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Posted: 03 Dec 2014
The difference between ‘bump' and ‘jump' is not just bad handwriting, but a mere 10mph, as it turns out. A worrying lack of detail in the pacenotes means it's almost impossible to work out whether the bend in front involves third-gear-over-slight-crest-onto-straight or fourth-gear-over-slight-crest-into-dry-stone-wall-without-touching-floor. Even more worrying is that I haven't got any pacenotes, using instead something more commonly known as a satnav.
This is patently a silly idea, and one that is abandoned quickly, given that this road - the Kirkstone Pass from Windermere to Penrith - is a mischievous tarmac rollercoaster bordered by dry-stone walls with the crash-absorbency characteristics of a load of sharp rocks piled on top of one another. Put it this way, get this too wrong, and they'll be recovering the resulting smear with Henry the Hoover while I pick sharp bits of the Lake District out of my chest cavity. My heart is beating rather quickly. If I were a shrew, I'd have exploded.
Words: Tom Ford
Pictures: Lee Brimble
This feature first appeared in Top Gear magazine