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#1 Ted Walker

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 06:23

Whos going ??? Fantastic entry. Welcome to use my stand (if I knew where it was) as a meeting pont. Situated in the Art and Photography tent. Last I heard it was going to be opposite start and finish line.

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#2 Julian Roberts

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 07:09

I will be there on Saturday. I'd love to go on Sunday as well, but apparently I have dogs and a garden :rolleyes:

It was (still is) a dilemma choosing which day to go, but on balance I thought 1000km’ for pre-72 sports-racing cars just edged it.

Does anyone know whether the facilities will have been improved (well, provided actually !) since the HSCC in early April ?

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#3 Giraffe

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 08:32

Does anyone know whether the facilities will have been improved (well, provided actually !) since the HSCC in early April ?


Seating has gone up on the exit of the new reversed chicane and similarily opposite the pits but don't expect too much. I think it should all be ok.

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#4 Allen Brown

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 08:40

I was intending to go but I've done my foot in again (my doctor is yet to explain how I can have identical injuries in four of the last five Aprils!!) so I will have to miss it.

Anyone willing to act as ORC's "agent" and ask some questions of the F2 guys?

#5 Giraffe

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 08:45

I was intending to go but I've done my foot in again (my doctor is yet to explain how I can have identical injuries in four of the last five Aprils!!) so I will have to miss it.

Anyone willing to act as ORC's "agent" and ask some questions of the F2 guys?


No problem Allen. I'm there from tomorrow morning until Monday so I should be able to find the time to help you! :wave: e-mail me, you should have my address. :wave:


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Posted 27 April 2011 - 10:24

No problem Allen. I'm there from tomorrow morning until Monday so I should be able to find the time to help you! :wave: e-mail me, you should have my address. :wave:

Allen,
Sorry you can't be there. Ted will no doubt correct me if I am wrong but I believe it is the best ever Historic Formula Two grid.
Hope you will be fit for the first Martini Trophy race next month.
Chris

#7 Ted Walker

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 10:40

Chris .Yes you are correct about the entry. I dont think we ever had more even in the days of the "Freddy K " era.

#8 Julian Roberts

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 10:51

I'll be lugging my entire camera kit with me and will be happy to photograph any particular cars if requested. I don't have accreditation but was quite pleased with my results last time. The thing about debris fencing is that if your lens is long enough and you can get close(ish) to the fence, the camera won't see it.

Shots like this can be taken through the fencing at the chicane. Last time I was there :-

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#9 Allen Brown

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 11:08

Allen,
Sorry you can't be there. Ted will no doubt correct me if I am wrong but I believe it is the best ever Historic Formula Two grid.
Hope you will be fit for the first Martini Trophy race next month.
Chris

I'm sorry too Chris. It's a really baffling injury because it arrives so predictably in April, regardless of the weather and regardless of what I get up to. I'm hoping to be fit again in a couple of weeks and would be gutted if I missed Silverstone.

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 14:06

Am there all weekend from Thursday midday until Monday morning with the caravan. Wouldn`t miss this one for anything - even a Royal Wedding couldn`t stop me!!! :lol: Looking forward to all the racing and meeting up with as many of my forum buddies as possible. Rock on!! :up: :up:



#11 Giraffe

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 14:20

Rock on!! :up: :up:


Er, right on Keith! I presume that means that you got your tickets? That's the first communication anyone appears to have had with the organisers!
Facebook tells me that you are rolling out of Halifax today to make it to Donington for lunchtime tomorrow? I'd think about changing your car if I was you mate! :wave:

#12 Ted Walker

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 15:03

Trade tickets arrived this morning. Trade area is opposite pits. Setting up Friday lunchtime

#13 Giraffe

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 15:13

Trade area is opposite pits. Setting up Friday lunchtime


On the infield? You may have to cross the track then to visit the little boy's room. :D

#14 Pink Snail

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 15:54

Tony....have already said what I need to elsewhere :drunk: !!! Nice one mate :up: . Once my Autobahn munching 35 foot long Merc and `van combo :clap: get up to cruising speed I will be there sooner rather than later :smoking: !!
BTW - popped in to the circuit office on the 10th March and sorted tickets out. Have confirmed by e-mail this afternoon that I can pick them up on arrival. Also, I have read that anyone buying a weekend ticket (£30) will get a bogof into the collection :love: . So....Friday I will be visiting the collection :cool:

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#15 dank

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 15:55

Shall be there both days with my super-whizzy accreditation that allows me such delights as er, parking somewhere different than Joe Public...

