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good work!  ive driven brands in the wet , and know just how it feels  heart in mouth every time round paddock...   good track in the dry as you say.. can really push and get rewarded..

 

 

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Yeah I would say it is my favourite track so far Andy, need to go back really as really wanted to get into the 49's but we just didn't get enough dry running so only managed a 50.7. 


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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019, Meeting my Motorsport Hero!

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Hi Everyone,

I’m sure loads of you have attended the Goodwood Festival of Speed over the years, I actually went to the very first one way back in 1993, it was almost like a garden party back then, and I have been going on and off ever since and have seen it grow massively over the years and it is still an incredible event to attend. Now I wasn’t going to go this year but a couple of weeks ago I read that a particular car was going to be there, now I was sceptical if it would be the actual car as it was also supposed to be paraded before the start of Le Mans this year but that was actually a replica, I am a bit of a nerd when it comes to this particular car, but I really didn’t want to risk missing this car coming over to the UK, I was actually planning to go out to make the trip to see it is it’s normal museum residence in the states so this actually seemed to good to be true.

But anyway I got there Friday morning at 7am and started my hunt, it isn’t easy trying to find one car amongst thousands at the biggest car gathering in the world, but after a couple of hours I saw those iconic Gulf Colours out the corner of my eye, I rushed over to the car and to my amazement it was the actual Ford GT40 Chassis Number P/1075, I actually really couldn’t believe that I was standing next to such an iconic car and it was just sitting there with no security and to be honest most people probably didn’t realise the significance of this particular GT40.

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I have seen it read many times that it is considered the most valuable race car in the world today and as I mentioned it normally resides in the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit where I was planning to go to see it so I really never thought such a piece of history would be in the UK and be so accessible, I guess that is the power of Goodwood, So why is it so special? Well basically it is the only car to win Le Mans on 2 consecutive years of 1968 and 1969, I guess most car enthusiasts will know that Ford was in talks to buy Ferrari and when they fell through Henry Ford made it his mission to beat Ferrari at LeMans which he did for 4 consecutive years from 1966 to 1969 with the GT40, actually there is a big Hollywood film coming out later this year about this story, anyway not only is GT40 P/1075 remembered for it’s 2 wins it is also considered the winner for the greatest Le Mans race of all time in 1969 where is won by only 100 meters after 24 hours of racing, changing the lead 5 times on the last lap with the faster Porsche, you can view the video I took at Goodwood of Jackie Oliver discussing this incredible win below -

Finally another iconic moment of the 1969 race was that Jacky Ickx made a protest about safety at the start of the race, this was when the drivers used to race across the track to their cars and speed off without doing up their belts til they got down the Mulsanne Straight to get a quick start, so Jacky walked slowly across the track, climbed in, did his belts up then left the grid in last place and as it happened there was a big crash on the first lap where John Wolf was killed as he hadn’t done up his belts to get a quick start, so in the end with Jacky Ickx and Jackie Oliver behind the wheel they fought their way from last to win with Ickx crossing the line by the smallest of margins after 24 hours, quite incredible.

Anyway it was an amazing day and a real honour to see P/1075 up close and personal, I probably looked like some weird stalker as I spent all day admiring the car taking loads of video’s and pictures and I really struggled to leave at the end of the day as the chances are it may never come back to the UK again but at 8pm I dragged myself away.

There are a few more video’s on our YouTube page below and probably far too many pictures below.

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Jacky Oliver Re-United With P/1075 50 Years after it’s famous Le Mans win.

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Cheers,
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As a youngster, - even though the practice was long stopped by the time I was aware motorsport existed - I always thought the traditional “sprint to your car” start footage looked as cool as xxxx and wondered why they had ceased this. I wasn’t  aware of that Ickx safety story - pretty chilling 😐 and pretty immense that he won despite that.  😎

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Yeah same here, the Le Mans start was so iconic, as Ickx said though it was John Woolfe who got the rules changed, not him.


