As you know, over the weekend Jeremy travelled to Valloire in the Italian French Alps with his friend Julian in a Frazer Nash Super Sports to take part in the Frazer Nash Alpine Trial.
We also mentioned before that Jeremy had encountered a few mechanical issues prior to the trial commencing. Here’s what happened!
While on their way to Valloire, Jeremy and Julian received news that a friend, who was situated about an hour and a half to the West, was having some car trouble. In order to help, they took a detour. Unfortunately, while doing so, the Super Sports began to partially seize! The car was trailered to the alps where Julian and Jeremy, as well as a number of other brilliant car enthusiasts on the trial, spent all day fixing it. After taking the car apart, they realised the piston rings were melting into the pistons, with one piston ring broken altogether. Using nothing but a Swiss Army knife, Jeremy managed to fix the problem, working until 11.30pm to ensure the job was done.
On Monday morning, following not much sleep, the pair took to the roads on the northern route around Mont Blanc, which is situated between France, Switzerland and Italy. The weather was superb and the car ran like clockwork. During the evening, the group relaxed in a hotel restaurant overlooking their Frazer Nash’s with a stunning mountain backdrop while enjoying fantastic food and even better company.
Tuesday was a slightly more problematic day, although nothing this pair of petrol heads couldn’t cope with!
While driving through Switzerland, the banjo bolt which holds the float chamber to the carburettor, came undone and disappeared! Jeremy, driven by pure determination, walked a mile back along the road, searching the gutters and surrounding terrain for the bolt. He didn’t have any luck at first – but amazingly, after deciding to scan the pavement in one last attempt at finding it, there it was!
They made it back to Valloire. And even though they were a couple of hours late, they were thoroughly exhilarated after 450 hard road miles.
Today (Wednesday) the group are relaxing. But stay tuned, because we’ll have more updates for you tomorrow when they embark on the Southern route.