Sunday, 28 June 2015

Back in the saddle

Well, it has been a long time since I put finger to keyboard and wrote up my blog. For the past two years I've been messing about with old Mercedes Benz, eating strawberries on the lawn at classic car shows and generally wishing I had another racingFIVE.

In the three years I have been away from speed events, a dedicated MX5 class has been created with over 25 registrants and regularly 10-15 cars entered. The racing is close and affordable - I needed to be part of that!

In January, I picked up what I thought might be a possible race car - a 2001 Mk2.5 SVT MX-5. It had an MOT, it ran OK but had some bodywork issues. At £400 I thought I couldn't go wrong.

I then spent the next few weeks dismantling, uncovering rust and welding in patches. I would have carried on but I then became aware of a MK2 RS with some important modifications which I thought would be ideal for sprints and Hillclimb. Only problem was - it was in Reading!

Anyway, I got someone local to check out it wasn't a complete rotbox, did a deal on the phone and was down two days later to pick it up.

I did my first event at Kames in May and managed to get a decent 101.08sec  run which was good enough for 5th in class.

I travelled down to Barbon in June and managed to beat my previous personal best, posting 31.95 sec.

Yesterday, I was at Forrestburn and again beat my previous MX5 personal best posting 56.98 sec.

The guys in the paddock are a great crowd. The banter is infectious and everyone helps out when there is a problem. I have missed this racing and it is great to be back.

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.