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Old 15 Jun 2009, 23:13 (Ref:2484130)   #31
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Like Simon found, it was nice to have the time to relax & spectate thanks to the late race. Watching the Masters saloons cresting Avon crab-wise definitely gave me the courage to keep the right foot firmly planted on Sunday although it nearly went horribly wrong in qualifying when my tyres seemed to suddenly go off after only 4 laps.

The race saw my worst ever start I think, the red light stayed on for an eternity (at least 3 secs), Ben Shuckburgh's Falcon in front started to creep then stopped just as the lights went out which threw me completely. Dropping the clutch, the wheels just whizzed round and everyone seemed to hurtle past using the space alongside where Roger Cope should have been (he blew his diff in practice) and which it had been my cunning plan to dart into. I was therefore caught in a bit of a crowd for the first couple of laps (note to nimble little cars: don't underestimate how much speed a ton and a half of Jag has to lose to make it through a chicane, patting my a**e won't speed things up).

Most of the race was spent keeping an eye on Ricky Gaston in his Lotus Cortina which came close on a couple of occasions but never quite managed a serious attempt to get by. It was with the Cortina still close behind on the penultimate lap that I had the toughest call - I could see the yellows waving in the distance when Ted Williams' Alfa dropped its insides and guessed from the energetic jumping up and down at the previous post that something was profoundly amiss up ahead, but how much could I afford to back off? When I saw the diagonal line of fluid I thought it would be ok to gingerly tip-toe over so long as we kept in a straight line but I guess there was oil in there as well because as soon as I touched it the car shot onto the grass and for a few moments I was sure I would hit the parked Alfa which had a door wide open for added width. Before the race my daughter found a 4-leaf clover which was taped to the dash and it was at this point that it must have started to work because at the last second we found a bit of steerage and skimmed past. Either Ricky had a similar excursion or just thought he'd keep well out of it because when I bounced back onto the tarmac he was still some way behind, thanks Ricky! I wasn't sorry to see the chequered flag, having slithered through a second time at greatly reduced speed.

Thanks to one and all for a great day and great racing, and commiserations to those who dropped by the wayside. 3 weeks 'til Brands - I think we might pop in a brake servo in the meantime and pray it doesn't rain.
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Old 16 Jun 2009, 07:23 (Ref:2484255)   #32
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Sorry about that, I did intend to get back to you quicker, however I got stuck further down the queue with another car.
Paul, no apology necessary- watching from the side could see you were in a 'no win' situation with that first session! I'm sure all competitors appreciate the 'tightrope' that Combe is walking, and some of the creative silencing solutions adopted are worthy of a special award!

JP12 and Gixxer- the small grids are disappointing for competitors as well and fully appreciate how dull a 45 min race with driver change and couple of SC periods can be for those watching! With travel costs as they are now a 500 mile round trip for 1 sprint race doesn't appeal, but 2 x 40min+ races in a w/end make more sense. Difficult one, as what is good for competitors isn't always best for spectators. Personally I could watch Dan Cox, Patrick Watts (other drivers are available) or a well driven FIA Mini going through Camp all day, regardless of what position they were in!

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Old 16 Jun 2009, 08:38 (Ref:2484296)   #33
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Paul, no apology necessary- watching from the side could see you were in a 'no win' situation with that first session! I'm sure all competitors appreciate the 'tightrope' that Combe is walking, and some of the creative silencing solutions adopted are worthy of a special award!

JP12 and Gixxer- the small grids are disappointing for competitors as well and fully appreciate how dull a 45 min race with driver change and couple of SC periods can be for those watching! With travel costs as they are now a 500 mile round trip for 1 sprint race doesn't appeal, but 2 x 40min+ races in a w/end make more sense. Difficult one, as what is good for competitors isn't always best for spectators. Personally I could watch Dan Cox, Patrick Watts (other drivers are available) or a well driven FIA Mini going through Camp all day, regardless of what position they were in!

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Old 16 Jun 2009, 10:04 (Ref:2484359)   #34
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Combe safety car

A good number of the races over the weekend were affected by safety car periods. I was in the Plus 4 and spent quite a while trundling around immediately behind the safety car in the Guards race which gave me an opportunity to let my mind wander a bit !

I can't help thinking that the recovery of the E type was somewhat slow. On the assumption that the transmission wasn't locked, why couldn't it have been dragged to safety ? Every time I came round there seemed to be more head scratching than action.

Apologies if I am way off beam and of course safety must come first, but I would be interested in what others think.

