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Old 1 Aug 2022, 07:49 (Ref:4121328)   #31
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The gold cup meeting was mixed, as it normally is for this spectator.
The circuit itself is the star of the meeting, I preferred this years format moving away from a glorified HSCC club event. The Alan Mann race didn't work and the VSCC and 50s races needed better grids.
The modsports/special saloons and the Gold Cup races were the on track highlights for me.
Crowds seemed similar to previous years and there was off track interest for the people who are non motorsport fans.
As in previous years the worst part of the long weekend was the number of morons in the campsite who have no regard for the marshals and other fellow campers.
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Old 1 Aug 2022, 12:03 (Ref:4121380)   #32
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Really enjoyed the weekend. The circuit is all that people say. Fabulous viewing in lots of places. I watched the last Aurora race from the little bank on the entry to Old Hall and the sight and sound of the Chevron F5000 barrelling down from Deers Leap just a few yards away will linger long.

The racing was mostly good though the damp rather spoilt Saturday. If the Masters races had been full grids it could have been great. The Special Saloons were exceptional and a third race at the expense of the poorly supported sports car race would have been an improvement.

Certainly a massively better weekend than the Silverstone Classic

Next year? Maybe…..
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Old 1 Aug 2022, 17:49 (Ref:4121423)   #33
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Cant agree about the Silverstone Classic . Much as I enjoy the Gold Cup , and much as the viewing is so very much better , the massive grids , access all areas pits x2 and 1100 car entry makes it a highlight of my season.
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Old 1 Aug 2022, 18:28 (Ref:4121429)   #34
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Old 1 Aug 2022, 18:39 (Ref:4121434)   #37
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Old 1 Aug 2022, 18:43 (Ref:4121436)   #38
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Old 1 Aug 2022, 19:05 (Ref:4121438)   #39
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I’d really looked forward to Saturday with the revised format but there is evidently something wrong with it still. HRDC had a good couple of battles mid field but the rest of the programme felt somewhat like a demonstration.
Hearing the Maserati in HGPCA was lovely but it was all very demo like.
Have the cars become too valuable ? Too many meetings? No Formula Ford was an odd omission.

The Masters saloon race yesterday had a tiny grid for instance although I’d guess price may be a factor there.

Infield seemed very sparse (what happened there) although the Chaters stand had some bargains ?

Any meeting with Ian Titchmarsh and Marcus Pye on comms is a bonus and I’m always aware it’s a privilege that we get any meetings but there was something vital missing. I can’t help but feel that there’s a lack of knowledge on how to create an event.
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Old 1 Aug 2022, 19:15 (Ref:4121440)   #40
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Nice pics Malcolm, thanks. Not so often we can see what seems to be a Hornet (or is it a Elf?) in racing guise.
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Nice pics Malcolm, thanks. Not so often we can see what seems to be a Hornet (or is it a Elf?) in racing guise.
It is a Wolseley Hornet as I can't see a badge on the grill that the Elf didn't have ? Apart from various trim parts and a full width dash on the Riley they were identical. Another car I used to work on at an Austin/Morris garage when they were new back in the 60s
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You're certainly right Gordon, thanks. If my memory serves the grill badge was illuminated at night together with the other lights, right? Mainly both Elf and Hornet were chic Minis.

Hard to spot the heavily modified Pug tho…
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The Hornet was one of my favourite cars at the meeting.

Also very impressed with the Transpeed Firenza, which driver Tony Davies told me he has been competing in since 1977.

Award for commitment surely goes to Roy Davis, driver of Triumph 2000 pictured above, which he shipped from Australia for motorsport tour of UK, as he had done previously in 2018.
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Old 2 Aug 2022, 11:35 (Ref:4121522)   #44
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I remember the Transpeed car. It was a regular at Combe back in the day.

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It is a Wolseley Hornet as I can't see a badge on the grill that the Elf didn't have ? Apart from various trim parts and a full width dash on the Riley they were identical. Another car I used to work on at an Austin/Morris garage when they were new back in the 60s
I think you're right about the Elf & the Hornet being mechanically identical, but usually the badge engineered Wolseley models were basic (single carb/Morris?) powered and the Riley's higher (MG spec/twin carb) specification.
(Sorry, I think I need to get a life...)
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