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GP de l'AGE d'OR
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Mike Bell
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Location: Dijon Prenois Circuit

Peter Auto annual visit to the beautifully located French circuit.
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Old 12 Jun 2018, 05:11 (Ref:3828565)   #31
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Colin are you sure you're talking about a Peter Auto event or rather a Paul Ricard event not held by PA instead?
With the always successful Sixties series may be they will have to improve this point. Not all competitors have the same strategy - some start with a full tank to avoid queuing at refueling area - but it becomes tricky for some cars to avoid a splash and dash.
I dont think the tank capacity rules have been changed and 30 litres per hour sounds economical under race conditions.It depends on what you're looking for, a good mpg or a great performance. Do you remember the Mobil Economy Run?
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Old 12 Jun 2018, 15:34 (Ref:3828673)   #32
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I assume you went Caen-Portsmouth on the way back Mike. I'm pretty sure I saw you going along the M3 earlier.
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Old 12 Jun 2018, 16:44 (Ref:3828682)   #33
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MartinH if you had some crank issues few years ago at Spa, I guess we were neighbors then (black Capri MKII).

Gerard, sorry for the late reply, but yes, I remember the black Capri !! We will meet up some day, somewhere !


Back to the GPAO & I'm amazed, no one has mentioned the amazing aerobatics display put on at the Saturday evening BBQ .... it was a fantastic 20 min display of how to fly a plane out of control, while being in perfect control, if you see what I mean !! The plane landed at the end of the display, taxied across the main road in front of the hanger where the BBQ was being held, the canopy opened & this fantastic blond haired wafer thin girl got out to greet everyone ..... amazing display by an amazing pilot. Apparently, she is one of the best aerobatics pilots in France at the moment. The applause for her was well merited. Sorry for the over use of amazings in this report.





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I assume you went Caen-Portsmouth on the way back Mike. I'm pretty sure I saw you going along the M3 earlier.
Yup- did you wave....?

Bloody M3- delays again due to a broken down tank transporter at the M25 slip road. (No tank though) Despite it being parked neatly the hiviz brigade had to cone off a lane, causing miles of tailbacks for several hours......

Martin, that display by the young lady in the Extra was amazing, as you say. So was the Sea Fury on Sunday. Was amused to see the lack of H&S as the stunt plane taxi’d to a stop just feet in front of us all (having crossed the main road!), and similar when the other parked WW2 fighter started up and taxi’d back across the road in the dark, with spits of flame from all the exhaust ports. Very Cool....
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Old 12 Jun 2018, 18:12 (Ref:3828695)   #35
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Martin, guess what, not only this young lady was world champion but she is also an Airbus pilot! I guess she doesn't train herself with the big one full of pax to see what she can do next weekend!
Given her sponsor, its quite normal to "watch" her!
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Another thing that made me smile when in Dijon centre for an evening meal was a funeral parlour we came across ! The name was pompe funebre Meurdra !

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Sometimes pun comes out when and where you dont expect…
What happened to your GTAM, you were doing well than had to stop for few laps? Dont tell me its Mike pit wall instructions! Afair, you're using a 2 litre engine on carbs? Still happy with the rear end AutoDelta guillotine?
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What happened to your GTAM, you were doing well than had to stop for few laps? Dont tell me its Mike pit wall instructions! Afair, you're using a 2 litre engine on carbs? Still happy with the rear end AutoDelta guillotine?

Gerard, we can't blame Mike for that one !! We had a spark plug come out ; at first I assumed it was a stripped thread, but no, it just unscrewed, so after some searching around for a plug socket fine enough to go down the tapered access hole (thank you Raceworks & Stretton for the loan of tools) & tighten it back up, then we were off again.


Yes the engine is close to 2 ltr. & on carbs ; all stories of SPICA injection systems say don't go near it, so we haven't. The rear axle 'slittoni' seems to work well unless the car goes into a gravel bed & all the stones stick into the thick grease lubrication & the whole thing locks solid !!



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Checked the archive. It was GPAO 2010. Scrutineering was also interesting and saw a number of drivers rushing off to buy new gloves which seemed to be target of the day. Meanwhile I was arguing with a final total of 5 or 6 scrutineers who were demanding a certificate (or label, I wasn't sure which) for the roll cage. The confrontation had just reached a crescendo when one of them pointed at his watch. Lunchtime. Suddenly there was no problem. Papers stamped
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Checked the archive. It was GPAO 2010. Scrutineering was also interesting and saw a number of drivers rushing off to buy new gloves which seemed to be target of the day. Meanwhile I was arguing with a final total of 5 or 6 scrutineers who were demanding a certificate (or label, I wasn't sure which) for the roll cage. The confrontation had just reached a crescendo when one of them pointed at his watch. Lunchtime. Suddenly there was no problem. Papers stamped

In 2010 the GPAO was not yet organised by Peter Auto. They only entered the scene in 2014.
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Checked the archive. It was GPAO 2010. Scrutineering was also interesting and saw a number of drivers rushing off to buy new gloves which seemed to be target of the day. Meanwhile I was arguing with a final total of 5 or 6 scrutineers who were demanding a certificate (or label, I wasn't sure which) for the roll cage. The confrontation had just reached a crescendo when one of them pointed at his watch. Lunchtime. Suddenly there was no problem. Papers stamped

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I recall some stories about Monza GP events in the 60s and 70s.


The circuit opening times during the meeting were not entirely to the satisfaction of some of the non-Italian teams whose people, having arrived at, say, 7am wanting to crack on and work on the cars were not allowed to enter the circuit until 8am.



The teams being highly competitive at all levels meant that there was an annual challenge to get at least some people through security and into the circuit to work on the cars.



Cue pitched battles with the people of the gates tantamount to an International incident and people who had successfully infiltrated during the commotion being hunted down and ejected.


Come 8am (or whatever the official opening time was) the gates were opened and all were welcomed by the smiling faces of the security people.


Apparently this was a pattern repeated for each day of the event and year after year. Some sort of tradition it would seem.


That said most teams probably has less than 10 people to get through the gates back then.
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