I'm hoping to do a one-off at the end of June 2011 at Brands and I've just noticed above that you have a meeting on July 3rd - that's a 'possible' - I'd love to have a race up at Knockhill whilst in the UK.
Don't the southern based race series get a nose-bleed travelling this far north? (as an ex-Englander I can say this!) Maybe the Scottish Exec sould introduce a 'race-tourist' tax refund to encourage them? Seriously, my strategy would be to promote local race talent and let the National series discover the advantages of K'hill when they see the prices at other UK circuits.
Post by gallonsperminute on Dec 6, 2010 10:13:45 GMT
I tried on Saturday, tonque in cheek, at the club AGM to get the Sports 2000 club to come up. I can still hear the laughing. Oulton is a drag for most of them and as for Croft, where they have raced before, I cannot even repeat what was said.
If I stayed down south and had Brands on my doorstep I doubt I would travel to Knockhill or Croft.
Post by gallonsperminute on Jan 4, 2011 13:25:20 GMT
Changing the October meeting makes sense. Tour of Mull is on the 14/15/16th as is Rally Scotland but most importantly the FF festival is that weekend and for the past few years the Scottish turnout there has been poor because of the clash.
Although the V8's give fantastic racing and sounds, the whole atmosphere is something completely different from any other motorsport I've witnessed. Because there are only 2 makes of car (Ford and Holden), the spectators preferences are split down the middle. It becomes a bit like a football match, with 2 sets of supporters...... all Aussies and all pissed!! It really can get messy at times.
XR2 now gone...... but as an Austrian once said "I'll be back!"
I would dearly love a a few laps in a V8, they're pretty spectacular, and if I can dream, why not dream those laps are at Bathurst.
Totally agree Greig about the atmosphere. Alexis and I went to see them when we lived in Perth, Barbagallo Raceway was just a a few km's from where we lived. It's comparable in size to Knockhill, so you can imagine what it's like with 32 of them round there (if anyone doesn't know what they are, the Holden Commodore was the Omega in the UK, Ford Falcon's are the same size but there is no UK equivalent). We got there just before the start of the first race, had never seen the circuit before so we just plonked ourselves somewhere, beside the longest straight just before the braking point for the final corner, about 10 yards from the track. When those cars came over the crest of the hill it was like thunder, the noise literally went right through you.
And yes of course there's the Aussies. Groups of guys dressed head to toe in red or blue, and some Sheila's, carrying in a bath sized cool box full of piss (beer) and literally setting up 'camp' for the day in one spot. One group we saw took it well serious, they had setup a makeshift gazebo complete with makeshift dunny...a hole in the ground with a tarp wrapped round for privacy!
err lads we have the scottish V8's in classics, Willy Toye's fleet of TR8's, Russel and Andy's Morgans' and that gorgeous Capri Perana of Roy Smith, add in Warren Dunbar's jag and the 3litre capris then there is no shortage of V power. love being on the outside of clarks as those boys open up, makes the wee hairs on the back of your neck stand up
opinions expressed here are my own, isnt that what forums are for lol
Alan, I'm well aware of our own V8 contingent. I've had a go in a TR8 in a grass autotest, with an LSD, now that was proper hoot . Would love to take one out on the track. Have also had the privilege of taking a couple of Morgan +8's round the 'hill, not race ones, still a joy to drive. Logically the next step is an Aussie V8 ;D
I have promised myself that one day I will own a V8. When is it you can have a mid-life crisis