Post by David Lawson on Nov 27, 2013 17:57:59 GMT -5
Thanks very much for the final update Bryan and the excellent set of photographs from Neil.
It was very close for the first two places but just look at that battle for 7th, 8th and 9th now that is so close - and look at how close some of those fastest laps were as well. It must have been a great race to have watched.
I'm pleased you managed to coax Dave Jones BRM motor back up to speed.
Post by Dave Wisdom on Nov 28, 2013 8:37:00 GMT -5
Bryan; Really nice photography from John and Neil. The race data charts are excellent too; clear and very easy to read. Studying the heats data it looks like Nigel's Ferrari experienced some difficulty on the blue lane; curious to know if is there any particular reason for this?
Are the teams now on there way to Johns home circuit for the final round?
Men with glasses need big pictures. That is the reason, that I only now have seen, that Pedro Rodriguez is missing the left mirror of his car! Regarding the last pictures, I suppose, that this happened in round three in Wolverhampton, because there is the first picture that shows the car with the right mirror only. Has anybody, by chance, found this mirror in the clubroom? That would be very nice, because it was the only pair of mirrors in this special shape that I had!
Thank you Bryan, for the additional details and Joh for the great pictures!
Post by Mark Huber on Nov 28, 2013 11:40:24 GMT -5
Excellent coverage Bryan and my thanks as well to the photographer(s) and once again to you for the great coverage.
Congratulations to Chris, Taffy and Alan; my apologies for not mentioning that sooner; the last couple days of have been somewhat hectic. I also want to apologize for bringing up personal matters on this forum, which I will refrain from doing after saying: Thank you for those of you who inquired.. my mom is recovering from significant surgery--it will be a long haul so the outlook is guarded but hopeful.
Now, back to the races..
Taffy...Please understand that I am just kidding here.. So what's a mirror and a wheel insert among friends? I mean, did you see how my car is missing the top of its engine covering with a gaping hole where the injection trumpets and screen used to be!!! I can imagine what the Concours scores will be for my car for the last two rounds.. I'm thinking of a double digit number which is not good! Insert rueful smile. And I noted the gearbox fell off in the last race.. but unlike the movie Grand Prix, Sarti didn't die. So much for my two part epoxy.. so much for my gluing technique, eh? Frankly, about the only thing my car hasn't lost (yet) is Graham Hill's head.. perhaps I'd better not tempt fate.
But I know those pieces (and yours too Taffy) are somewhere. If not, I'll patch up the Lotus when it returns home to Montana.
I'm looking at all these 3 liter brutes in the race with their sweeping exhaust systems and nary a part missing and thinking.. Mark .. next year you are going to give yourself a special exemption and enter a Porsche 804 (1.5L be damned) A big fat car AND very little external pieces to fall off!
I'll find the spreadsheet today and update the total points to date, I believe that the current top three are Taffy, Alan and Chris in that order, but don't hold me to that. With 3 victories in a row, Chris has steadily moved up the standings. The order of finish will all depend on that last race (and the secret Concours vote). I was counting on the latter to perhaps get me up to oh.. 8th place.. but that ain't happening now..
Firstly, thanks to Bryan for inviting me to drive at Pendle. I had a brilliant day and thoroughly enjoyed the cars and racing. It was also great to meet up with old friends and be introduced to a few new faces.
Dave, to answer a couple of your questions: Bryan has indeed handed the cars over to me and, well spotted! a rear bearing came adrift on Nigel's car during the last heat:
On getting the car home, I degreased the area, popped it back in with a dab of Loctite red and re-oiled the bearing. It should be fine now.
I've also attended to a few other issues.
As reported, Charles' Cooper had a stripped contrate. Bryan had a spare gear and I've now popped that in (my, that sounded so easy!)
Also, Mel's Brabham had a slipping pinion. I took the car apart and in doing so discovered why one of the front wheels was slightly up in the air (as pointed out by Bryan). The piano wire torsion bar between the front and rear of the chassis was coming unsoldered. I've sorted both problems (hopefully) and the car now sits flat on all four wheels.
Otherwise, there are some "cosmetic issues" but at least all the cars seem to be running well again.
Taffy good news! I am also in possession of the "box of parts"; I just looked inside and your wheel insert and mirror were smiling up at me.. like this
Post by Mark Huber on Nov 28, 2013 18:52:42 GMT -5
Points Race 4
Results thru 4
A third consecutive win and Chris continues his climb through the ranks after a DNS in Race One, but Taffy isn't worried (or is he?) Taffy won round one (remember back then) and has been consistent in all 4 races. Alan is in second place by a single point thanks to good finishes on the big tracks. The beauty contest may have a bearing on the podium standings when all is said and done. (Gives new meaning to the phrase.. may I have the envelope please...)
Don't worry Taffy the cars are in good hands and slot cars can always be fixed.
No, I don´t worry and yes, I know that (you know my other name: count crash... ;-)))
I agree with Dave: this time we have a very exciting finish. I am not sure to climb the podium at last. I hope, the smaller and twistier track might be an advantage for the BRM, but who knows? And what will be the concours voting? I hardly can´t wait for the next sundays race and the final results!