Went out for a drive in the Bluebird today. Traffic was a nightmare.
Then, I unexpectedly discovered that there was a track day going on at a little-known course not far from me. I headed over. The Bluebird and my pal's BMW 318iS were some of the oldest vehicles there, along with that Volvo 340 - which was turbocharged and very, very quick. I mean, sideways.
I got a passenger ride around the incredibly tight course in this. Over 400bhp, RWD only, MASSIVE turbo. Lag, lag, lag, OMG WE'RE GOING TO DIE!
It was brilliant, though it's hard to comprehend that in 1989, Nissan was able to do BONKERS MENTAL like this, and dreary Bluebirds. Needless to say, I didn't take the Bluebird around.
However, I did have a jolly hoon there and back, marvelling in the substantial grip it now has. I haven't yet found the limits of the new tyres, but I suspect something will break before that happens. Which is why I was a little alarmed when I got a distinct knocking sound as I rounded one, not particularly tight left-hander. I wasn't even going that quickly, because tourist. [Edit - the missing words relate to the fact the tourist was in a Seat, er Leon? Or something.] It was an FR, so I thought it might be quick, but it turns out that's just a 'sporty look' model, so a bit like a Cavalier LX.
I did discover that it will stall in fourth, so I guess the clutch will last a bit longer, even if the bearing still does like a groan first thing. It'll probably be my steed of choice for Cholmondeley next weekend, then Sussex the weekend after, then Manchester, then Sussex again - though given I have other vehicles available, this may vary. Still, I want to put some miles on it (under 900 so far). It's very relaxing now the ride is sorted out. I'm actually looking forward to it.