#16 Giraffe

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 16:26

Shall be there both days with my super-whizzy accreditation that allows me such delights as er, parking somewhere different than Joe Public...


So does mine Dank, in the campsite nextdoor! :up:

#17 thebullet

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 16:30

I will be there both days with all the camera kit! Will be trying to get a media pass if possible!

#18 retrospeed

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 19:02

I will be there both days with all the camera kit! Will be trying to get a media pass if possible!


Lin and I will be there reporting for R-----------D. Im looking forward to the 1,000kms on Sat evening, even if it is only the first 250 of them and the Group B rally cars.

#19 DN5

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 20:20

I am planning to go on Sunday. It will be my first live motor sport of the year.

I can't resist the Group C and the F2

Geoff

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#20 Giraffe

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 05:52

I should get over to the circuit after pitching camp this morning. I am told today's testday is 'sold out'. :up:

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#21 Nick Savage

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 13:58

Ted and TNFers
I will be there Friday to Sunday with my red-and-blue Alfa GTA, race number 84, in the U2TC race, sharing with James Wiseman (and later in the pre-63 sharing James's Alfa Sprint Zagato - lovely-looking car !).

Happy to welcome any TNFer walking by ....

Great grids and a good initial start for this meeting.
Nick

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#22 thebullet

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 18:37

Sorted out everything today ready for the weekend, early start, I aim to be there just after the gates open. Let's hope it will be nice weather!

#23 Phil Rainford

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 18:53

Sorted out everything today ready for the weekend, early start, I aim to be there just after the gates open. Let's hope it will be nice weather!


http://news.bbc.co.u...4...0&region=uk


Looks good to me :)


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Posted 28 April 2011 - 18:55

http://news.bbc.co.u...4...0&region=uk


Looks good to me :)


PAR


Excellent!

Will you be there?

#25 Phil Rainford

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 19:14

Excellent!

Will you be there?



I have to be in Carlisle until Sunday Matthew on the " Pirelli International Rally "

However enjoy the weekend and I look forward to the photos: I hope to be at Mallory next Wednesday all being well :)


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Posted 28 April 2011 - 19:33

I have to be in Carlisle until Sunday Matthew on the " Pirelli International Rally "

However enjoy the weekend and I look forward to the photos: I hope to be at Mallory next Wednesday all being well :)


PAR


Ah that's a shame!

I may not be able to make next wednesday, we will see what happens. I have been too 3 weeks in a row.

See you soon!

#27 dwh43scale

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 21:00

Saturday for the day - looking forward to it !

#28 thebullet

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 21:47

I have a media pass for both days of the weekend, look forward to seeing you all there!



#29 thebullet

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 22:46

A weather update... Even better!

http://news.bbc.co.u...r/forecast/2242

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 22:55

I have to be in Carlisle until Sunday Matthew on the " Pirelli International Rally "

However enjoy the weekend and I look forward to the photos: I hope to be at Mallory next Wednesday all being well :)


PAR

So you might be a little "tyred"?

Will you be recovered enough to be at Gawsworth on Monday? :rolleyes:


#31 Ted Walker

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 07:12

Went yesterday for F2 test. Lots going on. Trade area opp pits looks good.Come and say hello

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 15:53

Went yesterday for F2 test. Lots going on. Trade area opp pits looks good.Come and say hello


Helped set Ted up this morning in dull and chilly conditions after spending the night camped next door to the circuit at the Donington Park Hotel. Major panic at 4am when we awoke with a duck in the tent I kid you not! After knocking the milk over and making a rather unpleasant mess in it's shock at meeting Mr & Mrs Giraffe, it left in something of a hurry as soon as we ushered it to the door!
We could have done with a drop of rain to keep the circuit dust down, but all we got was the odd shower in the night.
Since this morning it's brighted up considerably and I sit here in my tent typing this post at a very sunny Donington Park ready to light the bbq with TNFer & fundraiser Pink Snail & his family & entourage camped next door. Weather's on the up and facilities and the general state of the circuit have improved considerably since recent visits.

