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Worth a visit just to see a wall to wall display of Bentleys, from pre-war to specials to Conti GTs......

Includes Bentley only races and Morgan Challenge. Also possible CMMC involvement.
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Not sure I can take much more of Russel Douglas taking total ******** as main commentator. Ruining this meeting.
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Done as much as I can, just got to wait now to see if I make off the reserve list and into the race.

P6 o/a, P2 in Techniques Trophy and first pushrod Morgan......
Fingers crossed for you Mike. Sounds like you deserve to get a run.
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An electrical short at Woodcote away from being a perfect clubbie meeting.

I expect Mike's first lap was interesting
Good to catch up with John T
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An electrical short at Woodcote away from being a perfect clubbie meeting.

I expect Mike's first lap was interesting

Good to catch up with John T
Sorry not to see JT during the day! Lots of lovely pre-war Bentleys in the paddock and could have spent all day looking round them, but had some racing to do. We also had a Spitfire doing circuits a couple of times, and the sound of the Merlin engine seemed appropriate to the meeting somehow!

The race. OK, the rule is that if you are still a reserve when you qualify, then the best you can hope for in the race (if someone drops out after Q) is to start at the back of the grid, which I did- 39th out of 39...... Standing starts are a bit of a novelty nowadays, but I love them and got a scorcher. Overtook 18 cars on the first lap, and at the end of the 20 min race was up to P11 o/a, and P4 in the 4cyl Morgan Techniques Trophy. Unfortunately the goal of the ‘Pushrod Cup’ wasn't within reach and I finished 10.5 secs behind the winner of that. Very disappointed, but two weeks running now I’ve started at or near the back of a grid, and had the most fun overtaking- not always on the track......
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Sorry not to see JT during the day! Lots of lovely pre-war Bentleys in the paddock and could have spent all day looking round them, but had some racing to do. We also had a Spitfire doing circuits a couple of times, and the sound of the Merlin engine seemed appropriate to the meeting somehow!

The race. OK, the rule is that if you are still a reserve when you qualify, then the best you can hope for in the race (if someone drops out after Q) is to start at the back of the grid, which I did- 39th out of 39...... Standing starts are a bit of a novelty nowadays, but I love them and got a scorcher. Overtook 18 cars on the first lap, and at the end of the 20 min race was up to P11 o/a, and P4 in the 4cyl Morgan Techniques Trophy. Unfortunately the goal of the ‘Pushrod Cup’ wasn't within reach and I finished 10.5 secs behind the winner of that. Very disappointed, but two weeks running now I’ve started at or near the back of a grid, and had the most fun overtaking- not always on the track......
Glad you got a race Mike. Sounds like a fun one too.
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Great meeting I thought. First time out in the Lister, and it was a hoot in the afternoon. The morning was more troubling. Odd ignition problem, which led me to spin at Luffield in Q3- bringing out the red flag as it wouldnt restart - sorry everyone.

If anyone has any photos from Race 3 of the Lister I would love a record of the first race in the car
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Great meeting I thought. First time out in the Lister, and it was a hoot in the afternoon. The morning was more troubling. Odd ignition problem, which led me to spin at Luffield in Q3- bringing out the red flag as it wouldnt restart - sorry everyone.

If anyone has any photos from Race 3 of the Lister I would love a record of the first race in the car
I am sure I can oblige Geraint, although I have not downloaded my efforts yet, however, you may find that you are sharing the space with a pesky Morgan.

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I am sure I can oblige Geraint, although I have not downloaded my efforts yet, however, you may find that you are sharing the space with a pesky Morgan.

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Thanks Bob. The first few laps were a lot of fun. I held him off until we got to the back markers. I had decided pre-race that I wasnt going to get into a situation of being competitive (aggressive?) through back markers. Not really worth it at the best of times, but certainly not in what was only a little mid summer run out in a new car.
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The Lister is lovely, Geraint! A real period piece, not new and shiny like some...... Very nice to see it on track.

Good that your Luffield parking in Q was due to a mechanical issue rather than contact with the Morgan that was parked in the gravel..... I was concerned.
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I spun a long way back when the ignition "surged". I let the car roll backwards along the kerb of the exit trying to fire it up. I gave it several goes, but then the sight of cars coming around sideways under waved yellow heading towards me was enough. So out I jumped. The first I saw of the other car was when I got out!
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Bob, the car is far more photogenic than the driver.......
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Sorry not to see JT during the day! Lots of lovely pre-war Bentleys in the paddock and could have spent all day looking round them, but had some racing to do. We also had a Spitfire doing circuits a couple of times, and the sound of the Merlin engine seemed appropriate to the meeting somehow!
Likewise Mike (& Bob).

Our own FISCAR race was excellent, although it would have been good to have a bigger grid.

I didn't get to see all the races but herewith a few of the Bentley demo:-
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How could anyone not be stirred by the sound from a Napier aero engined Bentley! Easy to forget the unusual engine layout- 24 litre, 12 cylinder ‘broad arrow’ or ‘W’ configuration......

For young ‘un’s or anyone else interested, read here.... https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napier_Lion
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How could anyone not be stirred by the sound from a Napier aero engined Bentley! Easy to forget the unusual engine layout- 24 litre, 12 cylinder ‘broad arrow’ or ‘W’ configuration......

For young ‘un’s or anyone else interested, read here.... https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napier_Lion
Quite a noise thats for sure. Video link (with sound, oh and flames) :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ua-0wSn0azs
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