|Chris & Michael waiting for the cars to come|
We were due to be at our section (Chimney in the Lakeside complex) at 11.30. No motoring outing is complete without an English breakfast and I had found a Little Chef on the internet only a few miles away. Suitably fuelled we arrived to be briefed by Colin Biles. Our job was to operate the diversion and restart, deep in the woods which had grown up on the site of what we discovered was an old coal mine. Colin and his wife kindly fed us and it was soon time to be in position.
Classes 7&8 had to surmount the new bank Pete Hart had created. 1 to 6 turned left before taking a circuitous route round a tree on a considerable adverse camber. A lot of the early runners in the lower classes struggled until Carl Talbot came along in his supercharged BMW to show it could be done. After that there were quite a few 1 to 6 cleans. This involved staying high with the front wheels, letting the back slide down and powering out once the car was straight.
The higher classes struggled to get up, made more difficult for the class 8's who had a restart as well. Dean Partington proved it could be done but the next car, Mike Chatwin in a similar DP Wasp, couldn't keep the front down and was rescued by a spectating Paul Bartleman. We had two more cleans but few hairy incidents as well and Clerk of the Course Pete Hart decided to close the section for 7 & 8.
We were on our way around 4pm and home just after 8 after stopping for a couple of tea on the M4. All in all a very enjoyable day.