Day 27 Friday 8 July 2016 Rzeszow to Kosice

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This morning’s omelette chefs

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Cars gather for a ceremonial start in Rzeszow town square

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Geen on the podium bigwigs to the right, big crowd behind photographer.

Went out and did two very technical stages.  Car went well (ominously autocreate just changed that well to wrong).  And I think we probably made good times.  However car was stalling on the finish lines.  The tarmac was very narrow and there were many tricky corners.  I said to Jonathan that if I hadn’t gone into a hairpin left slower than normal, we would have been into the ditch on the outside.  Happy not to be trying hard as the front runners must be.  Rumour has it the Escort in third place has rolled there…

We decided we need a new battery and if we saw somewhere suitable we should stop and try for one.  I got a good feeling coming into a small town. It occurred to me that a Skoda dealer might well have something to fit and being a national car marque would probably have good technicians.  On the outskirts of town we found Skoda Autoservis Bardejov at the back of an industrial estate.

It felt good from the outset. We pulled up in front of the service bays.  All the mechanics came out to see the car.  One chap seemed switched on when I beckoned him over, ripped open the bonnet and showed him what we needed and mimed being in a race.  Not much language shared but once they’d seen Jonathan tear out the old battery they were right on it.  Charmingly there is an international language of engineering to communicate in. We had the whole deal wrapped up inside of ten minutes and left with a new battery and hardly lost any road time.  Starter system wants a coat of looking at tonight…

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Boys I hope you got the website address, thanks for great service, it was like an F1 pitstop. Thank you.

Slovakia is very beautiful:

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Here is Igor who stopped to look at the cars:

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Comp update: carnage on the stages so our modest times have served us well. A number of cars had problems and we made up time on the cars in front of us.  I haven’t had a chance to digest the results but I think we have moved up to 11th.

This is the Escort that rolled out of third or fourth:

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The local rally club were straight on to bending it back into shape. After they hit two trees and put it in a ditch, they tried to start it, which set it on fire. This burnt a good bit of the loom under the bonnet and it looked like it took all the master cylinders with it. Roadside repair to the wiring loom was made with flex from a 13amp plug. I imagine they will use a different method to empty the ashtray in future.

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Roadside emergency beard assistance was carried out by the ever helpful Dr Kermode so that we could continue in the event.

Andy Inskip, the senior chase mechanic, and probably a wizard in this and several other lives, fixed our very ill starter motor while I fed him chips:

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Amazing what can be done roadside in twenty minutes. You try and get one sorted in London in under a week.

More sombre and shocking news. Car 101, the Boss Mustang went over the edge on a stage and tumbled 25 metres down a ravine end over end. The crew were largely ok but the driver was taken to hospital as he had some pain in his shoulder. The car sounds in pretty bad shape. The officials that attended aren’t sure how it could be recovered as it has gone between trees.  Emergency response was impressive as the car was only missing for two minutes. A cautionary episode, They could easily have died.

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