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Old 8 Jun 2021, 21:52 (Ref:4055354)   #2296
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Take Granddaughter to Mallory? Start them young.
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Old 9 Jun 2021, 00:42 (Ref:4055365)   #2297
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Don't be a grumpy, be a Grampy.....milady's first grandkid called me "Grandad" when I was 32.......I've never looked back.....except to wonder how she made it to 38



Seriously, having never had kids of my own, the quasi grandkids, all 8 or so of them, have been great, equally the 5 (I think) great grandkids are potenially (they are all a bit young yet) going to be great fun!



And I spent last weekend educating the son of my godsun into the way of the race car - so the seed is (vicariously) sown
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Old 9 Jun 2021, 13:56 (Ref:4055411)   #2298
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Sorry Dave, I started climbing the steps up to your office only to be told you were out sorting the oil that was dropped at Gerards. office did make some interesting moments for me.
We were finished so made a dash as the gate was open. Next time. Cheers Iain.
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Old 9 Jun 2021, 16:39 (Ref:4055428)   #2299
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Sorry Dave, I started climbing the steps up to your office only to be told you were out sorting the oil that was dropped at Gerards. office did make some interesting moments for me.
We were finished so made a dash as the gate was open. Next time. Cheers Iain.
That was a serious amount of oil, that's for sure.

No doubt we'll touch base soon.
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Old 12 Jun 2021, 13:31 (Ref:4055856)   #2300
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Take Granddaughter to Mallory? Start them young.
10 1/2 months maybe a little too young? Could require a lot of attention and won't remember any of it so not long term benefits to the motorsport involvement process?

Until very recently she frequently made use of an extremely high-pitched and loud scream for no reason that anyone could ascertain. Eardrum bursting. Would likely break the noise checking system at Mallory leading locals to complain.

Fortunately that scream, and whatever the frustration was that caused it, seem to be greatly abated in the past week or two. I hope it stays that way and the scream has disappeared for ever. The pain induced in one's eardrums was intense at times.
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Old 14 Jun 2021, 05:52 (Ref:4056297)   #2301
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Too young? Absolute rot!

At that age I was in my carrycot shoved behind the seats of a Frogeye Sprite, sharing the boot space with the spare wheel, taken to MG events around the south west. Didn't do me any harm.

Or did it?????? "Poop, poop, fat faces."

PS we're now into the third generation of MG Midget racers as Mini MM has just bought his own. Got it started last night when I got home from work, appears I haven't lost the touch. Looks like I'm being roped in as lead mechanic.

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Old 14 Jun 2021, 06:06 (Ref:4056299)   #2302
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Too young? Absolute rot!

At that age I was in my carrycot shoved behind the seats of a Frogeye Sprite, sharing the boot space with the spare wheel, taken to MG events around the south west. Didn't do me any harm.

Or did it?????? "Poop, poop, fat faces."
Hehehe I was going to say the same..... My parents were on leave from Africa living in Bristol when I was born (OK I was actually born in Yorkshire but that is another story!) Mum and Dad, both fans of Motor Racing, decided that at 6 weeks of age I was old enough to go to Castle Combe.... in Dad's MGTC, hood down with me in carrycot strapped on the boot rack, apparently with Mum kneeling on the passenger seat facing backwards hanging on to the cot as back up to the straps.
She openly admits that should that have been in more recent years they would both have been locked up and me taken from them, but back in the day no-one batted an eyelid. It was a case of they needed their motor racing fix and time was short as we all boarded a banana boat back to Africa a couple of weeks later.
Apparently I was gurgling and giggling happily the noisier the cars got, and when it was all quiet and over apparently I burst into tears.
Of course I have no memory of events that day, but Mum has always been convinced that my love of Motor Racing from a very young age was spawned from that day at Castle Combe. Happy Days
The same "Didnt do me any harm, poop poop fat faces" comment applies.

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Old 14 Jun 2021, 08:56 (Ref:4056311)   #2303
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We did a tester race after Arthur was born, WH @ Sillystone he was 7 weeks old. Slept through most of it.
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I think taking one's own kids to meetings (especially back in the day) was laudable, not the least because one might as well get on with the life one was used to rather than abandoning it for a couple of decades to raise a family.

As a grandparent suspecting that there would be little likelihood of parental continuity after my valiant efforts at an introduction to the joys of motorsport and not being especially keen on trying to enjoy a day at the track as well as deal with the needs of a small child (discovering the location of any nappy changing facilities does not appeal much), I suspect the effort would be unrewarding.

