Curborough spectators
Curborough spectators
Quite a crowd came to watch.

This was my first sprint of the year  – a Shenstone & District Car Club members’ sprint. There were no classes and no awards but there were six timed runs and although it was cold and overcast it didn’t rain so we could all try as hard as we liked. I tried pretty hard but just could not break that elusive 40 second barrier and didn’t even beat my personal best of 40.17 set on my sloppy old suspension. Very annoying.  Since changing my coilovers the car has a tendency to oversteer and I lose time coming out of the final corner.  Anyway, apart from that it was an enjoyable day and I met up again with Alan and Nick Mugglestone who have been busy over the winter and seem to have a car (and the skills) to break all MX5 class records in 2011. It will certainly be interesting with Nick head to head with Tony Thomas in his two litre Mk 3 and Alan thinking of putting slicks on for his runs and having a bit of fun with Paul Webster in class C2. All good fun !  There was a third MX5 at Curborough driven by Ken Christopher a Curborough regular. While Ken’s car was absolutely bog standard, he does have a couple of aftermarket hips under his racing overalls.  Ken managed a time of 46.75 without any fiddling with his car or with tyre pressures. Not bad when you consider he is eighty-one years of age. It was a privilege to meet him.

The fastest time of the day was John Bradburn in a 3.5 litre Gould GR55  with 27.49 seconds.  Alan did a 37.61, Nick a 38.23 and I managed a 40.22. All other results here:

My next event is Loton Park on 24th April – an HSA championship event.

And here are a few photos.

Nick, Alan and Ken - 20 something to 80 something.
Nick changing springs between runs.
Alan and Nick's engine.
Another shot of the little Mazda twin cam engine.

More photos –

Professional photos – of all cars on all runs can be found at Rhodospin Photography’s website, here: S&DCC Spring Sprint 2011 .

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