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Hi guys

I went testing on the 4th of October at Llandow. It generally went well. It was cold, but dry, I didn’t really get any heat into the tyres, so it was a little twitchy round the corners at times. Also didn’t know how done in my air filter was. The first couple of sessions out, the car didn’t really pull out the corners as well as it has done, and was a little hesitant to get up to top revs, Tony took the air filter off and… WOW! What a difference it made, the revs ran smoothly throughout the whole range, with no hesitation, plus I seemed to have so much power I didn’t know what to do with it all – which was interesting with limited grip. The new air was ordered and fitted to the car ready for the race meeting. I had lots of fun and came away with a big smile on my face 😆 I was hoping it would be the same for the race meeting, but…
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I had an early start on the Sunday, having to get up at 4am 🙈. Got to the race track in good time, but trying to find where the Welsh Sports and Saloon Car Championship guys were, well, was interesting, as we happened to be spread out all over the inner paddock.

We had a mixture of intermittent heavy rain ☔ and sunshine 🌞 equalling rainbows 🌈 (and not just in the sky).
Well racing didn’t go to plan, I was all geared up, and feeling really pumped up for a great day of racing, but my little car decided otherwise. The head gasket blew on the 2nd lap of qualifying. I first knew something was wrong when smoke started filling up the cockpit and then looked out my wing mirrors saw smoke coming out the back of the car as well. I managed to get back to the pits, very slowly mind you, and Tony lifted the bonnet and told me it was terminal and that the head gasket had gone. I slowly drove into Parc Ferme, then back to my paddock space. The worst thing of all was that the car was feeling good before the problem occurred.
This resulted in the end of my race weekend 😔 and any chance of scoring some decent points. It was so frustrating, especially as I had had such a positive test session.

On my way back home, me and my dad decided to stopped off at Coate Water for a nice walk in the sunshine, to enjoy the afternoon, after such a disappointing day.

Lots to do over the winter to get the car reliable and competitive, though I will come back (hopefully stronger) and fight hard in 2017 💪.

Take Care, Keep Smiling and God Bless
Vez

Round 4 – Pembrey (21-08-16)

Hi guys

I went testing last Monday at Llandow 🚘 and it was pretty successful, the car was running nicely, handling well, no major issues, just a couple of hiccups though with the exhaust falling off (easily fixed) and I had a small spin though the grass, which I’m still not quite sure what exactly happened to cause it.

On to round 4 of the Welsh Sports and Saloon Car Championship. We were guests at the Vintage Sports-Car Club Meeting for The Welsh Speed Weekend. There was 29 cars on the grid for our championship this weekend.

Qualifying – Position: 29th; Lap Time: 1:21.71
The track being slippery, plus coldish tyres equals interesting session. There was also a red flag part way through and with extra oil was put down on the back part of the track which made it even more interesting. I didn’t have 100% confidence to push as hard as I would have liked due to the conditions of the track. At the end of the session I lost all response of the rev counter and speedo, which was a little worrying though. The weather was nice though, dry and sunny ☀.

Race 1 – Position: DNF
The rain came down 💧☔ so we decided on putting on my pink rimmed front tyres, as they have a bit more tread on them. They gripped beautifully ☺.
The alternator let go early on, which lead to no power and only just had enough grunt to pull into the pits, after about 2-3 laps into the race 😔. Also forgot to open up the back windows to let some air in and my windscreen misted up badly, so couldn’t see properly.
Trying to race when not being able to see and then driving into the pits was very interesting indeed 😕.

Race 2 – Position: NC
Another wet race 💧, though the rain was starting to ease off a little by the end. Had two batteries (car battery and battery pack) to run my car, it worked! Car behaved beautifully 😊 but my rain light decided not to work and I was shown the black with orange disc flag, so had to come in have it fixed before being allowed back on track, losing 3-4 laps in the process 😕. Though I saw the chequered flag, I wasn’t classified as I hadn’t done enough laps in total – only completed 7 laps, while the leaders did 14 laps.

