Easter and the regular Loton two day club fest. I drove there on Saturday afternoon, the roads deserted and a leisurely yet quick journey. The usual b&b– across the fields to the pub, always pleasant. The entry list looked large, bikes as well as cars. In the modern
single seaters several new cars at their first competitive event,
particularly in the 1100cc and 1600cc classes which remain very popular
at present. I'm beginning to think that April is too early to start the
season as conditions can be very poor.
Sunday was cool and dry, sadly a trike accident after the finish line delayed early practice, the driver and passenger needing hospital treatment. Consequently cars had only one practice run although, curiously, bikes practiced first and had their two practice runs which seemed a bit unfair. After lunch the event ran easily enough although finished after 6.00 pm, too late and clearly the entry was (too) large – this despite some cars not taking their final run due to mechanical failure or driver boredom.
The Mallock ran easily enough, in a class of two with the Pheobe Rolt Elva 200 FJ. Sadly Pheobe tapped a steering arm on the barrier during T1 and scratched, brother Stewart driving home to look for a replacement steering arm. Returning to the paddock after T2 the Mallock's o/s 'long' halfshaft let go and emerged through a wheel centre, to the consternation of one or two officials whilst those more mature and familiar with Mallocks just laughed. That was then end of my weekend so the Mallock was packed away and I went to the pub. As the Elva ran again on Monday Stewart's long journey was obviously successful. Sundays results are here.
This is something Mallocks occasionally do although it's never happened to me. Suffice to say the Morris Minor Centre in Bristol have 'Mowog' half shafts off the shelf at a non motor racing price, so all is ready for Gurston Down. Looking at the results for Loton on Monday competitors did have all their runs although the programme again finished late, not great for those in the later batches with long journeys home after loading their transporter.
Curborough Sprint 2.4.17
Sunday was the time to give the Ensign a run, as in previous years using the MGCC sprint as my test day where they were again using the 'figure of 8' configuration. Originally Curboroughsprints were a single lap, then a double lap and with the latest development it shows how a rather plain layout can evolve. Involving a crossover the resulting road works are an example of how this should be done, the entry kerbs rising steeply to discourage drivers from taking a shortcut inside to make the entry less intense, neat slatting and good concrete work so they should stand up to hard use. As I've previously remarked, something of similar quality would have enhanced Shelsley Walsh's recent replacement kerb at Bottom Ess. As luck would have it Gurston were holding their test day as well – like much of the 2017 season, too many events clashing.MGCC had some organisational problems too, a combination of the retirement of the incumbent husband and wife team who had had been C of C and entry sec for many years coupled withillness meant that Martin Price had to step in as entry sec at the last moment.
The forecast was for a warm, perhaps even hot day, a sharp westerly breeze but in April who minds so long as it's dry? As I tracked up the M5 at an ungodly hour the sky was clear as the sun rose over the Cotswolds. Less encouraging were the scudding clouds when I arrived at Curborough, the landmark electricity windmill rotating slowly above the sewage works alongside the track. Who says speed events are always at the most picturesque locations, although there's actually nothing much wrong here, close to the Fradley Junction of the Trent & Mersey meeting the
Coventry Canal, picturesque, nice walks, pubs.... Many of the 40 or so
entrants had already arrived and after I'd walked the course, an enjoyable ritual after 2 hours driving, the Ensign was unloaded and sorted. The same old routine although after last week at Combe with the Mallock I was reminded how the Ensign just takes more time to prepare. That said, there is nothing that compares with the driving experience of a single seater, which I suppose is why I continue doing it.
Slowly the breeze was dying with more blue than grey overhead. Sadly and surprisingly I was the only single seater entered, much of the entry being road going saloon cars with some period MGs, Les' Elva Mk 7 sports racer and Andy's excessive 4.6 litre MGB! Les had entered his pretty Sebring Sprite but changed to something equally desirable from his stable, the Elva with a twin cam and 5 speed Mk 9 Hewland. With a small entry and track conditions verging on perfect there was no rush to get started as one run for the whole field took less than an hour, aside from incidents, of which there were few. The scute duly wandered around the Ensign and was satisfied and thenwe were off into P1. The track was clean and the older slicks that I was using had warmed in the sunhine; chassis settings were the same a my previous best here and I had no reason to disagree as the Ensign was eminently controllable. However, one small thing, the engine went flat at 7000 revs! Not life and death, as that Liverpool legend Bill Shankly opined, it's much more serious than that. With no immediate ideas I changed the spark plugs, as one does, without much expectation orenthusiasm.
