Below are the pictures taken at the Mini
World Action Day, Castle Combe Race Circuit.
Please click on the photos to see them full size.
A second year of the show season has draw
to a close for our club. With the summer turning, Castle
Combe track day was a spectacular way to end the season.
We’ve since been acknowledged by the organisers for the
distance travelled, ‘joining many of the regular clubs are
newcomers from as far afield as East Anglia, Eastbourne,
Cornwall and west Wales’. But boy it was a long way! Jim
with the furthest miles under his belt had the most to say
about it. Some travelled in convoy from Sussex while some
like myself travelled from local overnight stops; useful
thing have family & friends all over the country!
We all arrived about 8am & found Mini’s, thousands
of em! We squeezed our cars into a club space including
a stylish Lotus Elise & Darren’s mini support Proton.
The club pitch was just behind the traders, track office
& food just as close. Winter essentials were found from
splashguards to nuts & bulbs
Following a track brief, we dressed up with bone domes
& skidlids. Sound checked & then lined up for our
15minutes on the track. We had a good wait while a recovery
truck removed a remains of a mini from one of the corners.
First on was the Mighty Minis taking paying punters on charity
roller coaster rides around the track. (Next year I’ll have
a go). I was first on the track & soon left many behind
with the open track ahead of me… except for an odd super
mini flying past left & right! Wow, I was bouncing off
the red line, over the rubble strips, feeling some over
steer & a disconcerting feeling of lifting up a wheel
around some corners!
Afterwards I felt like I missed out; Dave, Jim, Shawn, Tony
& John were in a pack, jostling for position & seeing
each other wildly ruling the bends. Later Paul & John
went out again just after the heavens finished watering
the track. That looked fun! A few cars pushed the envelope
too far, spinning off, but only a couple were damage. Fortunately
we all lived to tell the tale. At midday we got back on
for a parade lap. Even with the safety car, a bit of fun
and games took place!
The next day on the forum this comment made my day.
‘Wow you lot put on a good show, every one else was poodling
round follow the leader, not you lot! Looked great 4 abreast
and swapping and changing places That Cooper S going sideways
out of corners with the clubby GT on his tail, GREAT STUFF.’
The words ‘it’s not a race’ didn’t dampen the spirit all
day! Even ‘mini less’ Daz got behind the wheel for the parade
lap thanks to Rachel. A fair trip, but an event that is
already pencilled into the calendar of 2007.
Simon Bell, Aka ‘Mininutter’
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