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Old 11 Aug 2019, 20:29 (Ref:3922339)   #2311
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Mike Harte should be qualifying in the top 3 on the gridMike Harte should be qualifying in the top 3 on the gridMike Harte should be qualifying in the top 3 on the gridMike Harte should be qualifying in the top 3 on the grid
When I raced, I never really worried too much about how the car looked; I always felt that it was more important how quickly it went.

However, the girlfriend of a clubmans' car, a Lotus 7 if I remember well, always made sure that after she had finished making his car spick and span, would come over to my car and give it a good polish. The girlfriend, who later married the driver, used to work at a restaurant/coffee bar that I helped manage so I actually met her before they got together.

We seemed to always be at the same meetings, and she always made a point of inspecting the car before I went to the collection area, and would check that all the fasteners were properly closed up, and that everything externally was ship-shape. A bit of a talisman, if you like. Of course, on one of the rare times that she wasn't around, nobody checked the car before I went out to practice, and so nobody noticed that the bonnet fasteners were undone. Result, one fibreglass bonnet went flying, luckily without damage to either the bonnet or the car.
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Old 11 Aug 2019, 20:33 (Ref:3922341)   #2312
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....... Wanted a pb of course, but just could not brave it enough, this car needs a driver 1/2 my age!......
I don't buy that; I believe in the old saying 'old people are brave and dangerous as they have less to lose' - you just need to get your head in the right place. Maybe a decent sports psycho would help....
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Old 11 Aug 2019, 21:36 (Ref:3922345)   #2313
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Ah!
The mind set of the driver on the day, on the start line has more effect than bhp on the outcome!
What I didn't realise was I was only a few 1/10's slower than the fearsome Fiesta of Mike Manning.
That might have given me the incentive, where I had surrendered to last just after the finals arrived.

Maybe I don't take it seriously enough, but I do feel a bit disappointed not to have gone quicker today in such ideal conditions.
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About 30 years ago this little car was featured in Motorsport Express with the pink Karmann Ghia body on/Alan Humberstone and this week it is in the same rag, but in current hill climb form.
Fame but no fortune...
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