As I said in the post in events please everybody who came with car or not please write a few line's on how they thought the day went and want they thought of the cars/action on the day
Cheers peeps Trig
As I said in the post in events please everybody who came with car or not please write a few line's on how they thought the day went and want they thought of the cars/action on the day
Cheers peeps Trig
O what a day.
woke up at 6am fooking frezzing and raining
but did'nt take long for the weather to clear up and people to start rolling in.
then it was all systems go getting the track sign ons and passes out to everybody.
Next thing I know cars where out on track. Got my frist go at about 10am with my bro took it easy for the frist few laps then give it some stick could feel a bit of wheel wobble as I was coming outa the tiet bends so pulled in for a look to find the wheel bearings needed pinching up.
after that when out with Dave the race instructor and what a diffrence it made to my day knowing the right line's and braking pionts top man.
As for the action I cant really say much as I was in/out of the pits taking peolpe out only action I saw was when I was on track but did get passed by some lovely looking/sounding motors (hutch's mk2, michael cozzy, neil's capri, pigs beeper lol, and many more sorry cant remember everybodys name).
And one last VERY BIG THANK YOU to all the staff at Castle Combe for a great day with a relaxed atmosfear and friendly out look on the day.
also speical thanks to :-
Adrian (race director)
Dave (race instuctor)
PIG (for his help getting people to come)
Retro ford (for covering the day)
And big thanks to everybody for coming cars or not to help me have a birthday i will never forget.
Last edited by trig; 14-06-2009 at 09:30.
as trig said woke up at about 6.30/7.00 to rain and it was friggin freezing.woke up abit and waited for the reat of the Reading lads to arrive,they got there at about 7.30ish i think and unloaded the cars and we all got breakfast.well sorted out trig.quick painfree briefing and the action started,my lad and myself took to the track as soon as it opened in the beemer and had a ball.good to see the hutch there in his mk2 as i love this thing.afew outstanding cars of the day for me was rickys mk2,jamies vw golf,the 2 yanks went well,kieron was peddling the feista really well until it got the death rattle near the end,hippies took a ragging all day until the clutch cable snapped with about 10mins left so he got it home without the clutch.shame about noels porsche but went like fook as well.my lad had a pop in a couple of other cars and i thank the drivers for that as well he loved every minute of it.oh jez snores to load.cheers for trigs perants for the bbq.the only issue i have with castle combe is there noise testing seems 10db's more than every where else cars are tested(merlins must love it)all in all a top top day for me with great people etc.i loved the gti boys raping there things all day,boxxers spin was fooking funny(as he didnt hit fook all)perky i think it was getting a proper tank slapper on when he caught sweeps engine contents just before quarry(well held that man)the attmosphere where we camped was excellent with a lot of banter also.i have not spoken to anyone that had a bad word to say about the day so trig,combe and his family should take a huge pat on the back imo.all i need to know now is what date in september is the next one my inbreed brizzle chums?????????????????????????????
not a great write up as i dont do this shit but a little account of what i thought of it.
p.s was great to see paul alex,cossiematt,merv hill,gary retro,graham c etc pop in on the way to matt's stag do in bristol.i hope you lads had a great weekend on that as well.a huge big
to every single person that attended and made it the day it was
my first ever track day ... and i couldnt drive (dam not having a lisence ) anyways i settled for passenger rides with the 'BRE crew' proper laugh, had some right fun... wandering round the pits taking to people, and watching everyone giving it 'the beans' out on track all led to great enjoyment. a huge thanks to trig for organising it and to everyone else for making it a brill day. thanks also go to the BRE crew for taking me and bringing me home ... not to mention putting up with me as a passenger for a lot of the time .
only problem is it has made me get a bug, and im already thining on how i can make my mini faster so i can keep up and have a laugh with everyone else
absoultely BRILL , thanks everyone!!!
and trig whens the next one... at very least you gotta do it again next year please, so i can have a go at pedaling out on track
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I had a wicked time totally awesome day ! Trig thanks for letting me crash in your tent and matt for letting me drive the pug and to dangerous and his brother for the shotgun rides total commitment to corners lol I was abit slow on track to start off still you will be pleased to know ive made up for it today i just met the nice guys from police interceptors they didnt seem impressed with my rounderbout entry and exit speed and even lessed impressed when their 320bhp evo which hit 130 on film but was unable to catch me up let alone even get me on filmso its 3 points and £60 for excess speed in a 50 for me
Last edited by Kev_H; 14-06-2009 at 20:36.
strap n bang gang !
