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Post by numbnuts on Sat May 16, 2015 5:30 pm

Paul Dudley has entered this and asked if we want to play, is this the same weekend as the AFRC?

"sports and special race Cadwell June 20/21 snetterton August 1/2 Malory end September be really great if we can get a few of us out there so if any body keen on joining me let me know entries are around £250 all double headers regards Paul @ tiger ps races are with the 750 motor club"

Apparently only 10 places left so a full grid is tempting....
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Re: 750 sport specials

Post by Jackracing on Mon Jun 08, 2015 1:06 pm


Entry confirmed, and it is my birthday weekend.

Hooning around in cars and drinking various and chomping death burgers.

what is not to like. Very Happy

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Post by IAN51 on Mon Jun 08, 2015 2:10 pm

Cadwell we are at the Stone. August on holiday with the faimly mallory end of sept sounds good just depends on whether there are plans to do MGCC @ SNETT

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Post by IAN51 on Mon Jun 08, 2015 9:04 pm

Just had a look a the regs for this they are very odd. They have a Zetec 1.8 class they have a Duratec 2.0 Class but not a Zetec 2.0 Class. The 2.0 Zetecs are put into the anything goes class. Somebody was smoking something funny when they came up with these.

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Post by Jackracing on Mon Jun 08, 2015 9:29 pm


I think the 1800 Zetec is a hangover from when the Westfield Championship/Series/Some blokes, had nowhere else to go.

I believe they all ran 1800's.
Certainly had an 1800 in my old Westfield which was an ex Championship car

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Post by billy f on Tue Jun 09, 2015 10:16 am

In the latter years of the Kit Car Championship, the Zetec powered cars ran with a spec of Zetec that was originally based on the spec of the Zetecs used in the Ginetta championship, which was 1800cc with twin Weber 40's and standard cams. Sports Specials is a reinvention of the Kit car championship so the 1800cc spec has continued.

John - good to see your back in action again, best of luck with the new car.


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Re: 750 sport specials

Post by Jackracing on Mon Jun 22, 2015 9:38 pm

Well,  that was an interesting weekend.

I knew very little about what the LA Gold would do.
My testing had consisted of driving it onto the trailer.

Timings for the weekend was pretty relaxed.
Arriving at 19:00 Friday to see a virtually full paddock.  A lot of people must have been testing, even those not racing until Sunday had set up camp.
We found loads of space right at the top of the field, but it did mean a long walk to get anywhere.
With scrutineering not until 10:45 on Saturday and qualification at 11:45 there was no rush on Saturday morning.
Scrutineering went off without a hitch, not one comment about my Roary the Race Car catch tanks.

I had few expectations of qualification and was not disappointed.  
I missed gears, braking points and apexes.  At this point (3 laps in), barely time to warm up, the session was red flagged, a sump plug fell out of one of several cars that look like mobile scaffolding, horrible things.

Two minutes sixteen seconds gives an idea of my lack of track time, seat time in the car and more importantly, confidence in its and my ability.

Race one was not until 16:35.
I had forgotten how much I have missed championship type racing, even though I was well off the pace.
Another scaffolding car bogged down on the start ruining any hoped for clean start by myself,I then tried hard to keep up.
I need much more practice.
5 laps in and red flag, again, a very bent Striker at Mansfield.
I was getting a little more information from the car, but nowt from the all singing and tap dancing Digidash.
This piece of kit will be removed over the winter if not before.
Reason, I don't think my eyesight is good enough, even though I still wear glasses for racing.
Race re started, I came out of Charlie's 2 to find Paul Dudley having a grassy moment having pinged the the tyre wall on the right at the beginning of Park strait.
It would of course be ungentlemanly to remind him that I had beaten him, but I will make the effort.
He did pull off on the last lap leaving me last on track.

At this point I was happy not to have broken or stacked a car that I new so little about.
This did not take away the need for an ice cold beer in the paddock as soon as I got out of the car.
I had also forgotten how much I like Kronnenburg.

