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HAGGATE COMP SAFARI

Popular spot for the Pennine this Haggate place, hidden as it is in the
very heart of Northern Lancashire, it is renowned locally for the fact that
the constant rain is once a year replaced by constant snow which adds to
the glamour of the place no end! If Lancashire had an armpit guess where
it would be?? To be fair Pennine have had one event at Haggate where the
sun shone ...... trouble was most people were convinced they'd arrived

on the wrong day when they saw the sun and returned home! I jest not
Haggate is the only place in England where the rain comes UP at you to
strike a cold, wet blow at Pennine's soft underside .... the beer belly!

Nevertheless, such conditions didn't deter the lads from this man's club and
33 entries squelched on to the sponge like moor to battle with whatever the
elements and George Cooke, Steve Flatt and Harry Haigh could throw at
them.

Despite Alan and Anice Seed moving the start around to try and find
a hard patch quite a few motors could be seen well bogged within 2 or 3
yards of the start line and eventually the whole of the first part of the
course had to be re-routed to the main track which had recently been dug
out be an earthmover. This made sure no-one got stuck but it was a bit like
riding on a funfair ride as you bounced from side to side of the ruts. Ten

runs had to be done, all to count and it was a measure of the course that
only 14 seconds separated the FTD (Fastest Time of Day) in the standard
class (Duncan Smith) and the specials (Philip Beever). The going changed
rapidly from the gooey open peat moor to hard, rocky quarry tracks several
times throughout the course which was just over a mile in length.

While sitting morosely in my truck cab watching the rain slice across
the moor, and waiting for my turn to get stuck on the start line (first run
this) I heard from nearby, "Aw this is great, just what I wanted to come
back for!" Now anyone who voiced these sort of opinions at Haggate that
day had to be somebody worth turning your head for, but when it was said
with a soft American drawl I whipped round so fast that I got lashback.
Sure enough Dick Schaeffer was approaching, smiling as ever despite the
foul conditions, Pennine's one and only American refugee had returned, al-
beit only for a few days, he must have learned something during his years
among us Northerners though . . . he'd wangled his way over at his firm's
expense (American Air Force) and convinced them that he could only go
at certain times of the year, all of which just happen to coincide with
Pennine events! I don't really know what he was supposed to be doing over
here, but I thought after that perhaps if we're really lucky he might be
sussing Haggate out as a site for Cruise missiles . . . well at least then we'd
get some decent tracks up there! Nice to see you Dick, still as enthusiastic
as ever I'm glad to see. That little chat with Dick cheered me up somewhat,
and funnily enough it wasn't long after when the weather started to buck up
and the wind that had been driving the rain along began to dry things out
again and by about the 5th run some parts of the track were beginning to
get drier. Latest innovation at our events is the Team idea, 3 motors, a
Series 1, a Lightweight and a Series 2 all painted up the same colours. I
meant to find out more about them but never got round to it, how about
some information on yourselves lads? I reckon Carl Amos has more reason
than most to dread a Haggate event as he seems to have more than his fair
share of problems at this site and this event was to be no exception, result-
ing in his retirement despite a quick thrash home to fit a new diff, mind
you he wasn't alone, there were only 21 finishers out of the 33 entries, and
some of those that did finish were in no state to start a trans Pennine safari,
some, like Jonathan Oldfield, needing immediate surgery to a broken stub
axle before moving off the site .... (one of the benefits of being Editor
is that I need only tell about other people's misfortunes, my own are kept
strictly quiet!) Duncan Smith was making his old eighty really work for a
living, going much faster than many of the 'poser' machines while Philip
Beever proved yet again that he still suffers from terminal brain fade as he
piloted his V8 round the super sticky course in a best time of 3m 23secs
and just to prove it was no fluke he did that twice!

Despite the weather I was amazed at the number of spectators who
turned out to watch the event, and biased as I am I have to admit that by

the afternoon the weather had cheered rp no end and the view across

Burnley and Pendle Hill are worth waiting for .... eventually! Love, kisses
and big fondles should go to all those heroes who scruted, timed, watched,
organised or just plain froze so that us wot's had the brains removed could
have fun hurling ourselves at rocks and mud holes (put like that it somehow
loses its glamour, doesn't it?)

 

 
MSA and ARC club members are welcome to come along and join our events. Phone Mark on 07866 506521 / 01282 703718

 

 

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