P2 soon arrived, just as well because the timekeepers were starting the season badly for despite timing Curborough forever they managed to lose the last few P1 times, which were ours! The Ensign twin cam was still lacked revs and an appalling start, although that was my fault, Andy's MGB surging ahead. I just had the engine issue to resolve, satisfied that the handling and brakes were up to standard. The runs ran immediately into T1 which was taken before the lunch break, times improving although Les was frustrated with his gear change, his beautifully newly fabricated lever and linkage still at odds with the 5 speed Hewland Mk 9. I also noted the neat mounting of an alternator above the Hewland. This time I made a good start and used third gear more because of the engine's lack of top end, probably a good idea anyway with smoother power delivery through the crossover and the twisty bits.
The lunch break was early, not that I did much relaxing or wandering which I normally enjoy as part of the pleasure of these events. After checking the carburettor jets the front Weber started dripping fuel so I removed the float, everything was in order, the dripping ceased on reassembly! After balancing the Webers I remembered that the only adjustment made to the fuel system during the winter was changing some pipework and adjusting the fuel pressure, obviously with a gauge. More in hope than expectation I increased the pressure, mentally preparing for another expensive rolling road session. So we were into T2 although there was no rush as the Ensign was running last in the programme, although I generally get settled and strapped well in advance – we all have our own routines. Conditions were even better, warming track and bright sunshine, the slicks hot, conditions that suited everyone. Off the line the
engine was revving higher and on the final straight pulling strongly at
high revs although a missed gear did not help. I thought that I had
possibly found the problem and increased the fuel pressure once again
before T3, too lazy to remove the body and connect the gauge which I had
with me. Les and his Elva had 2 runs as the timekeeper did not record his time for T1, the Elva's twin cam sounding delightful as it quickly left the start line.
Although there was plenty of track time still available it was decided that T3 would be the last run of the day,midway through the afternoon. That suited me fine as loading the Ensign takes a while and there were problems with the transporter wheels to sort before the return home. The last run was drama free, no driver errors, the twin cam revving, good finish line speed although a little short of my PB here. Les won his class heading a fast Sprite and a fast Midget whilst Andy was alone in his class but won the award for fastest MG on the day and in the end the Ensign just slipped ahead. For those who have not competed at Curborough the figure of 8 format is challenging and rewarding, particularly on warm and dry day.
Castle Combe Sprint 25.3.17
As Diane, one of ourneighbours, commented,'it's that time of year again' asI hooked the transporter onto the back of the Audi. Indeed it was, despite last minute pressure to get the Audi MOT'd although nofault of Dialynx who stitched together a solution to get the handbrake working to the tester's satisfaction. Thisthefirstsprinteventofthe2017season,1.75lapsofCastleCombestartingfromthemarshallingareaexit, the finishjustafter'Bobbies'. Blessed with almost perfect weather for the time of year, clear blue sky although a chilleasterly breeze, the short journey meant I wasearly enoughto walk the course and check the reportedchanges at The Esses and Bobbies, in fact not used and of a minor nature. The track was obviously dry, very clean butcold. Bristol Motor Club, the organisers, must have been delighted with the oversubscribed entry list,reserves allowed to practice should runners fall by the wayside, which somedid, soall reserves hadcompetitive runs.
This event is the first round of several championships including the Hillclimb and Sprint Associationandthe British Sprint although for the latter there seemed fewer large single seaters than I remember from previous years. I chose the Mallock to start the season, in the 1100cc single seater class with several modern bike engined cars, carefully warning the startline marshal that I would be slow – very slow!The driver's meeting was at 8.30 but I left everything in the Mallock for the scrutineer; fortunately he knew the car and when I returned the signed approval sticker had been left. As an aside, after a winter of discussion and speculation about the MSA's decision to enforce their Blue Book regulations regarding ROPS – rollover bars to you and me - there were apparently no problems highlighted by the scrutineers. They havethe unenviable task of dealing with this at the coal face and I do wonder if an unintended consequence of this will be a reduction in the number of scrutineers, a group vital to the future of our clubmotorsport.
