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And the challenge begins

Late nights, and a mountain to clamber, will have another look at it when I ‘ve finished this glass of wine…


OK so lets see, New tyres, plugs, points engine oil and filter change, drive shaft, brakes, gearbox oil change, water pump, carb leak, fuel tank leak, and fix that banging noise from the engine.. perhaps do that first… may have a mountain to climb but I am no where near the mountain yet…perhaps just do the wiper blades tonight…


…bugger got the wrong ones.


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Vegas or bust banger challenge











We are JP (Il Doctore) and Nicki Mason aka Team Ooh La La. We’ve accepted the challenge of getting a banger for under £500, now we just have to get it up and running. She was called Rosie, but we’ve decided she needs a complete sex change and will become René le Renault after major surgery – quite a challenge given Il Doctore hasn’t actually started yet and doesn’t plan to for another week – nothing like pressure! The team will be in true ‘Allo ‘Allo style and aiming to raise £6,000 for our selected charities :

The Ella Bear Fund – raising funds for local disabled children in memory of our granddaughter Ella Murray
Cure Parkinsons Trust – helping to fund the search for a much needed and overdue cure
Childrens’ Hospices South West who provide much needed support to families of children with life-limiting conditions (Nicki is also a trustee of this charity)
Wish us luck!

Will update as we go…

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No-one wants to play any more

No-one wants to play anymore!

A report from the fringes of motorsport:  by the well known scribbler for The Acrington Spoke Benders Association… THE RIGHT HON. BINKLEY BUTTER-SKEW

In the absence of the impressive Alvis speed 25 which is undergoing major engine work Rowland Racing’s John Paul Mason propelled Chris Guests’ Cooper T21 around a very wet practice session  at the 9th Grand Prix de Bressuire in June this year, showing a clean set of rear Dunlops to all comers – the Sunday qualifying and afternoon races were mostly dry and again the little Cooper was untouchable.  As at the Goodwood Revival earlier in September the car was running the smaller 1250 engine to its usual 1500 but JP was able to keep it on cam and out of the hay bales, entertaining the crowds with its nimble handling.

Michael Loreille in his Supercharged MG, Julian Eckersley in his Bugatti Brescia and JP in the Cooper played to the crowds by dicing together lap after lap changing places whilst all the time lapping a field of slower cars, adding to the spectacle – until JP decided enough was enough and got his head down.

With practice on the Saturday, qualifying on the Sunday morning and the longer Races in the afternoon (after a lovely long lunch, very French) prize-giving been reserved for the end of the day so the racing was back to back.

Like many events in France to avoid the complicated, expensive involvement of official governing, the racing at the Historic Grand Prix de Bressuire is classified as a demonstration race event with no official times being posted, with the exception of a unique scoring system known only to the acting Clark of the Course, where performance and positions are observed.  When the allotted time has passed, a flag is waved in the general direction of the winner, not necessarily the first one past the flag – it has been known to be the driver demonstrating a driving style in keeping with the event, but by en-large the first one past the flag gets a pat on the back.  The spirit of the event is none the less competitive and ever present.


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Back from blighty now, with a new addition to the track day stable, Richard’s old Evo7, it wheezed its way back to our base in France, dropping a valve and half its exhaust on route, shame it was going quite well for a bit. Oh well one more for the rebuild queue. Shetland weather really sorts the wheat from the chaff.

Any who, some good news regarding the Alvis head, turned out to be a porous combustion chamber. Thankfully after a few passes through the vats at Ultraseal in Slough, we saw the pressure testing needle holding fast.

The radiator is currently undergoing modifications and repairs at Allisport after the contra-taunt with the wall at Angouleme. With the mods all done, we can finally fit the blower, yippee (all being well)

Now to put it all back together before Donnington.

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Pre-war racing

Well where do I start, this is my first attempt at a blogging thing to keep family and friends up to date with Richard and my racing events.  After winning in Portugal last year we  failed to finish this year after breaking the car in practice. (see race report for Portugal 2010 under  Motor Racing legends)

Palimuary diagnosis is a cracked block or head, which unfortunatly didn’t manifest itself , but with hignsight probaly happened at Angouleme the month before after a confrontation with the hairpin wall at the end of the straight.  Although there was minimal damage it did shock the chassis a bit, but we continued maintaining our position and finished on the podium.

This year looks good with a new event underway with Motor Racing Legends at the Donnington Historic Festival. Duncan and his team has introduced a new category, touring cars, unfortunatly we don’t have one eligible .. yet.  But we will hold our end up in the Pre-War section, all being well.

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