Amateur motorsport v trackday and fast road car

Amateur motorsport v trackday and fast road car

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pablo

15,732 posts

241 months

Sunday 11th April
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Depends where in Wales you are, if it’s near Pembrey I’d look at getting a car for the saloon/sports championship and do that. If you’re nearer to Anglesey, I’d look at track days as I don’t think they have a local championship? If you’re in the middle, you’re going to be travelling a long, long way for anything. Is Shelsley near? you could try the New Barn championship though I’m not sure if there are rounds at other venues. What about Combe?
Basically I’d look at championships/circuits and work out how far you want to travel before making big decisions

dpj1978

Original Poster:

11 posts

79 months

Sunday 11th April
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Thanks for your recommendations all.
I'm based down south and the motorkhana events i mentioned previous are held at the pembrey circuit.
I'm pretty much set on an mx5 as they seem pretty competitive and fairly cheap to buy/run/repair and eligible for quite a few different events.
I've had a look at a couple of mx5s, yesterday one which was being sold by a localish specialist (Mark jaffa of total mx5), it was a pretty solid car but had an open diff and needed a few little snags ironed out prior to driving it which put me off. Another today which was more.like a sieve, holes everywhere, so the search goes on.

Duke Caboom

1,799 posts

167 months

Tuesday 27th April
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Duke Caboom said:
carl_w said:
Hopefully you won't be doing many events biggrin. We looked at an EP3 CTR but couldn't find any at a reasonable price.
I've always been very close to Clios, sometimes just ahead, sometimes just behind. So I'll get my excuses in early! Tyres are getting on a bit, high mileage, etc
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Well I really enjoyed it on Sunday. (Sorry for thread hijack OP). Was close though!

dpj1978

Original Poster:

11 posts

79 months

Wednesday 12th May
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roddo said:
dpj1978 said:
Thanks for the heads up, it looks interesting, I see the tournament will be at pembrey in October, will have to pop down and have a gander.
Drop mazda Motorsport club an email and I'm sure complementary tickets can be sorted for you
Sorry missed this before, thanks, will do

dpj1978

Original Poster:

11 posts

79 months

Monday 31st May
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Finally found a decent enough car to spend my hard earned on, happy days.
Hard work driving home in the heat of yesterday with no ac, although I will admit I had a bit of fun too.
Waiting (im)patiently for some events to start locally

griffdude

1,706 posts

216 months

Monday 31st May
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dpj1978 said:
Finally found a decent enough car to spend my hard earned on, happy days.
Hard work driving home in the heat of yesterday with no ac, although I will admit I had a bit of fun too.
Waiting (im)patiently for some events to start locally
Good choice. Keep on top of the chassis rot.
The std suspension is a bit rubbish but there are lots of aftermarket options about.

sabid

76 posts

139 months

Wednesday 23rd June
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dpj1978 said:
Finally found a decent enough car to spend my hard earned on, happy days.
Hard work driving home in the heat of yesterday with no ac, although I will admit I had a bit of fun too.
Waiting (im)patiently for some events to start locally
Great choice

CDP

6,949 posts

222 months

Wednesday 23rd June
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griffdude said:
dpj1978 said:
Finally found a decent enough car to spend my hard earned on, happy days.
Hard work driving home in the heat of yesterday with no ac, although I will admit I had a bit of fun too.
Waiting (im)patiently for some events to start locally
Good choice. Keep on top of the chassis rot.
The std suspension is a bit rubbish but there are lots of aftermarket options about.
Looks a good choice.

The best thing you can spend money on is tuition/coaching and the average trackday has cheap coaching sessions.

It means speed you can transfer to the next car, bolt-on bits stay with the car.

Decent safety kit is also a no-brainer.