What a day ,firstly a huge thanks to Trig for organising the day ,it was our first Turbosport camping trip was nice to meet some new faces Trig ,simon and Phil(boy does he like a chat) camping was a good laugh but it was fcuking freezing(by the way Pig that was my bro doing the snooring)woke to a little rain but it soon cleared up after a bit of breakfast it was noise testing all was ok for me 96db but i think the brands noise pass sticker helped as they didnt check it too well ,then onto the breifing all the normal stuff really then get ready for some track action ,i thought i would drive the paddock slowly to warm the diff and box etc only to find that i couldnt get 2nd gear ,i had only just put the gearbox back in after changing the input shaft oil seal and had thought the linkage which is bad on a good day was ok but no joy,so after a couple of hours pissing around with it i managed to get 2nd so out on the track i went.
It was my first time at coombe but really enjoyed it the car was handling as allways brilliantly but i was having issues getting the gears and hitting the 7800 rev limit half way past the paddock straight didnt make for the best of lap times .
I pissed about with the linkage allday with the help of the Pipe family and Dave White thanks chaps but never got too many clean laps in so called it a day at around 3 despite the car issues we had a great time Cheers to Trig and all the staff at Coombe roll on the next one
I think i can speak for the other boys from Essex when i say we had a wicked day. Man it was an early start, getting up at 4am was actually painful! but it was worth it.
It would have been easy to feel slightly out of place in our new school motors, my mates in a few Racing Pumas and me in a bright orange Focus ST (couldn't exactly hide!), but we didnt, we just had a wicked day thrashing the shiny metal round the track all day!
I was really impressed by alot of the cars on show, there is something special about seeing 20+ year old motors in such nice condition and still being used to there limits, fair play to you guys.
Really glad we all chose the open pit lane format, it worked out perfectly and we got loads of track time. Enough for my ST to completely cook its brakes, resulting in a pedal to the floor moment and not alot of slowing down! Decided to come in at that point to let them chill for a while!
Apart from a seriously scary moment at Quarry where the dust was so thick the car in front of me completely disappeared, the day was incident free and after a long drive back to Chelmsford we got back very ready for ice cold beer about 8pm.
Had a wicked day, thanks for organising it, and if you guys do it again im definitely coming (this time with better brake fluid, new tyres, and new dampers!)
What can I say, this was probably one of the best days out i've ever had, loved being around all the old skool motors. I'd been looking for a mk2 escort ever since I put my name down and gave up last week, toyed with the idea of pulling out then decided to take our old car bmw 325tds, had an absolute scream out there once I settled down, to be honest this was my first track day and I shat myself going into quarry for the first time!! just need a quicker car!! watch this space
Again massive thanks for sorting this Trig sure it will be an ace birthday to look back on, but more importantly when's the next one? If it does happen I'd be well up for it, I think Pig's got the right idea september sounds good to me!!!
The day started a 6am for me and my mate Ben, drove down to combe on red bull to wake myself up abit and got there for 7.15am. Didnt know anyone but instantly reconised PIG (good looking bastard ) so asked him where i'd find Trig and he pionted me in the right direction. Signed on and got my breakfast voucher, nice one Trig .
Met Kieron and Simon and got a second harness off them. Went out on my own on track and had a spin on my second lap
Took my mate out next time and had a MAJOR moment after hitting the oil left by Sweep coming into Quarry at 100mph. Clean pants were definately needed .
Gradually got quicker through the day but the car wasnt upto the strain and burnt the ignition switch out (fixed that) then the Steering rack started knocking finally the clutch gave up at about 4:30. The misses turned up at lunchtime in the Megane R26 F1 so i just had to take that out for a blast too . Did afew laps with the misses on board too, now she wants a trackcar built too
All in all was an excellent day far far better than i was expecting and the best day ive had in ages, just wished i'd camped the night before.
Cant wait til the next one, well done Trig for organising such an excellent day
Last edited by PERKY; 14-06-2009 at 22:59.
,For me this was a great event to be part of ,not just about the motors but putting faces to TS user names and seeing motors in the flesh.
Although i was not in a position to take me old girl on track it was a great excuse to take her for a drive to the combe circuit i loved it sun shinning arm ou the window.
I arrived 5:30 Thursday in blazing sunshine to find i was on me own at the back of the cafe Until i found fezz and his brother to have a very long chat with i do like to chat.
They had raided a Halfords store on the way down to Combe to acquire all there camping essentials ,for virgin campers they made quick work of getting them selfs set up for the evening .The only thing they did not check was the weather and the fact that the temp would fall to 4 degrees in the night .I swear i heard ants teeth chattering in the night .
