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robg2

286 posts

101 months

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Thursday 16th August 2012 quote quote all
dom187 said:
On the day we we get a drivers briefing? As this is my first track day I wanna make sure I follow any rules smile
Come and find me (red Nova), my brother (black Holden) or David (silver 924) and we'll look after you if you're unsure.

rtv

180 posts

55 months

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Thursday 16th August 2012 quote quote all
Ah, the red peril returns to our tarmac! Good times!

Just taken registration offline. That's it for this event folks. Added a weather report too, it's looking rather warm! See you all over the weekend gents, I'll be the one making sure you're on the list on the gate! Sweets gladly recieved.....

We can't wait!

dom187

27 posts

32 months

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Thursday 16th August 2012 quote quote all
robg2 said:
Come and find me (red Nova), my brother (black Holden) or David (silver 924) and we'll look after you if you're unsure.
Thanks guys, I will be the guy who looks lost with a black RX7.

rtv

180 posts

55 months

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Thursday 16th August 2012 quote quote all
You'll get on just fine Dom, you'll be amongst like minded fools! The pit lane is a friendly place to be. There is another RX7 booked in but I can't remember which day he's coming on though!

B'stard Child

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7,314 posts

132 months

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Friday 17th August 2012 quote quote all
dom187 said:
robg2 said:
Come and find me (red Nova), my brother (black Holden) or David (silver 924) and we'll look after you if you're unsure.
Thanks guys, I will be the guy who looks lost with a black RX7.
Seriously - do find them........ All of them offer really good instruction either as a guiding passenger in your car while you drive helping you build up confidence or if you hop in with them as a passenger

One word of warning - Robg2 - that red nova - don't follow his lines into the corners until you have several days at marham under your belt and understand exactly what he does with the car ;-)

Stuart and David follow them any time and you'll be fine biggrin

Gutted to miss Marham for the first time since it started but it clashes with another event that I help at so I'll be runing up prescott hill - last ever outing for the Monza before most of it gets fragged

Hope you all have a great day


Edited by B'stard Child on Friday 17th August 00:22

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Spottedlaurel

157 posts

55 months

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Friday 17th August 2012 quote quote all
Have a good time at RRG Ian! The tyres you very kindly sourced for me are all fitted-up, I'm looking out the window at Camry on 17's as I type and it looks quite purposeful if I do say so myself.

Hoping it won't be too warm...

Quietlybonkers

9,062 posts

30 months

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Friday 17th August 2012 quote quote all
Spottedlaurel said:
Hoping it won't be too warm...
Stonking forecast - 27-30 degrees in the afternoons. My TVR will be melting, as will its driver, sitting next to a V8 heater......

2BarTurbo

113 posts

26 months

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Friday 17th August 2012 quote quote all
Anyway I can get in for sunday? Please please please please!

Quietlybonkers

9,062 posts

30 months

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Saturday 18th August 2012 quote quote all
Day 1 brilliant - well done guys. Shame about the early doors this afternoon, but that was thanks to the cars, not the organisers.
I am only a novice, but I loved the afternoon track, as it was less of a bugger to drive.

Edited by Quietlybonkers on Saturday 18th August 21:08

Quietlybonkers

9,062 posts

30 months

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Saturday 18th August 2012 quote quote all
robg2 said:
Come and find me (red Nova), my brother (black Holden) or David (silver 924) and we'll look after you if you're unsure.
Thanks guys, you were a great help to me and my son-in-law - see you tomorrow

Spottedlaurel

157 posts

55 months

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Saturday 18th August 2012 quote quote all
Yes, an excellent day today. Thanks to all who lay this on for us to enjoy!

The reverse track was interesting, as noted above it's a shame we didn't have a little more time on it but hopefully it will be repeated next year.

I managed 115 miles on the track, and despite a few curious noises it happily got me home on the same tyres and even with the same fuel in that I'd started the day. Not bad for something that I bought last year for £250...

