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Old 22 Mar 2004, 16:06 (Ref:915289)   #1
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Hillclimbs and Sprints

Anyone at Prescott 3rd and 4th April?
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Old 23 Mar 2004, 07:24 (Ref:916104)   #2
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I am afraid not.

My first meeting of the year will be the Traditional Loton Park in April on Easter Sunday/Monday (If I get an entry)!

I know they were struggling for entries at this Prescott. I think they only had 160 entries as opposed to the more normal 200. Hopefully they got their full quota.

Anyhow, what championships are you guys doing? I am concentrating on the Midland Hillclimb Championship but will also do a couple of the HSA Aldon Speed Championship.

Also, what cars do all you hillclimbers drive? We can then keep an eye out for you.

I'll Start! I share a Dallara TKD02 with my dad in the Racing cars upto 1600cc class.

Show us what you got!
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Old 23 Mar 2004, 07:51 (Ref:916121)   #3
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Cars and events

I usually run a 1969 Ginetta G17 single seater ,sometimes a 1973 Ginetta G15 turbo running in mod-prod and occassionally a vintage 1936 Riley 9 Special.

I compete in Ginetta Speed champs,Aldon /HSA,Paul Matty Classic and Loton Park-Hagley members events.
I will be at Loton 10th/11th April.
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Old 24 Mar 2004, 12:04 (Ref:917737)   #4
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I'll be doing a selection of event in the twin North Kent Specials the events will be rounds of the Sevenoaks speed league.
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Old 29 Mar 2004, 19:56 (Ref:923258)   #5
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Well they first green light of the season as far as the Mids goes is this weekend at Prescott. That is if you don't count the Hagley test day at Loton.

Whats new for the weekend. Who is coming out to play?

May see you all there.
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Old 29 Mar 2004, 20:58 (Ref:923321)   #6
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yeah, I'll be coming up from the south to see my first fill of cars for the 04 season. Don't know if Fleetwood will be there or Wight Junior. Probably not as they don't do Midland Hill climb championship normally.

Hope the weather will be good as can be a good day out if there are no delays at Prescott, but there seems to be when a car goes off into the gravel and they have to get the digger keys...

See you all there
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Old 29 Mar 2004, 23:43 (Ref:923442)   #7
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And not to mention the dust blowers and general paraphenalia that they seem to kit the Prescott mob with.
How long will it be before the marshals there will be replaced by automatons?

I always wondered why that bale tractor never just speared the odd Mallock or two to remove it from the track and let us get on with it.

But hey, thats Prescott for you.

Bacon sandwiches they are a snip at £14.50 each

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Old 29 Mar 2004, 23:50 (Ref:923446)   #8
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I say Fireblade, that's a bit harsh. steady on...

We down South at Wiscombe tend to live with less facilities than Prescott and yet put on an equally as good day out for the people and the drivers. OK, the odd dog may appear that seems to annoy you, Mr Fireblade, but the sun tends to shine and the sport is good.

Still, I look forward to meeting you on your fireblade in the car park. Hope it doesn't sink in the muddy car park though.
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Old 30 Mar 2004, 19:13 (Ref:924367)   #9
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Sawbench & Fireblade, welcome to ten-tenths. Your comments are welcome as are everyone else's.
It was very enlightening to read your comments; re Prescott.

I will make an assumption here (and stand to be corrected) that neither of you have ever marshalled during my 18yrs on-the-bank at most Prescott meetings.
If the above is true (which we accept for the time being and sake of this post) then neither of you will have the slightest idea of the outside pressures being put upon current Venues and Clerks in the shape of Health and Safety Regulations. Until you are in that position, please be careful about what you say/type/post etc.

I, on the other hand, have a very limited knowledge about the trials and tribulations that may face competitors at a meeting BUT I know EXACTLY just what the Venues and Clerks are doing for Marshals!!! For the most, they are trying to protect both themselves and us. THAT is why there is a "Tonka Toy" at Prescott, THAT is why we "give-a-car-one-go" to get it out of the gravel trap (we're marshals after all and love to get our hands on a car!!), but if the driver has buried it then there is a possibility of injuries to marshals (strains etc), claims against insurance, (higher premiums=higher entry fees), or even worse, the marshals not returning!!!

