A Report by Tony Webb
I think all our guys deserve a mention for
their display of professionalism in sitting out in what can
only be likened to a rainstorm whilst the organisers sat in
their dry offices deliberating.
The rain started some while before it was our turn onto the
grid, but by the time the previous race with the 750 single
seaters got out, they were having to splash round in the rain.
Our cars were called to the holding area and made to sit there
whilst that race took place. Most of our cars were open cars
but thankfully our supporters came to the rescue and tried
as best they could to give protection to our chaps with umbrellas.
It was decided that they would then go out around the circuit
on a 'Parade' lap and a green flag lap. In the event they
were taken around to the grid and made to sit for quite a
time before being sent off, all in torrential rain!
Returning to the grid they again were held up before being
sent off again with a green flag. When the race finally started
they set off steadily but inevitably with so much standing
water a number of cars spun at the first corner. Then somewhere
near the Esses, Mark Jordan span out which in due course raised
the Red Flag after the leading car had completed approximately
one and a half full laps.
The cars were again sent around to reform
on the grid with some cars having re entered the pits and
most of the Crossles retiring due to their particular wet
tyre situation. Again the cars were made to wait whilst a
decision was made and cars recovered etc. This took at least
Then it was decided to bring all the cars to the pit lane
again whist the decision continued to be discussed. This time
the cars were held for another 10 minutes, all of this whilst
the rain continued to lash down. At least whilst in the pit
lane we were able to give our guys some limited protection
with umbrellas again.
Word was then sent to the pit lane that the decision to continue
the meeting would be given after a further 15 minutes and
that drivers could go back to the pits and await a further
All of this time since the previous single
seater race the skies looked like a tropical storm was about
to be unleashed. They were murky to the point that it was
obvious to all, marshals included that the rain was set now
for the day. Everyone was absolutely sodden except for the
one or two enclosed car drivers.
Finally at five o'clock the announcement was given that the
meeting was terminated. By this time most of our guys I think
had already decided to call it a day with many cars having
gone back to the paddock straight onto their trailers. A sad
end to the day with our guys getting drowned whilst encountering
many delays and perhaps unnecessarily long stops in appalling
Did our guys complain, did any of them grasp
the officials warmly by the throat with a sodden gloved hand....you
bet they did!!!!!!!!...no I lie, they performed like the gentlemen
we know they are, which is why I think they should be congratulated.
It should also be said that we were all thankful following
a very nasty accident in practice that had sent an invited
guest in his Evant spinning through the air and badly damaging
the car, that both he and Nigel Edwards escaped unharmed.
The invited guest however did say that this accident was the
climax to a succession of factors that made him decide to
end his long racing career.
The accident happened going in towards the Esses when the
Evant driver pulled out to overtake a slower competitor, but
had not spotted Nigel coming up quickly in his mirror. Having
committed to the move Nigel was forced over and onto the grass.
In the process the low swooping front of the Crossle got under
the side rear valance of the Evant and with the speed differential
scooped the Evant into the air.
I understand the Evant span over in the air
before coming to the ground and taking off the hardtop and
badly damaging the rest of the car. The Crossle suffered damage
to the bonnet and near side wheel but otherwise looked ok.
Nigel duly dispatched someone to go get another bonnet with
the clear intention of continuing for the race, however later
weather events overtook that decision.
Given the all clear by the doctors, the two drivers had commiserated
with each other in the medical centre and sportingly agreed
that both had been lucky in what was a racing incident, again
showing the spirit in which our series is run. I am sure we
all wish our guest who was clearly the more shaken of the
two a speedy recovery and also to his wife who had witnessed
Quite what will be the outcome of the race in terms of results
I did not find out and perhaps we can ask Nigel to post a
reply for all concerned. Will they get a refund, will they
get an apology, could the organisers be found once the decision
had been taken, until we know different, I leave you all to
fill in the blanks for yourselves......!
One driver most disappointed not to race in the atrocious
conditions was young Myles who just loves the water. Never
mind Myles there are bound to be more wet days when you can
put on your wellies and show us how to enjoy the rain!
But in any event well done everybody and here's looking forward
to next week and the Birkett, let's hope that its dried up