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Old 21 May 2017, 20:10 (Ref:3735105)   #2071
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MGDavid has a real shot at the podium!MGDavid has a real shot at the podium!MGDavid has a real shot at the podium!MGDavid has a real shot at the podium!MGDavid has a real shot at the podium!
Won the class (result!) - and you're grumbling .
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Old 22 May 2017, 12:16 (Ref:3735243)   #2072
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Winning is good.
PB's are the sweet cherry on the top!
Really thought I could get deeper, but no on Sunday.
I'm back there 10/11 June so another chance!
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Old 31 May 2017, 09:18 (Ref:3737596)   #2073
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Rumours on the CSCC Special Saloons and Modsports FB site suggest that David Enderby may be close to starting a re-commission of his Tiga Sports 2000 based Karmann Ghia, ie the sister (cousin?) car to 911thillclimber's car.
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Old 31 May 2017, 21:42 (Ref:3737839)   #2074
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Rumours on the CSCC Special Saloons and Modsports FB site suggest that David Enderby may be close to starting a re-commission of his Tiga Sports 2000 based Karmann Ghia, ie the sister (cousin?) car to 911thillclimber's car.
Hooray!! Been waiting for this. With any luck that will spur the Marshall's to bring the Kitten out again.
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Old 31 May 2017, 22:20 (Ref:3737846)   #2075
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Hooray!! Been waiting for this. With any luck that will spur the Marshall's to bring the Kitten out again.
Hope so, too. They have put the Bowlby OSS Clubmans based car up for sale, so you never know.
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Old 3 Jun 2017, 16:57 (Ref:3738357)   #2076
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Way back the good Dr E offered his body moulds for my car. Only problem was the length of the car would not fit into the garage and it would have added a year to the car's build to get the body and mount it to the Lola.
It would be great to see the Black Ghia out again.

Today was practice day at Shelsley Walsh, and the sun shone all day thought the morning run was on a slightly slippy track, but took it carefully, it is practice after all.

The run was drama-free and netted a nice 32.96/22.3 start.

PB is 32.06.

Just the 2 of us again in the class, and Nigel's V8 ran a strong 35.05 in his heavy NG V8.

Second run was far more determined, but I felt I cruised up the hill, no drama, felt smooth, everything sounded strong as so it was!

A PB of 31.92 / 2.19.
Chuffed with that to say the least.
Nigel went better too, 34.79.

I hope to deliver again tomorrow for the race day, but to win, you first have to finish!
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Old 4 Jun 2017, 18:06 (Ref:3738656)   #2077
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Sunday, and a different weather system saw light rain before our first timed runs, but the sun and breeze seemed to dry the track.
A respected Porsche competitor told me the hill was fine, so went for it (unusual for me)
Cracking run which gave the same time as my best practice run to the 1/00 of a second, 31.91/2.24 start.

Second run was much the same conditions, but I felt I had done enough to secure the class so eased a bit.
We are racing at loton Park next weekend, so needed to be careful!

32.76/ 2.22

So, a good Class Win and a PB also.

Long way to go to get that trophy and there is an ominous oil patch on the trailer bed after the tow home...

Will see what THAT is tomorrow.
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Old 4 Jun 2017, 22:05 (Ref:3738694)   #2078
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Old 10 Jun 2017, 16:20 (Ref:3739991)   #2079
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The last of the Championship rounds before the summer break this weekend at my favorite hiil, Loton Park, close to the Welsh boarders by Welshpool.

Saturday, practice only but the chance of 3 runs, 4 in the Class.
First run and it poured, real Welsh Rain, which can penetrate anything known to man, let alone me in the Lola t 492!
Zero grip on the 3 year old slicks so did a 81.4/ 3.38 second run, slowest in class.
Sean from McClurg Motorsport will laugh seeing that!

Second run was with the track wet but trying, but a bit quicker at 72.37/2.9, slowest in Class...
I made the start in 2nd gear which was quite good. Worth the try.

Third run was a dry hill so off we went, got to get some speed!

Result was 57.5/ 2.13 which included a real problem selecting 2nd after the start in 1st, had this before but it cost a lot of time.

However, 2nd in class, the NG V8 ran 60.99 and the road spec Ferrari clocked 62.20.

However, Allan ran 54.13/ 2.03 and was 1 second off his pb....
He fitted fresh slicks today too!

Sunday is forecast to be better so I need to do a good run in the morning as rain expected in the afternoon.

My pb is 56.79/ 2.12 so close to a pb if I'm lucky.

Have to say the engine ran a bit 'off-song' today and that stalled 1st to 2nd shift will mean some summer tinkering is required.
Save me getting bored or doing the garden. (I wish)
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Old 11 Jun 2017, 17:02 (Ref:3740297)   #2080
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Sunday, and the plan was to get 2nd in class as I would NEVER beat the Evo Mini ever, so I was pleased to get to the track to brilliant weather. Forecast was dry until 1 or 3.00pm, so the first run had to count.

Got in the car, all strapped in ready, engine running and called to come to the start line with my class Mates, except...no gloves.
Could not find the bloody things at all so panic set in until the paddock marshal borrowed a set from another competitor and I just made it to the start line in time by seconds.
To the start, still buzzing and set off hard and angry.
Do you think I could get a clean 1st to 2nd? no, so after some repeated attempts from neutral got going with a heap of time to make up this twisting and fast 1 mile long hill.
Came up to Keepers hot in second and went for 3rd read to clime Cedar Straight. Went from 2nd to 1st which is not good for this 6400 red line engine, but caught the 'buzz' and got third a treat.

