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Archive for May, 2010

29
May
10

Retro Cars Track Evening – Brands Hatch 25-05-10

In between work and house moving chaos I took a day out to head down to Retro Cars HQ in Kent for a decent catch up, some office based shenanigans and a track day!

Magic Happening:

Firstly I have to own up on selling out; I took the Roadster…Maybe I’m getting soft but with a 4 hour each-way journey and an evening of track action I took the quieter comfy way out (if coilovers and a bucket seat is a comfy way out…)

The track day was organised by Motorsport Vision (massive thanks to Nick for the hook up!) and was held at Brands Hatch.  Now I’ve never even visited Brands before, let alone driven it so I was suitably brimmed with fear and excitement as I noise tested, signed on and bagged a pit garage!   Now the Roadster did qualify in the at least 20 years old “Retro” band, but compared to some of the entries I was pretty embarrassed.  The quality and mix of cars was insane!  I wish I had more time to run round with the camera but, well, I was having too much fun!

It was an open pit event so you could have as much fun as you and your car could take!  I did about four fifteen minute  sessions, taking Andy and Simon (as if you don’t know I mean Team Retro Cars) out for rides.  Disappointingly they were pretty unshakable, though I’m sure there was some twitching doing on as we hit Paddock Hill bend sideways!   Talking of the track…WHAT A TRACK!!!  Paddock Hill bend is amazing; like a roller coaster: off the pit straight, on the brakes, down to 3rd, hang it out, straighten up, power on through the compression at the bottom (the Roadster sump guard was catching the ground at the bottom shooting sparks out the back!), then it was back on the brakes for the hairpin!  The old girl did me proud, not only passing some more expensive/ better cars on track, but not missing a beat  over the whole weekend!

The track action only makes up about 2/3 of these events for me.  The atmosphere in the pits, the chance to chat to other drivers, check out the cars and catch up with the Sothern contingent gold plate the whole affair.

Massive thanks as always to Si and Andy from Retro Cars, Simon and David  from RSM for the pics and Motorsport Vision for the hook up!  Good to see you chaps and I can’t wait for the next hang out!

More pics can be found on the RSM FlickR Account.

Sideways @ Druids

Race car low

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28
May
10

Garage Life – Part #1

Things have been a bit quiet over at Racer86.com recently, mainly because of this:

Yes, after failing to act my age or do anything with my life that qualifies me as a “real person” I’ve bought my own piece of England.  Now none of this is important; bricks are bricks.  What is important is the 20x9ft garage and room for 4 cars!!!  Yes I now own my own garage!

Now it needs a little cosmetic tidying (I’ve already bought paint and floor sealant) but apart from that it’s pretty much ready to go!  Progress will be slow over the next couple of weeks as I am working on the house before I can move in to it (hence internet will also be limited until I get hooked up) but it’s already got me wanting another project….I just need a lottery win to fund it now!

16
May
10

The Group 4 Sunbeam Lotus Chronicles: Cage Fighting

This project belongs to my good friend Rog.  Having been in his hands since he was at uni (where it spent most of its time lit up sideways through Swansea and surrounding area) it had seen better days and was making a serious bid to return to Mother Nature;  When I first saw it there was foot square holes in the floors…

Since then the shell has been stripped, acid dipped, welded together over an intensive week, painted, group 4 alloy arched and caged.  I headed over this weekend to give a hand painting the MSA spec cage that’s just been fitted.  I think you’ll agree, it looks pretty awesome!

Now don’t worry, this isn’t going to be another Lotus owners club rally replica or a show pony; it’s going to be a full-blown Berg Cup meets Lotus prototype development car road-going animal.  It will end up with a supercharger and it will kick your face right off.

But there’s still a long way to go yet…

16
May
10

Shooting Practice: Ducati 1098s

My mate Gav has just got himself a Ducati 1098s; now I’m not really into bikes and I don’t know really anything about them…but f*** me this thing’s a monster.  While the sun was shining and post a BBQ we headed out to get a few shots in the fading evening light.   It’s worth mentioning that Gav is a full-blown nutter and really knows how to peddle a bike, so this selection of pictures have been edited for Fed friendliness…

LEGEND.

09
May
10

Project KP30: M3 This – Thermostat Housing

Well, the old housing was well and truly warped beyond ever standing any chance of getting it to seal.  I gave it 4 goes, used sealant, hand flatted it on a machined surface, checked it with engineering blue…I was ready to throw it in the bin.  So I did.  Luckily, I had another 90 degree housing off a later KP and, with a little modification and a new top hose, it fitted pretty well.  I think it looks neater and it takes the load of the rocking engine better too.  I don’t really care about that though…I’m just glad it holds coolant!

09
May
10

Curborough Sprint Course: A Day At The Races #2 – 07-05-10

I took the KP out for a spin this afternoon and, after rolling about a bit down some of my favourite roads, found myself in the vicinity of Curborough; being a Sunday, I thought  I’d take a gamble and see if anything was going on.  It was, so here’s some pics!

07
May
10

SGX Garage