I´m really proud, that Jackie Stewart did it, and, of course, I have sent him a congratulatory telegram. I hope, in the next race the steely Scot will throw down his gauntlett again...
But in my opinion, with a race report like this, and with pictures like this, we are ALL winners! Thank you very much for all your efforts, Dave! In Germany we say: "das ist ganz großes Kino" and that means something like: this is a really great motion picture!
Post by Phil Kalbfell on Aug 25, 2014 17:40:51 GMT -5
Congratulations to Hans-Peter and Tony also a big congratulations to David for such a great presentation and start to this event. I am very pleased to see the Shannon perform well and finish a race unlike the 1:1 car. When the motor died the day before shipping I was about to put the car back on the shelf, glad I did not. Well done also to Stuubo and Stu who also had a last minute motor change before shipping. It is very good to see such a great group of well presented cars on the grid.
Post by Mark Huber on Aug 26, 2014 10:27:20 GMT -5
What's next on the agenda.
I heard from Dave Wisdom yesterday and I will quote from his email to me:
"The teams will now continue their journey heading west towards Pendle in Lancashire. Bryan (King) and John (Prince) will decide on dates for rounds 2 & 3. From there, the cars will head south east towards Cuckoo Pines for the final round, which hopefully be hosted sometime early/mid October."
Round 2 at Pendle Club Slotfire track Round 3 at John Prince's Valley View home track
Post by Dave Wisdom on Aug 26, 2014 11:59:55 GMT -5
Post-race facts and reflections.
Cars were all driven by yours truly on each lane for duration of 3 minutes. Lap counting and timing was provided by 'Lap Timer 2000' software.
Average fastest lap times were calculated for each car during each 3 minute run to determine finishing order in the event of more than one car covering the same number of laps. A total of 2559 laps were completed by all 20 cars.
The event was completed in one stint lasting approximately 5 hours. This enabled the complete grid of cars to be driven in similar conditions. Braids and tyres were checked and cleaned/taped accordingly after each 3 minute run. Grip levels on the Forest Hall Circuit remained constant for the duration and no problems were encountered with track invasions or unexpected malfunctions.
Apart from the rear wheel deciding to part company with Nigel’s Honda, all cars ran without any serious electrical or mechanical problems.
The crown gear on Matt’s Honda came loose on each of the 3 minute runs, but Matt has since explained the problem which should be resolved in time for round 2.
The crown gears on Chris’s Eagle Climax and Marks’s Ferrari 312 became noisy towards the end of the Grand Prix and upon further inspection it was noted some ‘play’ had developed between the pinion and crown gear.
Bryan’s BRM mysteriously lost a little power during the midway point, but this resolved itself and the car ran perfectly towards the end of the GP.
Between unofficial warm up, official practice and the actual GP event, a number of cars improved their performance. I imagine this could be a combination of motors running in, general running gear loosening up and me becoming more familiar with the handling of each car. Phil’s Shannon, Alan and Stu’s Brabham, Thomas’s Brabham, Marks's Ferrari, Chris’s Eagle and Ric’s Eagle all felt better on track once they’d run a few laps.
As Mark has already indicated, this miniature Grand Prix Circus will soon be heading way out west. It'll be hard letting go of them, but in the meantime here are a few more random images from the past weeks very enjoyable events at Forest Hall.
Thanks very much Dave for all your effort in holding the race and my cars problem. As everyone has said, such great coverage of the race/event/photos, terrific. Matt, let's regroup and have a go at these guys in the next race, we have the technolgy,haha. Mark, here we go again! Congrats to the podium, and is there anyone who can give Taffy some cause for concern? Regards Nigel
Even though the #20 Ferrari faded a bit from its lofty grid position I'm happy to have finished "in the points" in 6th. Congrats to Taffy on his win and to all the other entrants for their roles in the amazing spectacle that was the Forest Hall GP. Finally, special thanks to Dave Wisdom, the impresario behind this memorable event.
Post by Bryan King on Sept 13, 2014 6:28:00 GMT -5
September 20th is a definite date for round 2 at Pendle. We have the cars and we have the drivers so we're all ready to race.
I took the cars round to John Prince's track for a pre-race check just to make sure they were all running well and that none of the cars had suffered any problems as a result of the journey south from Newcastle.
I'm glad to report that all the cars ran fine except for Taffy's Matra which developed a loose crown gear - odd as it hadn't been a problem at Dave's round. Still, we tightened it up and it didn't come loose again so hopefully that's the problem solved. We'll keep an eye on it during the races though.
Only a week away to round 2 - looking forward to some great racing.