So today was trackday at Castle Coombe.
A lone small-chassis Triumph in a sea of TRs and MGs.......
Somewhat exceptionally (for us) it wasn't raining. Which was nice in a way, but possibly not so much appreciated by the car and, more especially, the tyres.....
The Falken SN832s are great in the wet, no question. They are not so fond of dry though; they squealed alot and are showing signs of stress
Front left (clockwise track) - note roll of rubber at the bottom edge of the uppermost (outer) treadblock
And rear left........
We were trying, but may well have been the slowest car there, though not necessarily the slowest drivers as we did get past a few things!
With ambient in the low twenties C, my new oil temp gauge was interesting.....
The warning light comes on at 120ºC.....
15 minutes of aggressive (sustained high rpms) will raise the temp from 76ºC to 134ºC
Even less aggressive (lower revs) soon gets into the 120s.
At public road speeds it's mostly in the 90s.
Tank average over 210 miles, 80 of which on the track, 26mpg......
I dont think any wrist watch, or static clock that a household might own, could ever measure the differences you mention, Peter.
I foot (300mm) height difference makes for about 1 billionth of a second difference in time flow!
Well, I agree, they are works of precision, but as for measuring time accurataey........we'd all get different times. Up here, 600 feet asl, my watch will turn faster than Hamish's because of General Relativity ( " You fall to where time flows slowest" Kip Thorne). And as Hamish drives much faster than me, his watch will turn slower than mine: time dilation due to Special Relativity, as Brian Greene describes:
I was lucky enough to meet George Daniels a great number of times over the years as dad was of a similar era and they used to race together, including events on the Isle of Man where George lived.
a really nice man who was very modest about his talents.
his millennium watch that he made a series of 50 was the first step to the link up with Omega that use his coaxial movement in their watches now.
Always worth having a few mates like that!
I have a good friend (different league though) who has a DB6 Volante. When I visit or we tour he always lets me drive it on the basis that he can drive it any time.
Thanks for the link Hamish. Some beautiful time pieces there. I have a small collection myself, but not in this league. A George Daniels would be something to own. There is a great bit of film somewhere, perhaps on Youtube, of Daniels' understudy talking about how he first met the great man and tried to impress him. I'll see if I can find it.
Back in the the mid '80s, when I was buying a few wrist watches from the Watches of Switzerland shop we had in Oxford, the shop manager asked if I'd like to try on a Patek Philippe. It was quite a feeling for this lad, just into his 20s, to be wearing £27K of watch on his wrist. I did, however, feel a bit disgruntled when they locked the door before letting me wear it. Must have been those ripped jeans I was wearing giving the wrong impression!