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*GULP*...Best i take my in car camera mount out of there then...

Security will be looking over all cars on arrival and remove all equipment, returning it at the end of the day .... so that would be helpful :)

Jo, I think i'm probably staying in a hotel the night before so is there anywhere on site where i can leave my gear as i dont really want it rattling about in the boot all day?

We will need everyone to empty their boots/cars of free moving items due to the nature of the exercises. There will be room in our hospitality unit for safe storage so long as you don't have your house in the car :robo: It will be helpful if you all empty as much from your cars that you don't need for the day/journey before heading out to Millbrook as possible. Hippo obviously you'll have overnight bags as you say and that is to be expected.

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Now I might be giving it the kiss of death here .... but the weather is looking good for Saturday :)

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Yep, looks good... :whistle:

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Must remember Licence!

Must remember Licence!

Must remember Licence!

Must remember Licence!

If I say it enough times.......................

Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk - that will teach us to keep mouth shut!

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If I say it enough times.......................

You will remember it! Put it in your pack now and then there's no excuse :)

Forecast is still looking good.

Looking forward to meeting you all tomorrow morning bright and breezy :)

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Just got back from a trial run to Millbrook...it's quite close to the village...hope they don't complain about the noise!

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Homer : Marge, you can either sit there complaining, or you can knit me some seat belts...

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Leaving in 5. Fingers crossed for no Bank Hol hold ups.

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Awesome, what a brilliant day :)

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Couldn't think of a better way to spend a Saturday. Great fun and learnt loads. Thanks to all at CAT.

Now off to get some Zzzz's

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yep, great day, nice people...and I absolutely loved that Caterham...anyone wanna buy a (broken) Exige?

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Where and when Ian? What happened on way home?

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ian, it just died on me on the A1 at Peterborough...it's like I had run out of fuel...even though i had nearly a full tank...when the key is in the ignition, i'm just getting relay clicks, think it may be the fuel pump...?

Didn't get home til 1.30 in the A.M. on the back of a low loader...knew i should have taken the BMW!! :)

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Sorry to hear about the Exige :) However almost exactly the same happened to a pals ExigeS a few weeks ago at Goodwood while on a track day. Nipped out at lunch, filled up, came back and reparked. Went back to it an hour later and the fuel gauge showed completely empty and it wouldn't start. Rocked it violently and the gauge started to creep back up slowly and then it reluctantly started, ran lumpy for a short while, and then settled down fine. They had it checked over and something replaced - though can't recall for the life of me what it was. If your dealer can't shed any light let me know and I'll ask them what the fix was. It wasn't expensive iirc.

Back on the subject of CAT - fantastic day. Thanks to Colin, Nick and Jo for looking after and teaching us all so well. Millbrook is a wonderful facility and I feel very lucky to be able to benefit from it. Bibs - thanks again for arranging - and great to meet you all.

Nik and Jon don't post on here but they also had a fantastic day and say hi and thanks for a great day to all concerned.

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Awesome day, well recommended :)

Thanks to Bibs for organising it and to Jo, Colin and of course Nick for their invaluable training and hospitality :lol:

Sorry to hear about the Exige Ian, hope its a cheap fix

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What a great day and a lovely bunch you all are :sofa:

We thoroughly enjoyed your company and enthusiasm. The weather was kind to us too :D

Really sorry to hear that your journey home did not go as planned Ian - I hope like the others have said that it is a painless and quick fix for you.

Congratulations to the winners:

Quiz = mayesprit

Driver of the Day = hippo

End of Day Gymkhana = Jon with a website appearance time of 43.34 - you are showing at place no. 6 Car Club League Table

The full timings will be sent to Bibs in a table format so he can work his magic to make it appear here :D Watch this space!

Thank you again for making this a great day and I hope to see you again soon.

Jo

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Looking forward to seeing those times... :)

Well, I just got the Exige back...the multi-function relay unit has been replaced as well as the 10A ignition fuse...all's good so far!

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My first early morning of the weekend, I left the house at 6.30am to head up to Millbrook Proving Ground. If you don't know of Millbrook, please take a peek at their website (http://www.millbrook.co.uk).

