Mallory Park 25 May 2009

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Mallory Park 25 May 2009

Post by BigBobPilot » Wed May 13, 2009 11:47 pm

Just a quick note to let folks know that the Classic Sports Car Club "Swinging 60's" race series are racing at Mallory Park on 25th May (Bank holiday Monday). Qualifying in the morning with racing in the afternoon. Paul Turnbull will be there in his Orange SE5 #14. I believe John Leslie will also be there in his Sabre 6 #4, the entry list is not yet finalised, but there will be many more classic cars (including a 3L Marcos #75). The Swinging 60's race is 40 minutes with mandatory pit-stop, so there is plenty of action to see. Also racing are: Future classics (40 mins); Ginetta Heritage race (20 mins); Classic Triumph (30 mins); open Sports v Saloons challenge and others. My supply of free tickets is already taken, so I've got none to offer up - sorry.


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Post by Raz987 » Wed May 13, 2009 11:59 pm

Might come and watch.


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Post by Raz987 » Thu May 21, 2009 8:26 am

I will be coming to watch, do either you or Paul need a hand?


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Post by CNHSS1 » Thu May 21, 2009 9:18 am

Raz987 wrote:I will be coming to watch, do either you or Paul need a hand?
No Raz, both their cars are assembled and run OK :lol:

(sorry mate couldnt resist, sure you'll get me back)

cant make it im afraid Chaps, but will be rooting for ya.

good luck 8)

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Post by BigBobPilot » Thu May 21, 2009 6:02 pm

Hey Raz, it will be good to see you. I guess your taking a rest from all the jobs on your car... I think me & Danny are ready, but come on over. You never know what's to do after qualifying! I've not got any spare tickets left, but Paul might have a spare that he can put on the gate for you?

The Future Classics are racing straight after us, so you'll be able to see what's running in that at the moment.

I just hope the weather is decent...


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Post by Raz987 » Thu May 21, 2009 9:39 pm

BigBobPilot wrote:I've not got any spare tickets left, but Paul might have a spare that he can put on the gate for you?
He's already sent me two :D


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Post by turbster » Tue May 26, 2009 7:37 pm

The weather was better than predicted towards the end of last week and it looked like being a fine day..

I got the car off the trailer and took the bonnet off to see my anti roll bar drop link hanging down :roll: This wasn't an issue as it would just fasten back on, but it must've happened at Anglesey as the bracket holding it to the wishbone on the other side had pulled through the two bolts holding it to the wishbone. The car had been in storage since Anglesey and I'd not been able to do my usual checks..

Now Ben and Danny had arrived, and we got on with drilling a hole in the bracket to fasten it via one bolt which should hold for the race!!??

OK drama over and on to quailifying. I only did 11 laps as I'd got a few good traffic free ones in, and was pretty sure I couldn't go any faster, so my fastest was a 0:53:293 which put me 3rd on the grid, behind a TR5 and a Lotus 7, and there .600 behind me were Ben and Danny in 4th in their Marcos....this is going to be fun :D

We lined up on the grid and I really had to concentrated on getting the start right as a there to my left was Danny looking very serious...

The lights went out and I got away well, the TR took the lead into Gerrards, followed by the 7, myself with Danny behind. The 7 got away but I managed to close back up through the esses and got him under braking into the hairpin...2nd! Not for long though as my car wasn't too quick out of the tight hairpin and he got along side me before I could block, he was through and pulled away by around half a second per lap as per the difference in qualifying. I tried to drop Danny for the next 10 or so laps but the Marcos stayed around 3-4 car lenths behind me, then we started to lap the slower cars and I was a bit more aggressive with them allowing me to build up a bigger margin before my pit stop..

I came into the pits behind a Spitfire which stopped suddenly preventing me from leaving space to get out if he was slower, after a good stop this was the case and shouting at my Dad (sorry) to push me back as you cannot reverse under power in the pit lane, I got away with around 10 seconds lost...

I came out of the pits and a red Marcos shaped blur appeared in my mirror and swept around my outside into Gerrards... The chase was on :wink: I got within a few car lenths and the only place I was quicker was through the Esses up to the hairpin, I tried to get down the inside into the hairpin under braking several times, but Danny was wise to this and closed the door and got much better drive out every time and opened the gap again, I got a good run and we were side by side going into the braking zone I was on the inside again and along side as we approached the corner, I've got him, at this point the door was firmly closed causing me to lock up as that's the last car I want to T-bone :lol: We exited and the battle continued.. As we came into the Esses a Midget was in our way and this slowed Danny a little more than me as the Midget moved more off line for me, I had a run and went to the outside this time, Danny covered and pulled to the outside at which point I jinked to the inside forcing him wide at the apex as he was on the outside, I blocked on the exit knowing he'd have me on acceleration given half a chance and I was through 8) That was fun!!! The rest of the race was less eventful and I never saw Ben in his stint driving the car.

