Saint-Goueno, Brittany, France 2016

Being un pilote in France.

An official photo of me coming out of the hairpin.
An official photo of me coming out of the hairpin.

Before we left England Brittany Ferries sent us a text warning us of delays disembarking because of a port workers’ strike.  In actual fact it worked out fine as this gave us an extra hour in bed. They also warned us of fuel shortages due to the French tanker drivers going on strike, so we planned to fill up before getting on the ferry at Portsmouth. However, I completely forgot this and we arrived in Saint Malo with only half a tank of diesel in the Accord. However, on Thursday night we went for a meal in Moncontour, where we stayed in 2013, and the small  family owned petrol station there let us have as much as we wanted.  The weather forecast from before we left the UK until we returned was dire (and in fact we have heard since returning that people were killed in thunderstorms in northern France) but for us it was warm and sunny as you will see from the photos. So, many a warning but in fact everything worked out perfectly.

The gite where we stayed.
The gite where we stayed.

We arrived at the gite, which we were sharing with some other competitors, just before lunch on Thursday and called Anne, who had organised the accommodation, and were invited to a barbecue lunch at the lake in Saint Goueno.  We left the Lotus on the trailer at the gite and headed for the lake which was a sight to behold with race cars and trailers everywhere! This set the scene for the whole four days. Good food, lots of wine and good company.  After lunch we returned to the gite to collect the Lotus and moved it into the paddock in Saint Goueno and then headed north to Moncontour.

Setting up in the paddock was easier for us...
Setting up in the paddock was easier for us…
... than for some of the others who seemed to have brought a lot of unnecessary stuff.
… than for some of the others who seemed to have brought a lot of unnecessary stuff.
Some even brought a few cars.
Some even brought a few cars.

Friday was spent wandering around the paddock, meeting people and watching historic regularity cars going up the hill, and then signing on and getting our race numbers. In the evening in the salle des fêtes in the village there was meal for all drivers and their crews and live music – the first night of a music festival that was run in conjunction with the motor racing. The Saint Goueno Course de Cote is a round of the French Hillclimb Championship so all the top teams and drivers were present. Unlike in the UK where events are run by motor clubs, this event is run by the local community and the Saint-Goueno Hillclimb Masters (in which I was entered) is a separate event for UK and Irish drivers that is run alongside the main French event.

In the music festival I found this, covered in silver foil and full of coloured lights. SOme of the panels were better than those on mine!
In the music festival I found this, covered in silver foil and full of coloured lights. Some of the panels were better than those on mine!
Talking of which, here she is. I know you're curious.
Talking of which, here she is. I know you’re curious as to how things are progressing.

On Saturday we had an untimed sighting run plus two timed practice runs.  The hill is 3.2 km long (over 2 km longer than Loton Park), it’s 3.5 km from the paddock to the start line and then over a kilometer back to the paddock on the return road. So, very different to a British hillclimb.  My first time was 1 min 59 secs but over the weekend I improved on every single run to finish with a 1.53.201 on my third run on the Sunday.  This placed me 31st out of 69 and second in class behind Peter Cummins in a Darrian T90 GTR.

The Lotus ran faultlessly, which was a big relief after the recent problems which necessitated a new alternator and clutch, and it was very well received by the French who declared it tres cool. It was the only Elise present though there was a roadgoing Europa which was lined up ahead of me for most runs.  There was a long break on Sunday for lunch, which was laid on in a huge tent near the hairpin. Aperitifs and wine with the meal. Very French 😉  Then after the event, on Sunday night all the drivers in the Masters were provided with a free farewell meal in the salle des fêtes.

Wherever you looked in Saint Goueno there was interesting machinery.
Wherever you looked in Saint Goueno there was interesting machinery.
Not all of it very fast.
Not all of it very fast.

