Posts Tagged ‘Mallory Park


PPC in the Park 01-05-10

Fuelled by optimism, and leaving common sense to one side, I packed the tent into the car in the now sideways rain, and headed out to Mallory park for an over-nighter at the PPC show.   At several points I questioned if it was a good idea, especially as I only live 30 mins from Mallory, but the lure of friends BBQ and beer was too tempting, so I suck with it.

It paid off too; by the time we arrived the sun was shining and while the gale force wind made pitching a tent more like flying a kite, it was drying the place up quickly.

Some of you may recognise the yellow MK1 Escort in the corner of that pic…

Yep, my buddy Ryan’s Zetec powered, throttle bodied play car.  Following him down, I saw more of the side than the back…not that we skid on public roads officer.

Having survived the night we burned some more meat for breakfast and headed down to watch the track for a while.

I pretty much fell in love with this EF.

Yep, I’m fairly sure the session we watched was a Honda club….

The main show was in the paddock area so we took a stroll down to check it out.

Now, I’ll be honest, we didn’t stick around long as there wasn’t much that blew us away.  Maybe I’m turning into a show snob or something, but it kinda missed the mark for me.   Here’s some of the cream (in my humble opinion…)

Bike engine’d Imp.  I spotted this last week at Curborough.

The fab work was first class.  I’m hoping the rear plate means it’s road legal!

You know when I said “it kinda missed the mark”? Well this is why…

I appreciate all the work that’s gone in to them and blah, blah..but seriously, this is a PRACTICAL PERFORMANCE CAR SHOW.

I will immediately rectify this with more pictures of “that” EF

Massively honorable mention should go to my friend James Hill and his S4 Imp.  It’s well worth checking out his 27 page build thread.

All the supercharger install and carbon work is home-grown, by James, in his garage.  AMAZING.

You’ll also notice: No jubilee clips or band clamps anywhere!

So there you go; some inspirational engineering and motors, and some not so much.  Following a swift de-tent and pot noodle we rolled out (handirack in full effect).


MX-5 OC National Rally 2009 12-09-09: Part #2

Ok, here is the second instalment of my Roadster Rally coverage:

The crew from Driftworks were down doing their thing, keeping the crowd entertained over the lunch break.

Dope cars. Dope setup.

The trade area was packed, selling everything from full on chassis kits to all those little bits of trim you just couldn’t find anywhere else.

Another pic of “that” MK3. I hope he’s getting coilovers and spacers for Chrismas.

Time for a quick fuel stop at Mallory’s fuel station.

So there you go: 20 years of the Roadster, one track and a load of sunshine! Awesome!


MX-5 OC National Rally 2009 12-09-09: Part #1

To be honest, I didn’t know there had been a national rally in 2008.  So to find out it was all happening this year at the Mallory Park Circuit, just 1/2 an hour from my house was ace.  The surprise didn’t end there, as this morning ,when I opened my curtains, it was a red hot, sunny day!

The OC had thrown on an extra special bash this year to celebrate 20 years of the Roadster and 15 years of the club. If the sunshine wasn’t enough to get you out, the  20 min sessions running all day on the track should have!

Here’s a few of my pics:

Yep, left the hard top on.Yep, it was hot.

Nicest MK3 all day.

Mallory is a cool little circuit and great for shooting. You can get really close to the track.

Yay. Longchamps.

Apart from the weather, you couldn’t pass off these pics as So Cal or Japan… The Uk Roadster scene has a lot to learn about stance and fitment. I’m just going to put it down to all the best cars being at JAE but seriously, so much 4×4 happening.  It’s a sports car, make it look like one!

The only other low MX. Props to you Sir.

Mallory had an Moto Xtrack off to one side. It took me about 10 mins to even notice it, but when I did it was certainly worth a watch!

Stay tuned for part 2!