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#701 Andrew Kitson

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 15:03

Oulton Park regulars will love this. F5000 in the snow...
It should be in the youtube thread I guess, but would be lost there.
Oulton Park, Formula 5000, David Purley, Chevron...need I say more? 23 minutes of great nostalgia.

http://www.youtube.c...eature=youtu.be

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#702 paulsenna1

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 15:10

Oulton Park regulars will love this. F5000 in the snow...
It should be in the youtube thread I guess, but would be lost there.
Oulton Park, Formula 5000, David Purley, Chevron...need I say more? 23 minutes of great nostalgia.

http://www.youtube.c...eature=youtu.be


Superb!!

#703 brakedisc

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 16:01

Fantastic. Loved every minute of it.

#704 LittleChris

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 16:24

Excellent. Been a long time since I saw that !!

#705 MCS

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 16:36

Great film, had long forgotten it - thanks Andy :up:

Incredible what you remember. The snow started during the first practice session for Group 1 RAC Touring Cars - sleet initially, then heavy, thick snow.

The tyre problem at the start of the season in F5000 was significant I seem to recall - Ashley, Edwards, Purley, Team VDS, Spice and many others all having major difficulties.

Happy days though.

#706 smigel

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 20:58

Very unusually for me , I found myself at Oulton Park on Saturday.

During a very wet day, I got to wondering how come the International circuit is now 2.692 miles, whereas I always remember the 2.761 number which didn't have the chicanes, which presumably add distance. A quick bit of googling also reveals 2.769 at some point, and 2.775, but the explanations are a bit lacking.

Any ideas anyone?

#707 Giraffe

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 11:23

Pictured yesterday at the BRDC Midlands region luncheon at Hockley Heath, a man who used to be able to drive around Oulton Park with his eyes closed (with Tony Southgate looking on in admiration....) :smoking:

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....and pictured here shortly before his ill-fated attempt to destroy the Bailey Bridge in Frank Williams' March 701 during practice for the Rothmans International Trophy, Easter weekend 1971.......

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#708 Phil Rainford

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 13:30

There are rumours from a reliable source that there will be grandstands in place at Old Hall and Lodge in 2013 :)


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#709 Alan Cox

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 14:37

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Oulton Park's No 1 fan, and keen advocate of the Lodge Corner grandstand, hauls his 'celebrity' Metro round Lodge Corner

#710 Jagjon

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 14:48

Pictured yesterday at the BRDC Midlands region luncheon at Hockley Heath, a man who used to be able to drive around Oulton Park with his eyes closed (with Tony Southgate looking on in admiration....) :smoking:

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....and pictured here shortly before his ill-fated attempt to destroy the Bailey Bridge in Frank Williams' March 701 during practice for the Rothmans International Trophy, Easter weekend 1971.......

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Cyd Williams in untimed practise, I was there when he hit the Bailey Bridge. I doubt Frank Williams was too happy, but then he never does or did.

#711 Giraffe

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 16:35

Cyd Williams in untimed practise, I was there when he hit the Bailey Bridge. I doubt Frank Williams was too happy, but then he never does or did.

My memory of that was the length of the stoppage that poor old Cyd's accident caused which also consumed the marshal's lunchbreak & beyond. Having spoken to Cyd about it some time ago, IIRC he put id down to lack of preparation as I believe the March had stood on show somewhere for a considerable length of time, and was "straight out of the showroom" so as to speak..... :eek:

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#712 Phil Rainford

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 17:15

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Oulton Park's No 1 fan, and keen advocate of the Lodge Corner grandstand, hauls his 'celebrity' Metro round Lodge Corner



If that is Arron .........it must be his "out lap" as there are no dents or scratches on the car !!

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#713 alansart

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 18:07

New Grandstands have been built looking over the fences at Old Hall and Lodge corners.

Prices start from a fiver!

http://news.oultonpa...the-action.aspx

Perhaps they can make them wobble a bit for historic meetings like they used to in the old days when anybody moved :)

#714 elansprint72

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 22:00

Serious question: has a car (or significant parts thereof) ever hit the fences at Lodge or Old Hall?