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Hi Guys, 

Just posted the below for our Boys Toys Day 2019, we're going Go Kart racing at Rye House in the afternoon so be good to get some Lotus Cars at the shop in the morning for the car meet and BBQ breakfast then go over to Rye House in convoy for some track action, if anyone fancies coming along just let me know 👍

Cheers,

Paul.

 


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Snetterton Photo Book! 

Here are a few pics from our Radical SR1 race weekend at Snetterton a couple of weekends ago. It wasn't my best race weekend as the weather really threw up a few challenges and I just don't have the confidence in the wet but it is always great fun to drive the SR1 and we survived unscathed which was more than can be said for some.

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Cheers,
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Boys Toys Day - Aug 31st Update!

Hi Everyone,

With less that a week to go now till our Boys Toys Day 2019 I thought I’d just write a quick update, the main news is that looking on Accuweahter we are in for a dry and sunny day which really is the main thing, so if you fancy getting your pride and joy out for a late summer blast please feel free to come over to HiFi Lounge from 9am onwards.

We will be here till midday with the BBQ sizzling away with sausage and bacon for breakfast with the demo rooms blasting out some top tunes, then we are off to Rye house in Hoddesdon for some Go Kart Racing action, I just want to say thanks to everyone who has registered to come along racing. So far we are up to 21 of us on track which means there are 5 places left for anyone who is mad enough to join us, the aim was to get 20 Karts on the Grid but it would be really cool if we could get a full grid of 26 so if you’d like to come along please just drop me a line at [email protected]

But to recap, we’ll be having our yearly car meet at HiFi Lounge from 9am till midday then we are off to Rye house to tear up the track with the on track action starting at 2pm, if you don’t fancy the racing part why not come over to Rye House to watch the action, it should be a real spectacle to rival any Grand Prix

Really look forward to seeing everyone on August 31st for a day of cars, HiFi and racing

Cheers,

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looking forward to this... cars, bbq,  music and karting....   all my favourite things in one day

 

 

 

 

 

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Me too Andy, here's hoping this weather continues 👍


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Donington Race Weekend Report, 1st Trip to the Kitty Litter!

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So the above pictures say it all really, saying that I had an awesome 3 days at Donington Park last Thursday, Friday and Saturday, basically 2 days of testing on the full GP layout but unfortunately not enough marshalls arrived on race day so we had to qualify and race on the shorter National layout which I actually prefer but not everything went to plan in the final race.

The strange thing from the whole weekend was that on my 8th lap on Thursday morning after just arriving at Donington I went 3 seconds quicker than my best lap last year then spent the next 3 days not being able to match it which I really don’t understand, I think I was just very keen to get out on track. Again though I learnt a lot, it seems you are forever learning, I went to Donington determined to get my apex speeds up by getting off the brakes earlier which I think I did but then I started breaking fractionally earlier which unbelievably can cost you a couple of seconds a lap but in the end it all came together and my lap times got very consistent.

In Qualifying for race 2 I did one of my best sessions and qualified a little nearer the mid pack where I have been aiming for all season, race 1 was difficult due to a crash at the start for some of my competitors, this put me to the back as I tried to avoid it and thanks to 2 safety cars the race was over before it began. For race 2 I was determined to have a good one, my start was OK, I held my position and I settled in to chase the pack in front only for the guy behind me to get a run down the straight only to out brake himself and then come across to T bone me leaving me no option but to go into the gravel in avoidance, I really was gutted as it felt like I was in for a good race, saying that luckily Ollie, the Radical photographer, was right where I went off so we got some great pictures and at the end of the day it is all part of the experience, below is the incident, if anyone has any idea what I could have done different please let me know.

One race round left at Snetterton and that is season 2 done and dusted unbelievably, gone in the blink of an eye, the trouble is this motorsport thing really does get under your skin and I am now more than a little addicted so I need to look under the bed to see if I can find some sheckles to help fund next year.

