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Offline RED21  
#1 Posted : 04 July 2011 23:26:06(UTC)
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For the first time in almost a year (WSR) and competitively for two & bit years for the 21t, I have entered the July 17th Gurston Down Hillclimb meeting.
Those of you who are interested details of the meeting appear on the GD website.
http://www.gurstondown.org/latest.htm
Offline WB83  
#2 Posted : 05 July 2011 09:52:29(UTC)
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Gurston down is a fantastic place, except i've never done the Hill climb the right way.... I've only ever been down the hill on a street luge! Highly reccomended - hitting over 50mph only a couple of inches above the ground is seriously good fun. Best of luck and hope you get some good runs in. Just out if curiosty, whats a good time for up the hill? We were getting down to just over 50s for a run.
Offline 313  
#3 Posted : 05 July 2011 10:57:38(UTC)
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Red21,

slightly strange question, but what colour is the entry ticket please.

Ta

Offline RED21  
#4 Posted : 05 July 2011 21:53:58(UTC)
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WB83 wrote:
Gurston down is a fantastic place, except i've never done the Hill climb the right way.... I've only ever been down the hill on a street luge! Highly reccomended - hitting over 50mph only a couple of inches above the ground is seriously good fun. Best of luck and hope you get some good runs in. Just out if curiosty, whats a good time for up the hill? We were getting down to just over 50s for a run.

You should get your Nat "B" liecence and do an event (In the correct direction) even if it's in a 1.2 Clio.

For me a good time in the 21t would be around 37-38s & 90mph(ish), but when I had the Jedi it would have been 33-34s (109mph) may be even quicker if I had more driving time in it.

The hill record is around 24-25s I think and finish line speed 140mph+ on a track 12ft wide.

313 wrote:
Slightly strange question, but what colour is the entry ticket please.

Not sure yet, but going on general rotation of tickets it may be orange.

If you have a ticket from a previous event of the right colour it may not work as it will have the incorrect number sequence compaired to those that have been issued, thus may be invalid.

Offline Mentalpen  
#5 Posted : 06 July 2011 13:39:40(UTC)
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Offline WB83  
#6 Posted : 06 July 2011 14:09:21(UTC)
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Ha! Not sure WTF that is but it's defo not streetluging!

Red21: Once a licence is acquired, is it expensive to enter hill climb events? Does the car need a rollcage, safety fuel cell etc etc...?

Offline RED21  
#7 Posted : 06 July 2011 23:31:48(UTC)
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You found the Blue peter Rollerman report which is currently on BBC iPlayer.

WB, In simple terms once you have got a national "B" and joined an organising club, an entry fee to a event ranges from £70-£100 depending on location of meeting and the grade plus fuel.

If you use your Clio all that is normaly required is a timing strut fitted to the front of the vehicle ( All subject to local regs) and a supply of some race numbers.

For yourself you will need a race suit, gloves & a approved helmet etc.

The best way to see if you will like it, is to go along to a few speed hillclimb meetings as a spectator and walk around the paddock and ask the drivers/officials some questions, look at the cars and get an idea how a meeting feels & is run.

There are plenty of clubs around so finding an event close to you shouldn't be hard.

Here are a couple of web sites links that will give you a idea what is involved but if you have any more question just send a PM and I will try and answer them.

http://www.gomotorsport.net/en-GB/default.html

http://www.msauk.org/custom/asp/home/default.asp

www.uphillracers.com

http://www.hillclimbandsprint.co.uk/

Offline WB83  
#8 Posted : 07 July 2011 14:29:07(UTC)
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Thanks v much for the links, been itching to do something competitve in the clio but didn't really want to savage it with roll cages etc or spend £££s. Have already got the MSA pack with the licence application, and a Snell 2005 approved helmet so am halfway there!
Offline RED21  
#9 Posted : 18 July 2011 23:49:40(UTC)
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Just quick note to let people know how Sunday's hillclimb meeting at Gurston Down went.