A frustrating day, the wet weather didn’t help, but I think we have finally got all the niggles now, and the grip I had with the pink rimmed tyres gives me some confidence if it rains again in the final race meeting at Pembrey in October.

I will be out testing again soon. Hopefully to iron out, once and for all, all the problems I’ve had, and means I can have a race meeting without any issues and can have some fun 😊. Please let me have a good finish to my season 🙏.

Take Care & God Bless
Vez

Hi guys

Well I was back out on track this weekend at Castle Combe for my second race meeting of the year (the third of the Welsh Sport and Saloon Car Championship). We had a 32 car grid!

It was a gorgeous warm sunny day ☀, well mostly, we did have a few spots of rain in the early afternoon, though it only lasted 5-10 minutes.

Qualifying: Position: 32nd; lap time: 1:44.693
It didn’t go well, I only managed 5 full laps during the 15 minute session, as the misfire materialised again (yep the same one I had in testing at Llandow), reducing my power output to basically 3 cylinders instead of 4. I was in and out of the pits to try to secure the wires from the vibration, but it wasn’t lasting 😔.
Got back to the paddock area, Tony opened the bonnet up to see if he could reposition the wires and tying them to a different part of the engine to see if the issue went away.
A few minutes later the water hose split and sent lots of hot seaming anti-freeze water everywhere, which was quickly sorted out.

We do rolling starts for our races, and each one this weekend was poorly executed, as the field was strung out instead of being nicely compact, a little frustrating, but you just have to deal with it the best you can, and the organisers have to do what they have to do to keep the racing on time as best they can, I don’t envy them. I can understand Race 2, as we were pushed for time, but even so the back of the grid were still coming round Bobbies as the front were going over the start line 😕.
Race 1 was shorten by 2 minutes as well, but so were most of the other championships racing on Sunday as they were running late, due to an incident earlier on in the day.
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Race 1: Finished: NC; Lap Time: 1:49.273
Though I saw the chequered flag I was not classified, as I hadn’t done enough laps. On the green flag lap the car was fine, but the misfire came back at the start of the race. I came into the pits to see if the issue could be sorted to at least give me enough power to go round at a reasonable pace, but it wasn’t to be in the end 😔.
Got back to the paddock and had the coil packs changed, in the hope that would fix the problem.

Race 2: Finished: 21st; Lap Time: 1:40.234
Better race 😄, even though the race was shorten by 5-6 laps, due to the lateness of going out on track and with the track having a 6:30pm curfew. I actually got to race with another car for a most the race! Still with a slight misfire, but nowhere near as bad as before.
We believe the misfire issue could be due to the battery dying – well it is 3 years old – and it struggling to provide the correct power to the coil packs.

Overall mixed emotions from the weekend, mostly frustration, but that second race has given me hope for better things for the next race at Pembrey in August.

I’m staying positive, as we may have finally found the problem to my issue. When a new battery is found, I will be back out testing, to confirm if it is or isn’t the battery, fingers crossed that that is the problem and I can enjoy the remainder of the season 😊.

Until next time.
Take Care and God Bless
Vez

Hi guys

Finally I’ve got back on to the race track!

Went testing in this beauty on Tuesday (10th May) on a damp Llandow track. The car felt good, it was running smoothly and I was happy 😊.
Llandow Testing (10-05-16)

Pembrey  Race Meeting – 15 May 2016

The weather was beautiful and sunny 🌞 for most of the day, the clouds did start to come over and the wind started to get up, but not totally hiding the sun, in the afternoon.

Qualifying: Result: 21st out of 24; Lap Time: 1:21.935
Just getting back into the swing of things, after not being at a race meeting for 13 months (Castle Combe April 2015), and getting the feel of the car on the Pembrey track again (18 months since I last raced at Pembrey October 2014).
The car felt good, and was responding well. I was slower than I would of liked, but that was probably just me being a little race rusty I suppose 😉, but I wasn’t last on the grid 😊💪.

