Mikey Bikeys attempt at sprinting - Car 1

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Mikey Bikeys attempt at sprinting - Car 1

Post by MikeyBikey » Mon Feb 10, 2014 6:48 pm

Well I’ve finally decided to have a go at sprinting.

I have attended a few RSSOC organised track events and its confirmed the fact I have a very heavy right foot that is connected to only 1 part of my brain.

Speed.

I’ve kinda known this for too long. When I hear a (proper) engine, revving or ticking over, my heart genuinely starts to race. Adrenalin is pumped into my veins and I’m 12 ¾ years old thinking, speed, speed, speed. Even now attending events I am known to run to cars just to hear them. I am excited just writing this and I’m 50 in 4 weeks time.. :roll: :roll:

So I’m going to take my poor 5a

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and turn it into

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wannabe.

I’ve applied for the RSSOC Academy and was very fortunate to secure the Curborough package; Basically they will pay for my entry for the fantastic curbs weekend Sunday sprint.

This has been a catalyst. Budget was a worry; Also I live a long way away (falmouth, cornwall) , I have no garage and no tow vehicle or trailer..

However importantly the support from the fellow compies and other members of this forum is just second to none. It really has been the tipping point and so now it’s

“now or never matey; speak up or forever hold your peace….”

So I’m not expecting lots of blogs on this thread. I’ll ask questions on my original project thread and post the results on this one so hopefully this one will track the progress. (or not :D :D )
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Re: Mikey Bikeys attempt at sprinting - Car 1

Post by Corky » Mon Feb 10, 2014 6:52 pm

The very best of luck Mike. Looking forward to seeing you out on track :D :D :D


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Re: Mikey Bikeys attempt at sprinting - Car 1

Post by MikeyBikey » Mon Feb 10, 2014 7:03 pm

So progress so far

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fitted

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bit too low so i've had to lift it.


I have a five speed currently fitted but that is not roadgoing compliant so I've purchased an original 4 speed.


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However if had the wrong input shaft for my bellhousing so I've managed to take a longer input shaft and had it fitted to this. I want to keep to cable clutch which is what the five speed had, so i can also revert back (as if !!)

and a high torque starter. This wasn't instigated by the sprinting just a need to have a decent spinning starter.
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Re: Mikey Bikeys attempt at sprinting - Car 1

Post by MikeyBikey » Mon Feb 10, 2014 7:05 pm

I have also purchased a s/h suit

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:roll: :roll:

and some ex Williams F1 boots :lol:

Steve Oaks has kindly offered me a helmet but i have a horrible feeling it might be too small but we'll find out at the test day in march

The last few weeks hasn't all been spending. I've started to rent a garage 4 doors down. Its 1.5 cars wide so its ok but soooooo damp and full of junk.I 've cleared it out and lined it with polythene which, for a budget, has worked very well. I've also moved all my car stuff into it.

I have also secured another axle (lsd) from the incredibly hospitable Will. Yet to fit.

I've also been in a quandry about wheels as my current tyres are not on any approved list; But they were new last year so i'm trying to secure some more on a budget but I think i've messed up there.

I bought these

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but they're 7 1/2" wide and the offset is worse that i researched so no good. Plus the tyres were advertised a good and so i was going to use them elsewhere but they're not really.

James has also offered some 1B's but i'm trying to avoid that just yet !! But again just shows the compies mentality. All very supportive including lots of pm's. Thanks.
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Re: Mikey Bikeys attempt at sprinting - Car 1

Post by Corky » Mon Feb 10, 2014 7:28 pm

That picture makes it look like you're about to go and compete against Jim Clarke and Graham Hill :lol:

Sorry, couldn't resist...


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Re: Mikey Bikeys attempt at sprinting - Car 1

Post by MikeyBikey » Mon Feb 10, 2014 7:42 pm

Corky wrote:That picture makes it look like you're about to go and compete against Jim Clarke and Graham Hill :lol:

Sorry, couldn't resist...
Its a ski helmet. I couldn't not try the suit out without trying to look the part. (plus i'd put the balaclava on the wrong way around :roll: :roll: )


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Post by Scimher » Mon Feb 10, 2014 8:29 pm

Good luck & all best wishes, Mikey......& to your lovely 'long-suffering' car.



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Post by Only1cliff » Mon Feb 10, 2014 8:35 pm

Keep up the good work, look forward to reading your progress.


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Re: Mikey Bikeys attempt at sprinting - Car 1

Post by Lukeyboy46 » Mon Feb 10, 2014 10:42 pm

Good luck Mike! Really looking forward to seeing you give it some beans!


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Re: Mikey Bikeys attempt at sprinting - Car 1

Post by Oaksey » Mon Feb 10, 2014 10:46 pm

This is my kind of thread - bright yellow 5a being made to go faster :D

Does "car 1" hint there may be another in future?


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Re: Mikey Bikeys attempt at sprinting - Car 1

Post by MikeyBikey » Mon Feb 10, 2014 10:58 pm

:oops:

my history with competition and car longevity isn't brilliant.
I did a bit of charity style banger racing for a couple of seasons and whereass others could make car last 1/2 a season mine normally lasted 1/2 a race until the red mist took over

:roll: :roll:

And the 5a is on its 4th engine !!


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Post by Only1cliff » Tue Feb 11, 2014 12:12 am

Oaksey wrote:This is my kind of thread - bright yellow 5a being made to go faster :D

Does "car 1" hint there may be another in future?
Just being yellow makes it faster. Well that's what im telling myself :D


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Post by Roger Pennington » Tue Feb 11, 2014 1:34 am

Good luck Mike! :D


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Post by lozzzzzz » Tue Feb 11, 2014 8:10 am

4th Engine!!!!

Mechanical sympathy? (what's that :) )


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Re: Mikey Bikeys attempt at sprinting - Car 1

Post by nickkeyser » Tue Feb 11, 2014 8:13 am

Best of luck! Looking forward to seeing you out on track, if your test days are anything to go by then you should be rather competitive!

I assume its 'car 1' because you know, deep down, that you need to swap it for an SS1; AKA car 2.


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