View Full Version : MOT @ Finmere today

02-10-2009, 04:09 PM
What a total hoot :veryhappy:

Well organised day & loads of sideways fun :lol:

Good to meet up with some old faces & some new ones as well. Delivered the airhorns to BCA (that paid for lunch, cheers Floyd :whistle: )

Thanks to Al, Nick, Ed & the other chap from MOT for hopefully what will be the first of many well run days at the new location.

My rear tyres are now totally bald :whistle: (the were near the minmum before today)

The MX5 on a day like today is the car of choice, no question :smug:

02-10-2009, 06:10 PM
Must agree with Simon. Top day. Well organised and very relaxed.

On arrival I think many wondered what we had signed up for as all we could see was a small concrete patch with a very tight circuit on it and lots of cones placed very tightly together.

Well, these initial views soon changed for all of us as we became familiar with the layout, the 'best' way to get the back end out and keep it out and also the fact that there were 2 layouts and each were quite different to each other.

Many different styles were used from handbrake, first or second gear and dropping the clutch. All were used with varying success by most, but what a fantastic atmosphere and positive and supportive approach displayed by everyone, no exceptions.

A guy in a Merc SL55 AMG went through 2 rear tyres as did many others. I'll let them post their own pics and tell their own stories, you know who you are (Darran ... )

Top day. Great company. Good local pub right next to the track/airfield. Probably one of the most smiles per pound track days I have been on. £36 on fuel all day! door to door!

02-10-2009, 06:57 PM


Jim. I have finally killed 2 A539's :lol:

02-10-2009, 07:12 PM


Ran out of petrol on the way home. Just spent two hours on the M40 hard shoulder. :(

I have pretty much destroyed a set of T1R's (normal pressures for the win!) - though they have tread, its just all scrubbed heavily... :(

Oh and I hit three cones on the day, two of which have caused damage to my lower front bumper. :(

However, that is easily the best track time I have ever had... Silly sideways stuff, immensely fun... I cant put it into words, but as I said to a few people that day - these little cars are fecking amazing!!! I honestly wouldnt have swapped my car today for a 997GT3 RS for the trackday - it would have been comparitively boring. Stupidly good cars, brilliantly organised day, great company and EPIC slidey stuff!! :thumb: AWESOME... now to secure another set of wheels/tyres and book another asap!

02-10-2009, 08:18 PM
I'll take some photos of my tyres tomorrow. The nearside rear has no trace of tread remaining at all. Not as impressive as Ollie's down to the metal banding though!

I may have got a touch too excited when I linked a few corners: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJKwZsZgEjE

02-10-2009, 09:09 PM
I'll look at my tyres tomorrow and decide if they're photo worthy... and I'll touch up the damage from cone collecting... :lol: Sorry Al, it was only the three, I'll gladly contribute to a cone fund.*

*within reason, your earlier statement of cones being £100 will not be within reason... :lol:

Edit: actually ought to add some more insight into the days fun...

Basically, the set up was pretty much perfect for any small, perfectly balanced car with just enough power to keep it interesting and yet not too expensive on consumeables/ generally bulletproof. The weapon of choice, is of course a mighty mx5... simply full of WIN.

A big big thanks to Trevor Wood and his son for just everything... your son drives that car bloody well, I dont often get into the passenger seat of another persons car, and I was seriously impressed with the angle he was getting! He needs to be kept away from the insurance, you wont have tyres if he gets close to a roundabout, great skills! Lunch was great too, much appreciated, drinks on me next time we meet. :thumb:

Darran, always a pleasure, noticeably improved during the day and thankfully spun a few times to help make me feel better... damn cameraman appears and I cant catch the car all of a sudden? haha.. good times. Glad you got back without attracting the BiB (though I insist were from the internet and were actually driving like girls without wearing tyres and drove home with full tread...) - will look up that Salsa stuff, I suggest Tim does too... bouldering is obviously less successful from the sounds of things.

