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Old 29 May 2024, 18:09 (Ref:4210927)   #3001
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Graham, you are assuming that they will last the whole weekend; it may well be a case of the hare and the tortoise. More importantly, just keep on enjoying doing what you enjoy so much.
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Old 30 May 2024, 11:21 (Ref:4210974)   #3002
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Here is the Norma, it is far bigger than this pic suggests but the hill needs a lot of power, the Norma has about 2 x more than the Lola but is a tough heavier.

https://static.wixstatic.com/media/9...76c652~mv2.jpg

Here is the VW!

https://www.hoskingindustries.com.au...NOV_2018sm.jpg

Need to give chase in the Lola!



But, as you say, all good fun.
Some good points to be taken even if I walk/push the car up the hill.

Video here may be of interest.

https://youtu.be/9ZkrZDMA_3w?t=25750

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Old 1 Jun 2024, 16:53 (Ref:4211281)   #3003
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Saturday at Shelsley Walsh, lovely place to be, full paddock and busy if a bit cramped.

Car went well, clutch was good and times not too bad.
Got a feeling the slicks are getting close to needing a changing mind, bit wobbly in unusual places.

3 of us in it.
2 practice runs, though my first was red flagged as the VW failed to stop in time at the top. You need to get on the brakes asap at this hill.

PB is a nice 31.08, but as it the norm nowadays, I was well slower!

Prac # 1: 32.72/2/29 and Pract # 2; 32.15/2.21

On run 2 I just pipped the VW and the Norma has gear shift issues.

Hope the weather keeps good for tomorrow, just might get 2nd, but really expecting 3rd.



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Sounds promising. I have only done Shelsley once, and only in a road car, but I do remember trying to get it stopped!

Have a great day Sunday.

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Jeez, this Bug is a real monster. https://www.wpvw.com.au/phoenix.htm
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Jeez, this Bug is a real monster. https://www.wpvw.com.au/phoenix.htm
Have fun Graham.
Thanks Gerard, quite a beast. Aussie heritage as well!
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Sunday, race day, points etc...
What a hard hard day it has been, but at least we are back in one piece.

So many crashes and really hot weather. Massive delays as cars and barriers were recovered, but all drivers were ok.

Plan was to keep the VW in sight, maybe even beat it, but no to the beating part, but he only just got away, so I was please overall.

Boiled down to:

Norma: 26.53 and 26.87
VW: 31.06 and 31.56
Lola: 31.08 and 31.83

Nearly re-set my PB!

I hate these hot sticky meetings, and Shelsley when hot all air drops still and every bakes.

Loton Park next weekend, and I'm in a class of my own.



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That Norma's quick isn't it? What was it in a previous life? Was it built as a hill climber?

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600 bhp, light and purpose built.
They dominate the european hill climb events, esp with big BMW engines.

YouTube clips are well worth watching.

https://youtu.be/NbKgh_mZQrA

The driver is undoubtedly capable, but wants a bigger engine...

Those times would get him close to the top 12 run off.

The hill record is in the 22 seconds bracket.

There is 40 years between tit and the Lola and to see the car without the outer shells is quite something (carbon tub etc)

The weekend was really nice overall. The Aussies were a real treat to have next door, about 10 family members all doing their bit, all really nice people.

Bought some real colour to the paddock inc 2 flags!

They are today off to Germany for next weekends monster VW meeting, then have the car cleaned by a specialist, put in a container and 2 months time will be back in the workshop.

I think they loved England and the great reception they had.

Have to say I loved driving the Lola over the weekend for such an old tech car it is superb.

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Have to say I loved driving the Lola over the weekend for such an old tech car it is superb.

This is more important than anything else, Graham; just keep enjoying it.
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Yes, wise words!

I have been amalgamated in the Under 2 litre Libre class for points in my real class, and came 4th on each run, so some good points coming my way I think.

The runner with the NG V8 also registered in my class for 2024 is well on with repairing the bent chassis so will re-appear soon.

We are about 1/2 way through the Championship rounds (18 of them) so doing well towards the end goal, a Championship Class win.

Just need to make hay while I can.
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Alas picture not showing here.

The NG V8 - is that one of those 1950sMGTType-esque replicas/kits on MGB running gear?

I've got an entry to Prescott for the first time in my life on July 13 - are you there then?.it's the day before the Midland round I believe. Excited - it's fulfilling a dream. I've been visiting since I was about 10 and.never entered before.

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Yes, that is a quick way to describe the NG, Nigel's is a bit tweaked!

Yes, there on the Saturday , or at least I've entered, does not mean i have an entry!
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Yes, that is a quick way to describe the NG, Nigel's is a bit tweaked!

Yes, there on the Saturday , or at least I've entered, does not mean i have an entry!
If you run in the bigger events as a routine (as I do) then many times you will not get an entry in a clubbie event, so my fingers are crossed.

Should know in about 2 weeks time.

The missing pic is a nice pic sent on facebook, but i can't get it 'across' to my pc pictures.
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A snippet from today at Loton Park.
Need to go MUCH faster...

https://youtu.be/ZaSf2wFmDiY?t=8256
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Sunday, and a good hard day with this little Lola!

Practice in the cold morning (but dry) gave a good time, 56.08, so just over a second slower than my PB.
Car ran really well have to say. I like Loton, my club's own hill climb venue.

First race run was a bit slower @ 56.31 and the 2nd race run was a nice 55.94, the car scooting up the steep long hill like a champ.

Lots of interest in the car from real petrol-heads.!
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