OCTOBER 2020 BULLETIN.
On a wet and windy Sunday afternoon it’s time to write the October Bulletin.
At this precise moment, all being well, the Mutley Mayhem Sprinters should be starting their final timed runs. Steady rain and breeze in the Avon Valley probably translates to howling gale and horizontal rain up on Wardon Hill. There’s no sign of a web cam being up at Clay (blown over ?) however the completely unreliable BBC Weather App is showing light rain and showers – definately not sunglasses out and enjoy the heatwave then. You can nearly hear the sound of the anti roll bars being slackened off in an attempt to improve the wet weather traction.
As we all know by now the November Challenger Stages have fallen victim to the current situation. The writing was already on the wall when the September Harvest Slalom at Bovington was unable to run. The combination of uncertainty of the venue being available and the long lead time required to organise a stage rally meant the cancellation became inevitable
Incedentally negotiations for an alternative site for the Harvest Slalom could not be completed in time to save the event.
Next weekend, 10th and 11th October, the Club have a stand at the Organford Classic Car Show. This takes place at Pikes Farm, Organford near Poole, BH16 6ES. Jason Pillar will have the Club display unit there with two cars on display with the aim of demonstrating to people that getting into local Club level Motorsport is an afforable and fun thing to do. If you are free either day please come along and say hello, or if you would like to help out on the stand please email email@example.com and Jason can email a pass.
Regs for the Opener Slalom have been sent out and should also appear on the website shortly.
10th & 11th October. Organford Classic Car Show.
1st November. Opener Slalom at Blandford.
6th December. Christmas Cracker at Blandford.
The calendar for 2021 is currently in draft form and will be confirmend in due course.
The Monday night meets at the Fox and Hounds remain on hold.
For the very latest information please keep an eye on the Club website.
The final thought this time is that one area of Motorsport that still seems to be progressing well is Short Oval Racing.
After more than thirty years away from the Ovals, this month one member of the family is all set to return to Stock Car Racing at the Sandlake Arena.
The rough and tumble Brisca F2 is not for the faint hearted and at his age the move is best described as brave. None of us bounce quite like we used too when we were half the age we are now, the aches and pains were easier to shrug off.
Speculatively sending a bunch of grapes and a get well card to the John Radcliffe Hospital A&E Dept might have some merit.
The set up data from thirty years ago appears to be less than useless as the cars have moved on a bit., They now have inboard push rod suspension and a whole host of other changes and of course the much improved tyre technology. Guess it’s back to thinking about differant spring rates, tyre pressures and weights at each corner of the car as well as offset axles and other techniques used when you only have to turn left.
Just as the Autotrader page of Presitge Sports Cars was loading up on the iPad the ever wise words of the current Mrs B quipped “don’t men having a mid life crisis usually buy a Porche and get a girlfriend rather than go Stock Car Racing”.
The Autotrader was instantly deleted.