Back in 2013 I blogged about the differences between UK and this French hillclimb (see Saint Goueno 2013) but being a pilote this year I noticed two more differences: 1) if you catch a slower car you are allowed to overtake it and 2)  they don’t use timing struts (which begs the question, why do we?).

All in all it was a terrific event which was exceptionally well organised by very friendly and welcoming people. A big thank you to John and Wendy, Graham and Eddie and everyone else whose names escape me now. Merci!

Here are some more photos and there are lots more in an album on my Facebook page.

Tom and Marguerite are organic farmers from Australia who have taken six months off to tour Europe in a motor home with a Westfield race car in tow.
Tom and Marguerite are organic farmers from Australia who have taken six months off to tour Europe in a motor home with a Westfield race car in tow.
John Lloyd, who is the main driving force behind the Saint Goueno Masters, with his TVR.
John Lloyd, who is the main driving force behind the Saint Goueno Masters, with his TVR.
Loton regular Dave West with his classic Mini rather than his normal Loton drive his Peugeot 106 GTI. The French love Minis.
Loton regular Dave West with his classic Mini rather than his Peugeot 106 GTI which he uses at Loton. The French love Minis.
Next to us in the paddock was Neil Gould with his completely mad Clio with a turbo charged Subaru engine. He calls it a Subareno Cliopreza.
Next to us in the paddock was Neil Gould with his completely mad Clio with a turbo charged Subaru engine. He calls it a Subareno Cliopreza.
No cars in this one but it also sums up the weekend. Perfect weather, good food and drink and lots of socialising.
No cars in this one but it also sums up the weekend. Perfect weather, good food and drink and lots of socialising. This was Saturday night before we went to the meal.

More photos.

 

The Lotus is back – Loton Park 16 May 2016

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Well, the Lotus got fixed and was ready in time. New Super twin plate racing clutch, new clutch master cylinder, new slave cylinder, new alternator and new engine mounting. I’m broke!

However, it got me to and from Loton twice this weekend – an hour’s trip each way from Kinver, and performed faultlessly on the hill.

This was a two day meeting, a format which seems to me to be universally disliked around the paddock (at least by those I speak to). We had three practice runs on the Saturday and two competition runs on the Sunday. My first was at about 08.45 and then my second was hours later, after lunch.  It was good chatting to people throughout the day, but I would rather have had more runs, especially as I did a PB of 60.21 on my second run and the conditions were perfect for another try at a sub 60 second time.

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It was a round of the Paul Matty Sports Car Championship so there were lots of Lotus entered and I was pleased to record a faster time than any of the other Elises or Exiges and to pick up the class win.

It was a beautiful sunny day and everything in the deer park was very green, though not Tony Adams’ and Paul Jones’ Elise. Their green Exige still wasn’t running properly so they were out in a silver Elise S2. Here’s Tony coming around Triangle.

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However, despite a terrific day I’ve decided to sell my Elise after the Saint Goueno event at the end of May and get something a bit cheaper and a bit more practical for the road or maybe share a drive if anyone offers. We’ll see.

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This was the first event that I’ve worn my new HANS device in.  When trying to connect it to the helmet at home I was finding it difficult, especially when sitting in the car, but Graeme Williamson gave me some useful advice at the last Loton event – keep it tethered and put the whole thing on together.  That worked a treat and I was able to get in the car with it on and do up my harness without assistance.

One reason for selling the Elise will seem crazy to many people (especially as it’s now got so many new parts in it), but I have my new baby to look after and I need to buy some tools and new parts and it all costs money. Here she is… as you can see I have not been idle.

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Maybe I should find a Gordini engine for it and enter La Vie En Bleu at Prescott. Only kidding.

I was going to write up the restoration on this blog, but have decided not to do that, but to write it up in the Projects section on Clementine’s Renault 4 Garage’s forum as there are lots of very knowledgeable Renault 4 people over there who can give me advice.  So if you want to see a blow by blow account of what’s going on and look at lots of oily and rusty things, here is the link – 1985 GTL C840LEW.