Edited by Spottedlaurel on Sunday 19th August 20:12

trev4

122 posts

48 months

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Saturday 18th August 2012 quote quote all
Got to agree fantastic day and my son only span the chim once,he has still got a big grin on his face a big thanks to all at RAF Marham.

Quietlybonkers

9,062 posts

30 months

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Sunday 19th August 2012 quote quote all
Thanks again to George and all his crew for a great day. Hope I suitably scared a few of your younger volunteers with fast rides in the morning in my TVR. Big TVR grins all around.
My thanks also to Stuart and David, Stuart for driving my car and approving, and David driving me round in his Porsche and showing me some very different lines. You guys both helped me improve out of all recognition and actually make a reasonable fist of getting around the circuits in decent style.driving

dom187

27 posts

32 months

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Sunday 19th August 2012 quote quote all
Just to echo what others have said, great event many thanks to the organisers for all their hard work in making it happen.

Thanks to Stuart and the guys for taking me under your wing(s), also great to meet some like minded individuals.

Roll on April!


chevin

81 posts

82 months

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Monday 20th August 2012 quote quote all
Quietlybonkers said:
Thanks again to George and all his crew for a great day. Hope I suitably scared a few of your younger volunteers with fast rides in the morning in my TVR. Big TVR grins all around.
My thanks also to Stuart and David, Stuart for driving my car and approving, and David driving me round in his Porsche and showing me some very different lines. You guys both helped me improve out of all recognition and actually make a reasonable fist of getting around the circuits in decent style.driving
You're very welcome. I'd like to echo your thanks to George and the team. A great weekend. The reverse track was, as mentioned by others, both faster and smoother. For that reason I still prefer the more technical original, but maybe that's just me...

rtv

180 posts

55 months

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Monday 20th August 2012 quote quote all
Where to begin!

Firstly on behalf of myself, George and all the other staff, thank you to all the drivers and passengers that came to our event this weekend. It was our pleasure to host you all once more after a two year break! I'm glad to read your feedback, we very much welcome it, good or bad, it's the only way we know if anything needs improvement!

A couple of persone notes,

firstly thanks to Chris Brown for the massive bag of sweets you left with me a the gate, they were greatly appriciated by all the staff!
Stuart, thnaks for letting George and Keith take the helm of your 375 bhp (at the wheels gents!) beast, they both had grins like cheshire cats afterwards!
Quietlybonkers, watching how you started out on the Saturday morning and then comparing it to how you were Sunday afternoon was very impressive, you certainly seemed to find your groove and get more and more out of the TVR with every lap, very well done!
Dom, I hope the front splitter isn't too hard to reattach mate, the RX7 did sound rather fruity I must say!
Spottedlaurel, it was nice to meet you and watch the mighty camry rocking round the track!

It was without doubt a great weekend, we are hoping that once the world knows we are back, our events will continue with the same level of success next year.

To you all, our heartfelt thanks, you have all contributed towards the £5000+ we raised for charity over the weekend.

There are photos and videos a'plenty, and once I've had a chance to catch my breath and sort through them, I'll put some up on the site and a few here.

Highlights of the weekend for me, so many to chose from! Here's 2 or 3.

Stuart decided he was going to put the Holden on the dyno on Saturday lunch time.

rtv "What sort of power are you expecting mate?"
SG "I'd be happy with 275-280 at the wheels."

Dan does his thing with the dyno

Dan "Yeah it's made 375 at the wheels"
SG "It made what?!?! You're kidding me???"

Seeing the ear to ear grin on your face was priceless Stuart!

Going out in Andy's E60 M5 on the Sunday, he saw 184 on the main runway and the rate that car puts on speed is something else. Also, his exhaust soounds almost (but not quite!) as good as your homemade one Stuart!

And finally, just watching a bunch of like minded folk enjoying themselves, meeting old friends and making new ones was a pleasure to watch.

Only downside from me was the poor chap with the Saab (can't remember your name fella, sorry!) who's big end let go on the last lap he was going to do! Hope you get it fixed soon mate.

