by the organisation.
Base times for this stage are taken from: Daytona Sports Course Sector 2 - Ascari Race Resort 0.6 Flying Lap Sector 3 - Spa Francorchamps Sector 2 - Bristol Motor Speedway Sector 3 - Green Hell Flying Lap Sector 2.
Stage 2: Fazo - Zimbukto
This stage is faster, and lighter on the cars. Faster speed also means more chance for accidents to happen, so this will be a test for drivability.
Sector 1 - Fazo - Trek Camp 1
A slow start into the great nothing, rocks as far as the eye can see. To break up the monotony we have set up camp with the help of some nomad herdsmen.
Sector 2 - Trek Camp 1 - Sali
The second leg of the tranverse of the rock desert, with a stop at the oasis Sali, a small village.
Sector 3 - Sali - Point Nowhere
Still driving through rock desert, also this part is so barren and featureless that even rocks are rare. The underground is hard rock with the occasional sand patch. Fast, but it might catch you off guard.
Sector 4 - Point Nowhere - Agorgot
Suddenly the land rises up, and so do you, up to the summit of the Agorgot mountain.
Sector 5 - Agorgot - Anuman
Down the mountain we go and here we reach sandy desert; though no big dunes yet.
Sector 6 - Anuman - Zimbukto
Final drive through the sandy desert towards the historical city of Zimbukto, capital of the most powerful kings of pre-Archanian times.
Base times for this stage are taken from: Bristol Motor Speedway Sector 1 - Ascari Race Resort 0.6 Flying Lap Sector 3 - Castle Combs Flying Lap Sector 2 - Bristol Motor Speedway 2-lap Sector 1 - Bonneville LSR Sector 3 - Phillip Island Old Course Sector 2.
The contestants (feel free to correct me or add missing information here):
|Kubboz||Cossack TT2500 (modified)||No Name 1||Amateur||Menelaus Daisun||Cardiel Megalos|
|HighOctaneLove||Bogliq GPDV TREK Car||Team There and Back Again||Amateur||Stephen Nix||Christopher Hind|
|Knightophonix||FAAL Mesaia 152||Team Sechsmötörigewildsaü||Amateur||Xavier Müller||Jean-Martin Müller|
|accent||Pengting Torra 273||NAAC (North Archanan Automobilist Club)||Amateur||Jehu “Tripod” Kickoman||Sebastianos Kouho|
|Jaimz||Franklin Rhino G&EHE1966||Harcourt-Entwhistle||Amateur||Capt George Harcourt-Entwhistle, REME||Elizabeth Harcourt-Entwhistle|
|Urbanliner||Ninomiya Evron Coupe (Custom)||Team Desert Stars||Amateur||Yuuki Akagi||Haruto Aiba|
|KamikazeF0X||SOCAUT Pyrénées V8||Team Pyrénées||Amateur||Jean-Claude Cassenave||André Lacassagne|
|The Elt||BM Feather||No Name 2||Amateur||Unknown||Unknown|
|NiuYorqCiti||Ponni Weekend||No Name 3||Amateur||Bruno Volponi||Enzo Lombardo|
|HardRooster||Bruce’s Loose Nut Jar||Ferreira Family Crashing Team||Amateur||Bruce Ferreira||Buster Ferreira|
|Bastormonger||Ligrani La Follia||Hurry Squad||Amateur||Teodor Bajkiewicz||Clive Stetbury|
|Vri404||Sakura Empress S (E10) Baja Custom||Sakura-Mathews America Factory Team||Professional||David Mathews||Emerton Mathews|
|Aaron.W||TSR Ultra Rally Safari Edition||Katana Racing Team||Professional||Cole Mendez||Takumi Kakayama|
|BoostandEthanol||Keika I Safari||Keika Automotive||Professional||Daniel Chase||Jack Williams|
|Madrias||Sinistra Savage Concept||Sinistra Performance Division||Professional||Luke Sinistra||Mark Jasper|
|VicVictory||Ardent Chesapeake GT Rally||The Pride of Ohio||Professional||Bobby Morgan||George Kowalczyk|
|Machalel||Epoch M30 3.3 Trek||Epoch||Professional||Yale Thomlinson||Peter Kleinmann|
|LS-Vehicles||LSV Buccaneer - Halti Special||LSVRT team||Professional||Make||Viljami|
|stm316||Puttzalong Inglese Rally||PRTF (Puttzalong Rally Team Fruinia)||Professional||Giuseppe Contadino||Arturo Greco|
|findRED19||Rapido Motors (RM) Skylight DS||Rapido Motors Factory Team||Professional||Unknown||Unknown|
|Alib||Bramble Flint Chert||Bramble Factory||Professional||William Moore||Robert Chamberlain|