 

Loton Park 17 April 2016

Where would this blog be without Rob MacDonald and his camera? This one is me going round Fallow on all four wheels and not on the grass.
Where would this blog be without Rob MacDonald and his camera? This one is me going round Fallow on all four wheels and not on the grass.

So, following on from yesterday… I was in the S2000 for Sunday’s event. This was interesting but a little frustrating because it meant no championship points for Round 6 of the HSA Championship nor for Round 2 of the Allswage Loton Park Championship as I was not competing in the car which I had entered. And of course I got no points on Saturday as I was unable to compete at all. All in all not a great start to the season. A bit like Hamilton’s. Missing the first rounds of the Loton Championship is the biggest blow as there are only eight rounds and all count. The HSA Championship has 32 rounds with the best 9 counting. However, I was planning on doing only four local rounds which I could drive to (rather than trailering) and trying to win the Peter Stevens Memorial Trophy (best result from only four rounds). Anyway, as I say, it was interesting driving the S2000.

Interesting because the S2000 produces its power between 6000 and 9000 revs, whereas my Lotus is a like a steam train from 1000 revs all the way up to 8000. So driving the S2000 fast requires a whole different technique and I didn’t manage to perfect keeping within this rev band in the four runs I had up the hill. It was also very strange to drive without a safety harness and in a car with standard (soft) suspension, which meant that I was not able to keep my foot down the whole way up Cedar Straight. It was also interesting as it reminded me of my MX5 days and how easy it is to arrive and drive in a car with a boot and interior space. A far cry from the Lotus which has so little space for either my stuff or myself. I think that after Saint Goueno at the end of May I’ll look at changing the Lotus for something more usable on the roads.

Even though I was unable to gain championship points, it was, as always, good fun to be at Loton and as the Honda has a good old fashioned steel chassis I was able to return to the ‘Roadgoing up to Two Litre’ Class. The Lotus, this year, is in a separate class at Loton for non-ferrous chassis cars that seems to include both roadgoing and modified production cars. It doesn’t matter too much to me since the event classes do not affect either of the two championships I am in, but it does seem a bit odd.

My best time of the day was in second practice with a 70.46 (about ten seconds slower than the Lotus) and my best in competition was 71.40, which was almost last. Rachel Gascoigne and Michael Tindale (with a PB of 70.56) both relished the fact that they had beaten an S2000 (and me of course), but to be fair both drove really well and I was too cautious. Still, I was just happy to have completed the four runs without incident and been able to return the car to Jacqui in one piece.

My next outing is the National weekend on 14/15 May, assuming the Elise is fixed and my entry is accepted.

Here are a few photos. I have uploaded others to the HSA Facebook Group page. The HSA report will follow shortly (tomorrow) on the HSA website.

Alistair Clark's Elise.
Alistair Clark’s Elise.
Simona Andrews on his way to a class win.
Simon Andrews on his way to a class win.
Sarah and Colin Davies in their second year with the HSA.
Sarah and Colin Davies in their second year with the HSA.
My S2000 amongst the Lotus.
My S2000 amongst the Lotus.

Loton Park 16 April 2016

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Let’s start with a bit of dialogue.

Me – Are you coming to Loton tomorrow?
Jacqui – No, I fancy a lazy day. I’ll come on Sunday.
Me – OK.
Jacqui  – Can you feed the cats before you leave? I  don’t want them waking me up.
Me – Not a problem.

The relevance of this will become apparent soon.  Last week I had a new clutch fitted in the Lotus but I only picked up up the car yesterday and there was no time to test anything. This morning I woke at 6 a.m. to find it snowing quite heavily. I stuffed all my gear into the passenger footwell, put the demisters on, the headlight on, the wipers on and headed off to Loton. (It’s all relevant). About five minutes away from Loton I was no longer able to change gear and  coasted to a standstill in neutral. Then I switched off the engine. And then I was truly stuck. Flat battery.  It’s now about 7.30.  More dialogue?