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if there are no delays at Prescott, but there seems to be when a car goes off into the gravel and they have to get the digger keys...
Just who put that car into the gravel ?????????

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And not to mention the dust blowers and general paraphenalia that they seem to kit the Prescott mob with.
ALL of which is designed to help "The Prescott (highly trained and very experienced) Mob" be more efficient and so allow more time for racing !!!!!!!!!!!

So to sum up,
I would like the pair of you to consider a couple of options;

1) think of the bigger picture,
2) think about others

but most importantly........

3) come and have a pint with us in the Marshal's Pound!!

you'd be surprised just what can be achieved with a little integration between drivers/marshals/officials, especially when done over a couple of drinks!!

We all want the same thing so let's not have any digs in public please.
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Old 30 Mar 2004, 21:16 (Ref:924464)   #10
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Hello CrazyStu

Please do not tar me with the same brush as Fireblade... The words 'equally as good as Prescott' shows I enjoy my day out there with my wife. She loves it. What have I got against Prescott??? I pay my money to get in and I enjoy. I will see through the 'two of you' wording and enough be done with it.

Yes, it is interesting to hear what you have to say about the digger coming out to the stranded car in the gravel trap, but when I go to Shelsley and a car goes over the edge to the left, or indeed anywhre else where it needs moving from, there is no digger there to get the car out (I believe) It seems to me that the marshals pull it out themselves, or man handle it if it is wedged in at TopS. Surely it is as equally as easy for someone to have a "possibility of injuries to marshals (strains etc)" doing that, and yet it gets done.

Are there different rules elswhere?

I'd be interested to hear what else there is in place on other hills that I have not been to such as Barbon and Harewood and Doune?

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Old 30 Mar 2004, 21:36 (Ref:924486)   #11
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Venues and people

I am competing at Presoctt this weekend,Loton next weekend and Wiscombe the following weekend.
1-The digger at Prescott is most welcome as it enables us to continue our runs asap.Lots of history and always a good event
2-I don't recall any problems at Wiscombe over last 8 years apart from some wet and muddy conditions,but we still go back!
3-Loton,for me the best hill in the UK!
4-Shelsley,lovely venue,good garages,run seems so simple but in fact is the opposite.
5-Harewood,probably the most welcoming and an exceptional venue in good weather

But the Marshalls and the competitors are the most important items !!!!
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Old 30 Mar 2004, 21:50 (Ref:924505)   #12
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Yes - Loton is cracking. Shelsley too. Bags of atmosphere

Spectators such as I are needed too though. Be a bit duff if there was no-one there to see the cars. The clubs wouldn't make any money so the meeting would be a loss or is there enough money from the entry fees and the sponsors?
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At Shelsley we've got a man with a Hi-ab, and he's a genius at getting cars out of various holes and hillsides. I suspect, though, that it just seems different at Shelsley since we stop every so often for batch returns. Prescott runs continuously so you'll be much more aware of a delay when it happens.

It can't be the marshalling, because it's nearly all the same bunch anyway!

And Stu has raised the most important point - feel free to join the marshals for a drink at any hill climb. We're a friendly bunch and always welcoming to anyone who wants to join us with a beer.
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Old 31 Mar 2004, 07:21 (Ref:924870)   #14
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Spectators

Sorrry I suppose I was thinking of the participants ie
competitors ,marshalls and organisers.
Of course we would sorely miss the spectators,who show a lot of interest in our cars and contribute very importantly to the day both financially and the spirit of the meeting.
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Old 31 Mar 2004, 20:30 (Ref:925615)   #15
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Re: Hillclimbs and Sprints

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Anyone at Prescott 3rd and 4th April?
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sorry lister, I completely forgot to answer your original question!

Mrs Crazy and I will be down on Friday night to spend another enjoyable weekend in and around the infamous marshal's pound!!
Whilst we might actually treat ourselves to a meal in the Shutters on Fri, we will be in the Pound from around 9;30pm Fri until sometime Sun night (apart from time on-the-bank!!)

please feel free to join us for a drink (although we have a limited supply) but be sure you remember the golden rule of the Marshal's Pound........

Thow Shalt Not Repeat Whatever Thow Might Hear!!! (whatever you may discuss, which is anything!!!! )

The Pound is Sacred Ground.

Please respect it.
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