Race 2 on Sunday ay a leisurely 16:00
AGAIN, that pile of scaffolding bogged on the start.
Go past you say, but a check in the mirror showed that the championship leader, having missed race 1 with a broken clutch cable, was right behind me and overtaking.  It would not be a good welcome to 750mc by nerfing him.

I felt happier with the car and pushed slightly more, but it would only rev to just over 6000rpm, It is fitted with one of those mega squirt things, this too may have to go over the winter, unless anyone knows of a rolling road that is not a million miles away that can fettle such things.  So I settled in to what had become a test session really, for me and the car.

Lessons learnt.
First impressions are that this is probably the best handling race car I have owned.
The ECU needs a good fettle.
I barely got through the noise test, it was only the generosity of the tester that got me on track.
Accustafil looks like the stuff to use.

Snetterton the first weekend in August is next I think.

cheers


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Post by IAN51 on Mon Jun 22, 2015 11:03 pm

Hi Jack

Glad you had a great weekend and the car performed without to much of hitch.
The Megasquirt will be recognised by most rolling roads now. But you will need to know which firmware its running as the configuration software is only compatible with its correct firmware. You can re-flash the ecu with the latest version of firmware but that's going a bit above my head but a rolling road will do it for you. I would ask on Locostbuilders mate,

Alternatively in the next couple of months I will be doing the Zetec conversion to the Fury and I plan to use a little box of tricks called NODIZ they do a Zetec compatible system that does away with all the ford EDIS stuff and seems quite cheap at £300 which is plug and play watch this space I will let you know.

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Post by billy f on Tue Jun 23, 2015 7:32 am

Hi John

Glad you got some seat time in the new car, and from the sounds of it the weather kept dry for you. Have you actually entered as a registered competitor, or were you racing as a guest?

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Post by Jackracing on Tue Jun 23, 2015 10:16 am


Billy,

fully paid up and registered.
It was all a bit of a rush and possibly just as well as in the end there were reserves looking for a race.

I did bump into the RAFMSA over the weekend.
Darren raced with Sports Specials on Saturday and their own 40 minute race on Sunday
Sports special, he was 5th, there really is some BHP in this group and so good drivers.
On Sunday the AFRC put out 18 cars, 7 of those from the RAFMSA, 4 x Army, 2 x Navy, 5 guests made up the numbers.
In the normal course of events Darren would have disappeared into the distance. But, Wayne Rothwell had been invited in his Tiger ZR6, he did disappear into the distance.

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Post by billy f on Tue Jun 23, 2015 10:38 am

Thanks for that John.

On the lookout for an event to do in July, but only the 360MC 6 hour relay at Snetterton on 4th seems to be available, and would need 6 cars for that.

There is a Bentely Drivers Club event at Silverstone on 1st August which would be £375 for an 8 lap race and a 15 minute race, which is probably not enough value for money for me. Sports Specials at £245 for 2 x 13 lap+1 races is better value, but don't want to pay a registration fee. There is also the SRGT races 1 x 20 min and 1 x 30 min at £295 plus £15 event registration fee.

I should be doing the AFRC in

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Post by Jackracing on Tue Jun 23, 2015 10:45 am


Unless you do more than 3 events in a season with 750mc you can pay registration per race so that would make the entry £270.

Pick the best 3 out of what is left on the calender

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Post by billy f on Tue Jun 23, 2015 11:06 am

Thanks John,

That's good to know, as I want to do two races per event as I am still fiddling with the car and so want to be able to make changes and see the difference. I could go testing but would rather race.


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Post by Jackracing on Tue Jun 23, 2015 11:18 am


Even better idea, invite Mr Smythe to join in.

Between us we will probably have the oldest cars on the grid.

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Post by numbnuts on Tue Jun 23, 2015 12:43 pm

M
no mines the oldest, a 1950's tiger super six one of the earliest, manufacured long before tiger was established. It's a classic don't you know. LOL

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Post by Jackracing on Tue Jun 23, 2015 1:04 pm


Ha, the nearest you car has been to the 50's is its owner being born in that decade lol!

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