Me – Hi Jax,  I’m afraid I’ve broken down.
Jacqui – Uh? What day is it?
Me – I’m near Loton. Can you bring the trailer?
Jacqui – Uh? Haven’t you got the trailer?
Me – No you’ll have to bring it.
Jacqui – what time is it?

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So I wait patiently. Jacqui of course is hitching up the trailer and getting the whole caboodle on the road.  And then who should turn up but Tony Adams. He’d already arrived at Loton but someone had told him his old car was broken down on the A458 and so he’d come to rescue me.  He connected the Lotus to his Range Rover with the shortest tow rope I have ever seen and we set up for Loton. I had no power and no wipers and the Lotus windscreen was soon covered in slushy muck thrown up by the Range Rover. It was the most terrifying trip I have ever had.

The Lotus is then in its paddock position at Loton and various people look at it but although we can start it on a battery pack we cannot engage gears. During the lunch break we move it so it is easier to get onto the trailer but we don’t leave until mid afternoon and get back about 5pm. On the way home my wife and I have a nice chat.

Me – What a waste of money. And of course I’ve already paid for tomorrow too.
Jacqui – Can’t get it back?
Me – Too late now…  What would you think if I used your car tomorrow?
Jacqui – I thought you said it wasn’t any good because it was completely standard.
Me – Well… no, it would be fine and I won’t drive it very fast.
Jacqui – OK.  It doesn’t matter that it hasn’t got a harness or roll bar ?
Me – Nah, it’ll be great. Thanks.a lot, Darling.

So tonight I’ve made a timing strut for it and taken out all Jacqui’s things and tomorrow I’ll be back at Loton in the Roadgoing up to 2 litre class. Should be fun!

Final conversation just now.

Jacqui – You’re not racing next weekend, are you?
Me – No. Prescott next weekend but I’m not entered.
Jacqui – Do you fancy going to stay with my Mum?
Me – Hey, that sounds great!

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Loton Park Practice 2016

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Members of Hagley & District LIght Car Club are offered two members’ only practice days before the first Loton competition and I booked myself a place on the second day, Easter Sunday. It was  cold, wet and windy but it was good to be back at Loton Park and we had eight runs up the hill.  There were six Lotus present – four roadgoing – myself, Jonathan Bibby (who for the last couple of years has been in an MG ZR160) in a standard Elise S1, Chris Westwood  in his Elise 111R and Mike Henney in his classic Elan, and two Modified Production cars – Sarah Bosworth in her Elise S1 and Tony Adams and Paul Jones in their Elise Motorsport car.

I was happy with my times in the wet (best of 66.52) and with the fact that I didn’t have any excursions onto the grass, but on the drive home I sensed something wasn’t quite right with the Lotus. Yesterday it was nice and sunny when I got home from work so took it around the lanes to check it out. It soon became apparent that it was not wheelspin on a wet road I was feeling but a slipping clutch and the thing gave out completely on a bend on a steep hill. I pushed it into someone’s garden and had to go home and get the trailer. I’m off to Brands tomorrow to watch the first round of the Ginetta GT4 SuperCup so the car’s booked into Aldon’s on Monday. More expense and we haven’t even started the season yet!

It was good to see Rob MacDonald and Gail again and Rob, as usual, had his camera with him.  Here are two of his photos.

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Dave West, of Allswage UK, who are sponsoring this year’s Loton Championship, was offering free corner weight measurements and I had the Elise weighed. Slightly heavier than when I bought it but still pretty light – 718 kg.

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Heading up Cedar Straight. It wasn’t raining at this point, but you can see the rivulets at the edge of the track heading in the other direction.

My first competitive event is on 16 April so there’s plenty of time to get it all sorted out. I hope.