Anyway below are a few pictures from the weekend and my best qualifying lap.

Cheers,

Paul.

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This is where it all started to go wrong!

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Got to be a case of 'wrong place, wrong time' and nothing more Paul, that was just rotten luck. Your instinct to preserve the car gave you really no option. I say that from a position of experience, as I also visited the litter in my last race, ticking off a few more of my lifelong racer dreams (Paddock Hill bend gravel trap  - DONE. Causing a safety car - DONE. Live recovery from by a telehandler - DONE). 

Rotten luck but as I'm sure you know by now, it'll just have to go down as 'one of those things'. Best of luck at Snett. One left for me too, actually at Donington. I'll have to get some pointers from your non-gravelly videos as I've not driven there in 12yrs.

 

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Yeah funnily enough I wasn't too fed up as it was a different experience and that was this is all about, it helped that the Radical photographer was at that corner to capture all the drama.

Good luck at Donny, love that track, as ever it is just a matter of braking as late as possible and carrying the apex speed, sounds easy but never is.

I was going to give Snet a miss as already raced there this year and not one of my fav tracks but I just can't help myself, love driving the car so I seem to be talking myself into having one more race this year, bloody addictive this motorsport thing isn't it.


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Having watched the video, I'd say bad luck, you did what you needed to do to avoid an accident.  10/10 for effort though, you were certainly trying 👍 Everyone walked away at the end of the day, that's the main thing!

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Thanks Kenny, yeah we seem to be having a year of Radical's being written off, 2 at Donington, so could definitely have been worse.

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Thanks Stuart, yeah got away lightly for 2 years so was bound to happen at some point I guess.


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HFL Motorsport Season 3 Starts This Saturday!

Hi Everyone,

So here we go again, I get asked a lot what my plans are for this year regarding motorsport, well things kick of this Saturday morning as I have signed up for a 10 race season’s racing in the Senna Cup at Rye House in the Go Karts that we used for our Boys Toys Day last year as I really enjoyed that and it whetted my appetite for more Karting, the funny thing was that my best session in the the Radical last year was the first practice session at Donington which was straight after the karting where I went 2 seconds a lap faster than my previous best so I am hoping that doing more karting will help my Radical racing as the main thing with karting is that you can race hard and be fearless whereas in the Radical driving to the limit takes some real balls and commitment and in all honesty I am still struggling in fast corners with the Radical so it will certainly be an interesting experiment to see if the Karting helps me in the Radical, either way it will be fun finding out.

So the first race is at 10am at Rye, 15 mins qualifying with a 45 minute race, apparently there is a full 26 kart grid, now as Rye is a bit of a proving ground for up and coming talent then I am sure I am going to get my arse whipped by some young whipper snappers who are just out of nappies and weigh nothing but I am really looking forward to giving it a try.

As for the Radical racing this year, I don’t think I will be able to do a full season but aim to do at least half the season plus some testing and there is a chance of also racing at Spa which would be a huge tick on the bucket list but need to see the cost involved in that first, may have to get my begging hat out for that one.

Anyway If anyone wants to see how we get on Saturday at Rye live timing is available from the link below -

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Can’t wait to find out myself.

Cheers,

Paul.

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good luck with the senna cup paul...   a bit of cheeky practice to take a win at the  next 'boys toys' event :) ?

had so much fun at your event went back  there over christmas for the two hour enduro with the lad.....    epic fun in damp conditions  ..

i actually a paid member now, will have to see if there are spaces to come do just the odd round...with ya

 

 

 

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Hi Andy, 

Yeah that would be really cool if you could make it along for some of the races, basically the first Saturday of every month through till November.

Like you I got the Go Kart bug again after our event, will certainly be interesting to see how competitive I can be against people who have karted much more than me.

At the end of the day it is only £700 for a whole season, struggle to buy a set of tyres for the Radical for that and I am sure the racing will be much closer.


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