Throwback Thursday – Land’s Finish to John O’Groats on a single tank, 10 This summer 1976
Driving the nation from foot to tip happens to be an attractive challenge for motoring journalists.
For Stuart Bladon, Martin Lewis and professional photographer Peter Cramer, it had been a means of investigating the frugality of Autocar’s Austin 1800 lengthy-term test vehicle, this was transformed into operate a dual gas-LPG fuel set-up.
“Our Austin retained its 16-gallon gas tank, along with a 15-gallon cylinder within the boot for LPG,” authored Bladon and Lewis within their account from the trip, that also elevated money for charitable organization. “With that lot, we contended, surely it might even move from Land’s Finish to John O’Groats without refuelling. Or wouldn’t it?Inches
They trigger for their departure point, Land’s Finish, in the center of that summer’s heatwave. “We made the decision that the late start would suit best, giving us the majority of the driving throughout the night. We stored the vehicle’s gas tank filled to the warning line around the gauge, which, regrettably, is around the tank within the boot there’s no direct read-off within the vehicle. The drive to Cornwall is made on gas, because we understood we may maintain difficulty attempting to refill the gas cylinder lower there.”
Before swarms of holidaymakers at Land’s Finish, they brimmed the gas tank, making their departure at exactly 5pm. “Within 30 minutes i was stuck within the Penzance hurry hour (when they refer to it as that),” they reported. “Eventually i was obvious capable to develop the rate again, to Tiverton.
“Long prior to the event, we’d written towards the AA for any route, that they furnished with due solemnity, showing the length as 865.95 miles. However, we observed they required us from Okehampton lower to Exeter, that the map clearly demonstrated to involve extra mileage. Rather, we cut across, using Ordnance Survey maps. Once around the M5 we relaxed, switched to gas and pressed in the cruising speed to 60mph.”
Because they neared Carlisle, they hit trouble. They didn’t understand it at that time, however a faulty regulator valve have been feeding an over-wealthy combination of LPG in to the engine.
“Stuart was attempting sleep within the when the vehicle gave a jerk after which began to get rid of speed. ‘The gas went,’ came the muttered explanation. 330 miles covered on 15 gallons of gas meant we’d barely removed 20mpg, which meant over 500 miles to complete around the gas.
“Could we feel the gas gauge? When we could, it may still perform. It had been still within the half mark around the A9 near Balinluig. It grew to become more and more apparent that people should complete the length securely enough for that speed to become elevated to 50mph.”
Panic over, they found arriving at John O’Groats to become “something of the anti-climax, however it was great to leave and stretch and realize that we’d done it”.
The real distance from the route was measured at 860.3 miles. The Austin had covered 540.6 miles on 13.05 gallons to provide average gas use of 41.4mpg.
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