Saint Goueno 2016 #1

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Back in 2012 I was talking to Gordon Hick in the paddock at Loton Park and he was telling me that the previous weekend he had been in France doing a hillclimb in Brittany. He described how the whole village embraced the three day event and how there was a wonderful atmosphere, with music and wine and good food.

The following year Jacqui and drove down in her S2000 to see for ourselves. Everything Gordon had said was true though we were still unprepared  for the wonderful welcome we received, the abundance of bars and food tents in the paddock and the huge number of people spectating. That was in 2013 and our visit was of course recounted in this blog.

Saint Goueno (France) 2013

Saint Goueno Paddock Video 2013

Saint-Goueno 2nd video.

Saint-Goueno 3rd video

Saint-Goueno 4th video

This winter Jacqui said we should go back for a long weekend. I thought she meant to watch, but no, to compete in the Lotus. Best not to argue with the wife, so I got on the website  to get the dates (last weekend in May) only to find that competitors had to pre-register in December and that a list of lucky drivers would be published in January. So it was perfect timing and I paid my ten euros (I think it was) to pre-register and crossed my fingers.  Then on January 17 the list was posted and there was my name on it. I felt very privileged.

I’ve already booked the ferry from Portsmouth to St Malo on the Thursday night, returning on the Monday morning. Next I will have to buy an FHR (Frontal Head Restraint) for my new helmet and a fire extinguisher – both required in France – and accommodation also has to be arranged.

The entry fee was very reasonable at €220 but the ferry was a bit steep at £575 with a cabin. This all comes out of my racing budget so I may not be doing as much travelling up and down the country chasing HSA points this year, focussing instead on my local hill, Loton Park.

More information about the Saint Goueno Hillclimb Masters can be found here –  http://www.hillclimbfrance.co.uk/ and there’s also a Facebook page – Saint Goueno Masters.

Anyway, I’ll continue to blog about the preparations for the event and of course the journey and event itself when we get there. But for now, a picture from 2013…

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Looking back on 2015

It’s a long wait until the new season.  Here are some photos from my blog this year to remind us what we’re missing.

It started on April 19/20 at Loton Park…

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Then came Werrington in Cornwall on 2 and 3 of May and the bridge that was too narrow…

though we got there in the end…

Then came the broken engine mount at MIRA on 23 May.

By the 30 and 31 May we were in South Wales for a sprint at Pembrey.

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On 14 June we were at another sprint, this time at Curborough with lots of Lotus.

We had a break in July and drove drown through France, over the Pyrenees and on to Spain…

We were back to South Wales and a sprint at Llandow on 18 July where I did a 360 degree spin right in front of the paddock.

Then onto the dam at Llys-y-Fran in Pemrokeshire on the 19th where my gear linkage broke…

It was all fixed and we were in Devon on 25 July at Wiscombe Park…

But the Sunday wasn’t so nice…

A wet Sunday

Back to Loton Park on 8 August…

and 9th August…

and back at Loton again at the end of the month  – 29 and 30 August – for some off roading…

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Then it was off to Shelsley Walsh on 20 September…

I didn’t get an entry on 27 September at Loton but went to watch anyway. Here’s Sarah Bosworth smoking down to Triangle…

Went to watch again at Prescott on 4 October. Here’s Alan Goodwin.

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Then came my last event of the year at Curborough on 10 October…

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Can’t wait for 2016!

Prescott 4 October 2015

I wasn’t competing today but we went along anyway and took a few photos.

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This weekend was the American Automobile Festival. Here’s a Studebaker Starlight.

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This is Whistling Billy, one of the many steam cars present.

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Not sure anyone knows what this is, but it must have an MOT since it drove there.

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Not everything had a V8 under its bonnet. Not everything had a bonnet.

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There was an excellent aerobatic display.

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Though this bird was unimpressed.

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Here’s Les Buck in his Europa.

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Panning again.  I’m getting the hang of it now.

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It was Prescott so there were lots of Bugattis.

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And a few more humble racing cars.