Hit the awkward Cedar Straight and dived hard into the 90 left, Fallow. Got out of there with a chirp from the slightly understeering front tyres and up to the blind 80 deg right that is Museum corner, and the car squirmed all over the place (it felt like) hit nothing, settled going dead-ahead (nothing to do with me, just a good car with an ace set-up) and went for the finishing line as hard as I could.
Wheew, an exciting run.

Got a stonking 56.91/ 2.29 and just 3 and a bit seconds behind the EVO Mini and well ahead of Nigel in the NG V8. The Ferrari was a no-show today.

So, a 2nd in class and just 0.12 secs off my PB with a big operator-error in the middle of it.

The rain missed us and yet another gear shift issue gave me a 57.79.
Not a bad weekend of hill climbing, and all will be silent for over 8 weeks unless I can get into a few Clubbies in between.

Season going well so far, on plan.
Spanners crossed I'll get there!

Car is going on show at the glorious Chateau Impney hill climb on 8 July.
Might see some of you there!

Allen's EVO Mini, formidable.

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Old 15 Jul 2017, 20:38 (Ref:3751524)   #2081
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The little Lola was on display at the Club's stand at the Chateax and glorious weather gathered a lot of people to this venue, and we had our fair share too on the stand.
I took the bodywork off the car to show the Lola naked, and this drew a lot of people, a lot of questions, a lot of boy (old and young) to sit in the car and I hope some who will come to our own hill climb venue!

All the PR work is very tiring, but great fun.

Today was a one-day clubbie at Loton Park, no agenda, just a bit of fun and time to try the gear change ghosts that are bugging me.

Wet start, but we have just laid a whole new surface on the mile long hill and it was certainly slippy! Clocked a very cautious 71 second run as first practice, and I was not alone in a very amalgamated class of me and 3 single seaters.
Second run was now quite dry, so time to push a bit harder, and clocked58.69 but a stunning 1.99 second start time to cover the first 64 feet, so just over 1G of acceleration. Managed to get second from first quite well. Rest of the run was still a bit cautious, but sound.

The meeting was stopped for one hour while a wedding took place (the village church is but 200m from the start line....) and the married couple took their Morgan topless up the hill climb to much cheer and waving. Never seen that before.

Race run resumed and I got stuck-in.
Netted a nice 56.83 and a better start of 1.95, ballistic!
pb is 56.79, so chuffed to be so close with the worry of a virgin track and fears of the unknown grip!

Things will be totally quiet now until Prescott hill on the 2/3rd Sept, the last but one of the Midland Championship, the final being at Loton Park and celebrated with a hog roast!

Time to enjoy watching some motorsport in the old 911, but going to watch some nostalgic Drag Racing and hot Rods tomorrow, back to the roots of my youth!

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Old 29 Aug 2017, 06:02 (Ref:3762523)   #2082
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At long long last the Championship 'holiday' has come to a close, and the last 2 meetings are entered.
Last but one is next weekend at Prescott.

I need to get the Lola cleaned today, fuelled, and started to make sure all is well after a 2.5 month off period.
The class for this meeting has changed fro the usual 2 or 3, we are joined by a full spec hillclimb sports racing car, a Pilbeam MP48 with a Millington 2.3 engine driven by an ex-British hill climb champion, Ray Rowan and Nick is back with his turbocharged Jaguare V6 engine Lotus Esprit.
Nigel in his NGT V8 and Allan in his insane EVO drive train Mini make up a 5 car class.
I will not be getting a class win! Might pick up 3rd or 4th.
The Pilbeam was heading the class about 4 years ago with Terry in it and was really fast until a heavy shunt at Shelsley finished the car.
Ray bought it to rebuild.

We went to Oulton Park for the Gold Cup meeting last weekend, a great classic car event and found in the paddock a nice Lola T492, bright red and and standard as it comes, looked great.

Then is slowly dawned on me the body had a lot of familiar holes...

It was my old hillclimb red body I sold some years ago to make way for the lighter blue body, bit of a pleasant surprise!



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Saturday, and practice.
Just 2 runs today, so the first was the usual 'sighting' run as it has been 8 weeks since running the car. All went reasonably well, one duff gear change (again) but a nice 48.85 and no drama.

however, the others did well too esp the 'new' Pilbeam MP43 that has been re-built and driven by Ray Rowan, ex British hill /climb Champ!

He dropped in a calm 42.90!

Second run was better for me, one gear change cock-up, but 47.5, a second of my pb at Prescott.

The MP43 did a cool 40.82 about a second off the class record..

Found that the MP43 is powered by a mighty HART 420, but that is quite a time.
So, at this point and with a crick in my neck from yesterday I am 3rd in the 5 car class.
Weather tomorrow is anything from dry to wet depending on the App or the farmer you talk to!
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Sunday, and wet wet wet wet all day.
What a misery!
I was the only car in class on dry slicks as I don't have any spare wheels or the cash for a set of wet slicks, so the track was hard work for all but I am always worried about crunching the car.
First practice was 60.93....
Starting in 2nd gear was a good tactic but the start was still 3.16 secs.
First race run was 58.4 / 3.14
Second race run was 56.62 / 3.09

The class was won by a country mile by Ray Rowen in the MP43 and he even made it into the Top Twelve run off @ 47.20! Awesome.

Arch rival Nigel in the NG V8 beat me on Kumho road tyres by 0.6 secs, first time he has beaten me in years!

So a miserable 4th in class but in one soggy piece and home in time for the Italian GP.
Big clean-up and dry out tomorrow.....
One more to go at Loton 22/23 Sept.
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This was the 'cleanest' part of the car after Prescott, second pic is after a 4 hour intensive clean of the whole car. Takes ages.
I feel like a steam train man with an oily rag and oil can lubing everything after the wash down.
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