Found Trigs stuff he had dropped off earlier in a pile and Trigs famous camping marque he takes to events so set about trying to get it erected.Decided to wait for him to arrive to finish it so popped my little tent up.
By this time i was starving and the smell of BBQ ing food coming from the virgin campers was to much . Trig arrived and launched the marquee into the air and we got the BBQ going and got some much needed fosters out the cool bag .
As the cars and drivers arrived and night fell all the banter started ,the fact that we were all prepared to sit outside with no lights while the temperature dropped to near freezing made me relies what a crazy bunch we all were .
Vans and trailers continued to arrive past midnight blinding us with their headlight the swines ,then it was time to decide who was sleeping in the tar dis with Trig .We all had a great laugh watching Mk1 Matt and co getting giddy blowing up thier double matress with their mouths and nearly fainting This was followed by the bundle ritual to test the air bed for leaks i had visions of the bed bursting and them sleeping on the floor.
Clocks set for 7am ,then being the hardened camper i am i jumped inside 2 sleeping bags and pulled my fleece blanket over my head and got a sound nights sleep .
I was woken at 6am by groans and moans from the freezing members in the tar dis tent ,my bloody air bed is flat , my ruddy sleeping bag is wet ,I'm freezing i didn't sleep a wink i was so warm i had to take me blanket off .
Everybody was excited until rain was heard landing on the tents but by the time we were all in the cafe with Trig stuffing down breakfast (cheers Trig )and trig sorting the paper work ,the rain stopped and the cars were taken to the sound checks .
The two old guys doing the checks seemed to take great pleasure in given the NO TOO LOUD arm gestures and sticking the dB meter up to the drivers noses,but after modding there exhausts with odd shaped mufflers most managed to get out on track.There is no better site than watching drivers ragging the hell out there motors and returning with grins from ear to ear and all every day life worries left on the tarmac .There is something so right about blokes having large toys and reliving their youth , we should never grow up
As i was not taken my toy out on track i took a stroll with Retro duraz and Ratters around the circuit to take some photos ,what a perfect day not to hot the smell of clutch brakes and rubber being laid down.Walked the circuit for the first time then back to the tent for some nosh.
I was then very pleased to be offered a ride out by Trig but turned the offer down to go with a slower drivercalled Dave in his orange mk1 mex ,i had seen him whilst touring the circuit taken it very easy round the track as it was his first track day.But unknown to me by the time it was my turn for a ride the said Dave had turned into the Stig and was quite happy to thrown his mex 150% into every corner I did not stop grinning the whole time i was out there being chucked from side to side through every corner .Cheers dave for making my day bud.
Anyway thanks for a great time Trig the event was 100% spot on bud .Lets hope for more trips events as thats what makes owning our old motors the tops for me
My awards go to :-
Trig making it all happen
Pig for the best banter in the land
Mk1 Matt for just being a crazy dude
Jezz for being able to listen to me for so long
Duraz and Ratters for having the balls to do the circuit
K2 for killing his motor after he got his runs in
Denzil and Dave for making my first track day experience amazing
Last edited by essyrwd; 14-06-2009 at 23:55. Reason: i talk to much lol
Nice write up phill cheers you pussy
Pretty much exactly what Ross (RESTELL) wrote above. What a wicked day, I had a really good time.
Up at 4am for the 150mile journey across to Combe, think we arrived about 7.30 still feeling exhausted.
Managed to squeeze in 5 stints on track throughout the day, the open pit format worked really well, think I only queued once for 5mins. Car went well all day, felt really good hooking up some sweet laps toward the end. Journey home was pretty painful through the Friday M25 traffic, but considering the day we just had and the ice cold beer waiting at home it was all well worth it!
Only one moment on the day courtesy of my girlfriend getting a tatste of her first track action (in my car ). On her second lap out she got a feel for lift of oversteer through Quarry she held it though which it pretty impressive if you look at the attached pics! Other than that the day went without incident.
Got to say a massive thank you to Trig for sorting all this out, and letting us new boys come along, we had a really fantastic day down at Combe. Hope you had a good birthday mate
loving the last piccies mate, quality
lol,that was just in front of me i think
Got up went racing had grub went on track broke car had chin wag went home!
Old skool forever
Just don`t tell the wife
how much it really costs!
I cant really add much more to whats already been said
Except i'm still smiling now I've never done a track day before and for the life of me i cant think why I have spent my whole life around cars and driving quick is probably my greatest passion So to of never experianced the pure joy of hooning around a pro curcuit is beond me. Well now i have and it certainly isn't going to be long until i do it again.
So next time will it be in an escort thats cost the best part of 6k to build??????
