Monday, 29 July 2013

Kames results keep me smiling

I've just seen the results for the weekend double header at Kames and was surprised to see no-one of the six (yes SIX) MX5 entrants in class A8 got close to my fastest MX5 time of 100.25 sec. The closest was John Roddick's 101.87  - a quick time nonetheless. Richy Bolton was very close behind with 101.92 sec. Close racing indeed.

Definitely time for the Scottish Championship to include an MX5 class and its also time for me to make a comeback.....

Saturday, 20 July 2013

The long hiatus continues

It's six months since I posted on here so you might have guessed that I've taken a break from sprints and hill climbs. I never quite found the right MX5 and once the season started I decided to just take a year out and focus on getting my old Merc  back on the road.

I've been to a few hill climb events as a spectator. There is a great wee group of guys battling away in class A8 of the Scottish championships this year - ironically, the close competition comes from the fact that they are all using very similar MX5s. So, it seems I was a trailblazer.

Most of my fastest times have now been beaten by these guys but they still haven't managed to get under the magic 100 seconds on the Kames clockwise track. Maybe that will happen in July....

Sunday, 9 December 2012

RacingFIVE revisted - the search is on

I'm now actively looking for another MX-5 to turn into the reincarnation of the RacingFIVE.  Ideally, I want a Mk1 1.8 with a torsen diff but I'll consider any 1.8 (Mk1 or Mk2), pre-96 1.6 and MOT fails or non-runners.  Budget is tight - no more than £500..  I might travel a fair distance  for the right deal.

If you know of anything, leave me a message.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Bye Bye Saxo

The Saxo being collected by its new owner
Sorry about the lack of posts over the past few months.  I had lost some enthusiasm for racing and for blogging for various reasons, including buying an old Merc 280se which meant I could never find the time to write anything.  The RacingSaxo had been frustrating me all season, firstly with oil leaks and when I finally cured those, the gearbox started jumping out of gear.  This really hacked me off as it had put a real dent in my championship aspirations.  So, I decided I would sell up and have a re-think.  That was back in August and after some half-hearted attempts to advertise it, I finally handed over the keys for a wedge of dosh today.

So, this leaves me racing car-less at the moment and thinking what I should do.  Budget is very tight but I really need something reliable that will need the minimum of tinkering in between events.  And since my garage is now full of an old Merc, it's going to have to sit outside all year round.

Maybe, just maybe, I'll get another MX-5 and join what I hear is going to be a fairly big class of MX-5s on the Scottish Hills next year........