Following a tatty start line in 2016 this section of tarmac hadbeen resurfaced so there was no loose material flying upas cars departed. The start areaseemed better organised with less delay between arriving in the marshallingareastrapped in and ready to go, and actually starting. That's to the organisers credit because there were delays in practice with mechanical failures and cars falling off, happily few with damage. Single seaters were run in the middle of the programme and our single practice run was called relatively quickly as theprogramme ran with 2 or 3 cars on the track simultaneously. Someof us were viewing driving with a degree of trepidation, this being the first event for everyone although a few might have done some non competitive testing. It certainly was for me despite the Mallock fittinglikean old pair of shoes. Having disgraced myself in practice last year, spinning oncold tyres in The Esses, I drove with, perhaps, excess caution but at least nothing untoward happened, the Mallock running sweetly. In the past practice has comprised 2.75 laps so that after a lap heat getsinto the tyres, on the Mallock's rather hard Avons the grip being immediately obvious and reassuring. With just 1.75 laps this couldnot happen. After P1 there was plenty of time to check the car and make a few small adjustments, check spark plugs although I was confident the fuel mixture was correct. Most single seat competitors were fiddling, body panels strewn about, someone looking for welding equipment as a suspension link had cracked, others engrossed with their PCs downloading data from their ECUs, some checking suspension geometry.
It was pleasant catching up with people I'd not seen since last autumn. New cars purchased and interestingto learn that a Mallock Mk11 will be returning to the hills in the Aldon Classic Championship, although I expectsomeone will disapprove of it's original rear wing.The weekend sprint normally held in May at Crystal Palace has been moved to August Bank Holiday and itwas useful to hear the background from Andy, competing at Combe with his quick Elan +2. Partner Jackie is the entry secretary, although they will both miss the event due to previous arrangements. Andy remarked about how his Elan lifted significantly at speed, Combe of course rather quick in places, the Elan a product of it's time and the available knowledge of aerodynamics. For a sprint like this Combe is perfect, plenty of space in the paddockwith hard and level tarmac with roads to quietly drive the car around before the action to confirm that everything works.
After the customary break timed runs started at 1.00am. Again there were a few delays although nothing serious, until.....funnily enough, I was on the start line willing the light to turn green when a marshal
loomed from the right indicating that I might as well turn the engine
off. Not one but two problems – a car had stopped on the track whilst
another was halfway down the return road, apparently on fire. Well perhaps - I thought that sounded more like oil which it was, something having left go in Bobbies and a proverbial TorreyCanyon oil slick from there, through the finish, continuing along most of the return road, to a point wherethe oil must havebeen exhausted. Of
course I did not know all this but there was a significant delay laying
cement and sweeping, during which I relaxed in the Mallock. Having
competed for a few years now, I've become used to this sort of delay, so to pass the time I mentally drove the track logging braking and gear change points in my brain, this, of course, so much easier than doing it for real! The delay was at least 30 minutes and I had the dubious pleasure of being first on the track after the oil, although the C of
C carefully explained where it was and anyway, it's not as if this
hasn’t happened before. The first lap was good and the oil was off my
normal line through Bobbies, obvious due to a copious amount of cement, which I had to then cross as I headed towards Camp. I confess to slightly lifting there but nothing happened and the Mallock sang through the corner and off down the straight. A significant improvement on my practice time was the reward, the Mallock feeling smoother than P1 although I expect that was due to more seat time, although I did reducetyre pressures and the sunshine was providing some tyre warming.
Everyone successfully navigatedthe oil. The programme ran steadily into T2and track conditions remained good although the sun was dropping in the clear sky, the clocks not going forward until 1.00am on Sunday morning. This time there was little delay and the Mallock onceagain quicker by a decent amount as I was not worrying about the spillage and starting to enjoy the little motor singing away at 8500 in top. However it was soonover, precious little track time although some with mechanical problems will have thoughtdifferently. The Mallockraneffortlesslyandmechanicallyonly asmall adjustment necessarytothegearmechanismattheendofT2. I understandthe driver of the car that dumped the oil arrived at Combehavingforgottentopackhis 'Hans' safety device and boughtanewonefromtheonsiteretailerMerlin.InthecircumstancesIadmirehisfortitudeandcommitment – I too visited Merlin but only to top up my stock of numbers for the forthcoming season.
Due to the delays there was only time for one Sprint Championship Top
12 runoff before the 6 o'clock curfew whilst BTD went to Terry Holmes in
his 3.5 litre Lola Judd on 116.84s. The results are here.