Race 1: Result: finished 18th; Lap Time: 1:21.710
I started ok, had a good little battle with Holly for about half the race, until her engine let go 😔. My car started was starting to develop an issue, it wasn’t running as smoothly as it should have been or producing its full power output, though I came home in one piece and finished the race 🏁😊.

Race 2: Result: DNF; Lap Time: 1:20.876
Managed to make a goodish start and overtook a couple of cars off the line, but that’s where the good part ended, coming out of the hairpin my car wasn’t revving properly and never recovered, I came into the pits and got my mechanic to check that everything was still attached as it should, when out again found that the issue wasn’t any better, came back in and had to retire – DNF for me 😔 – one of the coil packs had decided to give up the ghost.
On a positive note though, I somehow managed to go 1 second quicker 😊 which means that I know I have the pace to run with the pack when my car is running smoothly 💪.

So mixed emotions for the day, but staying positive for the rest of the year. Fingers crossed all will work out and I have a good year 😊.

So new plugs and coil packs for the next race, plus some new brakes as well. I’ve got a couple of months now until the next one, and hopefully get out again for another test session.

Next race is at Castle Combe in July 😊

Take Care, Smile and God Bless
Vez

Delayed Start To Season

Hi

Well, my race season hasn’t got off to a good start. Electrical issues strike again, so I didn’t manage to get out for my test session or the first race meeting of the season :(.

My mechanic and some of his mates spent a lot of time trying to find the fault, and came to some conclusion that it was a component part that was the problem, Tony ordered the part on the Friday hoping it would arrive in time for the race meeting on Sunday, but it made a no show, so hence no racing. Gutted I couldn’t be there racing with the guys in the Welsh Sports and Saloon Car Championship for the first round :( I think my car has a phobia of race tracks 😉.

Though hearing of what happened in race 2: launched cars, a almost roll over, flying wheels and a smashed windscreen (due to the wheel, with its front hub, brakes, part of the driveshaft and suspension still attached), not what you want to be seeing at a race track, and especially at a race start. I’m kind of glad I wasn’t there, otherwise I might of got caught up in it and I’d be back to square one again. Glad to know that everyone involved in the accident are ok, if a little sore and shaken up.

I hope I’ll get some good luck soon, I’m sick of all this bad luck, here’s hoping the new component part is a success and I can get out on the track :).

Below are the dates for the rest of the 2016 season.
2016 WSSCC Race Dates
Well that’s it for now, roll on May for the second round of the championship at Pembrey. Fingers crossed that I’m out and ready to race 🙂

Take Care and God Bless
Vez

Hi guys

Where has the time gone, I can’t believe it has been 6 months since I lasted blogged!

What have I done in that time, well going back to last year a couple of things;

November 2015
I went with my mate Elz to see the Rapha Supercross at Kings Cross – which in the end was cancelled due to bad weather – but I did take these photos of the outside part of the circuit

and the Revolution Series at the Lee Valley Velo Park, I have never been to a velodrome before, it was great fun, and I enjoyed myself a lot, the atmosphere was buzzing! 😊

I went to see a Lost Innocence gig at The White Swan in Aylesbury, and I have to say these guys are amazing! – and I’m not just saying that because my brother-in-law plays the keyboard for them – I would definitely recommend going to see them if you get the chance. They are a covers band, and they do covers of Within Temptation, Nightwish, We Are The Fallen, Evanescence etc

December 2015
I did a Taekwondo grading for my green belt, which I managed to pass and gain yay J I was pretty nervous, the higher up I go the more nervous I seem to get, I think it’s due to having to remember more stuff and each pattern/form gets just that little bit more complex.
Green Belt Certificate (12-12-15)
January 2016
Went to watch my mate Elz at Dalton Barracks for a CX race. Well impressed with her performance, especially as she was suffering with a cold. Met a couple of her riding buddies too, Toria and Caroline – great guys! ‪#‎amazingride ‪#‎soproud 😊

At her next CX race I actually helped out in the pits for her – very muddy, but a lot of fun. I’m so proud of her, she is doing great! 😊

February 2016
Panto time – Beauty and the Beast 🎭
We performed three shows, all three went well, with the obligatory minor hiccups of course, though very funny ones 😄 The cast were all amazing and the backstage crew did a great job too!
The audience, on all the nights, were great with all the interactions of the show as well. The whole production just seemed to flow and – though a lot of hard work was put into it – be quite relaxed.
Well done to all the cast and crew for an awesome show, you guys are amazing!

