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Scottish Classic Sports & Saloons - 1st September 2019


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Been away for some time but have been watching. All seems to have settled down with the Triumph clubs so I've decided to post again.  If anyone's interested I've decided to take a trip north of the border and have entered the above event.  Have always wanted to race at Knockhill since doing a track evening with the Imp Club several years ago.  Unfortunately any memories from that are void as this meeting is using the track the other way round.  Not been used that way very often so I should not be at too much of a disadvantage.  Anyone fancy coming along please call in for a chat.

Pete Richards

p.s.  Good to see Gerard is around again.  Hope you are still getting brown sauce!

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Hope it went well, sad to see the entry list in the SMRC classics is very diminished these days, this weekend probably not helped by Bo'ness being on at the same time.

Be interested how you found knockhill in reverse? never done it,  kinda like the right way round layout though

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Can't say it went well as on the second lap of the first race I lost it at the chicane and ended up on my roof in the gravel trap.  I was trapped for what seemed ages, but I'm sure it wasn't, before being released by the marshals and medical team.  A quick check over at the medical centre indicated slightly raised blood pressure but as the Doctor said not surprising as I'd just rolled my car. Car was delivered back by the recovery crew and looked a bit sorry with damage to the front spoiler and the passenger door loose inside the cockpit.  With help from other competitors and their friends the engine compartment was washed down and a start was made in replacing fully the front and rear screens.  Having cleaned the engine compartment down I decided to try the engine.  It started first time and sounded perfect with no damage - probably due to it having a dry sump. Even more peopled joined in getting it back to being in one piece and then the decision was reached when we wondered if it it may be possible to get it out for the second race.  With about 3/4 hour to the race start all was finished, front and rear screens fitted, door fitted although one hinge was broken  and was consequently covered with tank take which was also used and an additional support to the door, the sharp edges of the broken fibreglass were covered with tank tape, all of the gravel between the offside wheel rims and tyres removed, and what appeared to be half of the gravel trap removed from the cockpit the car was presented to the Scrutineer for a decision on whether I could race.  He only had a problem with the large crack in the windscreen but was happy as long as I had a visor for my helmet.  Fortunately I was able to change the fitted peak to a visor and was able to start the race. I was a bit wary at the start but once the lights went out I was fine although I did have a problem with the visor misting on occasions.  I had another incident at the chicane but this time I took a short cut on the grass and continued to the end.  As expected I finished last but I had a great time due mainly to all the help I received in the paddock from fellow enthusiasts who just wanted to see me racing again. Unfortunately I don't know their names but my thanks go out to them all.

As regards Knockhill in reverse some parts are good and some are in my opinion dangerous, particularly the chicane and to a lesser degree the hairpin. I wasn't the only one to come to grief at the chicane.

We had intended to stay and explore the area for a few days and to this end had arranged to leave the car and trailer at the circuit.  Unfortunately the motorhome heating system failed on Friday night and this was followed by the water pump on Sunday night.  So it was a long drive home today (Monday) although we did stop off and check out the re-furbished Jim Clark Museum at Duns.

Pete Richards

 

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