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Here’s Alan Goodwin, who looks after my Lotus and the Honda S2000.

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Next Saturday at Curborough will be my last event of the year and the final event in the HSA Championship.  I’m fifth overall and hoping to finish the year like that. Let’s hope it’s dry and I can grab a couple of extra points to stay ahead of those just behind me!

Loton Park 27 September 2015

I wasn’t successful in getting an entry to the last Loton meeting of the year but I went along anyway with my camera.  My normal action shots are very static looking since I normally use the programmed ‘sports’ mode.  Today, however, I tried to capture the impression of  speed by using a long exposure and panning. I had to bin most of the results as they were totally blurred but these are the half-decent ones.

A (240) A (251) A (255) A (257) A (259) A (262) A (265) A (270) A (274) A (277) A (283) A (286) A (291) A (317) A (320) A (335) A (360) A (369) A (385) A (397) A (413) A (6) A (46) A (47) A (51) A (53) A (62) A (109) A (120)

Shelsley 20 September 2015

Ten milliseconds!

Photo by Rob MacDonald.
Lining up for the start. Photo by Rob MacDonald.

One thing is clear. I need more than a weekend to get to grips with Shelsley Walsh.  The Elise is running fantastically on the public roads and up the hills so I have no complaints there; I just could not master Bottom Ess. Nevertheless I got third in class and was second fastest Elise (out of eight) on the day, being beaten once again by Paul Jones.

My times over the weekend are interesting. On Saturday we only had three runs as I mentioned yesterday.

  1. 39.99 seconds
  2. 35.90
  3. 35.47

Remember this time. 35.47  seconds.

Sunday started as Saturday had, foggy, but we knew what to do and once again I was part of the cavalcade despatched to disperse the fog. I’ve got the hang of it now so if you need any moved on, give me a ring.  So today my first three times were as follows:

  1. 37.86
  2. 35.56
  3. 35.56

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Two runs with identical times! How weird is that? Not even as quick as yesterday but never mind, still second in class behind Paul (who did a 34.41) and ahead, by four hundredths of a second, of Dave West in his Peugeot 106GTi.

So then came the last run and I drove it differently, much more committed up through Kennel and Crossing (or so I thought), but messed up a gear change in the Esses, going up there in third. The time?

35.47.

Exactly the same as yesterday!!

After me was Paul – 34.70, not as good as his first run but still leading the class. Then Dave West.  35.46.  That’s one hundredth of a second quicker or ten milliseconds quicker. And that was the last meeting at Shelsley for 2015 so I’ll have to wait until next year to try and sort it out.

Here are some photos.

Morning at Shelsley
Morning at Shelsley
My main rivals this weekend - Paul Jones (Lotus) and Dave West (Peugeot).
My main rivals this weekend – Paul Jones (Lotus) and Dave West (Peugeot).
Me going around Bottom Ess. Another great photo by Rob MacDonald.
Me going around Bottom Ess. Another great photo by Rob MacDonald.
My son took this one. Tony Jarvis turning left instead of right in the Esses.
My son took this one. Tony Jarvis turning left instead of right in the Esses.
What a lovely scene!
What a lovely scene!

This wasn’t a round of the HSA championship but yesterday’s result leaves me in fifth position, six points ahead of last year’s overall winner, Chris Howard Harris. However, with one round remaining – Curborough on 10 October, I could easily get knocked down the standings.

I didn’t get an entry for next weekend’s Loton Park meeting but will go along anyway and snap some snaps.

Shelsley 19 September 2015

Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb!  So steeped in history and still going strong.

