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#1 Stephen W

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Posted 26 April 2007 - 13:15

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Above: Jonathan Toulmin in the Elfin at Oulton Park in 1983.


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Above: Tony Eyles in the DTM Opel V6 engined Force at Anglesey Racing Circuit in 2005.

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#2 RS2000

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Posted 26 April 2007 - 14:48

The Castle Combe Sprint manages to produce a few rarely seen speed event cars (despite being one of the events now inundated by a massive "one make club" entry of Porsches etc, which makes things difficult for regional competitors).
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#3 James Page

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Posted 26 April 2007 - 15:34

Crikey - haven't seen a Citroen Visa GTi for years.

And as for "rarely seen speed event cars", Dad once did a sprint at Castle Combe in a Citroen Visa Diesel! We took it round the Nurburgring, too…

#4 Stephen W

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Posted 26 April 2007 - 16:40

Originally posted by James Page
Crikey - haven't seen a Citroen Visa GTi for years.

And as for "rarely seen speed event cars", Dad once did a sprint at Castle Combe in a Citroen Visa Diesel! We took it round the Nurburgring, too…


Never mind the Visa, clock the Volvo!

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#5 Stephen W

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Posted 17 April 2008 - 14:34

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An EVO launches a cone at Llandow's chicane.

#6 David Beard

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Posted 17 April 2008 - 15:34

Some of those are a bit modern for TNF Steve :eek:

#7 Stephen W

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 12:16

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Above: following Simon Arron's lead in the Club Racing thread this is Lydden during a sprint.

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Above: Ian Medcalf in the ex-Special Saloon Fiat 500 at 3 Sisters 2008 - now A Series powered!

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Above: the sprint course at Blackpool in the early 1990s

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Above: the late Martin Pratt in his Mallock Mk 6B at Oulton 1987

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#8 RS2000

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 13:44

From the sprint at Clay Pigeon kart track earlier this month.

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 13:48

Hillclimb compounds may not be best for a Castle Combe sprint in high summer (yes, it is from the last year we had a summer...)
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#10 metalshapes

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 06:57

Originally posted by Stephen W
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Above: Ian Medcalf in the ex-Special Saloon Fiat 500 at 3 Sisters 2008 - now A Series powered!

WOW!!

The Peter Day Fiat 500. :)

I was trying to find it, about 20 years ago.


I'm glad it's still around...

#11 Stephen W

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 12:21

Originally posted by metalshapes


WOW!!

The Peter Day Fiat 500. :)

I was trying to find it, about 20 years ago.


I'm glad it's still around...


The Fiat in the Paddock at Three Sisters:

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#12 simonlewisbooks

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 12:51

Originally posted by Stephen W
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Above: the sprint course at Blackpool in the early 1990s


That's a nice, atmospheric shot of an unusual venue. Don't recall seeing many from there in the past.
When did it run until (I'm assuming it's long defunct?)

#13 Geoff E

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 13:18

Originally posted by simonlewisbooks


That's a nice, atmospheric shot of an unusual venue. Don't recall seeing many from there in the past.
When did it run until (I'm assuming it's long defunct?)


Blackpool Sprint: A straight-line sprint run under the seawall at the northern edge of Blackpool. Not a meeting that does anything for me but very well organised by the Fleetwood and District MC and attracting a big entry. A full quarter mile with a maximum speed reading at the end, which is always interesting. Lots of different classes and dozens of trophies to win. Held late July.

taken from http://www.thundersp.....nt Racing.htm

I assume MC = Motor Club (rather than Motorcycle Club)

#14 Stephen W

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 17:57

Originally posted by Geoff E


Blackpool Sprint: A straight-line sprint run under the seawall at the northern edge of Blackpool. Not a meeting that does anything for me but very well organised by the Fleetwood and District MC and attracting a big entry. A full quarter mile with a maximum speed reading at the end, which is always interesting. Lots of different classes and dozens of trophies to win. Held late July.

taken from http://www.thundersp.....nt Racing.htm

I assume MC = Motor Club (rather than Motorcycle Club)


Fleetwood & District MC are NOT listed by the MSA and if you visit Thundersprint you will see it is for competitors on motorcycles.

The Sprint for Cars at Blackpool was part of the British Sprint Championship in 1970 and continued on & off until 1992 - the final year there was a round at the venue. I believe that it then ran a couple of times after that before finally petering out.

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Posted 28 October 2008 - 01:06

Originally posted by Stephen W


The Fiat in the Paddock at Three Sisters:

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Thank you for posting the pics... :)

#16 Geoff E

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Posted 28 October 2008 - 08:29

Originally posted by Stephen W
Fleetwood & District MC are NOT listed by the MSA and if you visit Thundersprint you will see it is for competitors on motorcycles.


You may well be right Steve, but the fact that the National Hill Climb Association http://nhca.co.uk/Home/nhca.htm list Shelsley and Prescott among their venues does not mean that those meetings are exclusively for M/Cs.