The first practice run was very wet so no magical times were set (tippy toes)

Second practice the course was dry but dotted with damp patches which did induce a rear end wiggle (in the wrong direction for the corner) under heavy braking for one corner.

First timed run the course was completely dry and times improved significantly compared to practice

Last run of the day I managed to get to where I would expect my times to be at the start of the year (which this meeting effectively is for me) despite hitting one outside kerb so hard it threw me off line and cost me 1.5s+ in one sector alone, but I still managed to improve my time by one second compared to the first timed run.

Offline foxspeed  
#10 Posted : 19 July 2011 09:07:17(UTC)
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Mentalpen wrote:
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isnt that the transformer "ghordino" from the film transformers 3 Wink

on the hill climbing note used to marshall at harewood hill climb....always a great selection of motors Cool
Offline RED21  
#11 Posted : 01 August 2011 22:13:28(UTC)
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If they have upload correctly, here are a couple of pictures from the last meeting in July.


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Offline WB83  
#12 Posted : 02 August 2011 09:51:33(UTC)
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Looking good there red!

Offline RED21  
#13 Posted : 24 August 2011 21:14:38(UTC)
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Now WSR is out of the way I have only two planned hillclimb meetings left both at Gurston Down.

This bank holiday week end is part of the British hillclimb championship so there will be some very serious & interesting cars present.

Practice starts on Saturday at 8:30 am, & Sunday we have one practice run (8;30am) then competive runs in the morning/ afternoon.

For more information visit http://www.gurstondown.org/latest.htm

The last meeting that I have planned for is on September 11th and will be the local championship final, so competitors will be going for the last available points which could end up in some "thrils n spils"

Rich

Offline RED21  
#14 Posted : 30 August 2011 01:06:29(UTC)
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The highs & lows of any motorsport event is all down to what was expected by the individual or team taking part and I had my share of them this weekend and all I wanted from this weekend was for it to be a dry weekend (unlikely for bank holiday ) and to have six uneventful but good runs up the hill.

The competition within the class I entered comprised of an Evo 5 & a Impreza to which I was giving away an extra two wheels of drive and at least 200hp over my elderly 21 turbo.

Well, we all knew that the weather was going to be changeable & on cue for first practice along came the rain which made things slippery at the least but fun with myself & class mates setting times within 0.5seconds of each other.

Second practice was a lot drier but dotted with damp patches and normal service resumed with the Evo & Subaru 4 seconds ahead on the time sheets & at the time I thought these damp patches were the cause of the rear of the 21 to “hop skip & jump” and the front to lose traction but it wasn’t the case as I found out later.

Practice run 3 was interrupted within seconds of me leaving the line by a red flag as the preceding car a Mk2 Escort decided to deposit its engine contents over the course. So after a 10-15 minute delay for the marshals to clear up the oil and move the broken Escort to a safe location, I prepared to restarted my 3rd practice run of the day after been informed that the oil trail started from one corner to another but it was really a drip trail then a large splodge of oil right on the racing line, which when I saw it I backed off a bit too much and ruined the overall run.

Day two we had one more practice run (in the rain) and then two competitive timed runs which counted for final placements within the class.

My first competitive run of the day was going very well despite the damp track & almost completed until another red flag, again for oil but this time a Mini lunched its gearbox across the finish line.

Once again I had to restart a run and when completed there was a bit of short lived joy as the ticker tape times showed a time that would have smashed my previous PB even for a totally dry & clean track, but no it turned out to be a printing glitch and the true time was a massive 3 seconds slower. (darn)

The last timed run was just another timed run for a change, with nothing happening except the “hop skip & jumping” back end which once home was found (I hope) to be a loose spring platform. As for the other two cars in the class the Subaru came first along with a new class record & the Evo a very close second with myself a very lonely third.

A full event report can be seen on the Gurston Down web site along with information on the next meeting in September.

