writing race reports for 3 years I got bored and stopped, so these
post-race updates are intended to be a collection of news, views
and gossip from the paddock. Brands Hatch went like this…
and lots of visitors; if only they had brought their cars! However,
feedback on this is promising. Tim Falce came to support and take
photos and reports that his car is in pieces but he will be out
with us this season, and also that Ken Paton, who has already registered
his D-Type, is nearly ready now. Barry Sheppard, also registered,
is back from racing his Nomad in South Africa and will be joining
us, sharing the drive with son Guy. The Nomad is my absolute favourite
SRGT car. Paul Richardson intends to have his new car ready for
Snetterton. He sold his Ginetta, now being raced with us by Ian
Reed, to build a Taydec, which is now mysteriously a Lotus 23 replica.
(Maybe John Suckling’s seen Transformers, or did he have all
the right bits, but not necessarily in the right order?) Come and
find out at Snetterton. Ex-SRGT driver Vic Nutter came to see us;
he started his GT40 up the other day, but I don’t think he’ll
be coming out to play. Nice to see him though. I saw him chatting
with Mark Bowd, who is having a tough time; after missing Mallory
(unbalanced flywheel) he tested at Brands on Friday and caught fire…
He’s wisely decided that Cadwell isn’t the best place
for a first race in a GT40 and is planning on getting a bit more
track time before Snetterton.
Morgan was a late entry in his G20, and he, Mick, Robert and Max
have all registered. Unfortunately they can’t get to Cadwell
but some or all hope to be with us after that.
news on future additions to the grid: Cheng ran into some of the
Cobra boys on Sunday and 2 of them will be registering and racing
– not sure when, possibly Cadwell. John Suckling will be out
in a Taydec, we are waiting for Mike Walker to get his licence sorted
out, and we will also soon have newcomer Clive with a Crossle. He
has asked for a race number so I take that as a commitment!
This being said, I think our numbers for Cadwell may still be low,
but I know some cars are definitely racing there. Cheng and I will
be there to support, but without the Cobra (back on the track at
Snett). Last season the pattern was the same; we had about 4 cars
at the first 2 meetings, Snetterton and Anglesey (which was the
best weekend of the year by the way – weather, scenery, track,
racing, all fantastic) and then it picked up and our numbers became
quite respectable. I feel cautiously optimistic for Snetterton,
so if you’re dithering, come and race!
our grid with the Kits is working out better than I could have hoped.
Cheng started his race career with them in the 80s, when the Palladin
Shield was still in the planning stage and there wasn’t any
other option. (The ACs weren’t exactly keen on having fake
snakes beating their Cobras in Intermarque). In those days the Kits
were rather a motley crew, but even then there were some serious
cars; Cheng’s first races were with Lee Noble driving his
Ultima. But there were some rather odd cars on the grid.J Nowadays
the kits are well prepared, well driven and quick cars, with high
driving standards. I really like that Eclipse – a very fast,
very pretty car. Our cars are mixing well with them and finding
people to spar with. Check out the Brands Hatch results and you’ll
get the picture. Unfortunately Martin had to retire the Taydec (mechanical
failure) and Cheng developed a slow puncture during the race. A
good looking race though, and everyone was kept busy.
you at Cadwell. Tea and coffee will be available but if we can’t
hook up to power we may need to resort to a kettle.
if you qualify but for some reason can’t race, please tell
Chris or Keri in the office so they can notify Race Control, or
ask me to do so. This saves trouble for the marshals in the assembly