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Old 8 Oct 2006, 18:04 (Ref:1732098)   #1
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CSCC - Snetterton, 7th October, 2006 (With photos!)

I resisted the appeal of the AMOC (Donington) and Top Hat (Mallory) this weekend, and chose instead to take a gentle run down to one of my more local circuits, Snetterton, with my neighbour (a Corvette & TVR enthusiast!). It proved to be a fine meeting. Not only were there some great cars and races, I finally met up with Ten Tenthers, dtype38, Falcemob, and Eric Falce. In addition fellow Ten Tenther and former mod, Andrew Kitson introduced us to a very famous musician who just happens to be a motor racing fan and Ferrari fanatic and who was quite prepared to spectate and chat with us.

Other highlights included the presence of no less than three of the original mid 60's TVR Griffiths, one of which won its race. There were some great Jaguar dices, with one Jaguar saloon driver who felt that the right way to negotiate Coram was sideway, and a friend from my old RSSOC days, John Leslie drove his Reliant Sabre 6GT to a fine 4th in his race. Apparently, Jack Sears was wandering about around the paddock and 'Whizzo' shared a drive in an XK120. In fact a really good meeting altogether.

The racing which was supposed to start at 12.30 started about 15 minutes late, and with two crash induced red flag periods, the racing didn't finish until about 6.30 when the sun was disappearing below the horizon.

I'll post a few pics up over the next few days.

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Old 8 Oct 2006, 18:36 (Ref:1732120)   #2
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[QUOTE=John Turner]There were some great Jaguar dices, with one Jaguar saloon driver who felt that the right way to negotiate Coram was sideway, /QUOTE]

The angles and length of drifts that the Jaguar achieved were amazing watching from our vantage point from the Russell observers post, he was setting it up most laps from the Bombhole out post and still well sideways past Russell in (Fantasy Island) before entering Russell. Only once did it go wrong with a spin in the middle of Russell. However in the end I think both tyres and a wheel bearing cried enough!

Great days racing with good grids, bit sad that the Ferrari Classics race ended with a coming together between a gorgeous Ferrari 275GTB and a Ferrari 328 at Russell. Overall a well organised meeting, with thanks to both the Classic Sports Car Club and the BRSCC-EA team.

Andrew, appears that I missed you again, did get the message via one of my crew, Jerry, who you spoke with though. Hope to meet up at another Snet meeting soon.

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Old 8 Oct 2006, 19:48 (Ref:1732194)   #3
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I resisted the appeal of the AMOC (Donington) and Top Hat (Mallory) this weekend, and chose instead to take a gentle run down to one of my more local circuits, Snetterton, with my neighbour (a Corvette & TVR enthusiast!). It proved to be a fine meeting. Not only were there some great cars and races, I finally met up with Ten Tenthers, dtype38, Falcemob, and Eric Falce. In addition fellow Ten Tenther and former mod, Andrew Kitson introduced us to a very famous musician who just happens to be a motor racing fan and Ferrari fanatic and who was quite prepared to spectate and chat with us.

Other highlights included the presence of no less than three of the original mid 60's TVR Griffiths, one of which won its race. There were some great Jaguar dices, with one Jaguar saloon driver who felt that the right way to negotiate Coram was sideway, and a friend from my old RSSOC days, John Leslie drove his Reliant Sabre 6GT to a fine 4th in his race. Apparently, Jack Sears was wandering about around the paddock and 'Whizzo' shared a drive in an XK120. In fact a really good meeting altogether.

The racing which was supposed to start at 12.30 started about 15 minutes late, and with two crash induced red flag periods, the racing didn't finish until about 6.30 when the sun was disappearing below the horizon.