#715 Simon Arron

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 22:21

In 1999, Russell Spence parked his BTCC Renault Laguna against the debris fence at Lodge, with his front wheels nestling quite close to the top.

The driver of Metro #24 (above) was far too slow to cause any such problems.

#716 alansart

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 07:58

In 1999, Russell Spence parked his BTCC Renault Laguna against the debris fence at Lodge, with his front wheels nestling quite close to the top.


Here at 1m 10secs http://www.youtube.c...p;v=fTL-3gsAW8A

I notice there's a covered Grandstand in the background. How permanent was that?

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#717 Stephen W

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 09:56

Here at 1m 10secs http://www.youtube.c...p;v=fTL-3gsAW8A

I notice there's a covered Grandstand in the background. How permanent was that?


It looks like the one they had a Bo'ness last year which arrives on a the trailer of an articulated lorry and folds out.

#718 Simon Arron

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 10:01

Seems Russell demolished rather more of the fence than I remembered...

#719 elansprint72

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 19:54

That was an incident I only vaguely recalled. The car hit the boundary beyond the length of high debris retaining fence at a point where there was just the wire-strand fence and low mesh fencing. I'm not aware of the substantial high fences ever having been clouted. Fortunately.

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#720 alansart

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 23:14

I'm not aware of the substantial high fences ever having been clouted. Fortunately.


Not at Oulton but Kieth Odor cleared the fencing in a BTCC race at Donington as did Kelvin Burt's Porsche at Thruxton.


#721 TimRTC

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 23:57

One of the Darlington Motorclub racers did a nice number on the barricades at Knickerbrook in practice today, span on the grass and sent one set of them flying - no-one replaced them either during the session so a driver could easily have run the corner as designed if they fancied!

#722 elansprint72

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:19

Not at Oulton but Kieth Odor cleared the fencing in a BTCC race at Donington as did Kelvin Burt's Porsche at Thruxton.

Wasn't someone hanging up in a tree at Esso/Shell a couple of years ago? Of course there is no fencing there.

#723 Alan Cox

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:51

Wasn't someone hanging up in a tree at Esso/Shell a couple of years ago? Of course there is no fencing there.

http://flickr.com/photos/12002224@N03/
(Peter Meyrick's March)

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#724 Alan Cox

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 09:32

For those of you who yearn for some of the character and informality of the pre-tarmac paddock, a shot from 36 years ago of Hamish Moffatt being push-started at the Richard Seaman meeting
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#725 David McKinney

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 10:36

In Frank Wall's monoplace 35B?

#726 Alan Cox

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 10:56

In Frank Wall's monoplace 35B?

:up: Indeed - His regular mount in the Vintage Seaman for many years

#727 alansart

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 12:01

For those of you who yearn for some of the character and informality of the pre-tarmac paddock...


I've probably said it on here before but much as I approve of what JP's doing with Oulton to bring it into the 21st Century, I do miss the old grassed Paddock. It felt a lot warmer (even when it was snowing!)


#728 Ian Smith - Diz

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 16:00

http://flickr.com/photos/12002224@N03/
(Peter Meyrick's March)

Sorry I'm not on here as much these days [busy, busy, busy], but feel obliged to point out to Mr C. that the tree hanger was Andy Meyrick.
Dad Peter damaged his car elsewhere a few minutes into the restarted session. Not to mention their transporter getting "bridged" at the end of the day.
All things considered, it was quite an expensive day.

#729 Alan Cox

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 20:28

Sorry I'm not on here as much these days [busy, busy, busy], but feel obliged to point out to Mr C. that the tree hanger was Andy Meyrick.

Of course, Ian. I stand corrected. Nice to hear from you :)

#730 Phil Rainford

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 17:47

Stood on the top steps of a Lodge Grandstand for the first time in some 35 years.....what a vantage point :)

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While the Four Hour Fun Cup allowed Mr Jones to produce another classic....anyone know what it is yet?

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 19:44

Eagle F1?

#732 alansart

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 19:59

Eagle F1?


...at Monza


#733 Tim Murray

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 20:07

Looks to me like the opening lap of the 1967 Italian GP, with Gurney leading. I think I spot the distinctive nose of McLaren's M5A. The others to the fore are probably Clark, Brabham and Hill.

