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Aug 9 15 6:07 PM
Terrific weekend at Prescott - thanks to all those who organised it and made it possible. We missed Peter and Dave on Saturday - there in person but not in car due to engine maladies noted elsewhere. So it was 3 wide bodied cars and Doug Ellwood was uncatchable breaking 50 secs in the Mantis - Chevy - a good result and congrats to him. Weather was great and my Mantis (Ford) went well but for some reason, half a second slower than in May which was baffling and I can only think that the hot temps may have had some effect. Nevertheless a good day had by all.
Sunday Revival also terrific with runs for my two boys and 53 Marcos counted during the day. Vid links below for Saturday - short but hopefully sweet !
Aug 9 15 11:04 PM
Aug 23 15 12:54 PM
Bit of a gap until the next 2 rounds of Classic Marques for me - next up is Shelsley Walsh 19th and 20th Sept. Driven Shelsley lots but not in a Marcos so should be fun. Meanwhile, prep done for the round after that at Castle Combe - the last round of the season on October 24th - when I will double drive (share) the Mantis with my 17 year old son. So we will soon have another Marcos driver!
For those who think that starting your competition career in a 300bhp rear drive V8 with no ABS, traction control or anything else is pure madness (I was wavering a bit myself), a test at Llandow last Wed in torrential rain with lots of standing water but no spins or brake locks and a 1 min 1 sec best proved that 17 year olds seem to rule these days. Castle Comb will be fun for him and tense for me...
Aug 25 15 11:29 AM
PHJ wrote:... I will double drive (share) the Mantis with my 17 year old son. So we will soon have another Marcos driver!For those who think that starting your competition career in a 300bhp rear drive V8 with no ABS, traction control or anything else is pure madness (I was wavering a bit myself), a test at Llandow last Wed in torrential rain with lots of standing water but no spins or brake locks and a 1 min 1 sec best proved that 17 year olds seem to rule these days...
Aug 25 15 9:47 PM
Sep 20 15 9:46 PM
Oct 25 15 7:13 AM
Last event of the season yesterday at Castle Combe. Lashed it down all day with rivers running across the track. Should have taken the Hovercraft or maybe just driven round in my Jeep! Anyway best to be British about it and just bash on and 'enjoy' it. Format is a full lap starting in the pit lane and ending over the finish line. The Yokohama AD08Rs are pretty good wet weather tyres but at 10" wide at the back and at the end of their second season the water clearing ability was quite compromised so it made for some eye popping moments. The morning was reasonably competitive at 114 and then 108 secs which had me in class lead position ahead of a pair of Scimitars and a Lotus Exige (SC Toyota) which was shared by two drivers. The after lunch first timed run was awful with a deluge causing lots of standing water. Off the line (the pit exit) 1st and 2nd got used up in about 10 yards and third nearly stepped me into the Armco as I tried to get away. It skated badly on the water and was not at all happy and nor was I for that matter. It just would not do what it was told even in a straight line. It ended with a 119 secs time and a potential loss of class win. Fortunately the rain eased a bit during the afternoon and the second run had less standing water (though still more than the morning) and the Mantis managed a 109 to take a class win. The weather of course continued to improve after that so those running later got some additional benefit but that's motorsport for you. FTD was an Audi (Ur) Quattro on 95 secs but the real news for me was two of the CM championship guys in a TVRs (Vixen 1700 and Chimeara 4.0) who managed 96 and 97 secs. Just brilliant and done on class 1A Uniroyal Rainsport road tyres which are apparently quite epic on standing water. Go figure. I am not sure what I picked up in Classic Marques points but whatever it is will add to my total as it was my 8th and last round. The real joy though was that my 17 year son who has just passed his test in July and only done one test at Llandow (fortunately in pouring rain) was sharing the Mantis with me yesterday for his first competitive event and brought the car home in one piece. He managed a 360 spin coming out of Camp corner onto the start finish straight on his second practice but got back going again after rotovating the infield. Ended the day on a 121 second time. I think the morning one without the spin would have been the 117 / 118 range. A great start and a very hairy way to be introduced to competitive motorsport being strapped in a 300 bhp V8 on standing water with steam roller tyres!. Yee haw. The Mantis will go for some winter remedial work with Joe at Redline and we will be out again next season. More to follow in Marcos Torque soon.
Oct 28 15 1:08 PM
Oct 29 15 10:18 PM
Sorry they are a bit short but when there is a Ford V8 to be heard, anything will do! These are from Shelsley Walsh in Sept and Castle Combe last weekend - enjoy
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