First off, introductions and a briefing on the who/why and where plus a safety and procedures brief. Millbrook is a live testing area for all shapes, sizes and types of vehicles so no cameras, apologies for no pictures. Jo of CAT gave us an introduction to our trainers and the format of the day. Each instructor would have 4 drivers in our own cars and they would demo the exercise we were about to do in the CAT vehicle, explain what it is and how it improves our skills and how the techniques are put into practise then accompany us as we carry out the exercise ourselves. Colin then gave us a talk regarding vehicle dynamics and balance and the theory of successful and fast cornering before we headed off to the Mile Straight to experience threshold and cadence braking plus improve our observation skills. This exercise had us accelerating up to speeds of 50, then 70 then 100mph and braking with such force to bring the car to a halt as quickly and safely as possible. Surprisingly, the faster you are travelling the harder you can brake and I experienced some rear wheel lock towards the end, but it was an eye opener to see what the car could do and how it would react, excellent lesson learnt.

The next exercise was on the famous high speed banked ring. Initially we were executing high speed lane changes to demonstrate the stability of the car under different circumstances. Then moving out into the outer lanes of the banked ring we progressed up to 130mph to learn how the cars dynamics are affected and to massively improve observational skills at high speeds, a useful tool in any drivers armoury. After 4/5 laps at this speed we slowed down and had some fun, I'll leave it to you to learn what we did but it was a laugh out loud moment!

After this we moved to the Handling Course. A very technical course designed to test both car and driver, there are blind summits, double apex, late apex, transitions, adverse camber and built into the surface are waves designed to unsettle the car, nice! This was where we learnt that using the engine we could balance the car through high speed corners and transitions, maximising the available grip and using the tyres slip angles to our advantage. The first few laps might as well be for warming the tyres since the last few are taken at speeds previously unimaginable but with confidence that you and the car will be able to carry out the manoeuvre. When you nail the corner just right, it's a great feeling and builds up your relationship with the car and how much you can trust it to perform as expected every time.

Our penultimate exercise of the day was for me the best as not only did it involve driving on the brilliant Alpine Loops but we'd learnt so much, it was good to put it into practise. Once again this section of Millbrook is there to test you and the car with technically difficult corners designed to push your skills to the limits and this was immensely satisfying to drive well. You can use the car to it's full capacity at high speed around the looping course keeping a careful eye for other, often unusual traffic (!) and learning the subtleties of a good line in a hairpin and again, using threshold braking and car balance to full effect.

Finally, well almost, we were off to the Steering Pad to trace the 40m radius curve and experience under/oversteer with varying levels of success. On a 40m circle, a car should break from traction and either under or oversteer depending on the setup. This was a good and safe environment to experiment with our cars and see what can be done and how they react when and if they do break from the normal driving experience.

Now for the fun part! CAT set up a gymkhana course on the Steering Pad to let us blast around in their track prepared Caterham. Felix, not content with having to retire his SE early on (CAT lent him their Elise all day!) destroyed the cars ability to use first gear. It was my first time in a Caterham and I'm pleased to have had a blast and seen how much fun they really are and was chuffed with my 3rd place despite the best efforts of the American to scupper my chances of the World Record! :censored:

What I wanted from the day was to experience what both myself and my Esprit were capable off and I was very impressed with just how good the car is. I've driven many Esprits and of course owned them for 10 years but this was the hardest I've ever pushed one and was really very impressed with levels to which the car can be pushed, it's responsiveness and how well it drives on the limits. I found mine before the cars and have a massive amount of new confidence and new skills. Thanks to CAT, awesome experience and I'm definitely booking up for further training with them in the future. We will also be organising more events with them ongoing with an annual group introduction and also a further training session. Make sure you book up next time, it's without a doubt the single best upgrade you'll ever do to your car, you! :thumbdown:

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Editors note: Bibs was forced by a brutal Canadian to endure the course sans 1st Gear, hence costing him 3 seconds no doubt and the world record!

We also need another edit to say the fat boy who was unable to fit in the Caterham had to use a Scooby. Must be at least 5 Secs for the extra ballast on the individual alone. :):thumbdown:

Good right up.

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