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Old 11 Jan 2017, 17:17 (Ref:3701869)   #91
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Did I hear the Leith Poleeth (or whatever they're called the wrong side of the border) want to do him for dangerous driving?
Yup. He's probably pleading to be locked up for his own safety......
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Old 11 Jan 2017, 20:15 (Ref:3701897)   #92
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Did I hear the Leith Poleeth (or whatever they're called the wrong side of the border) want to do him for dangerous driving?
That seems to be the case according to the BBC.

Apparently the bridge was closed to HGVs at the time due to the wind but he went for it anyway.
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Old 11 Jan 2017, 20:48 (Ref:3701898)   #93
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That seems to be the case according to the BBC.

Apparently the bridge was closed to HGVs at the time due to the wind but he went for it anyway.
He has to be some kind of dick driving an empty tautliner in those winds, even more so over the bridge. He could've even opened the curtains and tied them back if he was in that much of a hurry.
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Old 11 Jan 2017, 20:50 (Ref:3701899)   #94
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I guess it was 25-26 years ago when we (Mitsu rally test team) were dispatched to somewhere in the Alps for some Monte testing. Me driving a well laden Shogun with test car on trailer, and another one of the lads in a Merc 815 Service van. Neither of us had any previous experience of what happens in those mountains when it snows, or the winter regulations surrounding snow chains and the like. Anyway, guess what, it snowed and snowed as we climbed higher through small villages heading for our base hotel. Eventually on a hill, the van, which was leading, slowed to avoid a fallen tree branch. I did the same, then to my horror realised that he had lost all traction, and was now sliding backwards towards me. Just before impact the van was stopped by a high kerb, fortunately!

So, the van was not going any further, and of course I couldn't get traction either with trailer hooked up. Eventually, after telephone conversations with other team members at the hotel, a couple of them came down in a 4wd Galant and we unloaded the test car. It was then possible to get the Shogun and empty trailer moving, the test car was 4wd as well so was OK- and the van? We abandoned it! Next day the local garage sent a recovery vehicle for it....

It was only then, in daylight and it having stopped snowing, that we saw how close the van had been to going 'over the edge'- only the kerb had saved it.

Moral of all that? Don't ignore warning signs telling you that a bridge is closed to HGVs, or that snow chains are obligatory if you climb higher.......
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Old 11 Jan 2017, 22:19 (Ref:3701912)   #95
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I have been in touch with Gerard today and he is having trouble with his computer which, has caused some of his post to appear in strange places, or not at all, so do not think he has gone doolally.

Mike he has tried to get in touch with you without success, I can PM you his personal e.mail if you do not have it.
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Old 12 Jan 2017, 06:24 (Ref:3701969)   #96
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I have been in touch with Gerard today and he is having trouble with his computer which, has caused some of his post to appear in strange places, or not at all, so do not think he has gone doolally.

Mike he has tried to get in touch with you without success, I can PM you his personal e.mail if you do not have it.
No problem, Bob, I got his pm when got home and in front of a computer again. Will be tidied up....
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Old 12 Jan 2017, 08:35 (Ref:3701980)   #97
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Old 12 Jan 2017, 09:54 (Ref:3702001)   #98
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Old 12 Jan 2017, 10:11 (Ref:3702009)   #99
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Old 12 Jan 2017, 12:01 (Ref:3702057)   #100
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Just seen that news and posted about it in the National and Club racing section.....not sure how happy I am with Palmer having such a stranglehold on the major circuits. Overall he does seem to have improved facilities, but when trying to organise things with MSVR they aren't the easiest to deal with.....
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Decided it was a better idea than taking over Sillystone, probably! If the deal gets though the red tape then personally can only think a good move for all of us. I wonder if the current Circuit Manager will stay or move on.....

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Overall he does seem to have improved facilities, but when trying to organise things with MSVR they aren't the easiest to deal with.....
Agree, but that could be because MSV is a business and not a club......
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I said on Twitter that I hope Christopher Tate gets what he rightfully deserves. The place improved dramatically when he took over. And he had to cope with putting right all the wrongs caused by Gillet.
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Love how they say the 1500 B-series engine has been replaced with the larger 1800 engine to "keep pace with modern traffic".......I presume that's modern traffic in Central London, with an average speed of about 5 mph?

I think it would struggle with a towbar and the race-car on a trailer behind it........

Interesting period piece, though - a bit like the Cotswolds on wheels.
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I said on Twitter that I hope he gets what he rightfully deserves. The place improved dramatically when he took over. And he had to cope with putting right all the wrongs caused by Gillet.
I agree and have a lot of respect for the man. There are a few racers with long memories, however, for whom 'get what he rightfully deserves' would mean the opposite of what I think you mean....
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Yes perhaps I could have chosen better words there. Although I've not heard a bad word about him.
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