Duncan and I were the only Z&Z competitors at Aintree. Fabulous day, hot and dry and we both had a brilliant day. Duncan came 3rd in his class in a time of 54.68 seconds. I was the only entry in my class in a new P.B. time of 52.70.
Latest points totals are :- Andy Lynch= 196.96, Heath Briggs = 100, Duncan Woodcock = 298.77 and I have 501 points.
Next Saturday Duncan is at Barbon and I am at 3 Sisters along with the TVR Speed Championship competitors so plenty of TVR’S on the track.
As promised I have planned a day out in the Lake district, the plan is as follows:-
Depart from Tickled trout at 10:00am
Pick up people from Forton services at 10:30
Arrive Lakeland car Museum Backbarrow at approx 11:15.
Lunch in Cafe Ambio at museum approx 12:30
Drive round to Lakesideand embark on steamer cruise to Bowness at 13:35
Arrive Bowness 14:15
Free to roam Bowness area on foot
Embark steamer for return trip to Lakeside 17:45
Arrive Lakeside at 18:25
Drive to Swan Hotel at Neby bridge for dinner at 7:30
leave when ever you want for journey home
Admission to car museum is £8 (Sat nav location is LA12 8TA)
Steamer cruise round trip is £10.80 on day or £9.70 on line in advance
Menu for Swan Hotel is below. Click on it to enlarge.
Please not I need to know numbers in advance so I can book cheaper steamer trips and book the Swan Hotel.Please let me know if you are coming by Monday night 6th July
Those going so far are:- James and Julia, Ann and David,
All through the week the weather forecast was rain and thunder storms for the Saturday event, however the weather did in the end stay dry and warm but overcast. This was the first time at Barbon for myself and fellow members of the “Blackpool Zimmers and Zoomers” Andy Lynch and Duncan Woodcock.
The event had attracted 90 entries, which is 50% more than they have ever had, this explains the chaos in the paddock where we parked basically where we could. After the normal preliminaries of sign on , briefing and scruitineering the first practice runs started at about 9:30. We had all been looking on You Tube to watch in car videos to see where the track went! and how best to tackle it. When you see the actual course it is much steeper than it appears on the videos. Duncan was best of the three of us after the practice runs beating me by 0.25 of a second and Andy by 0.96 seconds.
We all commented on how much we enjoyed the course and though only short it was technical and offered a good challenge. We completed 2 practice and 3 timed runs by mid afternoon though Andy missed the last run as his car decided to stop running as he was leaving the paddock.
Our final times and results were:-
Duncan winning his class with a time of 32.08 seconds
Andy was third in his class with a time of 33.46
I was First in my class (only entry!) with a time of 31.68 seconds
I t was a good event and we will certainly go again especially as they promised to sort out the paddock layout.
Duncan getting his trophy, second event and first trophy, that a good strike rate!
Has anyone got any photo’s or better still an accompanying small write up of Russ’s showlast weekend so I can use it as part of the June report for Sprint magazine? If so please send them to me.
Plus if anyone is going to the P of P at Chalmondeley please send me some photo’s
For once the weather was warm and sunny and my first practice run was only 0.25 seconds off my P.B. this is going to be a good day I thought. Then an announcement over the Tannoy “would all drivers come to see the bottom of the hill where a large amount of oil has been deposited from the start line to the end of the third bend” Guess who took the next run a bit tentatively? My actual timed runs were slow due to a combination of missed gear changes and going too deep into a couple of corners. All in all my wife Ann could have driven better. I got totally out driven by the other chap in my class who was driving a Porsche.
Ah well roll on Barbon next Saturday. The only good news was that I scored 100 points for coming second in my class!! (I have updated the scores on the Zimmers and Zoomers web page
The Weather forecast was not great and when I arrived at 12:00 there were only about 20 cars there, however the weather improved and the day finished in sunshine. This was the third running of the event which is organised for the Trinity House Hospice and every year it gets bigger with over 200 cars in attendance this year.
A wider range of vehicles on display than ever with every thing form a vintage fire engine to a Sinclair C5. The winner of best in show was a very nice drop head Jaguar XK150.
We had about 16 TVRs on show of all types and colours.
Super Charged Mini
One of my favorites it even had white suede seats
Two dodgy characters!
Thirteen cars from the Blackpool and Lanc’s regions enjoyed a run out to Cosford. The weather could have been better as we had a lot of fine rain on the run down. However the Museum is well worth seeing and brought back many memories to those of us who had worked in the Aerospace industry. The layout within the halls is incredible with aircraft packed in and literally hanging from the rafters in “In flight” positions.
Many thanks to Jim Edwards who organised and lead the run out, Jim even managed to get our TVR’s photographed in front of a Hercules transport aircraft that was on static display. To see all the displays and aircraft properly would take more than a day so we may go back in the future to see more.
General view in Hall 1