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27-09-2017

Autograss - Thornborough

Autograss is often termed motor sport's best kept secret but it doesn't deserve to be as it is one of the most spectacular sights in the sport .The low powered classes might not be fast but the racing can be furious and Class 7 ? Insanely,  stupidly quick and one of the most exciting things I hav…
10-09-2017

Time Attack

My plans to experience banger racing were postponed -maybe later in the Autumn? . But I did double the average age by turning up to  the Petrol and Pistons (or is it the other way round? ) Time Attack meeting at Croft .Where I saw more JDM (Japanese Domestic Market, do try to keep up  ) stickers and…
17-08-2017

Milestone passed . And a new experience this sunday ....

I am taking August off from the book . Partly because  ..ahem ...' I'm worth it ' but also because I have now written 103,538 words (oh yes , I'm counting ) since 1 January . Back to  "work"  next month ,and I'm intending to see Time Attack at Croft (if they'll…
08-08-2017

Croft Nostalgia Meeting

It might have been cold , sometimes damp , and the entry might have been thin in parts but the HSCC race weekend  was still probably the best of the year  at Croft. This may be  due to the fact that,  unusually for Croft, the drivers were outnumbered by the spectators.  Good to see a …
31-07-2017

Silverstone Classic

Three days, 1200 racing cars , a couple of thousand road cars on display and and English summer of sun , wind and rain. Highlights? Watching a Lotus Elan 26R thrash Cobras and TVRs  in a wet race on Saturday night, hearing forty  DFV engined F1 cars spear through Becketts ; marvelling at the Kardash…
24-07-2017

Shelsley Walsh Classic Nostalgia

A first trip to the self styled oldest motor sport venue anywhere , ever, official  . On my arrival I mistakenly thought I'd arrived at the pink corduroy trouser wearers' annual convention but , dodgy trousering apart, I had the best of times . I even  met the man who was driving a Cobra 260…
14-07-2017

Gallery

I've uploaded some more pictures - most are mine but others have been sent to me to be used in articles I 've written. Trouble is, I don't  always know  who sent me the pics and  if I have used one of yours , do let me know , and I will acknowledge your copyright or , if you're …
12-07-2017

Donington Park Lotus Seven 60th birthday celebrations

My car's desigh is only four years older than its owner.  and I am ancient, as old as Nelson  Piquet . My R400 gets quicker but I  just get slower, too much fugit  and not enough tempus  innit ... Last weekend saw hundreds of Sevens converge on Donington Park from all over Euro…
26-06-2017

Heavy Metal Thunder

Drag race sceptic are you ? Think that there's no skill , let alone spectacle , in racing in a straight line for  only a quarter of a mile ? Think that it's  just another crass American import , all style and  no substance ? Think that the Goodwood  Revival is the best show in town…
19-06-2017

Cadwell Park Wolds Trophy

A near perfect weekend of racing at the UK's best circuit. From 1 Litre Formula 3 via Mustangs and Cortinas to a full grid of Formula  Ford 1600 racers ,  the Historic Sports Car Club demonstrated once again that there's so much more to this sport than watching  F1 and Touring Cars on t…
11-06-2017

Muddy Waters

I'm guilty of having been a bit sniffy about the BTCC before - is it so popular because it's on TV or is it on TV because it's so popular? The jury's still out on that one but after watching yesterday's soaking qualifying and practice at Croft I 'll admit that these guys certainly don&…
08-06-2017

Better get this blogging thing started ......

Belatedly , an update for regular readers .It’s early June , I started writing Refuge of the Roads on 1 January 2017 and today I passed the 80,000 word mark . That doesn’t mean I am anywhere near finishing as not only do I have  a lot more events to go to and write about , I still have anothe…
17-02-2017

Why write a book?

WHY Why write a book at all ? Sounds like a simple question, I know, but the answer is complicated. The first reason is that if you enjoy writing, if you love playing with words as much as I do, if you have views and memories to share, then nothing comes close to the satisfaction of writing a book. We now …