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Nickname: starmist starmist's car
Name: Andrew Vickers
Member Since: 20th February 2004
Total Posts: 1,050
Occupation: BDM 
Region: Warwickshire 
Country: United Kingdom 
Notes: Update 29/10/06

I completed a full season in Supergraduates and wone the Novice Trophy, came second in the Four Nations Cup by 4 points and was placed 5th overall. I have just completed the Birkett 6 hour, and didn't disgrace myself, despite the rest of the team driving more powerful Megagraduates (I even manged the fastest lap of the team). I will compete the Supergrads again next year, looking for a top 3 placing, and if I manage to keep the accident damamge bill down, will convert the car to Megagrads spec for 2008.

I gave up fast road cars after the Griffith and the M3 CSL, and now do what I've always wanted to and that's motor racing. I bought a Caterham Graduates Series Supergraduates spec car in September 05 and competed in this series in 06. The biggest learning curve when you start racing is the bun fight in the first couple of laps you just can't practise for. This is where I was losing places and using the rest of the race to claw those places back and staying clean as others slither off in front of me (must be the paint job!). I surprised myself by winning the 2nd and 3rd rounds of the series (Silverstone and Snetterton) and ending 2nd at Oulton despite being 15th after the first corner.

Before this I had an M3 CSL for 3 months after selling my Griff. The reasoning being that if I sold my works car as well I could have a newer (and more reliable) car to fill both the everyday and hooligan roles required. The CSL fitted the bill (if you omit the 23mpg and 950 GBP for a set of tyres) until I did a trackday in it and found it less exciting than the Griff. Given the additional expense (a set of front tyres per track day) it was a non starter, so it had to go. The good thing was I got all my money back, despite increasing the mileage from 10500 to 15000!

I had my Griffith 500 from Easter 2002 until Summer 2005 and developed the car to hone it into what suits me exactly. I did some track days and learned how to drive nearer it's limits without it scaring my pants off.

The Car:-
95N Griffith 500HC in Starmist Blue with full Magnolia Hide.

The Mods:-
Recored Radiator
TVR Power Taraka cam and engine rebuild (no plenum mods)
Baffled sump plate
Blue Silicone water hoses
ACT triple 50mm throttle plenum & airbox
Mark Adams chip
Weber Maserati Green Top Injectors
Blue Magnecor HT Leads
Hot start relay mod
Blue Silicone AFM - air filter hose
Bosch Air Flow Meter
ACT Stainless Manifolds and Twin Racing Cats
JP Sports silencer
Wilwood Superlite 4 piston racing front calipers and 300mm vented disks on alloy bells
Braided steel brake lines
Modwise boot kit
Red Superflex Polybushes
Nitron Suspension, set up by Steve Guglielmi
Rose jointed anti roll bars
Sparco FIA race seats
Oh, and a little Union Jack badge on the back!