When I arrived it was foggy and the start of practice was delayed.  After about an hour of waiting for it to clear it was decided we would form some cavalcades (this was the term used) and proceed up the hill in groups of six cars in the hope of dispersing the fog.  It seemed a daft idea to me but I was one of the those chosen to participate and it did give me an extra drive up and down the hill. Now, whether we dispersed the fog or whether it just naturally dissipated I don’t know, but after we came down it was decided  that visibility had improved and we could start. However, the delay meant that we only had time for one practice run. At Loton it wouldn’t have mattered to me at all since I know it so well, but the last time I competed at Shelsley was this day five years ago, 19 September 2010, and I could have done with a second practice run to familiarise myself with the pace.  Nevertheless, in the afternoon I managed second in class  to Paul Jones in his Elise 135R so was fairly satisfied.  My Elise ran well and its 200BHP made up for my lack of experience here. My start was excellent – 2.36 at 64ft and my finish speed over the line was best in class – 92, but speed into the Esses (77) was slower than others were doing so tomorrow I’ll try and be braver there and also try to get to Kennel quicker.

This was round 31 of the HSA Championship and my time was a new HSA class record, which will have earned me 16 points ( I couldn’t score maximum points as there were not enough HSA people in the class). My lowest score at the moment is a 14 so I can drop that and add 16 to my total giving me 140 points. Whether this is enough to keep me in the top five only time will tell as I don’t know what other people scored.

Anyway, here are some photos.

Great photo by Sam Walker on Facebook of the fog at the top of the hill.
Another photo by Sam of the commentary box at the top of the Esses this morning.
It was good to see Fyrth Crosse again. The first time I;ve seen him since his bog accident at Werrington. As you can see the Ensign has been rebuilt and now sports the livery from its Formula 2 Monaco race in 1973.
It was good to see Fyrth Crosse again. This was the first time I’ve seen him since his big accident at Werrington last year. As you can see the Ensign has been rebuilt and now sports the livery from its Formula 2 Monaco race in 1973.
The Ensign from the rear.
The Ensign from the rear.
Ifan Davies and Mandy Bartlett from Raglan with their Davrian Mk 6.
Ifan Davies and Mandy Bartlett from Raglan with their Davrian Mk 6. There’s an HSA championship sticker on this car and I think it’s Ifan’s first HSA round! Hope we see more of him next year. And Mandy of course.
Two of my favourite cars and lucky enough to be married to someone who has one of them. Just need a mistress with an Alfa now ;-)
Two of my favourite cars and lucky enough to be married to someone who has one of them. Just need a mistress with an Alfa now 😉
At Shelsley you do not practice in the same classes that you complete in so it's sometimes possible to photograph competitors, which is unusual. Here's Ken Williamson in his Elise.
At Shelsley you do not practice in the same classes that you complete in, so it’s sometimes possible to photograph competitors, which is unusual. Here’s Ted Elwes in Ken Williamson’s Elise.
Simon Hamilton, who we last met at Pembrey in the summer, in his Lotus 2-Eleven.
Simon Hamilton, who we last met at Pembrey in the summer, in his Lotus 2-Eleven.
The variety of cars in the paddock was amazing. Here we have Mark Brett in his 1937 Ballamy Ford V8 Special.
The variety of cars in the paddock was amazing. Here we have Mark Brett in his 1937 Ballamy Ford V8 Special.

Next event… tomorrow, back at Shelsley Walsh. Can’t wait!

And here’s a link to my blog from 19 September 2010 should you be interested.

Drama on the way to Museum

I said in my post about last Saturday’s Loton Park meeting that on my final run I ran wide at Fallow, got back on track momentarily, careered off on the left towards the big tree before finally getting back on the black stuff before Museum.  Well, Gareth Williamson (Gareth Williamson Motorsport Photography) was standing at the top and caught the whole drama. (All photos used with permission).

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Damn. I’m sure Tony Adams said to carry more speed through Fallow.

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Wish that wheel would drop so I can steer out of here better.

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That’s better. But it would be better still on all four wheels.

4

Blimey what am I doing over here now? And what’s with that wheel?

5

Glad I missed that tree.

6

Phew! OK then, now for Museum…

PS. Sorry to all my instructors at the Loton Park Drivers’ School. You must despair of me.