I'll post a few pics up over the next few days.
I wish Id known you were there ,I looked aftre Whizz and Dick Skipworth, maybe next time,
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Old 8 Oct 2006, 20:42 (Ref:1732249)   #4
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Nice meeting you John. I had a great time despite one of my rear calipers springing a leak and having to clamp the pipe off and turn the bias fully to the front.
I think they were better off in the last race than we were in race 7 as the sun had gone completely for them. The sun was so low it was difficult to see where you were on the track from Coram right round to the exit of Richies.
An excellent day anyway.
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Old 9 Oct 2006, 06:23 (Ref:1732508)   #5
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It was a great little clubbie and some lovely cars and good weather which always helps. Glad you enjoyed it John and sorry I missed you again Terry!
Jack was there in his role as president of the Ferrari Owners Club.
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Old 9 Oct 2006, 06:47 (Ref:1732526)   #6
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nice to meet one or two ten tenthers and a good meeting!! pity about the red flags though.i managed to [just] avoid the carnage at riches on the first lap of the tintops even though a door mirror from a proton landed plumb in the middle of my bonnet.wonder why some of us seem to forget we have 40 mins of racing and feel the need to barge their way to the front,wrecking cars and loosing everyone 10 minutes track time...... not to worry it was a good day and thanks for to all the input on a previous thread my pitstop didnt take toooo long!!!!
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Old 9 Oct 2006, 18:10 (Ref:1733251)   #7
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yet another fine day's racing at Snetterton. As Terry has said, it was worth turning up just to see the Green and White Jag (No 19), power sliding around Coram. Apparently one of the marshals, Andy, who was on post at Coram, on the outside of the circuit, said he could read what was on the inside of the car. I was on post at Fantasy island, on the inside, just before Russell, and we were throughly enjoying it. So if anyone knows who it was, the marshals would like to thank him and congradulate him on his driving skills.
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Old 9 Oct 2006, 20:20 (Ref:1733352)   #8
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Ok, finally some pics. The usual format; a few from pit and paddock first:-

Synchronised attention:-


Fast drinks tray:-


A 'Heinz' Maestro:-



The car 'above' is an Alfa

Apologies for the frivolity. More pics tomorrow.
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Old 10 Oct 2006, 17:01 (Ref:1734275)   #9
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All my 'racing' shots predictably were taken from Russell Curve, but it is a good place to be for much of the action.

The first race was the Jaguar 40 minute 1 or 2 driver challenge. One of those going solo was Ken Paton in his 3.8 D type replica. He placed the car on pole but was not confident of victory since, for his compulsory pit stop, he had to unbuckle his harness, get out and run round the car, jump back in and then buckle up and it took a lot longer to do that than with a driver change. However, the problem was resolved when he managed get someone to agree to help with the buckling and unbuckling and duly delivered a victory:-


Jaguar variety! The Kougar Jaguar of Graham Paddick (2nd), the Garrad/Cope 'S' Type (NCF) and the Ball/Ball XJS (10th):-


The lovely Mk2 of Dorlin/Lewis which finished 20th:-


It has already been mentioned, blurred and taken from a long way away with only a small zoom, I have to post it. The Palmer/Avery (but which of these is driving here?) XJ6/300 which finished 4th (and class win). This was not an exception; this was the angle adopted coming through Coram on nearly every lap. Great car control and hugely entertaining. The XK following displays the more conventional line:-

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That must be Steve-Sideways-Avery in the last shot.
John, did you get any pictures of Ken's D-type in the last race, the flames in the dusk looked awesome.
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I certainly tried but not sure I was too succesful. I'll have a look later when I get to that race.
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The D-type replica of Tim and Eric Falce which came 5th:-



Showing signs of impact the Jaguar (Daimler!) XJ6 of Morrant & Taylor was unclassified at the finish:-



The Kirkham/Kirkham XJ40 which finished 12th. Tucked in behind is the Dick Skipworth/'Whizzo' XK120 which finished 9th:-


Mr Avery again, attempting to take the Webb/Groom XK120 which nevertheless finished ahead in 3rd place:-
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All my 'racing' shots predictably were taken from Russell Curve, but it is a good place to be for much of the action.
John, you should have come over and said hello, as I was the observer on Russell on Saturday, it would have been good to have a chat between races and writing reports!

Great photos - keep up the good work and yes Mr Avery certainly kept Nick, myself and the rest of the crew on Russell entertained during the day and I'm sure those marshalling on Coram had an even better view judging by your picture.

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Hi, Terry; unless we all carry high profile TT logos how are we going to know who to introduce ourselves to? Incidentally, I should have corrected myself and said Russell 'Bend' although 'chicane' would be a better description wouldn't it?

Race 2, for the Swing Sixties Series was to a similar format as Race 1, although more drivers elected to go solo. Two E-types occupied the front row and for much of the race Harry Wyndham seemed to hold sway over poleman, Nick McCaffery. However by the end McCaffery took the win by nearly 17 seconds; was that time lost by Wyndham in the pits, or an on track moment?:-


Mentioned already but here is John Leslie who drove his Reliant Sabre 6GT from a relatively lowly grid position, so smoothly and consistently, that it netted him a fine 4th place, and class win. In the background, Geof Mussell's Mustang which came 5th:-


The Stevens/Mcdonald Peerless GT Phase 1 which finished 10th, the Ginetta G4 of Chris Blewett who finished 12th, and the Mark Hadfield Spitfire which, unfortunately, pitted after 19 laps with what appeared to be an engine failure:-


The Wos/Hutchinson Scimitar GTE which finished 7th followed by the Beavis/Matthews Lancia Fulvia HF which came 9th:-

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