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Old 28 May 2018, 18:38 (Ref:3825316)   #16
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Surprised no one has mentioned the little ‘Trabbies’ in the Youngtimer race. Complete with two-stroke howl.......

Up at 3am Friday to make Brands for morning testing, which at least meant got a clear run- apart from the A11 being closed between home and Snetterton for ‘overnight roadworks’! Peeing down with rain and no sensible diversions......

Anyway, the two sessions went to plan, so we bedded, scrubbed and learnt something. Plus only one (short) red flag!

Early start again for Qualifying Saturday. Overnight rain had left the circuit damp, and as we were first on track, it took the whole 40 minutes for a dry line to appear. All good with the car though. 90 minute race was scheduled for 1650 start, but delays during the afternoon had us expecting it to be shortened. (Curfew.) MSVR did a good job of catching up some time though, and eventually we only lost a couple of minutes racing. Our race was spoiled, unfortunately,on the first lap, when I got side swiped and punted into a car the other side of me. Result, both sides of car damaged, and steering wheel now off centre by 45 deg.... After pitting, we managed to pull the rear wing off the tyre, and did the rest of the race with wonky steering wheel. Shame, but at least the engine ran perfectly at last!

Now pressure is on to get car repaired enough for Silverstone GTSCC in 3 weeks....
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Surprised no one has mentioned the little ‘Trabbies’ in the Youngtimer race. Complete with two-stroke howl.......

Up at 3am Friday to make Brands for morning testing, which at least meant got a clear run- apart from the A11 being closed between home and Snetterton for ‘overnight roadworks’! Peeing down with rain and no sensible diversions......

Anyway, the two sessions went to plan, so we bedded, scrubbed and learnt something. Plus only one (short) red flag!

Early start again for Qualifying Saturday. Overnight rain had left the circuit damp, and as we were first on track, it took the whole 40 minutes for a dry line to appear. All good with the car though. 90 minute race was scheduled for 1650 start, but delays during the afternoon had us expecting it to be shortened. (Curfew.) MSVR did a good job of catching up some time though, and eventually we only lost a couple of minutes racing. Our race was spoiled, unfortunately,on the first lap, when I got side swiped and punted into a car the other side of me. Result, both sides of car damaged, and steering wheel now off centre by 45 deg.... After pitting, we managed to pull the rear wing off the tyre, and did the rest of the race with wonky steering wheel. Shame, but at least the engine ran perfectly at last!

Now pressure is on to get car repaired enough for Silverstone GTSCC in 3 weeks....

I thought the Trabants must have been some sort of demo or some German kids making it out on track having seen the video of the VW debacle a few years back.


Are you sure they were Trabants? geordies video lacked the usual trailing plume of oil smoke.



So what is it about Tenthers getting taken out this year with attacks to both sides?



James at Donington, now you at Brands. I sort of recall a couple of others too. Delta at Monaco, obviously, but for slightly different reasons on one side.
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Our race was spoiled, unfortunately,on the first lap, when I got side swiped and punted into a car the other side of me. Result, both sides of car damaged, and steering wheel now off centre by 45 deg.... After pitting, we managed to pull the rear wing off the tyre, and did the rest of the race with wonky steering wheel. Shame, but at least the engine ran perfectly at last!

Now pressure is on to get car repaired enough for Silverstone GTSCC in 3 weeks....
I feel your pain! Glad the engine ran well though.
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Yes Peter, I thought of you and the Goodwood incident after getting home. Another tenther to add to GP’s list above.....

Good news is that the mechanical damage is sorted, thanks to Brands Hatch Morgan. Bent pin on the drop arm TRE moved the steering wheel position but didn’t affect geometry. That’s why car still went straight! The right kingpin was also slightly bent, but that can happen hitting a sausage kerb too hard, anyway......

The favoured body repairers are confident that they can get the panels straight again for Silverstone in 2.5 weeks, so looking positive.
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I feel your pain! Glad the engine ran well though.

Peter, my apologies. I knew there was someone else to mention but it's a few weeks ago now and long term memory is not what it was ....


An age thing - or at least that's my excuse.
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Yes Peter, I thought of you and the Goodwood incident after getting home. Another tenther to add to GP’s list above.....

Good news is that the mechanical damage is sorted, thanks to Brands Hatch Morgan. Bent pin on the drop arm TRE moved the steering wheel position but didn’t affect geometry. That’s why car still went straight! The right kingpin was also slightly bent, but that can happen hitting a sausage kerb too hard, anyway......

The favoured body repairers are confident that they can get the panels straight again for Silverstone in 2.5 weeks, so looking positive.

Plenty of paintless dent repair people on You Tube Mike. You can probably find one who can fix it for about £40.
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Plenty of paintless dent repair people on You Tube Mike. You can probably find one who can fix it for about £40.
I thought of asking the ‘Chips Away’ guys on the local industrial estate...

In seriousness, most of the aluminium body on that particular SLR is original, so is likely getting a bit fragile. (When I say ‘original’, that’s after the Goodwood testing accident when new that required the car to be completely rebuilt...)
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There were some very different cars out in the Oldtimers races, most very well turned out.
The Trabants were a surprise to see, on Friday I spoke to the guy, who drove the red one, he had made fully adjustable bottom arms and it was very low to the ground, he had in the past driven to East Germany to pick up engine parts from the old factory, the preparation look good, but still only had 55bhp.
I can’t remember the last time I saw a Mazda RX3 race, I’m not old enough to remember them in the British touring cars, but do remember seeing some production cars races at Brands with RX3 in. The noise was nice and loud and it wasn’t too slow either.
I did like the writing on the air filter of the big Dodge, same it took the 635 out at Druids on the first lap🙁
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There were some very different cars out in the Oldtimers races, most very well turned out.
The Trabants were a surprise to see, on Friday I spoke to the guy, who drove the red one, he had made fully adjustable bottom arms and it was very low to the ground, he had in the past driven to East Germany to pick up engine parts from the old factory, the preparation look good, but still only had 55bhp.
I can’t remember the last time I saw a Mazda RX3 race, I’m not old enough to remember them in the British touring cars, but do remember seeing some production cars races at Brands with RX3 in. The noise was nice and loud and it wasn’t too slow either.
I did like the writing on the air filter of the big Dodge, same it took the 635 out at Druids on the first lap🙁
Thanks for the Trabbie pics! The Mazda RX3 did sound good, as did the Judd V10 in Endurance Legends. Last heard one of those at Dijon in the GpC Lola T92/10 that Michael Lyons raced for a bit. What a noise.....
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Great wasn't it? I think 'eclectic' just about covers it! 0.6 litre Trabant through to 9.4 litre Challenger. Mazda RX3, Volvo 340! Saab, Holden Commodore, Datsun 240Z, assorted BMWs Porsches and some indecently quick Escorts. What's not to like?
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