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Old 9 Nov 2016, 21:22 (Ref:3686842)   #16
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Whatever happened to the Easter revival meeting at Thruxton? It was heralded a few years back as being the great comeback for historic F2 with the Jochen Rindt trophy but never materialised into anything much at all. Great shame that there's no early spring meeting again next year even if it's always freezing!
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Old 9 Nov 2016, 22:39 (Ref:3686859)   #17
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Whatever happened to the Easter revival meeting at Thruxton? It was heralded a few years back as being the great comeback for historic F2 with the Jochen Rindt trophy but never materialised into anything much at all. Great shame that there's no early spring meeting again next year even if it's always freezing!

I think that meeting was slowly building up into something, the longer it ran
traditional track
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traditional meeting

and just when we had all gotten used to it and reserved the slot in our diaries...
meaning well
the HSCC did not do it because they had their aniversary and wanted to go to Castle Combe where they had their first meeting

and that seems to have killed the Thruxton meeting
at least for now

as i said, well meant
and usually the HSCC are clever and stick to established formats

mind you
the Easter date was not without problems
some wives did not like the idea of their husband going racing over Easter instead of hunting eggs with the brats

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Old 10 Nov 2016, 06:46 (Ref:3686910)   #18
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If you look back 50 or 60 years, Easter race meetings were huge, a real 'season starter' for circuits, promoters, competitors and spectators.

Maybe the fact that the Religious holiday bounces about the months of March and April is a factor for organisers?

But as RE says, maybe the huge commercialisation of Easter and lure of hunting chocco bunnies with the ankle biters has changed the holiday for ever.

As for the weather, I've never been so cold in a racing car as I was during that Thruxton Revival (think Avatar pic was from there), but Jarama late March, Goodwood mid / late March are just as bad! If I had my way it would all start when the thermometer is firmly settled on 20 C plus......
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Old 10 Nov 2016, 07:47 (Ref:3686918)   #19
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Thruxton Easter Revival, 2013 .... it was -5C when I arrived in the Paddock on the Sunday morning, so cold that it froze the (admittedly 20 yr old cr*p US respray) paint off my Chevy, somewhat to the distress of the cars following me in a cloud of paint flakes.

After equally cold Donington in mid-March, I too would support a minimum temp threshold !
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Old 10 Nov 2016, 13:02 (Ref:3686956)   #20
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Hopefully the 3hr won't die completely! Maybe that meeting needs 're-inventing'.

Spa 6 has always been, since I've been racing (2007 on), w/end after Revival. That seems bit earlier than used to be. Sure someone who's association goes back further will know....
Goodwood Revival is a week earlier next year, meaning a two-week break to Spa, but now clashing with Chantilly, which probably doesn't bother the racers but for those of us with wider automotive interests...
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Mmm, according to what we've got so far, Revival is 8-10 Sept, Spa 6hrs 15-17 Sept. I originally though Spa was a week later than that, and was working on logistics of going straight from there to Hungaroring! If the dates quoted are correct then life will be a little bit easier......

BTW Goodwood Members Meeting is March 18 / 19th. Brrr.
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Mmm, according to what we've got so far, Revival is 8-10 Sept, Spa 6hrs 15-17 Sept. I originally though Spa was a week later than that, and was working on logistics of going straight from there to Hungaroring! If the dates quoted are correct then life will be a little bit easier......

BTW Goodwood Members Meeting is March 18 / 19th. Brrr.
Now for the confusion! I've had two 2017 calendars from Masters so far. The first one, received on 4 Nov, says Spa is 22-24 Sept. The second one received on 7 Nov says Spa is 15-17 Sept. I hadn't noticed the change.
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I've tried to find out the Spa dates independently on the web but without success so far......
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I've tried to find out the Spa dates independently on the web but without success so far......

Same here - I suppose the obvious thing is to contact Masters.
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If I had my way it would all start when the thermometer is firmly settled on 20 C plus......
So no racing in UK, then ?
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So no racing in UK, then ?
Now, now.

Funny, usually Dijon in June is hot. Not this year. Back there in October, perishing cold!

Portugal late October last couple of years? Not good. This year, mid 20s and sun.....

Conclusion? It's a lottery!

John, I'll email the 6hrs 'main man' and see if he can confirm.
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Now, now.

Funny, usually Dijon in June is hot. Not this year. Back there in October, perishing cold!

Portugal late October last couple of years? Not good. This year, mid 20s and sun.....

Conclusion? It's a lottery!

John, I'll email the 6hrs 'main man' and see if he can confirm.

OK Mike, I'm awaiting a response from Masters but probably gone home now.
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If you look back 50 or 60 years, Easter race meetings were huge, a real 'season starter' for circuits, promoters, competitors and spectators.

Maybe the fact that the Religious holiday bounces about the months of March and April is a factor for organisers?

But as RE says, maybe the huge commercialisation of Easter and lure of hunting chocco bunnies with the ankle biters has changed the holiday for ever.

As for the weather, I've never been so cold in a racing car as I was during that Thruxton Revival (think Avatar pic was from there), but Jarama late March, Goodwood mid / late March are just as bad! If I had my way it would all start when the thermometer is firmly settled on 20 C plus......


"But as RE says, maybe the huge commercialisation of Easter and lure of hunting chocco bunnies with the ankle biters has changed the holiday for ever."
that sums it up, nicely !

that, and the arctic temp risk in March and April..

LM struck lucky several years in a row with the MM
proximity of South England to the Gulf Stream helps
but one year MM will be a snowdrift slalom in March

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Yes, Lord M has been blessed with at least dry weather for mid March meeting! But snow / ice can occur in later months as well- remember the Oulton meeting a few years back which caused a furore when they salted the track? And I remember a 2013 track day at Sillystone (where we were due to test) being cancelled after it snowed all morning......

Oh to be located on the Iberian peninsular where the IHE held their initial race meeting this year on the first w/end in March, and have the last at the end of this month!
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I've tried to find out the Spa dates independently on the web but without success so far......
Mike, Masters have just informed me that the revised date of 15-17 September is the correct one for the Spa 6 Hours.
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