Gassing

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World Record Attempt at the 37th International MicroCar Rally

I
have been reminded that the 37th International MicroCar Rally will be taking place from the 1st to the 4th September 2011 at the Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum, Calne, Wiltshire, hosted by the Bug Club, who are hoping to break the world record of the most microcars in one place.

The existing record, accepted as a world record by the Guinness Book of Records, was set on September 7th 1986 at the National MicroCar Rally, held at Cotswold Wildlife Park in Burford, with 185 cars present. I note that the current issue of Kabinews, the other Club's magazine lists the registration numbers of all 43 'schmitts that were in attendance back in September 1986. No 7935 MK though, which surprised me since my KR200 was in regular use back in those days. Out came the trusty 1986 diary...

National Microcar Rally 1986: At the Cotswold Wildlife Park.National Microcar Rally 1986: At the Cotswold Wildlife Park.All was revealed. In August 1986, I set out with a group of Messerschmitt Enthusiasts on a week long jaunt across the Low Countries to the Dutch Rally, held in Winterswijk, in the eastern most part of the Province of Gelderland, that year. Arriving back in Blighty on Monday 25th August 1986, after completing a total of 817 miles in the KR200, it looks as though the `baton' was passed to CDF 263T (my Isetta 300) since as well as filling the petrol tank, I had changed the engine oil on the morning of the 7th September, for the relatively short trip from Chipping Campden to Burford (coincidentally passing Gassing's present abode!). What wasn't so clear was whether or not I'd used my Reliant Robin to move oil, or whether I'd camped over or not (I can't recall). Given the short distances involved, I strongly suspect I slept at home that weekend!

In order to break the world record set 25 years previously, an improvement of 53 cars is needed on the 2010 totalIn order to break the world record set 25 years previously, an improvement of 53 cars is needed on the 2010 total of 133 cars, at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire.

Since the last NMCR event held at the Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum in 2008 (the wet and muddy one), I understand that the field has been provided with land drains and a gravel road laid around the perimeter and into the top field as well so if it should rain, there will not be a repeat of last time. Anyhow, the Bug Club are certain that it is going to be hot and sunny this time with 200+ microcars on display!

More details to come so keep checking for regular updates both on KaRoScene and on the NMCR web-site at http://www.national-microcar-rally.co.uk.