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Mike - great report. Where do I get some of your "off the line like a scalded cat" fuel ?
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Old 16 Jun 2009, 10:10 (Ref:2484363)   #35
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I agree it did take some time but it allowed me to make doubly sure my engine was not over heating so I was not too sorry!
TT I was about three cars behind you I think and my team mate one behind in the Turner. It was his coming of age as he became officially Internationally historic on the Saturday! Did you all know that the maximum number of signatures you can get in a weekend (no matter how that they are different organizers - Masters Saturday and HSCC Sunday) is 2?
Sorry also meant to say I agree great report and good chatting to you Mike and Andrew and the rest of teh ten tenthers over the weekend... I rather like the fact that CC mix the historics with their own series - it stops it all getting too precious and "keeps it real" great meeting which is a must on my calender and a good example of how competing clubs can work together to give the entrant a good value wekend. There should be more of this rather than clashing diaries
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Old 16 Jun 2009, 10:26 (Ref:2484376)   #36
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Mike - great report. Where do I get some of your "off the line like a scalded cat" fuel ?
Hi Mark- I'll let others comment on SCs as I wasn't in car then!

Lessons in standing starts can be booked- pm me

Seriously, if you havn't done any stage rallying (espec on tarmac), it helps- you get lots of practice in a day! I was also lucky being on the left and not boxed in like the previous day.

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Old 16 Jun 2009, 10:55 (Ref:2484397)   #37
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.......................a good example of how competing clubs can work together to give the entrant a good value wekend. There should be more of this rather than clashing diaries
Actually rather than just have a practice/qualifying session it would heve been great to have the Classic F3's racing on the same day as the Masters races. Giving it more of a feel of the old BTCC/BSCC programmes. That Warstiener car was drop dead gorgeous and the team of Brabhams were a sight to behold.
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Old 16 Jun 2009, 11:11 (Ref:2484405)   #38
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Did you all know that the maximum number of signatures you can get in a weekend (no matter how that they are different organizers - Masters Saturday and HSCC Sunday) is 2?
Unfortunately Simon, that's quite correct as Castle Combe Racing Club were the permit holding club for both days of what was effectively, one meeting.
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Old 16 Jun 2009, 13:30 (Ref:2484511)   #39
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Bit of a frustrating day with the A105, its 3rd race and 1st DNC, darn it; 8 laps into qual, just getting the hang of it and all HT vanished. Thanks to the marshall at The Esses for the loan of your phone to calm down the Missus! Thanks also to all who offered replacement rotor arms, Rae had one that fitted, which appeared to solve the problem but the disi cap didn't look to healthy either....5 laps into the race and a misfire started which rapidly crept down the rev range and made continuing pointless. By the time the rest of the team had walked back from Quarry, it had cooled down and worked perfectly, they think I'm making it up...

On the plus side we saw 94mph approaching Avon, which is probably the fastest the car has ever been, it was a well organised day (John, tell me again where the speed limit starts in the pit lane? ) thanks to all at Masters and CCRC, it was good to meet some Ten/Tenthers, and fine Combe weather although there were localised fogbanks approaching Camp in the morning...If I can get this attachment to post, somewhere in there is a Vanguard and an A35...Click image for larger version

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Old 16 Jun 2009, 15:13 (Ref:2484567)   #40
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So what can Masters and to lesser extent the HSCC do to increase the number of cars on the grid? Surely such poor grids aren't sustainable.[/QUOTE]


Stop holding meetings on the same weekend! It's not only the Castle Combe weekend where they clash but at others during the season.
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Old 16 Jun 2009, 15:41 (Ref:2484578)   #41
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surely Castle Combe is an example of them dovetailing very well... as a competitor it meant you could race Saturday and Sunday at the same track. That is a good thing isn't it?
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Old 16 Jun 2009, 15:48 (Ref:2484580)   #42
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I agree with that Simon. Crossover cars get two events and can make a weekend of it, as per Mike Bell's comments above.

It's when the events are on opposite ends of the country that the problems start.
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Old 16 Jun 2009, 21:15 (Ref:2484828)   #43
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In the absence of any photos so far, here's a piece I found on youtube showing the Sunday HRSR saloon race filmed from the Quarry bank, clearly demonstrating why Dan Cox wins races!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJfYO4qKAso
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Old 17 Jun 2009, 23:13 (Ref:2485592)   #45
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Well this is my first post on the site, so I'll keep it brief.

I'd just like to say a massive thanks to all the helpers, vounteers, marshalls etc.. that made this the most enjoyable meeting for me in my fledgling racing driver career.

So it helped that the car manged to stay in one piece for a full event after dramas at both Donnington and Brands Hatch we had ! But I would definately go back despite the 4 Hour trip from up 't north.
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