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Thursday 14th August 2003

PH Caterham Day

30 petrolheads and 3 tail happy cars on a disused airfield - it was a recipe for immense fun!


Last weekend we had the first PistonHeads Caterham Slalom Day and what a blast it was! In sweltering heat (hottest day since the big bang apparently), thirty of us lined up to blast around beaten up traffic cones on the old Brooklands runway in Surrey.

Four courses were set up during the course of the day, each one challenging us to put into practice what we'd learned on the previous one at lower speeds. The best thing about the day? The guys from Caterham are egging you on to get the tail out and slide your way around the course!

The cars are prepared by Team Parker Racing and they set them up to be particularly tail happy. Each course finishes with the driver required to do a full donut around the last cone. Cheered on by fellow PHers we all slid blasted around the circuits with huge grins on our faces.

There was an element of competition with each run being timed, but the chance to meet fellow PHers and indulge in some petrolheaded fun on a Saturday couldn't be bettered. And if Caterham don't sell more cars as a result of these events we'd be amazed!


Where's the cone...?

Caterham are busy trying to sort out a number of dates for repeat bookings for us as we know these are going to become very popular days. Weather isn't going to be a problem either - rain will just make it more manic out on the track whilst the spectators continue to sup coffee and eat Caterham's biscuits. Watch this space for news.

Results from 9th August at Brooklands

Place Name Average Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
1 Rex 115.19 21.41 30.09 32.9 30.79
2 PetrolTed 116.08 21.02 30.89 34.1 30.07
3 Painey 116.16 22.69 31.37 30.99 31.11
4 Jason Nemits 117.12 22.13 30.95 33.18 30.86
5 Suggs 117.26 21.61 30.75 34.41 30.49
6 Incorrigible 118.75 20.76 29.45 39.53 29.01
7 MrTony 119.24 24.74 31.19 33.11 30.2
8 Jane Gorringe 119.54 23.28 31.98 32.6 31.68
9 nigelbasson 123.07 24.72 31.04 35.85 31.46
10 Pinbot 124.78 23.52 34.04 34.26 32.96
11 williamp 125.27 23.11 31.61 39.51 31.04
12 mechsympathy 126.57 24.04 32.69 38.09 31.75
13 MikeE 128.89 20.86 29.99 33.77 44.27
14 Gary Duhoney 129.35 23.59 31.85 35.11 38.8
15 jhorsnel 131.57 27.58 36.44 34.12 33.43
16 DustyC 134.86 27.74 33.35 32.5 41.27
17 Pies 136.74 25.28 34.22 34.47 42.77
18 Dipika 136.88 23.54 36.8 38.1 38.44
19 trotter 137.46 22.91 31.24 38.06 45.25
20 miniman 139.69 28.05 39.5 33.99 38.15
21 thub 140.99 31.45 33.1 33.81 42.63
22 James Bingham 144.07 26.86 38.91 37.86 40.44
23 so&so 149.67 24.15 34.17 35.08 56.27
24 [member]Pete Rockey 150.73 26.93 42.07 47.03 34.7
25 RUSS.B 152.08 23.07 33.87 34.29 60.85
26 Christopher Pattison 158.29 22.18 33.91 34.76 67.44
27 Tony Cozens 163.29 24.23 32.1 42.73 64.23
28 Adrian Zacher 190.95 24.13 32.88 33.95 99.99
29 chrispbacon 191.41 25.75 33.4 32.27 99.99
30 SC5011 196.07 21.46 30.61 45 99

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MikeE

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I'd 2nd what Ted says it was a fantastic day marred only by my last run If I'd known 'Rex' was only 0.2 seconds ahead I wouldn't of gone for a 28 second run

Anyway well done to the top 3 and everyone else for making it so much fun

DustyC

12,786 posts

137 months

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So so adictive. I want more!
Like my brother said; " Caterham are no better than drug dealers really, offering us our first taster cheap knowing we will become hooked and just want more and more until we eventually end up buying an R500!"

Great day. The last "do or die" run was my favorite, marred only by my slide slightly over the garage limits to gain a ten second penalty.

(Think thats me in the pic! I expect Pete Rokey had destroyed the cone!)

I will send videos soon, I promise!

thub

1,345 posts

167 months

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If only I'd been able to stop in that there garage...

But the competition wasn't that important, was it? (was it?) It was great fun hooning about. Thanks to all who participated.

Incorrigible

13,653 posts

144 months

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Ted

Can you highlight all the fastest section times please

What a completely fantastic top day can't wait for the next one

Don't know if I'll bring Stubby along though

jeremyc

11,737 posts

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Incorrigible said:
Don't know if I'll bring Stubby along though
Good call - I have to admit to some trepidation giving a passenger ride at the end.

Damn and blast it - there is already a PHer stubby - it'll have to be stubbypete then.
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Pies

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139 months

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Absolute superb day anybody even half contemplating doing one of these stop thinking and do it

Nacnud

2,187 posts

152 months

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Sounds like a top day out!
I'll be watching for future dates.

DustyC

12,786 posts

137 months

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Incorrigible,
Now I know why you wanted the top 3 highlighted for each course!
Well done, you should enter the academy!

Interesting to see the results like this

Green = 1st
Amber = 2nd
Red = 3rd

trotter

4 posts

131 months

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Must say I certainly had fun. Upon pulling in to the car park I was dismayed to see it full of TVR's, Caterhams etc. When I saw drivers with racing boots and gloves on I thought the die was cast. However, it's good to see that my fears were unfounded and that a lot of you were even worse drivers than me.

Count me in when the next one is on.

DustyC

12,786 posts

137 months

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I think we saved the day for some by turning up in a works van!

MikeE

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trotter said:
When I saw drivers with racing gloves on I thought the die was cast.


AFAIK there was only one driver there taking it all too seriously wearing his driving gloves, some bloke called Ted I think? ()

DustyC

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MikeE said:

trotter said:
When I saw drivers with racing gloves on I thought the die was cast.



AFAIK there was only one driver there taking it all too seriously wearing his driving gloves, some bloke called Ted I think? ()


I guess he must have been putting the gloves and boots on when they told us the course directions

MikeGF

696 posts

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THis sounds like a great day!! WHen is the next one at Brooklands, and how much? Count me in!!

Cheers
Mike

PetrolTed

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186 months

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I get sweaty mitts when I get excited all right

Caterham came back to me today. They're working on a number of dates at Silverstone. Brooklands is hard to obtain but they are in negotiations for another venue in the south

Pies

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139 months

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Asda car park should be big enough

mr_tony

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quality day out, superbly organised by ted and the caterham crew.

even better I didn't hit anything this time
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