A good meeting in prospect! :wave: :up:

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#33 thebullet

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 16:11

Thanks for the update Giraffe!

Will be there bright and early, may even see you around?

Matthew

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 19:38

...Major panic at 4am when we awoke with a duck in the tent I kid you not! After knocking the milk over and making a rather unpleasant mess in it's shock at meeting Mr & Mrs Giraffe, it left in something of a hurry as soon as we ushered it to the door!...


It wasn't the same duck you photographed at Mallory Park recently, Tony, was it?!! :lol:

#35 dank

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 19:45

A weather update... Even better!

http://news.bbc.co.u...r/forecast/2242


Perfect! Looking forward to a decent weekend of old school racing even more now.

#36 Giraffe

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 20:31

A car that you won't see at the meeting this weekend but that was out testing at Donington yesterday was this Benetton B190 - #4. I was told that it won 2 GPs in the hands of Nelson Piquet and took him to third place in the World Championship but I have yet to verify that info. The current owner does no intend racing it and just uses it as his trackday car.

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#37 Giraffe

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 20:50

However you will see these cars that were at yesterday's test day......

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This chap made it to the pitlane exit yesterday.........before he ran out of petrol..... :blush:

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#38 Giraffe

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 20:58

Remembering just why this is such a special and historic circuit in the UK

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#39 Giraffe

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 06:18

Good morning from a fine, bright, warm & dry Donington Park!

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#40 Lola5000

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 06:26

Good morning from a fine, bright, warm & dry Donington Park!

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Pure gold those F2 Brabhams. :up:

#41 Odseybod

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 15:56

Hoping to bump into some TNFers tomorrow at DP.

Is the Redgate pub still operating, or was it demolished as was threatened at some point?

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 18:37

Is the Redgate pub still operating, or was it demolished as was threatened at some point?

Just returned from a fabulous day at Donington. Looked like a pretty respectable-sized crowd, fabulous entries and some great racing - and the sun shone all day. Roger Clark and I walked all round the circuit and I thought it looked pretty tidy after all of the recent gloomy reports. Kevin and his team look as though they have been pretty busy.

Sadly, Tony, the Redgate pub is no more. Hope to post a few snaps shortly.

#43 dank

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 18:53

Brilliant weather today. Had to bail out just after the F2 race, but should be there until the very end tomorrow.

Only complaint I have is the lack of (decent) track-side commentary.

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 18:56

I'd heard that the whole Redgate Lodge building cad been carefully "disassembled" and was due to be rebuilt as close as possible to its original location.

#45 Giraffe

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 20:49

The moment today when Martin Stretton under pressure from Matthew Watts relinquished his lead with an off at the Fogarty Esses that lead to his retirement. Watts went on to win today's Historic Formula 2 race in some style.
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#46 racer8888

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 20:55

Anyone know what caused the last race to be red flagged?
I noticed that Frank Sytner's T70 was missing from the results posted on MST World timing

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 21:02

Anyone know what caused the last race to be red flagged?
I noticed that Frank Sytner's T70 was missing from the results posted on MST World timing


All I can say is the race was red flagged with nine minutes to go and Sytner was excluded from results after lying second. It seems he went straight on into tyre wall which caused the red flag but not sure where and was taken to hospital.

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#48 racer8888

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 21:10

Thanks for the update, I hope Frank is OK

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 21:26

It seems that I was standing next to Mr G at the moment of impact :)
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Hugh Price threads his Chevron through the kitty litter thrown up by Mr Stretton
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Vintage variety. A fine pre-war field provided 45 minutes of splendid entertainment.
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Another great grid of pre-'63 GTs in prospect for tomorrow includes Carlo Vogele's 330GTO and Simon King's Morgan +4
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The lovely Porsche Carrera Abarth of Bill Wykeham/Willie Green
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Nice to see so many 250GT SWBs - this is Conrad Ulrich's example. It was also a pleasant change to see so many E Types, and not a lightweight 'clone' amongst them.

#50 Giraffe

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 21:36

All I can say is the race was red flagged with nine minutes to go and Sytner was excluded from results after lying second. It seems he went straight on into tyre wall which caused the red flag but not sure where and was taken to hospital.


Frank certainly had the bit between his teeth shortly before the incident that led to him leaving the circuit by ambulance.

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