Simon - cheers for delivering the comedy horns, hope the ankle wasnt too painful later in the day, certainly the tyre pic sums up the day, what a fitting way for them to go... It was nice to see that despite having other track-worthy cars, the 5 was still the preferred car. Certainly went well enough, even on the poser wheels... :lol:

Ollie247 - an inspiration, next time I'll bring spare rear wheels/tyres and whack the pressures up, you were definately one of the more flamboyant drivers on the day, very impressive stuff - and hopefully an indication of what mine will do with more skill/decent suspension!

Base-1 - another irritatingly able driver in an irritatingly awesome car, thanks for letting me look over it in awe, I want those wheels and I cant wait to see the footage, there was definately atleast one video camera and two cameras watching you closely, I cant begin to count the amount of times everything just hooked up perfectly in transitions between drifts. Git. :lol:

Al/Nick/All at Mazda On Track... just perfect, thanks to you all for your encouragement, instruction, general banter and most of all for a superbly set up day, the venue/tracks/size/numbers were spot on, and as I said, the only thing I would change is to have one track clockwise and the other anticlockwise - but that really is all that I could think of, everything just ran smoothly and people just got on and fecking enjoyed it. Utterly brilliant day, I'd recommend it to anyone. Easily more fun than a basic trackday, it was just awesome.

I fecking love my hairdressers car, FWD'ers, you dont know what you're missing!

02-10-2009, 09:12 PM
Sounds like you had a great time !

The amount of tyre wear everyone appears to have experienced is slightly concerning though :huh:

02-10-2009, 09:13 PM
Originally posted by BCA@Oct 2 2009, 08:12 PM
Ran out of petrol on the way home. Just spent two hours on the M40 hard shoulder. :(

02-10-2009, 09:30 PM
Originally posted by Nige@Oct 2 2009, 09:12 PM
Sounds like you had a great time !

The amount of tyre wear everyone appears to have experienced is slightly concerning though :huh:
Not if you saw the amount of slidage occurring.

It could have been lessened by keeping tempretures down and taking breaks and such, but to be honest - I only stopped when I got knackered, once you're there you just want to keep throwing the car about. When I go on another, I'll either have some crap tyres or wear the current lot out and have two good ones to put on for the drive back...

I dont think the surface was too harsh, it was just that we pretty much never stopped lapping, if anyone is concerned about possible track time, dont be - you'll wear out before time runs out... that said, a fair few of us would have happily kept going all weekend, Markets are overrated. :thumb:

02-10-2009, 09:55 PM
Ben, Epic Fail! Wish you had given me a ring as I had a gerry can in the boot and would have been happy to have popped back.

Edit - delete all the above, nothing worse than hearing something like that after a 2 hour sit by the motorway.

02-10-2009, 10:05 PM
Good video there Darran! Looks like you linked up that section completely. Excellent stuff.

02-10-2009, 10:08 PM
:lol: its ok... I have no breakdown cover (why not add to the fail) - but thankfully my parents came to the rescue with a jerry can. Irritatingly, just as help arrived, so did the highway agencies flashy light 4x4 thingy... though it was appreciated all the same.

Not so the "incident support" lorry that pulled up 100 meters behind me (good) - then waited, overtook... and pulled in about 400meters later?? (not good) - why didnt he just do the decent thing and protect me/my car?? did the 400meters make all the difference? utter cock. Ah well, once suitably fuelled I went past slowly and made my presence known... should have fitted the big horns. :thumb: Edit: This was present for the whole two hours, further down the road... serious tw@t.

I knew playing fuel-guage roulette would get me in the end, lesson learnt... epic fail. Still didnt detract much from a great day though. :thumb:

03-10-2009, 08:15 AM
Very very very very fun day out! I am aching all over from running around, standing and rebuilding cone courses - by the end of the day absolutely everyone was going full banzai drift attack mode!

Thank you everyone who came, great to see some familiar and new faces. The land lord was very happy with the way the day went, so we will definitely be doing this again!