Plus her ability to burst eardrums with a scream might be an unfair imposition on the good people of Kirkby Mallory. (Thankfully the inclination to use that particular scream seems to have abated a great deal in the past fortnight or so. Hopefully that sort of progress will be maintained.)
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Old 14 Jun 2021, 12:22 (Ref:4056335)   #2305
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According to my mother I was two years-old when I first went to Snetterton & thereafter I went several times a year every year for more than 50 years.

In more recent times I have met others, including Mike Bell, who must have often been there at the same time but we never knew each other. Particularly uncanny is photographer Richard Styles - we must have spent our youth following each other around the Paddock as we have many near-identical photos!

My initial reason for being there was that my late father was responsible for organising the St John Ambulance Brigade at the circuit from the time racing first started & he conveniently carried on right up to the time I was old enough to drive myself there. he had no real interest in the racing, so I will never know if my interest grew out of being there.
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Plus her ability to burst eardrums with a scream might be an unfair imposition on the good people of Kirkby Mallory. (Thankfully the inclination to use that particular scream seems to have abated a great deal in the past fortnight or so. Hopefully that sort of progress will be maintained.)

One has to wonder what the cause of the screaming might have been. It may have been, as the Matron in charge of the maternity unit where my twins were born, told my wife and I as soon as they came into this world, this is too often just an attention seeking method that infants and youngsters develop.

The way that she ran the unit was that the babies were only allowed into the mothers' ward during the daytime, and were kept in a nursery at night so that the mothers could get a good nights sleep. Babies were not fed after about 11 o'clock in the evening until about 6-7 the next morning. She found that babies soon realise that getting the miseries during the night never resulted in them being picked up and pandered over, and as a result our two never woke us up in the night. The only exception was one night when one of the boys had been unwell, and he came into our bedroom and gently woke me up apologising for the intrusion.

Meanwhile, back at the hospital, if any baby was disturbing other babies, then it was taken out of the nursery and placed in another room out of earshot of mothers and other babies. And they were still not picked up.
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SO many people said to us they stopped racing when kids came along. Arthur has grown up with racing. oddly enough now he's old enough to be a proper help we've not been able to race much. Hopefully get out more next year, although he has his GCSE's . . . then he'll be old enough to drive. He has a pretty good simulator at home, his reactions are quick! watched him in a lotus 49 in the rain the other week. I was impressed.
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Old 14 Jun 2021, 14:13 (Ref:4056352)   #2308
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Though I was brought up in a motorsport environment I can't claim any early motorsport attendances for myself.


However, I did the supersaloon support race at Silverstone on 19th July, 1975 when my wife was within a couple of days of her due date. We camped in a borrowed VW camper for the duration of the meeting. My daughter was duly born on the 28th July. My brother was also there and his wife had produced his daughter on the 14th July. I look back and feel a little selfish for the vast amount of time competing dominated all other aspects of my life!


Somewhere in TenTenths (probably the Geoff Wood Escort thread in M/S History) there is a picture of my car and said VW camper.
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I was working at Castle Combe when MiniMM was born, and we were short of money as all new parents are. His first family visit out was to the race track because of course I had free tickets. I was lucky to have access to some of the unused buildings for child care duties which helped.

I think it was the F3/British GT meeting. He's always loved GT racing ever since......

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Though I was brought up in a motorsport environment I can't claim any early motorsport attendances for myself.


However, I did the supersaloon support race at Silverstone on 19th July, 1975 when my wife was within a couple of days of her due date. We camped in a borrowed VW camper for the duration of the meeting. My daughter was duly born on the 28th July. My brother was also there and his wife had produced his daughter on the 14th July. I look back and feel a little selfish for the vast amount of time competing dominated all other aspects of my life!


Somewhere in TenTenths (probably the Geoff Wood Escort thread in M/S History) there is a picture of my car and said VW camper.
My Dad was into motorsport, mostly rallying and in particular he was a good navigator, later club secretary for Bognor Regis Motor Club. . .We used to get taken to rallies, and plenty of Sundays autotesting in dusty fields near Rustington/Littlehampton/|Bognor whewre all the farms are/were. My forst proper circuit visit I remember was Sillystone, BTCC, around 1990 I think, The Support race was ICS saloons and I got the first bit of the bug. you were probably there Peter? I'm pretty sure Gordon would have been, Nick Stagg etc . . . Also remember the Transit supervan.
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