Thoresby Park 16 September 2012

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Re: Thoresby Park 16th Sept

Post by Corky » Sun Sep 16, 2012 7:55 pm

Thanks for posting the photos, and thanks for coming over to say hello. Your SS1 looked very nice in the lineup with the other classic cars.

Jim, the track is narrow and tricky and comprises of several different surfaces. There are two narrow chicanes marked out by barrels. A few of the barrels have tennis balls on them. Knock a ball off and 1 second is added to your time.
At first glance it looks more like an auto test, but after a few runs you start to get your eye in and it's quite good fun.
No where near as challenging as Loton park and not as much fun as Curborough. But it is what it is, and It was a good day out. Thoroughly enjoyed myself :)


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Re: Thoresby Park 16th Sept

Post by dt4 » Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:34 pm

No problem on the photos, I have a few more I will put on when I get 5 mins.
A nice old gent came over to us in the car park and asked if were going on the "parade", not wanting to seem rude we joined the convoy and ended up getting talked about over the tannoy, photgraphed and got a sedate run up the sprint course as a bonus.
Nice to speak to you and good to see yours and the 5's going up the track.



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Re: Thoresby Park 16th Sept

Post by red rocket » Sun Sep 16, 2012 9:09 pm

In the words of Mr Hughes , times chaps, what were the times? :twisted:


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Re: Thoresby Park 16th Sept

Post by b.c.flat hat » Sun Sep 16, 2012 9:17 pm

How do! Blooming awful Jim, when "too tall Paul" nicks it by a smidgin! However, it's a classic " Middle of the deer park" sort of track, very narrow, chicanes made of 5 gal oil barrels, some filled with sand( stay clear of them) some with sneeky tennis balls placed in the filler holes (stay away from those as well, 1 sec penalty if you shift the balls and there's no argueing!). It's a flat sprint track, about 1/2 mile long, in the open and amongst the trees, the straw bales are gi'normous, the operation is slick and well organised but it's not very good for spectators. The midlanders are friendly and speak english! I reckon it suits the smaller upstart wedges rather than the proper Reliants with pedigree!
As usual though, I had a cracking day out, regards, Failed Rain Dancer.



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Re: Thoresby Park 16th Sept

Post by Corky » Sun Sep 16, 2012 9:18 pm

Sorry, I don't have the times to hand. All I know is that Paul and Brian were 65 point something. My best was a 59 point something.


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Re: Thoresby Park 16th Sept

Post by scimjim » Sun Sep 16, 2012 9:21 pm

b.c.flat hat wrote:How do! Blooming awful Jim, when "too tall Paul" nicks it by a smidgin! However, it's a classic " Middle of the deer park" sort of track, very narrow, chicanes made of 5 gal oil barrels...... It's a flat sprint track, about 1/2 mile long, in the open and amongst the trees
Sounds like a cross between Wiscombe Park and Debden? :D


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Re: Thoresby Park 16th Sept

Post by b.c.flat hat » Sun Sep 16, 2012 9:22 pm

I dun'now why Craig is interested in times, unless e's seeing how much more money e's gotta spend on 'is cheesey thing to try to beat the "ones with Pedigree!"
I haven't been to Wivlescombe but imagine Debden 8ft wide, loads more trees and barrels and much shorter, thats about it.



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Re: Thoresby Park 16th Sept

Post by CNHSS1 » Sun Sep 16, 2012 9:27 pm

Its like a sunday stage from an 80's Lombard RAC rally! Surface isnt the best these days, not great for uber low or slick shod, but fine for the 'commercials' or sporty scims on 1bs. It was always a fave of mine in my CVH car, great fun.

Wiscombe is in a different league, as a hill, venue and the requirement for a big 'pair' imho.


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Re: Thoresby Park 16th Sept

Post by CNHSS1 » Sun Sep 16, 2012 9:30 pm

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My cars been in retirement and you pedigree drivers ( Read: fit for dog food!) still havent come up with a worthy advesary, talk is cheap, times is where its at ;-)

That said Red Rockets getting a bit quick, bit too close for comfort....


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Re: Thoresby Park 16th Sept

Post by b.c.flat hat » Mon Sep 17, 2012 11:14 am

How do! For Tearaway Trevor and Cruncher Craig I've just raided Mrs Pit Crews hand bag and from her un-official notebook, times were as follows:-

Competitors........................... Steve Cork...............Paul Andrews...........Brian Crouch.
1st Practice...............................66.92.....................68.91.....................71.46
2nd Practice..............................63.51.....................67.06.....................67.18

1st Timed Run............................60.81.....................65.97.....................66.97
2nd Timed Run...........................59.09.....................66.53 :lol: ................66.54 :roll:
3rd Timed Run...........................59.26......................64.61....................65.48

Steve wins the day in his SST and Paul the road-going battle!



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Re: Thoresby Park 16th Sept

Post by red rocket » Mon Sep 17, 2012 12:10 pm

Good work chaps :lol: Now who's out at Prescott :?:


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Re: Thoresby Park 16th Sept

Post by dt4 » Mon Sep 17, 2012 1:23 pm

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Re: Thoresby Park 16th Sept

Post by Corky » Mon Sep 17, 2012 2:48 pm

red rocket wrote:Good work chaps :lol: Now who's out at Prescott :?:
I'm afraid that's it from me for this season. I can't do any of the remaining events, as much as I'd love to. :(


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Re: Thoresby Park 16th Sept

Post by Nick » Mon Sep 17, 2012 4:43 pm

Based on Brian's times this would give 25 points to Paul, and about 24 to Brian and Steve.

Is this a venue Compies would like to see stay on the callendar? It would make Sept fairly crowded, but Wiscombe/Gurston arguably are not competitors to Thoresby.


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Re: Thoresby Park 16th Sept

Post by Corky » Mon Sep 17, 2012 4:50 pm

It's handy for us Northerners, but the track isn't too inspiring. It was a good day out, but the surfaces were pretty abysmal TBH. There was too much dust/stones and the chicanes were pretty green, not to mention the terrible camber of the final straight. It was difficult to build confidence as finding grip wasn't easy. The road surface on the main straight was a bit pot holed, which made choosing a braking point into the final chicane quite tricky.

I'd do it again if it was on the calendar, but I'd rather do something else if it was within a couple of hours drive.

I can't take anything away from the organisers though, they did a cracking job and should be applauded.


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