Now that I’ve got up to date with what has been going on in the last 6 months. It’s almost time for my race season to start. I’m racing in the Welsh Sports and Saloon Car Championship again this year, as it’s such a relaxed, fun and friendly group to be with 😊

I’ve got a test session next Thursday (21st) at Llandow, which is leaving it a bit late I know, as my first race of the season is on the 24th April at Pembrey. Hopefully all goes well, and I can ease myself back in to the car before the race, instead of going in cold.
I will keep you posted on how the test session goes and the first race.

Take Care and God Bless
Vez

More Bad Luck

Hi Guys

Well bad luck seems to be my friend at the moment in my racing. As you might have gathered I didn’t get out for the season finale at Pembrey in the Welsh Sports and Saloon Car Championship; disappointed, that is an understatement. This time it was the gearbox and differential playing up. I suppose increasing the power output of the engine is going to put a bit more strain on other components, so I shouldn’t be too surprised that there were issues, but…

The plan was to get the car ready to go on the rolling road, to check it was running fine, so I could then have time to do some testing before the race weekend, but with the delay in getting the ECU back after that was damaged – TNT were a week LATE in delivering it, we was supposed to of got it end of September, but it wasn’t delivered til the Monday before the race – it put everything else out of sync.

The car was put on the rolling road, the first two runs the car was running beautifully smooth, and sounded great, on the third run, it was rolling along nicely then the wheels suddenly locked up! The initial thought was the differential had seized up, if that was all, it would have been a relatively easy job to of rectify, and I would have been racing, but there were other issues relating to the gearbox, the problem couldn’t be found, but something was definitely wrong. Putting the car back together (after stripping it down to try to find the issue), started it up, and it was sounding rough and clunky and not good at all.

Though the car was running and we could get it to start this time, the knocking and the unknown cause for the locking up of the wheels was a concern, and so the decision to not race was more down to safety.

Well this year hasn’t gone well, but here’s hoping the 2016 season will bring better luck, and I can finally, after three tough years, have a good year of racing 🙂

Take Care and God Bless

Vez

Entertainment :)

Hi Guys

A couple of big things happened since I last wrote.

  1. My birthday – 30th
  2. Winning BTCC Tickets – Silverstone
  3. Theatre Trip – Jesus Christ Superstar

My 30th Birthday
My birthday was a little uneventfully as birthdays go, didn’t really do anything on the day, and I got quite bored and irritated at the lack of interesting stuff. The two days after were filled by helping my sister move house. It wasn’t until a couple of weeks later when I got tickets to see the BTCC at Silverstone and a theatre trip that my birthday became something special.

BTCC – Silverstone 26-27 September
20150924_164700I won some tickets to Round 9 of the BTCC (British Touring Car Championship), which was so unexpected. I entered this competition, not believing for one second I was actually going to win – I never seem to win anything – and when they arrived in the post I was amazed and well excited :). I could only go on the Sunday, which was a shame, but hey. I went with my dad, as I couldn’t find anyone else to go with – don’t get me wrong I love my dad, but I would of like to of gone with someone else who I could have a laugh with.

The weather was gorgeous, if a little chilly. I spent some time wandering round the circuit watching the action, and spent some time in the paddock area – which I haven’t been in since I last raced there in 2010 – and met some of the drivers.