Some pictures can be found at http://www.everleyphotography.co.uk/galleries/gurstongallery/Events/2011-aug28/index.htm

Offline RED21  
#15 Posted : 01 April 2012 22:04:56(UTC)
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Well the 2012 season has begun for me with a shake down day at Gurston Down Hillclimb, all went well until the final couple runs where the engine would just cut or induce a very slight combustion type misfire at idle, so it's either due to a problem starting to appear or just that the engine never really had a chance to relax between practice runs?
Some investigation required I think.
I also managed to set up the on board camera with a excellent picture and view but all I managed to record was 7 minutes of sitting in the que at various stages during the day, better luck next time.
Just have to get things checked out before the April21st/22nd meeting.
Offline WB83  
#16 Posted : 05 April 2012 09:54:20(UTC)
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Sounds like a spot of bad luck there, be good to see some footage of some runs in the future. What camera setup are you using?
Offline RED21  
#17 Posted : 07 April 2012 23:47:56(UTC)
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Yes, a bit of set back on the day but thats what testing is for,

I am using a HD lipstick camera with the aim that it can be place in various location on the car which will hopefully give some dynamic footage of the tyre/suspension movement

or the track coming or going. There is a link around here of some old in car footage.

I done some investigations into the runnning problems and at the moment it looks like gummed up injectors which are going to be serviced next week

Offline RED21  
#18 Posted : 18 April 2012 22:56:31(UTC)
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Well after couple of weeks to fix the test day niggles, the first competitive weekend for 2012 begins this Saturday & Sunday at Gurston Down hillclimb.

There will be large mix of cars taking part from pre war Austin Sevens, TVR's, modern & classic saloons right up to large capacity single seat racecars so there should be something for every one.

Check out the Gurston website for further news & information. http://www.gurstondown.org/category/news/

See you there.

WB, Here is a very low res (due to upload time) and very much edited version of the test day queing http://s200.photobucket.com/albums/aa171/red21t/?action=view&current=Produce.mp4

Offline RED21  
#19 Posted : 23 April 2012 22:33:50(UTC)
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Just a quick up date managed to get two 2nd in class positions (out of four) over the weekend, despite an off in yesterdays rain showers.

Will post a detailed report once the official results come through & a link to some good(!) in car video.

Offline RED21  
#20 Posted : 27 April 2012 21:30:52(UTC)
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http://youtu.be/zssFYE3AacY

It should be in HD & wide screen but something went wrong in the edit box??

Enjoy

Offline Mentalpen  
#21 Posted : 28 April 2012 09:41:18(UTC)
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LOL

nice one Red, back out, to back in, in 120s

didn't look the weather to be knocking on anyway.
Offline RED21  
#22 Posted : 28 April 2012 21:14:22(UTC)
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Mentalpen wrote:
LOL

nice one Red, back out, to back in, in 120s

didn't look the weather to be knocking on anyway.

You have to push from the start just in case it's the only run you get, which some times it is.

Anyway here is a practice run 30 minutes before the rain came & if you look towards the top left of the final few seconds you can see it coming in.

http://youtu.be/0e0DGOmCwE0

Offline WB83  
#23 Posted : 01 May 2012 14:20:21(UTC)
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RED21 wrote:

http://youtu.be/zssFYE3AacY

It should be in HD & wide screen but something went wrong in the edit box??

Enjoy

Ooops indeed! I can verify that that corner is a beeyatch in the other direction as well Evil

Offline RED21  
#24 Posted : 30 May 2012 23:39:16(UTC)
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Hello again,

Was out playing at round of the British Hillclimb Championship last weekend and I was asked for my autograph three times during the weekend so does this mean I am famous or just a mug?

Anyway despite the extremely hot weather (Not good for power in turbocharged cars), all went well with another 2nd in class & a vast improvement competitive times over previous outings.

Next outing I am back at Gurston Down on the 24thJune.

Rich

Edited by user 30 May 2012 23:41:15(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

Offline spidaman877  
#25 Posted : 31 May 2012 12:34:29(UTC)
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pity you didn't come to prescott last weekend Rich
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