I'dlittleenthusiasmforCombeintheprecedingfortnight,perhapsrememberingthetrulymiserableweatherthat can happenatthistimeofyear.I'm pleased I made the effort for if the weather's fine it's generally a good day - and for me it was. Quite a few competitors were off to Rockingham for a sprint on Sunday, also blessed with perfect track conditions. Next week it's an MGCC sprint at Curborough, theirorganisation with problems astheir entry secretaryis indisposed, although I understand that the sprintwill happen. This emphasises the demographics of UK club motor sport where organisers and officials are often 'of a certain age' and there are few younger enthusiasts wishing to become involved. Now that'ssomething that the MSA should be seriously involved with.
A Spring Start at Race Retro 24.2.17
For many speed event competitors their season starts with this show, held for over 10 years at Stoneleigh Park, a convenient location south of Coventry where the main exhibition hall is quite civilised although some of the peripheraldisplay areas are little more than clean cattle sheds. On and off I've been going since it first started, the early days helping out on the HSAstand, later as a regular punter.
Plenty of hill climb and sprint supporters have always attended Race Retro, some interested in the older competition cars around which the show is based, others just enjoying a motor sport themed day out. Classic motorbikeenthusiasts also have plenty to browse and discuss whilst the auto jumble area does offer an opportunity to stock up on small quantities ofodd items that are otherwise neverworth ordering online. At the same time there is what's quaintly referred to as live action outside, historic rally cars scurrying round an improvised course, popular with many people whose idea of motor sport is being 400 metres away from an F1 race. Inevitably there is also an auction with some competition cars although few single seaters or sports racers, plenty of the sort of road cars one would expect plus
piles of 'automobilia' and wrist watches. Looking at the online
catalogue the automobilia intrigued me, particularly the eye watering
estimates for what I consider nasty and tasteless items of tatalthough what do I know? At least they are cheaper than a car.
The last few years I've travelled with a small group of friends from Bristol, showing our green credentials as we piled intoAndy'sDisco with Chris and Christine at 8.00 on Thursday morning to enjoy a smooth ride to Stoneleigh and back, collecting Alan beside the M5 at Falfield.No prizes to guess the subject for conversation – the MSA and our dissatisfaction with the service provided by the main motorsport organiser in the UK. Alan's arrival changed the subject, to a degree, for as an MSA scrutineer
as well as a competitor Alan was able to confirm the official line on a
number of items. I was able to indulge my rather bizarrepursuiton long car journeys of counting church spires and towers visibleat the same moment. This easier and probably safer when not driving although the restricted view fromthe back seat was a handicap and I did not expect to beat 3, nor did I, this on the A42 around Measham. Traffic was light and we soon parked close to the halls in Stoneleigh, Chris having a prioritypress parking pass in his elevated position as editor of Speedscene.
Surprisingly there were free A4 catalogues (although priced at £5) containing a good map of the stands, particularly usefulfor newcomers although the layoutwas familiar to past visitors. With this in mind I followed my usual routine of slowly walking up and downthe aisles, stopping and chatting when something drew my interest. On the British Women Racing Driver's Club stand a small racing car was exhibited, Jeremy Rivers Fletcher explaining that it was built by his late father for speed events around 1964. Thissingle seater sits on 10 inch wheels with rubber suspension and swing axle suspension front and rear, the restoration is 'work in progress'and it is intended toenter competitive events, now powered by a Triumph 650cc twin rather than the original 250cc Villiers Starmaker. It's lovely that modest cars like this reappear and there are people enthusiastic enough to tackle the project. Jeremy did observe that his Pa was less than impressed driving the final result – short chassis, small wheels, swing axle – a marriage made in hell? Staying in the main hall I had a useful chat with Hewland Classic who werepositive about parts availability for the smaller Mk8 boxes which is good news for many who love this VW derivative. Shelsley Walsh had a smart stand and car display andfamiliar faces but I did not stop, having found in the past that too much chatting, whilst pleasant, creates time pressure as a rendezvous at 2.00 to leave had been decided.