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Mike Bushell                          Jeff Smith                             Hunter Abbott

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Andy Priaulx

Theatre Trip – Jesus Christ Superstar 2 October
20151007_180434I went to the New Theatre in Oxford to see Jesus Christ Superstar for my birthday treat with my family and some friends, there were 9 of us in total. It was well worth going to see, the stage set was stunning, it was (or at least looked) quite simple but it was very effective. The acting was amazing and so was the music, which was being played by a live band. Loved the King Herod part with his nipple tassels and towel clan minions 😀 some light entertainment in a otherwise quite intense show. It was all great, and I would recommend it to anyone.
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Other Things
I’m still doing my exercise sessions, body pump, Taekwondo and Konga. I did my own special version of a reverse triathlon a couple of weeks ago – it consisted of a 4 mile run, then a 12 mile bike ride and finished off with a shower to freshen myself up :).

This coming weekend is the season finale of the Welsh Sports and Saloon Car Championship at Pembrey. Fingers crossed that my little black number will decide it wants to go out and play.

Take Care and God Bless
Vez

Game Over For Racing This Weekend

Hi

Well I was suppose to of being racing today, but yesterday I had a call from my mechanic (this was late morning) to say my little MG had developed an electrical fault, and wouldn’t start, real frustrated as the car had been running smoothly all week.
About 3 hours later I had a call to say that they had checked 95% of the electrics, but still couldn’t pinpoint the problem.
About 3-4hours later I had another call to confirm my little car was not happy, with the problem found to be a blown fuse and the ECU got damaged 😦

Words can’t describe how I feel, so gutted not of been racing, I was looking forward to getting back out on the track and trying out the new upgrade to the engine, plus it’s the 25th anniversary for the Pembrey circuit, the Welsh Sports and Saloon Car Championship and the BARC, so a big event.

It’s been a big gap since I last raced in April at Castle Combe, I missed the May race, so yeah many reasons to be disappointed in not racing. Hopefully all will be well for the next race meeting in October, and also have a test session between now and then.

I’m not blaming anyone, these things do happen, it’s motorsport after all. I just wish I had some better luck.

All I can do is keep positive, that things will get better and that I will have a great season finale. As a mate said to me “as soon as you pull up on the start line again all the bad is forgotten”

Keeping my chin-up, and praying for a good end to the year 🙂
Take Care and God Bless guys
Vez

A First Time

Hi guys

Sorry for being so quiet just lately, but there hasn’t really been anything of interest to write about.

I did something I have never done before, hence the post title, I did a sportive (bike ride event), on August 8.
I saw an article in one of the local papers, mentioning about this local cycle sportive (non competitive), about a month ago. It’s called The Farcycle FollyFest Sportive, this event is based near the Cotswolds and Berkshire Downs – which is a beautiful area to be in with its stunning scenery.
There are 3 routes on offer:

  • The Gentle Challenge – 35 miles of spectacular rolling Cotswold countryside; just enough to extend those who think cycling should be a relaxing, pleasurable experience,
  • The Full Monty – 70 miles of even more breath-taking countryside with some added challenges for people who cycle regularly,
  • The Epic Test – 111 miles with some serious bits although, if you can bear to press pause on your competitive streak for the odd minute here and there, the scenery of both the Downs and the Cotswolds is worth taking a peep at…

I did the 35 mile route.
As the time got closer to the event, the more nervous I got, as I didn’t really know what to expect – I know I have mentioned in earlier posts that I do cycle around at times, but to do an actual event thing, now that is a different kettle of fish.
Once I got there I started to relax, I had a chat with a couple of others taking part. We started at 10:30am, the weather was nice and sunny with a little amount of wind (just enough to keep the heat off). There was a feed station about half way round, which I stayed at for about 10 minutes before setting off again. I took it steady so not to struggle too much at the end, which seemed to work, as when I got to the end my legs felt fine, no jelly legs! Had some lunch – which was provided by the organisers.
I really enjoyed my experience, it was a shame I was on my own for most of it, would of liked to of had some company on the way round, but hey still had a smile on my face 🙂 It took me 2hrs 45mins in total to complete (that’s including the 10min rest at the feed station) so 2hrs 35mins in actual cycling.

Other news:
Next weekend (August 16) I’ll be racing again at Pembrey, looking forward to seeing how the updates to my car will be.

Take Care, God Bless and Keep Smiling 🙂
Vez

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