2000, Igoumenítsa to Thessaloníki
three-minutes (overall 6 minutes) yesterday gave us rank 20 overall (out
of 70) and 2nd out of our class Historic Saloon Around the World (8 cars).
An all-female Rover Team from Australia/New Zealand managed to get no
penalties yesterday and therefore overtook us in our class. But in the
general category we still went up the ranks which means we are keeping
a good average.
leaving the ferry at 12.30, we first drove for 150 kms into the mountains
to regroup and start in order at Metsova. Time for a quick lunch. Metsova
led up to a special test in Panaghia: A combination of mountain climbs
and gravel/dirt road. Having decided to do no damage to our car we drove
in a controlled fast manner. Six minutes penalty.
The following section we first got some petrol and looked under the car.
But this showed us how one should never underestimate ANY section: We
arrived in Viahava on the minute.
The following test section was the worst so far (hopefully it will remain
the worst): A bad, small road, sometimes gravel but mostly dirt, often
washed out with nice waves in the road, in the middle of the night.
But we managed to survive and arrive 8 minutes 58 seconds after the time
given (this section was timed in seconds for the Istanbul rally participants
to decide a possible tie). Which is a respectable time considering that
the Rally organizer had originally assigned 38 minutes and then changed
it to 30 minutes. After the test, a highway drive to Thessaloníki,
arriving shortly before eleven in the evening.
tests today were too much for many cars. I heard that some only arrived
at four in the morning. The tests were also teaching some interesting
lessons: The only team who managed to drive the first test with zero penalty,
took 47 minutes penalty for the second test. I haven't asked but I presume
that they were trying to get zero penalty on the second test, too, and
the result must have been damage of some sort. A Japanese team with a
1965 Datsun managed to get one minute penalty on the first and zero penalty
on the second - very impressive.
But the tests are also a question of luck, some of the fast teams ended
up with slow drivers in front of them who wouldn't let them by even though
they are required to do so by regulations.
|TC 24: Metsova
|TC 25: Panaghia 1
|TC 26: Panaghia 2
|56 (6 minutes delay)
|TC 27: Viahava
|TC 28: Servia
|TC 29: Ag. Theodori
|34 (8 minutes delay)
|TC 30: Thessaloniki IN
official results can be looked up on this website
the whole route was mainly hills, going up and down all the time. One
interesting observation is the change in mentality of the people watching
the event. In Greece, cars passing make light signals or use the horn
spontaneously. There were lots of sheep dogs on the road chasing our cars.
We are now looking forward to a rest day in Thessaloníki.
Only one vehicle
can pass on this bridge
The test section
enter a forest
damage after Panaghia: Our guard installed underneath got a few
scratches but all else seems fine.
The rocks of
lots of sheep
on the route, but even more dogs running after our car, barking
The last stop
before Ag. Theodori
Driving up the
Greek mountains for the regroup, a lot of overtaking is done.
Lamb chops and
fried potatoes in Metsova, our first hot lunch in a week.
On the Panaghia
test, this British/Irish team in their Chevrolet showed that they
are real sportsmen and let us overtake.
after this bit, it is going downhill again.
and the monasteries
passing a Greek
the worst bit yet
So where's the road?