#734 Phil Rainford

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 20:13

Correct x 3 :)


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Posted 15 April 2013 - 13:22

Stood on the top steps of a Lodge Grandstand for the first time in some 35 years.....what a vantage point :)

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Not sure I fancy it if it's leaning at that angle!

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 16:09

The new grandstands are a welcome return and allow non media types a better view for taking photos as even the lower seats give a view over the debris fence.

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The Esso sign looked a bit odd until I realised it had something behind that's not been seen for a while....a nice sunny blue sky :cool:

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There's also a plaque at the bottom of the pole that I've not spotted before.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 10:32

There's also a plaque at the bottom of the pole that I've not spotted before.

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Pity they stopped midway through the list of winners!


#738 Phil Rainford

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 11:12

Pity they stopped midway through the list of winners!


I wonder if they are saying the sign would not have been there after 1966?

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 12:56

I wonder if they are saying the sign would not have been there after 1966?

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We know that there was a sign in place post 1966 as seen here at the start of the British Empire Trophy in 1970, but maybe it was because it was not the same one?

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 13:43

To clarify lads

The sign post we have re-erected is the older one, which was replaced in 1967, hence the list of winners finish at 1966.


#741 Stephen W

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 08:55

To clarify lads

The sign post we have re-erected is the older one, which was replaced in 1967, hence the list of winners finish at 1966.


Ah now we know! Thanks Phil.


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Posted 17 April 2013 - 11:09

I guess it does what it says on the tin, or I would hope - stainless steel.

#743 Phil Rainford

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Posted 27 May 2013 - 21:35

Oulton's proximity to the Cheshire countryside is evident at the moment....

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Esso/Shell

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 17:49

They look cute there - but it's a bit different a few weeks later when you are trying to flag and the little darlings are keen on stealing everything out of you marshalling bag.
It's also a hell of a job to get their waste product off you boots.

#745 Giraffe

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 17:44

Spotted at Shelsley Walsh today, where a surprised Vin Malkie was reunited with it.....

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 19:47

To clarify lads

The sign post we have re-erected is the older one, which was replaced in 1967, hence the list of winners finish at 1966.


iirc there was an Esso sign on the other (paddock) side of the track for a period, prior to the "new" pits being built in 1961.

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#747 Alan Cox

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 20:38

Spotted at Shelsley Walsh today, where a surprised Vin Malkie was reunited with it.....

That's not the original one, is it, Tony? According to the story, that was mislaid by Guy Edward after his win in 1980 I seem to recall. The one pictured, presumably, is the one Vin won with Richard Budge in '83. What on earth was it doing at Shelsley?

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 21:54

That's not the original one, is it, Tony? According to the story, that was mislaid by Guy Edward after his win in 1980 I seem to recall. The one pictured, presumably, is the one Vin won with Richard Budge in '83. What on earth was it doing at Shelsley?


Indeed Alan, Vin tells me it's the 1983 trophy that came up for auction recently. Vin decided he was not in a position to bid for it at the time, but Helen headed a consortium that successfully bid on the trophy, and Vin was the somewhat surprised & delighted recipient at Shelsley today, where he debuted the rebuilt Brian Classic(k) B2.....

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 22:03

Good to see that Vin got his trophy back but, as Alan pointed out, it is not the original... I wonder where that is ?

http://www.britishpa...am-w/query/1966

#750 Alan Cox

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Posted 19 June 2013 - 12:29

While sitting in the bar at the Fox and Barrel at Cotebrook (within spitting distance of Oulton Park), enjoying a pint of Cheshire Cat with Messrs Raine, Rainford and Arron, on the way back from the Pageant of Power last Saturday the air was suddenly rent with a cry from Mr Rainford "That's my photo of Ted Wentz's Lola!" - It has been commented upon before that the pub has long-featured some of Simon's photos on the walls (niftly lifted from this thread), but the presence of two of Phil's efforts had, until now, passed unnoticed. Some more of Mr Arron's back catalogue were also spotted lurking near the fireplace and both Phil and Simon commented that, had the landlord asked, they would have been happy to provide some more refined examples of their work! In spite of the lack of credits, still a pub worth stopping off at.

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