The main feature in Hall 2 is the central aisle with plenty of competition cars displayed withsomeclubs
represented. Formula Junior always have a plinth so I was able to
collect the latest magazine, followed by a brief chat with Richard and
daughter Amanda, on their way to the Brian James stand to discuss collection of the new transporter for their exquisite B19. There was a bright orange Mallock Mk18, owner Dave Facer standing guard and I hope his weekend proves productive as Clubman Racing need all the help they can get despite quick cars at very affordable prices. Looking closely at the ex-Ian Taylor 1973 Baty March F3 it was amusing to consider that itwould have raced besidemy ex-Mike Wilds Ensign F3 in period. Whilst pondering the car I had aconversation with anotherwho
introduced himself as working with SAS Engineering in Peterborough. Too
much of a coincidence when I remarked that I was satisfactorily usingtheir head on my Ensign, albeit with a small loss in power compared with the original Holbay head.
Moving to the smaller Hall 1 there were more display cars, rally orientated, together with several transporter manufacturers. I'm always looking to see if there's anything new despite having had excellent service from my small BJ Shuttle which will probably continue unless we move home to somewhere with more parking space - unlikely! A new outfit caught my eye, Eco Trailers, offering their new enclosed tilt bed Shuttle for £4300 excluding, on the face of it tremendous value and it looked well made and strong with a fully enclosed floor, very important because if floors are extensively drilled or slotted they allow dust, rain and filth to get sucked inside. Moving further from the centre into Hall 3 it was nice to see Charlie on the Mallock stand with the newlyrefreshed 1969 Mk9 Formula Ford, apparently one owner and, for a Mallock aficionado, delightful. Listed at a rather eye watering sale price on their website I gather it may no longer be available and I do hope it gets used, this of course the 50th Anniversary year of Formula Ford racing. More displays and lovely
to see a Lotus 49 beside the one and only Cosworth F1 single seater,
used once and then pushed aside as not thought a good idea. Close beside
was the ex-Jim Clark Lotus 33 which had just been unveiled having been
rebuilt – perhaps rather prematurely as it lacked an engine? The remainder of this and Hall 4 were devoted to smaller stands and autojumble, orautomobilia? This I really enjoy as it's fun to browse the piles of old parts, some clean and tidily presented, some piled in a heap, looking in hope of the ultimate bargain
which rarely happens. I was on the lookout for uprights, rear ones for
the Ensign and Mike also needs spares for his Alexis F3. It's
interesting to check out the prices being asked and I was surprised by many, particularly nasty looking, Lotus Ford cylinder heads. There again, doubtless related to what a new one will cost, alternatively old heads which are often now porous and not a good buy if the engine is actually used in anger.
At this point I literally bumped into Mike and Jeremy and we stopped for a brief coffee
and chat, almost following on from out last in the paddock at Gurston,
or was it Shelsley? Jeremy's new Lotus Elan is a contrast to his Merlyn
FF but he's keen to get it on to the hills, the car otherwise totally
roadworthy, an added bonus. As Mike has a Sunbeam Alpine we discussed the use of 60'scars on today's roads and how we are now spoilt with the quality of modern cars, even the cheapest. These sports cars are not much fun on motorways but get into the country, where road surfaces are often smoothand traffic non existent, they have an individual charm, particularly open on warm summer evenings with smells and sounds not experienced in your Beemer with aircon.
We all managed to meet at 2.00 and return smoothly to Bristol with little
traffic. I did not spend a bean although nearly tried on some race
suits, then decided that I was not in the right mood to make a decision when my existing OMS is fine, if a bit grubby. A day I really enjoyed, the halls quite empty after the early morning rush, fewer stands than I remember, probably worth the visit although I'll review beforenextyear.A new competativeshowinLondonthe sameweekendbutseemstohavelittletooffer and they were giving away free entry passes online last week.IhearthetrafficjamsenteringRaceRetroonSundaysuggestedthattheymayhave got their plot right forthe moment.
Motorsport at The Palace 29.5.13
Once again a section of the park at Crystal Palace
in South London was closed for normal business and echoed with the
sounds and smells of racing engines as 7Oaks Motor Club organised
their sprint along some of the roads and wide footpaths which have
associations with motor sport, dating back to the 1930s. Two
days of sport over the May Bank Holiday, Sunday and Monday, full entry
lists on both days and on arriving early Saturday afternoon everything
was in place, including the substantial quantity of armco safety barrier
that has to be erected and then removed for this event. The track was
little different from last year although there was a new length of
tarmac in the braking area for Big Tree Bend, apparently laid recently
and necessary as the track was starting to break up at this point in
2012. It's a short track but in a unique environment inside a large South London park, an idea unlikely to be repeated elsewhere which could be thought a shame as this event gets lots of spectators, many of whom with no previous experience of club motor sport, just 'eff wun' on the box, enjoying the atmosphere and being able to wander past the cars and chat with the drivers.
