The Clerk of the Course
The Lap Counter
The Official Starter (aka Bad Santa)
The event proper started with The Draw for The Cars. After each ‘driver’ picked a number out of the box they were paired off ready for the first round ties. Each pair were given 3 or 4 laps practice and then they were brought to the line.The First Round Ties – 10 Laps
Starting proceeding were Alan Raine & Paul Hurdsfield. After an initial cagey battle Alan pulled away and moved effortlessly into Round 2. Then it was Pat Cox versus Ian Smith and this was a more even contest until a couple of ‘incidents’ dropped Pat back and left DIZ in an unassailable lead. The third match-up was between Tony the Giraffe and Pat Beard which started very evenly but ended with Tony winning by a long neck and joining Alan & Diz in round 2. Roger Clark, who really should have been at home in the 1950s monopostos, and Aurora Julie were next on track. Roger was quick but tended to put his car into the barriers whilst Julie’s steady approach paid dividends and she progressed to round 2. Next up was Pete ‘Lotus’ Taylor versus Kingsley Rob, the latter complaining about having a Talbot rather than one of his beloved Alfas! In the race Rob continued where he left off in 2008 with a masterful display whilst Pete struggled to come to terms with the twisty track. Next on track were Aurora Phil and Simon Arron. Simon’s ‘lucky draw’ saw him in the BRM and for once May’s car was reliable and he motored away from an errant Phil. The penultimate tie saw David Beard matched against Alan Cox and again Alan’s misspent youth shone through as he trounced David in a frankly one-sided match-up. The final “tie” was an extended practice run for Steve Wilkinson as Barry Boor decided not to contest the event. However Barry’s innate ability shone through as he lapped Sgt Wilko after the Maserati (why do I always get Massers?) proved a handful in the slow bends.The Second Round Ties – 10 Laps
The first of the quarter-finals saw Alan Raine and Tony the Giraffe slug it out. Despite taking an early lead Alan’s Talbot started to suffer with an imbalanced front offside wheel and Giraffe started to close in. On the final corner Alan’s Talbot finally gave up the ghost and spun. It was hit by Giraffe’s similar mount and in the ensueing mellee Alan pushed the Talbot home. As Alan’s car was disabled he was declared the winner (at this point Barry set about repairing the damaged car). The second quarter-final was between Ian DIZ Smith and Aurora Julie. DIZ once again tried to jump the start although this year the tyre-warming was prohibited by a partisan Clerk of Course. Never-the-less Diz was off to a good start but Julie hunted him down and took the lead. Diz then became erratic (due it was thought to the lack of nicotine) and after a couple of spins dropped away leaving Julie to cruise home. The third quarter-final saw Kingsley Rob on track against Alan Cox. This looked like a tense battle but Rob’s cool-hand approach took him into the lead and as Alan dropped back so his driving became erratic (due it was thought to a drop in his blood-sugar levels as he had passed on the sweet!). Rob cruised home whilst Alan was closing the gap in the final two laps. The last of the quarter-finals matched Simon ‘BRM’ Arron against Steve 'Sgt Wilko' Wilkinson. Simon got a superb start and after a torrid first lap where the Masser spun three times Steve settled into a steady pace. The BRM didn’t falter and by lap 4 Steve was lapped. As Simon took the flag the Masser was still on lap 8! (To quote Mr Arron "Sgt Wilko’s performance was “Rubbish, rubbish, rubbish, rubbish, rubbish, rubbish, rubbish, etc").The Semi-Finals – 12 laps
In the first of the semi-finals it was an all Talbot affair with Alan Raine & Kingsley Rob at the controls. Despite his best efforts Alan soon fell back and again the errors started to creep in as the Formula Fordster displayed typical Armco-busting tactics! Meanwhile Rob cruised to an effortless victory although the pressure was telling.
In the second semi-final Simon ‘BRM’ Arron was matched against Aurora Julie – could the BRM win through to the final or would the Talbot again prove to be the pick of the Boor Litter? From the off Simon shot into the lead but Julie’s calm and patient tactics paid dividends as the BRM suddenly started a series of spins. The Talbot crept into the lead and despite a hiccup on the penultimate lap when Arron closed the gap Julie sped to a convincing win!The Third Place run-off
The third place ‘final’ featured Simon ‘BRM’ Arron and Alan Raine. Once again the BRM jumped into the lead and despite an initial closing of the gap those old Formula Ford traits came to the fore and Simon moved into a lead he was never to loose. The Final
So the final was an all Talbot affair (I knew those Massers were rubbish!) with Kingsley Rob, last year’s defeated finalist, versus Aurora Julie.
However after just 4 laps there was a major mechanical mishap when Julie’s Talbot suffered terminal problems with the pick-up braids. It was thought that both drivers should switch to ‘new’ Talbots but again during the warm-up these also displayed the same fault. At this point International Referee Barry Boor ruled that they should use Ferraris which proved very reliable (you couldn’t make it up!)
From the start Rob leapt into the lead and despite a couple of slides and one spin he held the lead throughout to take victory. Julie had amazed everyone especially Phil who had planned to set up his Scalextric but was having second thoughts!
Above - Rob's Ferrari en route to victory.
Above: The trophy.
So the final results were:
1st – Kingsley rob (Talbot & Ferrari)
2nd – Aurora Julie (Talbot & Ferrari)
3rd – Simon Arron (BRM)
Edited by Stephen W, 18 December 2009 - 10:50.