As the results came through it was smiles all round as I was 2nd to the TR and Ben/Danny were 3rd....what a result :D

Raz and Emma were there and taking pictures, so he may be along with some later...

Thanks for reading and it's Oulton Park next on Saturday 13th June....

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Post by Raz987 » Tue May 26, 2009 11:19 pm

orange5 wrote:Raz and Emma were there and taking pictures, so he may be along with some later...
Correct :lol:

Paul tries to get up the inside of the Se7en through Gerrards on the first lap:

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Paul drives around the outside of Danny at the Esses:

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2nd and 3rd place, but no trophies! :lol: Unlucky guys.

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More tomorrow.
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Post by BigBobPilot » Thu May 28, 2009 9:24 pm

Great pictures Raz and good to see you there on the day. 2nd is Pauls best result since he started racing, and 3rd mine (shared drive with Danny in the Marcos). We were all really pleased , although it might not look that way in the mug shot.

Paul's really making his Scimitar be noticed in the paddock (it looks pretty & is well prepared) and on the track (it goes fast and so does the driver) and is raising the profile of Scimitars. It might seem obvious, but I thought I'd mention it anyway. He keeps getting mentions in Motor Sport News too in the club racing reports. All very good. I may seem a bit hypercritical, having abandoned my Scimitar for a Marcos, but when oppurtunities come along you have to grasp at them sometimes...

Anyway enough of bigging him up - Oulton looks like it could be interesting Paul!


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Post by CNHSS1 » Thu May 28, 2009 11:24 pm

i think Ben has a good point about Paul, hes doing a great job of improving the image of scimitars which will ultimately benefit us all. More marque interest, more value to our cars (some see that as a bad thing though..) but has huge benefits for the Club when it tries to get insurance deals, track hire, advertising and show space, and has the added benefit of keeping the few traders/specialists that still have a soft spot for scimitars interested in stocking, servicing and developing the cars and parts.

just a shame Pauls is one of those old funny estate Scimitars :lol:

Seriously though, a massive achievement to get so far up the Classic racing ladder in a short space of time. Ive seen the cars they are competing against and some of the prep levels are stunning, and the money ploughed into them is scary :shock: :shock: .
Great to see Team Turnbull (Paul and Pops) flying the Scimitar flag 8)

Ben is shy about shouting about his exploits on these pages as his current circuit steed isnt a scimitar, but nonetheless a mega result for a 'new' car with very little running and sod-all development yet. good advert for Ben and Dannys driving and of course Dannys 'Iain-Daniels-make-old-crates-go-silly-fast' prep business 8)

OK enough of being nice, its making me queezy. Has anyone else noticed that Bens sat down and still as tall as Danny and Paul? how the hell do Ben and Danny both fit in that Marcos 'GTE in a frock' ??!? :lol:


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Post by philhoward » Thu May 28, 2009 11:38 pm

Craig being nice? Hang on - let me print that page out for posterity...

Your turn now, CNH - now you've trounced the Ferraris its time to set your sights on the Locaterfields...or to keep things on a level(ish) pegging, beat everything with a roof...

Paul - cracking result, matey! Keep up the good work..

Ben/Danny - it may not be a Scimitar, but its raising the profile of the fibreglass bodied British Sportscars that don't have the letters V, R and T, or come from Hethel....


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Post by CNHSS1 » Fri May 29, 2009 12:04 am

Phil,
actually i have had to bow my head in shame as i was well and truly stuffed by Ben in 'Big Bob' at Anglesey both days :oops: :cry:
Ben was flying, absolutely 'on it' and a pleasure to watch from the pit wall after my runs (i even ran through the paddock to get there to watch, commitment or what!!)
as we all know BIg Bobs a fire breathing monster, but our new scoring regime actually tells a different story...
'Bob' is 120kg heavier and has 7hp LESS than the Batmobile, so not only did i have a bhp/kg advantage, i still got beaten :cry:

A certain Mr Daniels (yes the short one in the picture earlier :evil: :wink: ) suggested i would never live it down, being thrashed by a 'breadvan with a bloody carb!!' :lol:

well done Ben, like my school reports always said 'Hughes must try harder' :lol:


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Post by philhoward » Fri May 29, 2009 12:29 am

I've got a carb exactly the same as on Big Bob sitting in my spares cupboard, all reconned and ready to go.....make me an offer :wink:

Ah well, as they say - the most important nut on a car holding it together is the one grabbing the steering wheel..

Need to get that anti-lag working - or get one of the old-fashioned superchargy thingies..

As you know, Craig -sod the bhp figures - its torque that wins!


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Post by Nick_F » Fri May 29, 2009 10:02 am

CNHSS1 wrote:Has anyone else noticed that Bens sat down and still as tall as Danny and Paul? how the hell do Ben and Danny both fit in that Marcos 'GTE in a frock' ??!? :lol:
Midget racing?

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Post by CNHSS1 » Fri May 29, 2009 10:04 am

I believe thats now illegal in some countries...


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