Will it heck!!!!!!! It will be in the B.R.E pug that uptill this day has cost me nothing Just go's to show that motorsport most deffinatly doesn't have to cost a fortune and by the que of people wanting a ride by the end of the day it can be just as exciting
Highlights of the day have to be my constant duel with the other B.R.E gtiiiiiiiiii massive.
(dan you no my car is the quickest )
Taking Andy pipe out for a few laps. Finding out the rears took longer than the fronts to warm up and taking the apex cone clean out on the second fastest corner of the curcuit
Taking a slight detour through the farmers field on the second chicane on the final session ( i think little ant enjoyed that )
And finnaly meeting up with the people of turbosport, ones i've met before and ones i hadn't The atmosphere as usual spot on The banter even better
So all in all a great day and one that didn't end untill the pug was gasping for fuel on the long right handers
Trig mate your a star Bring on the next one mate, you have ALL out backing
Viva la France, long live the pug
nor can i really add to that was ment to leave at 7 thursday night but didnt end up leaveing till half p thanks dans mum . finally arrived at 12 midnight for everyone to go sleep lol i cudnt get to sleep i was so excited finally woke up at half 6 to finsh the work on the fiezbox, then it was breakfast and the boring bit the briefing . first sesson out on track was good nice to get a shake down with the new suspenson on and it was handling ok .was having a few battles with ppl was very enjoyable THANKS SO MUCH TRIG cant wait till next time. the car will come back better and strong for next time hopefully i wont get the death rattle again
Our trackday started Thursday evening when I left work with my mate Mark alongside me as a passenger, its approx 180miles from Manchester and there was no mad rush, so we set off at around 5ish and got there at 9ish after a couple of water stops, it was a gorgeous warm evening and as the sun set off to the west of the M5 we were both hoping for a good turnout and a good day.
It did'nt disapoint, after a worrying shower first thing it dried up nicely and after a full "heartstopper" breakfast at the circuits cafe and a briefing we headed down for noise test which was set at 100db. A bit low as from what Ive seen at most circuits it seems to be 105db normally, anyway I did'nt think I had too much to worry about as mine does'nt seem too loud. How wrong was I,
It failed noise miserably, mine read 107db's which is not even close. We were'nt the only one's, I reckon there were at least a 1/3 of the 40 cars booked all failed. We were advised to call in at the local motorsport shop, who were very helpfull and kindly stiffed/sold me an extended silencer pipe for £54 which after about half an hour of dicking about with cordless drills and jubilee clamps I had fitted and was ready for the track. The silencer dropped my noise from 107 down to 98 and I suppose it will come in handy for future track days. What made a mockery of it all was seeing an escort with a 3” hole saw clamped on the end of his exhaust which also worked. Unbelievable that a hole saw would work like that, but it did, fair play to you Ralph.
Took the first few laps nice and steady letting the faster cars past which seemed like everybody!!!!. But I soon got used to the circuit and was having a ball. Was a real eye opener seeing a few of the very rapid cars which Ive seen before go past you like your just not trying, Jamie & Rick spring to mind, very good pilots. And who else got the surprise of there life when the QE2 disguised as a blue Ford Falcon/Fairlane seemed to do a 4wd drift past them. Amazing seeing that go by.
Had a great day really, and I'm happy that Ive lost my track cherry and the car has survived although I do seem to have a problem with my boost hoses popping off, which I’ll being sorting this week.
Unfortunately I had to leave no later than 2pm as it was the wifes birthday "do" and all her mates had arranged a big night out so Mark and I piled all the camping gear into the back of the capri and headed off after a quick petrol fill up.
We had a massive detour on the way home ( not that Mark would know much about it as he was flat out in the passenger seat) as the M6 was closed at junction 15 so had to divert onto the M42 and then the M1 and back home via Woodhead Pass near Sheffield. As said we left at just after 2 and got the car back at just after 7.30. I reckon the car did a good 420 motorway miles over the two days plus god knows how many lap miles and did’nt really miss a beat, with the exception of blowing a hose off so I’m very pleased with the car (cheers James) and can’t wait for the next one.
Apologies if I never got the chance to say “goodbye” as I did’nt want to come in off the track till the last minute and then it was a mad rush in packing everything up and heading off.
Big thanks to James, Ralph and Jamie for there assistance in getting me on the track in the morning, much appreciated fella’s and a mahoosive thanks to Trig for putting the effort in and organising the best TS organised event Ive been to.
Would also like to thank Mark, CossieMark, Pig, Neil & Hippy for making these get togethers top drawer entertainment.