Nige - honestly the tyre wear was OK - I did a few laps in the Silvia and they're fine - it's just that everyone was going as sideways as possible all day! :D

03-10-2009, 09:19 AM
me sideways never ill grab the cam out the car and show you what realy trye wear is ;)

as for trye wear mine did have a 2000 road miles on them but have been stored out side for the last 4 to 5 years lol so pretty much fell apart.
Tell you want it so hard driving on tryes when there on the metel :)

anyway here is my tryes im sure matt got some great pics of me :lol:

and mine and base-1 car
shame i have my shitty wheels on :lol:

03-10-2009, 11:44 AM
My car is the other side of Base-1's car too.. Darrans is the white one and the Sylva is Al's Dads. :D Nice.

03-10-2009, 01:05 PM
http://picasaweb.google.com/nick.a.aronson/MoTCarControlDay# some pics...

03-10-2009, 01:36 PM
Offside Rear:

Nearside Rear:


03-10-2009, 03:33 PM
Nice, are those the new Hankook Slicks?? :lol:

I've just been looking for wheels/tyres... theres a set on ebay with 4 different tyres (not so good, but atleast I know how/where to deal with them...) - but I cant find any reasonable suppliers of Hankook RS2's anymore? Camskill dont do them in mx5 sizes anymore?? Hmm...

03-10-2009, 07:32 PM
http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/Phoenix5Foto...eCarControlDay# (http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/Phoenix5Fotos/FinmereCarControlDay#)

Ollie is the blue smokey one... Base-1 is the green and black wheeled one... some awesome shots of you both, and one of me completely sideways smokily and a couple of not so sideways and possibly understeery ones... :lol:

03-10-2009, 11:17 PM
Forgot I hadn't added to this yet! Was a brilliant day, I was so tired for basically all of it! Was good to meet people off here but I'm fúcked if I can remember everyone and what the hell we talked about :lol:

Was a fantastic day though, brilliant fun, well organised as usual, nice bit of variety to break up all the bloody MX5s too!

04-10-2009, 09:24 AM
there is some great pics,


and Mr Basement what happend to we dont have another power to make smoke :P

04-10-2009, 10:27 AM
Yeah it was an awesome day! :D

I'm a bit irritated that I didn't think to find out if any of you NL people where there, doh! I could have had a look at your SportDrives Simon :)

Mine was the 5 making the super whiney noises btw :D

Gary G
05-10-2009, 06:11 PM
Awesome day and I was just passengering/spectating.

BCA, was yours the red T reg MK2 MX5 with the Borla exhaust? I really liked the sound of that one!

05-10-2009, 06:17 PM
Yup yup, it certainly is! :thumb: http://z8.invisionfree.com/Northloop/index...showtopic=21460 (http://z8.invisionfree.com/Northloop/index.php?showtopic=21460)

Thanks for the kind words, I was going to get shot of the exhaust until I heard it when I first bought it, it's the nicest sounding mx5 I've heard - or atleast - is from the drivers seat! I am glad it sounds pretty good outside too... B) Its quite a deep low tone at lower revs, but at around 4krpm it starts to change into a more metallic-ish note.. at 7krpm its almost screaming... love it!


05-10-2009, 10:05 PM

05-10-2009, 10:12 PM
Al, I reckon when I do this in the Nissan, I`ll need a set of remoulds fitting first ;) :thumb:

05-10-2009, 10:15 PM
Not a bad idea Nige, but definately do one of these days... bloody awesome fun.

I am hoping that there will be a few more announced before xmas... can't make the next date/silverstone thing, but would love to get back out there!

Al - you are a bad man. :lol: It was quite interesting to see how the first run or two people were quite restrained and by the end of the day it was literally like watching 30-odd Tsuchiya wannabe's going for more angle, greater distance, more smoke... Amazing day!

06-10-2009, 12:52 AM
Some more pics here: http://brodrive.blogspot.com/

Couple of samples:





06-10-2009, 08:30 AM
Originally posted by Nige@Oct 5 2009, 10:12 PM
Al, I reckon when I do this in the Nissan, I`ll need a set of remoulds fitting first ;) :thumb:
What size PCD is your car? I might be able to get some spare wheels with tyres on. :thumb:

Awesome Report Base!!! :lol:

06-10-2009, 08:30 PM
Epic fun, although my feet still hurt B)