On the 8th March 2008 the Lancashire Saab Owners club had their second Rolling Road day and this time the event was held at John Clarkson Autos in Chorley, Lancashire.Steve had been in contact with Andrew Clarkson since before Christmas trying to arrange an event day. We knew that a new Daltesk Rolling Road had just been installed and we were as keen as Andrew to have a go.
The garage owner, Andrew, being the perfectionist he is, wouldn’t let us arrange anything until he was happy with some consistent results.In January Andrew rang to say perhaps we’d like to come over and see the Garage.
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We were firstly greeted by John, Andrew’s dad who showed us around all aspects of the new Rolling road and set-up. Andrew told us that he’d had some accurate results but it just needed a few adjustments, so we agreed on a date and the 8th March was set.
Unbeknown to Steve we ran a book to see who could guess the results of his at the wheel bhp figure, Ian Johnson was the winner.
It really was an interesting day, Dave Barrows put most of us to shame with the condition of his ‘new’ looking 99 and Julian Davies, or Birdie Mango as he’s more lovingly known, certainly showed anybody who hasn’t seen a 99 Rally car, how awesome a machine the 99 can look.
We weren’t too sure of how many people might want to get involved, we posted an advert up on UKSaabs to try andget some interest. Sure enough, in no time at all we had 15 willing enthusiasts.
This year’s event wasn’t as cold as the previous one but the kettle was kept running at full steam and a few biscuits went down a treat. We had a really good day at the garage and although we only finished at 5.45pm we were sure we’d be there again perhaps at the end of summer.
The 8th of March soon came round, on the morning we arrived at 08.45 to be met by Graeme Lambert in his beautiful Black C900 and Rob Grey in a Volvo!! (I think he got his dates mixed up with a Volvo meeting). They had travelled up from the Birmingham area to be with us, thanks guys.
While the first car was setting up on the rollers Graham Lowe nipped out on the bacon buttie run - you can’t beat a good breakfast to settle any pre-session nerves.
On the day we had 15 cars to test run from a standard 99 to a couple of ecu –remapped 9-5’s. As the cars went through the process of one on the rollers, one warming up, it was Rob’s Vovolov that created a problem, with it being an Automatic. Andrew, however, kept trying to get a decent reading but eventually had to concede as the Volvo started to cook the oil that lubricated the rollers!!!!
At the end of each session we were given a three page print out of how each car had performed. On the day the results we had were :-
BHP @ Flywheel
BHP @ The Wheel.
Graham Lowe 9-3 Vert
Rob Gray Vovolov Turbo Brick
Inaccurate reading due to it being an automatic
Andy Gilchrist 9-5 Aero
Mark De Giorgio 9000 LPT+
Mike Birds 9000 Aero
Andy Wilson C900i
Rob Mortimer 9-5 LPT +
Ian Thomas 9-5 LPT +
Graeme Lambert C900 T16 +
Scott Rayner 9-5 2.3 LPT+
Inaccurate reading due to it being an Automatic
Dave Barrows 99 GL
Ian Johnson 95 LPT
BIRDIE Mango 99 EMS Rally
Steve ALTY 9000 Aero
Ian Orchard C900 T16 +
It was nice to hold an event that everyone seemed to enjoy, roll on the next one after a few more tweaks.
Steve and Neal 2008.