|Knugcab||IP Brigadeer 1900 DX2 4x4||IP Motorsports||Professional||Chandawang Sangwat||Pawoon Khaodai|
|Dorifto_Dorito||ACA RoadCruiser 440 Police Interceptor Special Offroad||Team Cops and Robbers||Professional||Blake Washington||Alejandro Cervantes|
|MrComputah||Caliban Thunder ‘Scafell’||Tin Of Anchovies||Professional||Alec Henry||“Insane Josh” Joshua Morgan|
|JohnWaldock||JHW Sparrow Panamerica||Ecurie Crowley||Professional||Fred Jones||Ken Crowley|
|Mikonp7||Deer And Hunt Hawg GAT||Team OneShot||Professional||James Parker||Henry Carlson|
|Nivracer||KMC Avventurer||KMC||Professional||Kevin Michaels||Herman Livingston|
- Average reliability: 63.7
- Average TREK-drivability: 724/1000
- Average fuel consumption stage 1: 18,4l/100km
Man this looks like it’s gonna be a lot of fun. I can’t wait!
I’ve edited my post with team name and driver so you can fill out your spreadsheet, feel free to abbreviate the long winded team name to FFCT;
Could we get some average performance stats too? I feel like I’m way under average there and I gotta see how bad it is in that regard.
As long as you’re not in Bogliq territory, you should be good.
It would take time to make new spreadsheets of those. At least for stage 1, power was never the determining factor for the results.
Purely in terms of average speed for stage 1; yours is third slowest. The Bogliq is fourth slowest.
I’m just excited to see how well or badly a FWD muscle car does at offroad rally racing.
The third slowest. So, it ain’t that bad, then!
But still slower than the Bogliq.
So Team Harcourt-Entwhistle is above average reliability and below average fuel consumption.
Yay, I guess!
Team Tin of Anchovies
(For flavour, read any line said by Joshua in the thickest Australian accent you can imagine)
The tiny ute enters the city, driven by Alec, with Joshua sitting on the codriver’s seat. The only headlight remaining is lit.
Joshua: “Is this the starting point mate?”
Alec: “Aye. We have a couple days before the race begins. Might as well check if we have everything we need.”
Joshua: “Oi nah mate, fuck off, we’re not checking our crap for the tenth time since we started the trip.”
Alec: “But what if something happens to us? We might not be ready to act accordingly.”
Joshua: “Look, we can improvise. Stop bein’ such a dipstick.”
Alec: “For fucks sake, you only know to improvise? Because planning stuff ahead helps and all that.”
Joshua: “Ace! You know how to plan ahead, but if that fails and you don’t know how to improvise that’s going to end up badly. We need to buy more coldies though.”
Alec: “You don’t know how much I hate you already.”
Joshua laughs “Spittin’ the dummy already?”
The car entered the city searching for a place to spend the days before the race in. Hopefully Alec and Joshua won’t try to kill each other in the meantime…hopefully.
To be continued
If you don’t mind, we refer to our supposed accent (which everybody knows we don’t have) as Strine.
Quick and unimportant question about TREK-drivability: Is that where you add drivability and off-road, then subtract every point under 15 in comfort, and the total is just the number with no decimal places?
One car has 1000/1000 (actually had a higher sum).
Wow, hopefully that car is in the Pro class, because it ain’t my car.
I know for a fact it can’t be mine. Mine’s kinda the exact opposite of what should be here.
Eh, Sinistra and Ardent will both be digging their wheels hopelessly in the sand.
It’s just WHICH wheels that will be different.
I don’t see how not keeping up with the leaders of the race is a good thing!
Slow and steady wins the race… And I’m the fastest “slow and steady” entrant, so I’m gonna win!!!
Seriously though, this race is going to be tough and Team “There and back again” will provide tows out of ditches, rollovers etc. to all who need them!
Good luck everyone!!!