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Brooklands Test Hill Conquered!

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11 months 3 weeks ago #1556 by Paul
Brooklands Test Hill Conquered! was created by Paul
On 2 July 2023, this formidable mount was successfully scaled by not one, not two, but by three standard Sopwiths! Without any artificial aids such as supercharging or trials-tyres or doped fuel!
And to demonstrate that this was no fluke achievement, the three intrepid mahouts repeated their performance later in the day!
Congratulations are surely in order to "EK", "NC", and "BF" !
The following user(s) said Thank You: T. Baxter, Tony

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11 months 1 week ago - 11 months 1 week ago #1564 by keithsams
Replied by keithsams on topic Brooklands Test Hill Conquered!
what gear were you in and did you take off at the top
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11 months 1 week ago #1565 by Paul
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I only got into third: the braking-parachute deployed prematurely, but this limited the airborne flight at the crest.  

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11 months 1 week ago #1566 by Roger
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I managed to get into third on the Inter which is at least 60mph and managed to slow down on the gears to first at the top to avoid flying.  Even so the time was 8 seconds so the parachute was unnecessary.

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11 months 1 week ago #1567 by Paul
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Changing back down is a sissy luxury denied riders of real machines, which demand the unavoidably slow process of double-declutching.

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11 months 1 week ago #1568 by Roger
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Paul,

I assumed that as you were able to change up to third with no difficulty the problem must be with the lack of engine braking on a real man's machine.  When I drove my 1934 Morris Minor up all the way up the hill in first gear it was only necessary to close the throttle on the 1 in 4 to slow down to a walking pace at the top, no need for brakes let alone a parachute.

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