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Old 18 Oct 2004, 14:16 (Ref:1127357)   #1
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Silverstone HSCC Finals

Good to see some 10Tenthers there - Weather was very Silverstone dry then torrential rain, the saloons got the brunt of it after the Classic Racing Cars race had to be abandoned (very sadly) after a startline pile up which took out all the F5000 cars
my race was the last and was a war of attrition including something I havent seen before - someone stuffing their E Type at Woodcote BEFORE the start of the green flag lap!!
I was understeering chronically on the exit of Luffield during the race to the point of almost being undriveable I would be interested if any other rear engined drivers had the same problem. Would I have been better dabbing the brakes before the last part to transfer the weight to the front? We had loosened the anti roll bars as far as possible without disconnecting them.
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Old 18 Oct 2004, 14:37 (Ref:1127366)   #2
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It was the Derek Bell Trophy that had to be abandoned after the startline shunt - there were a couple of F5000s that came round Copse the first time, the Eagle and Lotus 70, but most of them were out, including Ed Jowsey who missed the Classic Racing Cars race - anybody know whether everyone was OK?

And I was pleased to cheer on the various 10/10thers, including KDW in his Lotus 35, and also Gary Critcher from the Other Forum in the FFs.

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Old 18 Oct 2004, 14:52 (Ref:1127377)   #3
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Simon there's a special line round luffield when it's wet . Ring me then you'll know it in time for the Walter Hayes meeting
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Old 18 Oct 2004, 15:21 (Ref:1127391)   #4
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Simon, before you come out again, can we have some numbers on the sides of the car please.On the bank we could not read the front number.
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Old 18 Oct 2004, 15:24 (Ref:1127397)   #5
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when I have learnt how toi drive the car a bit more proficiently I will advertise myself better!!!!
Incredibly I ended that race a class winner - I think the two in front of me in qualifying decided not to venture out in the rain!!!!
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Old 18 Oct 2004, 15:34 (Ref:1127409)   #6
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Jason - where you there as I saw the corporate truck leaving just before my race...
I was having some real problems with the rain - the Eleven had such skinny tyres I used to cut through the water but this one just seems to aquaplane, having no weight at the front cant help. I will definately give you a holla before hand as chances are November is going to be cold and wet!!!
Seems like I am going to have to get some roundals and numbers from you as well ;-)
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I was running an FF for a chap thankfully we got our race in before the deluge .
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Old 18 Oct 2004, 17:51 (Ref:1127501)   #8
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zefarelly has a real shot at the podium!zefarelly has a real shot at the podium!zefarelly has a real shot at the podium!zefarelly has a real shot at the podium!
hat happened in the saloons Simon ? I can guess most of it I'm sure (hotrods at the front, historic racers at the back!)
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being perfect conditions for fwd a green mini cooper romped it with all the usual suspects falling in behind - Dan Cox's anglia spun and had to carve through the field but finished off podium (I think). For mr one of the most impressive drives was the Falcon Sprint. It looked very tidy round Copse, I was expecting to see it sideways in that amount of rain! It was a long time since I have seen that many spectators at a Silverstone clubbie meeting - it was good to see!
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Old 20 Oct 2004, 14:27 (Ref:1129521)   #10
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The thing that amused me was watching the fleets of Hillman Imps charging round with terminal understeer and staying somehow on the grey stuff. What is the opposite of opposite lock, I wonder?

Glad to hear you got a race in after all, Simon. I would have stayed for that if I had remembered that coat. Thanks for the loan of that gortex jacket!
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my pleasure, I have now decided that in future I am going to decide to not race, enjoy the other races and change my mind on final call and get racing!!
Tim is right the Imps were barrelling into Copse full lock terminal understeer and somehow just getting round! I found Luffield was exactly the same for me. I see Motorsport News gave Roger Godfrey in teh Mini driver of the day - he got my vote of what I saw, a great example of fwd racing in the rain!
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Opposite of opposite lock? Simple: Ohmygod lock!
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Or even more imply: Lock
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Old 26 Oct 2004, 04:20 (Ref:1135940)   #14
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FFords at Silverstone

..........and bluddy slippery I might add when I was out for my practice. Race was a bit better.
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