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thats a sentence, not gainful employment
 
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thats a sentence, not gainful employment
some very interesting bits to get on with though
 
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Who has gainful employment these days?? I know I certainy don't
What kind of gain we talking about lads? Mine certainly isn't financial.

Think I'd get more satisfaction from working on cars all day and getting paid something for it.
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It's all about the money... I have to say whilst I'm self employed and have my own little Ltd company I actually don't enjoy what I do... One day in the not to distant future I'd love to simply sell coffee and chat to people all day long, ideally in my own little cafe which would be decorated with images of motors and motorsport... Ace Cafe Eccosse would be my dream come true... one day
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large sugar for me my friend,

i'll be in the Trophy booth!

so clearly you can't do it just yet, you need some more Silverware this year for the Cafe Cabinet, but sound like a great plan to me, you old Romantic!

Be a great venue for a drive and drop in, aswell as planned events eh chaps!
 
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If it's got an engine you'd be welcome

There is an old filling station on the main route to Knockhill, I've looked at it for years with this plan in mind... who knows ... one for the future
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long way for a cuppa, could i bring a tent?
 
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Tent's are in... speaking of which I'll be tenting at Oulten Park on the 1st June before raceday on the 2nd, should be a good night with the SMRC troops, looking forward to Oulten too, then three weeks later down to Croft for a tentfest at the BTCC on the 23rd/24th June and on to Kirkistown NI on the 21st July for another couple of days racing and nights camping... all the dosh being in the car I'm doing the whole grassroots thing on accomodation... well I did need that gold plated gear knob (joke)
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The race at Snetterton yesterday went well enough! I qualified second overall, and finished the third overall - with a class win. The overall winner was a 3.2 litre supercharged GTV (410bhp apparently) and a 156 turbo came through from the back having had issues in qualifying! Obviously they both run in the class above me and were very suited to the long straights!

The car went well, proved tricky to drive the peaky 16v engine through some of the tight infield section but performed well! I was pretty rusty myself having not raced since 2008 but on balance did okay. Other new bits this year also worked well - exhaust (thanks Shrew), LSD, cooling system, etc. Our compromise tyres proved to be exactly that - too hard a compound. I may have to pesevere with that as the more suitable tyres are 265 each (that's right - and only 15" diameter!). So now I need more revs and throttle bodies (but we knew that!).

Next round is Cadwell Park on June 2nd/3rd.
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Cracking result there sputnik... are you running with or without the main front anti-roll bar ? I removed mine mid way through last year, found it gave me more traction in the twisties.

On the tyre front I run A048's, last year paying around 80/corner, jumping from 13 to 15 inch this year I'm now 140/corner, Happy to pass my tyre guys name over if it's of interest, he ships all over.

Cadwell.... should suit you a little better I suspect with the straights and long swooping fast corners... I suspect the fun will commence as you turn into the mountain
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Thanks Rodger,

We're running a bespoke front anti-roll bar and slicks hence the silly tyre price - I just can't run to a set for 1000 + from Dunlop or Avon at the moment! When I ran my Sud in the old AROC Class C (steel body/glass/race powertrain/Dunlop D84 control tyres) I also ran with no front anti-roll bar - occasionally we ran one that had been shaved down for the quick open circuits.

Cadwell will be more interesting!

Hope you'll be out in yours soon!
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Give Ronnie a call sometime 07711577148 , he's been around forever as has his company Wheels Around, they supply most of the tyres accross track, sprint & rally in Scotland and I believe venture to Ireland too... his prices may surprise or shock but worth a punt mate, bucks saved on tyres can go towards more bacon

I've been in his warehouse, a few nice cars hidden including a pristine mk2 Escort Shell which has a full race cage, an old McCrae wrx and a nice Anglia which may be coming out to play in the classics at some point in the future.
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brilliant Bryan, well done fella,

you're tyre suspicions were exactly right then, pity, but will they get a tad warmer at cadwell perhaps?

probably not sufficiently, but so long as you're up there with them now, things can only get better when you manage to make whatever changes you can justify eh?

congrats again mate, i hope Toms nerves are easing a little now?

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ps - i might try and make it across on thursday to see Tom, i don't supose you'll be about will you?
 
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sounds like a pretty good frist trip out then

looking forward to meeting up again at cadwell

i'm planning on going up thursday after work to drop the gearboxes off at BLS
 
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sweet,

i'll see you up there hopefully Kev,


Bryan, i was checking the timesheets outs last night, where did that last lap time come from?

was it a caution to the wind, lets see if these bakelite radials have finally got some heat in?

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Bryan, i was checking the timesheets outs last night, where did that last lap time come from?

was it a caution to the wind, lets see if these bakelite radials have finally got some heat in?

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The last lap was only a little quicker than the first 4/5 laps - from the start I knew we'd be racing the 147 GTA (320bhp) that qualified behind us so just did enough to get in front and maintain a gap (this went out to 8 seconds by lap 7) though I then lost a lot of time in amongst backmarkers which brought him onto my tail so I upped the pace a little for the last lap so he didn't get too much of a sniff!

The main aim was to finish in one piece - lots of time and expense determined that, plus it got me back into the swing of things after 4 years off! We did a 2.14 in qualifying, it'll do a 2.12 - even on those tyres. I'll run them again at Cadwell but will run lower pressures to get heat into them quicker!
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sounds like a plan, and well done mate

what pressures will you run at cadwell?

is this radial changeover gonna work for you once you've sorted adecent supply?
 
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Radials are the way to go, but the right compound is crucial. I can't get the soft compound Michelin in that size. There just isn't the choice in 15" diameter - even with new slicks. There is an Avon that is ideal (size and compound) - 235 each + VAT

We ran 24psi front 22 psi rear at Snetterton. I'll try 20F 18R at Cadwell but I'll speak to Michelin too.
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Hi Sputnik,

What size and type of tyre are you looking for ?

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Hi Liam,

I run slicks in a 200 or 205/580 15 - or imperial equivalent if considering Avon crossplies (I've run them before so would). They have to be a pretty soft compound too as the car only weighs 745kg!

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Hi Bryan,

I have a set of 195, 55, 15 dunlop formula r on rims , they are used, but in good condition,
if they are of any use to you, i,am not looking for big money and youre not that far from me.

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Hi Liam,

Sorry, it's slicks I run, Formula R's are treaded - the Alfa Championship used them as a control tyre for the production classes before going over to Toyo's.

Thanks though,

Bryan.
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