the final bend at North Tower the surrounding grass was wet; moisture
spreading onto the track and this was given a thorough clean late
Saturday afternoon which also removed some standing water. This
inevitably leads on to my regular and tedious comments about the weather
and whilst the preceding days had been wet the track otherwise looked
clean and free from mud, the grassed paddock was dry and firm. Despite
rather miserable predictions the weather on Sunday and Monday was
perfect, blue skies and gentle breeze, great for competitors and also
encouraging spectators in their droves, this event arguably the most
successful at introducing the general public to what we enjoy. Alongside
the sprinting there were plenty of complimentary activities with
classic car and motor bike displays, trade stands and the significant
presence of the lead sponsors, the South London based Ancaster Motor
Group, supporting the event for a 4th year in a row.
time on my hands after unloading the Ensign I wandered through the park
to look at the dinosaurs, a feature of this park that I remember from
the 1960s. In those days they were very overgrown and sad, the bright
paint peeling from their, I assume, concrete bodies. These
iconic dinosaurs were the Victorian approach to educating the masses,
sculptor and fossil expert Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins and founder of
the National History Museum Richard Owen erecting these replicas in 1854
and they were thoroughly restored in 2002 and located in new landscaped
surroundings below Crystal Palace low level railway station, adjacent
to Anerley Hill. Well worth the visit, all now Grade 1 listed buildings
(!) and on this sunny Saturday afternoon plenty of families presumably
took the same view. As in previous year’s the overnight accommodation
was convenient in the sports center’s accommodation block in the park, a
5 minute walk from the track, tow car and transporter parked for the
weekend in the secure compound above the track.
entry on both days were predominantly road going cars from the 1950s
onwards although also a small and interesting vintage contingent and
it’s a shame there are not more as this is an ideal event for such cars.
were, of course, the modified classes and again a small class for
alternative fuels where sadly John’s battery powered Vindicator had a
small fire on Saturday due to a battery short circuit. As previously
classes were defined by date and there were also the usual sports libre
and racing car classes which I thought were poorly supported, possibly
due to the fact that the competition was a trifle unfair, for example
the Ensign’s class on Sunday otherwise included a Lotus 20 and Deep
Sanderson 1100cc Formula Juniors and Iota and Juno bike engined 500s,
all quick in their own right but at something of a disadvantage.
that’s how it was and I’m sure the organisers would find a better
system if they could, constrained as they are by MSA rules. On the track
conditions were very good and there were 2 practice runs in the morning
and 3 competitive runs in the afternoon, the programme running smoothly
although there were one of two offs and a Ford Mondeo rolled after the
finish line in the middle of the afternoon which caused a longer delay. I
was disappointingly slow and untidy, the Ensign well off it’s usual
pace and missing gear changes, on T1 actually spinning after the kink
into the final section of the track, something I prefer to avoid. One of
those days, I decided, the track certainly quick enough as shown with
Tony Beesley’s excellent BTD in his 1000cc Jedi 4 on 34.84s.
the Ensign to the trailer park I noticed that the gear selection was
becoming erratic, for whilst the gear change mechanism on the Ensign has
always been sloppy gear selection has never been a problem. Anyway, it
was time for a bit of R and R and a meal on Westow Hill and I decided to
have a serious look early on Monday morning. Closer
examination revealed that the first swivel joint in the gear change
linkage had failed, indications of which I’d had a few weeks ago and
thought I’d resolved for the immediate future. The Ensign was scratched
from Monday’s sprint and perhaps the dying throws of this joint had not
been much help on Sunday.
rather frustrating and annoying conclusion to the weekend but bad car
preparation and no one to blame but myself! So I loaded up and headed
home before many people had opened their curtains on this Bank Holiday
Monday. The Ensign is now in Ian Dayson’s Rugeley workshop where I hope
he can weave some magic and refresh the whole mechanism, making some
virtue of necessity. Hopefully the new universal joints from springfixlinkages
will be an improvement if they are as good as their customer service.
Monday’s sport turned out just as good as Sunday and Gary Thomas set a
scintillating new track record with his BTD on 32.87s, a superb
conclusion to another fine Crystal Palace weekend.