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Posted 28 October 2008 - 14:08

That little Fiat in the paddock at Curborough


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#18 Stephen W

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Posted 28 October 2008 - 14:20

Originally posted by Geoff E


You may well be right Steve, but the fact that the National Hill Climb Association http://nhca.co.uk/Home/nhca.htm list Shelsley and Prescott among their venues does not mean that those meetings are exclusively for M/Cs.


If the NHCA are running a sprint at Blackpool then to run cars as well they have an MSA permit, an MSA Clerk and the venue has to have an MSA license.

The events at Shelsley & Prescott are predominatly for cars with an invited class of motorcyles & sidecars. These run under a seperate permit from the ACU etc.

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#19 metalshapes

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Posted 28 October 2008 - 17:08

Originally posted by fyrth
That little Fiat in the paddock at Curborough


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I spent quite a bit of time trying to track it down, when I still lived in Europe.

At a certain point I ran out of leads, and I had to give up...


I am very happy to see its alive and well...

It looks like it found a good home. :)

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#20 Stephen W

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 18:10

Originally posted by Stephen W
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Above: Jonathan Toulmin in the Elfin at Oulton Park in 1983.


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Above: Tony Eyles in the DTM Opel V6 engined Force at Anglesey Racing Circuit in 2005.

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Seeing as the original location of the photos has been deleted (not by me!) here they are again!

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Above: Jonathan in the Elfin at Oulton (sounds like Cluedo!)

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Above: Tony Eyles in the Force which he can't fit into now-a-days!

By contrast the shot below is Jonathan Toulmin this year in his latest mount Marengo 2 ............
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#21 Phil Rainford

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 21:49

While house clearing I came across a copy of " Banknotes" the in house paper of the TSB.

This copy was from December 1972 and carried this report from a sprint meeting Burtonwood on the Sports page :eek:

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Kind regards

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#22 Stephen W

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Posted 26 November 2008 - 10:05

Originally posted by Phil Rainford
While house clearing I came across a copy of " Banknotes" the in house paper of the TSB.

This copy was from December 1972 and carried this report from a sprint meeting Burtonwood on the Sports page :eek:

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Kind regards

Phil


Yes Burtonwood was a well-used sprint & rally venue just North of Warrington. It was of course an American Airforce base and once the Americans pulled out it was used extensively. It is now the site of the services on the M62!

I suspect the only reason the article appeared in the TSB house paper was the connection to the bank through their employee and not because of an interest in motor sport!

Thanks for posting the details - I wonder where the car is now?
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#23 RS2000

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Posted 26 November 2008 - 15:26

Originally posted by Stephen W
It is now the site of the services on the M62!

Which continued the motorsport connectionn by being the first service area on the 1984 RAC Rally.

#24 Paul Hurdsfield

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 18:35

Holy thread resurection Batman :D
I was at Three Sisters on Sunday 30th of June with the WSCC.
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#25 Paul Hurdsfield

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 18:42

If the Westfields are not nostalgic enough.......
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#26 Stephen W

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 07:35

Taken in the Paddock at Aintree the day before Three Sisters:
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Bob Binfield warms up the Jaguar engine in his Aston Martin DBR2 recreation.

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The Ford Anglia of Malcolm Evans that his son Kristian drove on his competition debut.

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#27 alansart

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 07:45

If the Westfields are not nostalgic enough.......
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I like the hi tech choke cable. (If that piece of string is a choke cable :| )


#28 Paul Hurdsfield

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 13:06

Yep you've got it in one Alan :up:

#29 Stephen W

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 08:42

I like the hi tech choke cable. (If that piece of string is a choke cable :| )


Yep you've got it in one Alan :up:


I thought it might have been an emergency hand throttle!


#30 alansart

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 09:28

I thought it might have been an emergency hand throttle!


When I raced F750 in the late 70's I spotted a piece of string running from the nosecone to the cockpit on Chris Hague's car. On a cold day he'd put a piece of card over part of the radiator. If the car started to overheat he'd pull the string to move the card and get more air into the rad.


#31 Paul Hurdsfield

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 18:32

We were talking to the owner, he's a retired schoolteacher (metalwork, very handy) He bought the car 8 years ago without bodywork, then set about making his own.
The top panel behind the seat with the petrol filler cap in was a Morris Minor 1000 bonnet, til' he set about it and re-shaped it :D

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#32 alansart

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 18:50

We were talking to the owner, he's a retired schoolteacher (metalwork, very handy) He bought the car 8 years ago without bodywork, then set about making his own.
The top panel behind the seat with the petrol filler cap in was a Morris Minor 1000 bonnet, til' he set about it and re-shaped it :D


Looks like he's made a good job of it.

I'm glad I started racing with the 750MC crowd. Lots of self builders who could do wonders with sheet ali, steel & fibreglass. I tried my best with modifying my cars but sadly couldn't match their standards a lot of the time :well:


#33 D-Type

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 19:21

But what is it? My uninformed guess is an Anzani engined Frazer Nash

#34 Tim Murray

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 19:40

It's Geoff Purnell's Special based on a 1934 Singer.

#35 D-Type

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 19:49

Thanks :up:

#36 Paul Hurdsfield

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 13:30

It's Geoff Purnell's Special based on a 1934 Singer.


Bang on Tim
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