Castle Combe Racing School

Castle Combe Racing School

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pablo

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15,125 posts

231 months

Friday 30th January 2004
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Fellow SW Ph'ers,

Does anyone fancy a day at the Castle Combe Racing School? www.castlecomberacingschool.co.uk

I have been giving this some thought for a while as I would really like to get behind the wheel of a single seater and thought that there might be a few like minded souls...I know they are rev limited, expensive and track time is nothing in comparison to a regular track day but, well, erm, the FFords do look very nice!

They offer two single seater courses details as follows;

Race Car Standard
Briefing
2 Passenger Instruction laps in Ford Focus
3 Driving Analysis laps in Ford Focus
6 laps in Formula Ford racing car
Debriefing session
Souvenir Certificate
Personal Accident Insurance
145 including VAT

Race Car Advanced Check List
Briefing
2 Passenger Instruction laps in Ford Focus
3 Driving Analysis laps in Ford Focus
6 laps in Formula Ford racing car
4 laps Advance one to one tuition in Ford Focus
6 laps Advance Stage in Formula Ford racing car
2 Race Demonstration laps
Debriefing session
Souvenir Certificate
Personal Accident Insurance
245 including VAT

911newbie

472 posts

218 months

Friday 30th January 2004
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Might well be interested and I'm talking to a mate who may be as well.
I'd have to consult with the boss first though....

GI Jnr

1,903 posts

219 months

Friday 30th January 2004
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I'd be interested in a hoon on their skidpan...

Tuan

Mr E

19,381 posts

217 months

Friday 30th January 2004
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I was thinking about the skidpan, yes.

Could also go for one of their driving day things, but we'll have to see how the money works out....

yertis

15,630 posts

224 months

Friday 30th January 2004
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The CCRS single seaters are good if the weather is nice and you're not too tall. When I was there the weather wasn't and I was. Got some extra tuition in a Focus which made up for it (sort of).

mechsympathy

42,664 posts

213 months

Saturday 31st January 2004
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I'm very interested in doing their skid pan training (Want to take the wife along too). I know they do group rates, but I've lost the brochure. If people are interested, I'm happy to organise it. I'll make some enquiries and put up a new thread.

I have to say I'm not particularly bothered about the single seater day, mostly for the reasons others have outlined.

zz top

505 posts

203 months

Saturday 31st January 2004
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Why bother using their cars when we've got our own. Track days are the answer.I'm sure castle coombe do them for all marques. Someone ought to check it out.zz...

miniman

21,189 posts

220 months

Monday 2nd February 2004
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zz top said:
Why bother using their cars when we've got our own. Track days are the answer.I'm sure castle coombe do them for all marques. Someone ought to check it out.zz...

Full events list here

The problem at Castle Combe is that they have severe restrictions on the number of events, and duration of events, that they can do. It's all, IIRC, to do with planning permission based on the noise generated, exasperated by the fact that the track is very close to the "chocolate box" village.

That said, it's an excellent track and they do run private track days. Last one I went on was organised on a non-profit basis and it cost 95 for a full day with only about 30 cars participating.

The Mini action day is pretty good, but I've heard that a lot of the other "1 make" days are bordering on lethal with lunatics in RS Fords etc. 6 abreast coming down into Camp and Quarry.

I've got a Skid Pan voucher to use up sometime soon... as has my brother. If anyone else wants to make a PH day of it, I'd be glad to co-ordinate as I'm literally 10 minutes from the track.

Mr E

19,381 posts

217 months

Monday 1st March 2004
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And Quarry is a bloody scary corner when you come over the crest at 3 figures and change to realise you should have been braking some time back.......

Been there. Seen several cars on trackdays towed out of the tyres......

GI Jnr

1,903 posts

219 months

Monday 1st March 2004
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miniman said:

I've got a Skid Pan voucher to use up sometime soon... as has my brother. If anyone else wants to make a PH day of it, I'd be glad to co-ordinate as I'm literally 10 minutes from the track.


I'm up for some skidd(pan)ing! Just have no time to organise myself

Tuan

GlenMH

4,929 posts

201 months

Tuesday 2nd March 2004
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Skid pan training sounds very good to me! I would be very interested in doing that if we can sort out a suitable date. May well get Mrs GMH interested too...

Glen

HUGHESIE2

12,544 posts

240 months

Tuesday 2nd March 2004
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Mr E said:
And Quarry is a bloody scary corner when you come over the crest at 3 figures and change to realise you should have been braking some time back.......

Been there. Seen several cars on trackdays towed out of the tyres......


Approach Corner, go over crest and wait for car to settle before braking hard aiming for the traffic light in a straight line, where track splits (tarmac split in middle of track) turn in to apex...

Simple corner really, the problems occur by trying to turn in too early.