We will return in the Spring, now I'm going to try and get some sleep and hope my sunburn fades.....

Rob Swanson


Edited by rtv on Monday 20th August 08:52

Quietlybonkers

9,062 posts

30 months

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Monday 20th August 2012 quote quote all
Re-reading, I haven't thanked Stuart enough for all his help, intelligent thought (I know, it doesn't go with the hairstyleeek), showing me the lines and braking points in the mighty beast, and putting up with me constantly wittering (sorry RAF chaps I know, that's a rival base) on at him all weekend. Along with the base crew, you really made the difference to my weekend Stuart. Hope I see you again before too long. beer

2woody

846 posts

96 months

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Monday 20th August 2012 quote quote all
Aw, shucks thumbup

Actually, it's rather nice to be able to spread the joy a little, be it by coaching drivers or taking willing passengers around - or even letting the organising team have a go. Sorry about your holiday George.

I'd like to add my heartfelt thanks to the organising team - I think everyone was glad to be back on track again after an enforced break. We do all appreciate the effort that you put in. Not only in organising this event, but during your day-to-day jobs, too - keeping us safe at home and abroad deserves at least as much thanks.

The reverse track was kinda interesting, being much more "traction-limited". It was a good experiment, although after 1000+ laps going the "proper" way round, I'm far off saying that it's better. Well done for having the balls to pursue it, though.

I'm also glad that everyone liked the Holden - other than some minor cooling issues at 150+, it didn't miss a beat all weekend. Even returned 30+ mpg on the way home, too. I have a list of things to do to it over the winter, like better brakes and some handling tweaks and adding silencers (ok, so I'm joking about the silencers). The car will be back next year whilst I've got the Opel Evo off the road.

I should also say thanks for letting me drive the TVR - it truly surprised me how "neat" the handling was - and how difficult it was to get out of line, altough I really wasn't trying that hard in someone elses pride-and-joy.

I understand that there was some potential "argy-bargy" at the end of Sunday. Drivers would do well to remember to leave their emotion at the door when they get in. Red mist has no place behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.

Lastly, for those wishing to improve their car-control skills, I recommend buying a cheap car, installing a roll-cage to make it overweight and equipping it with 63 horsepower. Try chasing Lotus Elises through corners in that!

robg2

286 posts

101 months

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Monday 20th August 2012 quote quote all
Er, yes - the Nova was condemned by Mr Dyno Man to be very lean at high engine speeds and putting out a whopping great 63bhp at the wheels. I suspect there's something wrong there, although it doesn't really feel much slower than 'normal'. Still, it's had no real attention in the 10 years I've had it except for wheel bearings and trackrod ends. Amongst all the rallies etc, it's done at least 600 laps at Marham now and is feeling a little bit wobbly to be honest.

The track direction change was a real treat - as Woody said, thankyou organisers for having the bravado! Despite what others have said, I actually found it quite tight clockwise - but that shows the difference between cars and driving styles. A couple of corners that are normally fast-in slow-out became slow-in fast-out, and as I tend to enter corners quickly (enabled by the Nova's heavy oversteer under braking) I found less opportunity for a fast entry than normal. That also made the opening cornering exits power-limited for me rather than traction-limited.

I suspect a lot of work went in behind the scenes to find a track layout that would work clockwise and anti-clockwise; I think you've done a good job there and it really did make it two tracks for the price of one.

I'll be back again of course, hopefully with a bit more power and another thirty quid's worth of used slicks. Until then I think of Marham as:
nice setting - good company - fantastic hoon!

dom187

27 posts

32 months

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Monday 20th August 2012 quote quote all
rtv said:
Where to begin!

Dom, I hope the front splitter isn't too hard to reattach mate, the RX7 did sound rather fruity I must say!
6 cable ties later and shes as good as new!

I am looking forward to checking out the pictures/videos once they become available! I hope my Rex made it onto a video, I haven't heard the Rex on full chat outside of the car.


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