Better late than never... I finally decided to upload some photos and videos from last Sunday's meet in Cheddar Gorge.
It was the usual early start to get to the gorge before the Sunday afternoon drivers. And as usual, the tonneau cover came out too. The trip up from the new #topalwaysdown secret lair was quicker, now only taking about half an hour. So I found my self in the gorge alone waiting for the others to arrive. First, Russ, in his RNBP facelift, shortly followed by the convoy of Royce in the MCB, Tom in the 'other blue' facelift and Gabor in the MX-5, along to get a taste of top down VTEC with a view to buying an S2000.
After a bit of a chat, we headed off for a drive, only for me to spend too long fussing with the camera and actually completely lose the convoy. See comedy video below...
I could still hear 36000rpm of VTEC echoing off the cliff faces but I could catch up with the group, so instead headed straight over to the viewpoint that we were driving to, to rejoin them.
From here we headed back down the gorge, and this time I managed to stay with the convoy and get a bit of film. There's a bit of wind noise in this one, but once we get down into the gorge, you can at least clearly hear Tom's Buddy Club exhaust over everything else!
Russ left to 'pleasure his girlfriend' (his words) for the rest of the day, Gabor went off to get some air in his tyre while the rest of us now had a run over to Burrington Combe for a drink and a bite to eat, before heading back ourselves.
Another cold, wet, early morning? Time for another car show surely?
And this time it's PPC in the Park, which as it's name suggests is held at Mallory Park, in Leicestershire. I had stayed the night before in Gloucester, though this still meant a good couple of hours in the early morning for our convoy to reach the circuit in time for the morning's track briefing. 100 miles with the roof down at that time in the morning, with the rain coming in over the side windows coupled with a lack of sleep from the night before was just enough to give me a dull headache which remained with me for the weekend and put me in a mood to match the weather.
Arriving at Mallory Park we were allocated a spot for our club to set up a stand, with a decent showing of eight cars. With Adam's MR2 developing a knock after fitting new wheels, Stu's Golf and Chris's MX-5 headed out on track in the first session at 9am, the S2000 and MR2 became the most impractical cars to store all of the camping kit and tools in.
We wandered up to the hairpin to watch the track action, with session A's damp conditions proving entertaining, with anything RWD getting a nice dose of sideways coming out of the corner. Most impressive being a Capri with a BGW and perhaps's not completely intentionally, the MX-5!
The track action continued throughout the day, the venue in the centre of the track providing superb viewing all around. I spent the remainder of the day giving the S2000 a wipe over til it looked reasonably shiny, then looking around the other stands trying to shift the headache and catching up with a few old friends, mainly on the 106 Rallye Register stand.
With the show drawing to a close, it was camping next on the agenda and time for us to put up our erections. Of course, I had mine up in five minutes, though Chris seemed to be struggling, even with Adam's help... The legendary B4T barbeque was in attendance, so a trip out to the nearest Morrisons was in order to source some trade mark 22mm sausages for our Snap-on cooking utensils. What seemed like dodgy looking cooking had actually turned out well and been enjoyed all around with no ill effects and with the evening meal over, the barbeque was turned into a camp fire, with first cardboard and rubbish and later on any form of automotive supplies (engine oil, gearbox oil and very flammable power steering fluid) keeping us warm well into the night.
The following morning, McDonalds breakfast was the recovery cure, at least after Stu's second trip having forgotten his wallet the first time. I can still taste that horrible black tea though...
More photos in the Gallery
It was wet in Wiltshire today. Very wet. And bitterly cold. What started out as a top down day at 5am became a roof up, umbrella up and warm coat and hat day. The grass around Camp corner soon became a swamp and I wished I'd packed an extra pair of trainers rather than cleaning kit and a tonneau cover.
This is the start of the car show season. A good excuse to catch up with some mates and get some short track time. Thankfully I'd passed on the track sessions for the S2000 as I don't think the weather was suited today. Instead, I ended up passengering on Ryan's maiden track experience in the GTi6. The Toyos held up well on the damp track and after passing a seriously twitchy Clio 172 he soon got into his stride and the car impressed. I could see that I certainly wouldn't have wanted to get my first RWD track action today!
With half a gazebo in the back of Stu's Golf and nowhere to shelter, after watching a half decent drift session (a first for Combe!) we headed south to Bristol to the warmth of the Harvester instead.
All in all a brief day out, but enjoyable despite the weather.