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Ice and snow driving, what are you techniques?

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Old Dec 16th, 2017, 11:34   #21
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Escorts used to slide well but if I remember rightly one guy had a midget that used to nearly make it across.
..that brings a to my face and reminds me of my youth in a 1256 Chevette on Stomil tyres pretending to be Pennti Airikkla as I powerslid arounds the snow covered back roads. Taught me how to drive it did.
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Watched a film of Ari Vatenian on the 1000 lakes rally in a Toyota Celica, 120 mph on sheet ice withjust fingertips on the steering wheel, constantly making minor adjustments to keep the car in line.

One of the great pleasures of my younger years was watching him over Epynt after he had moved to ford. 4 off on deer's leap on first round and move on to the bottom of new road to watch him second time around. One of the greats and along with Tony Pond an inspiration to many budding rally drivers.

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The smooth driving technique reminds me of the concept I saw some years ago regarding economical driving. The 'mindset' is to image you have a dinner plate stuck on the bonnet with a football sitting on it. You then drive in a manner so as to keep the football from rolling off. Yes, its' a crazy idea in practice, but as a mindset to encourage smooth driving, it works wonders for both economy and safety on winter roads.
Years ago I did one of those Driving Experience days at Bruntingthorpe. They had a VW Polo with a shallow bowl on the bonnet with a tennis ball in it. Twisty course laid out with cones. So you did the 'crazy idea' for real. Unbelievably difficult. Football on a plate? You'd never do it, it would be straight off.
They also had a classic Mini with the steering 'reversed', so turn the wheel right it turned left. Jeez that is difficult.
I've got full winters. Braking in non compacted snow I was told brake gently and the snow builds up in front of the tyres, acts to an extent like a chock.
I had a really basic Pug 205 1.8 non turbo diesel for a while. In snow, normal tyres, you could put it in 1st and just lift the clutch, don't touch the throttle peddle. It would chug up hills that all the other cars couldn't tackle. Basically it would drive on tickover.
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4 off on deer's leap on first round and move on to the bottom of new road to watch him second time around. One of the greats and along with Tony Pond an inspiration to many budding rally drivers.
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Is this 4 off? We called it 'showing some air'.
Pirelli Car and Car Conversions Rally Championship (remember Triple C?) in 1976. Exiting a very dusty quarry near Cheltenham. I'm in the passenger seat, navigating. Big grins.
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I am surprised that nobody has mentioned the technique beloved by the drivers of certain cars of Germanic origin; drive as normal and continue to overtake everybody by travelling at 80mph in the outside lane whilst it is covered in 3 inches of slush.
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