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N/B
13-06-2010, 07:56 PM
This was my first ever trip to Silverstone, and the first thing that struck me upon driving through the gates on Friday morning was
the sheer amount of construction work going on. Wondered whether I might need 4WD to get to the track.

The second thing that struck me was the fact that there wasn't really a Pit Lane. Kind of a Pit Car Park / Paddock, I guess.
Shame, because I had planned to do quite a bit of Pit-Lane photography, and had really enjoyed the setup at Brands a few weeks back.
You know, garages and painted concrete floors.

I was meeting up with my friend John H again, the guy with the white Clio 200 Cup on white Speedlines+Slicks - but there was of course
the added bonus of a good NL turnout so I was looking forward to finally putting some faces to usernames :D
Ambled over to a familiar-looking car, and said hello to (UB) Gareth.
That M3 CS really is a thing of beauty, looks so purposeful and professional B) Gareth was super-friendly and happy to answer pretty much
every boring question I asked about his car :lol:

Briefed and wristbanded, I got my cameras out of the Merc and went for a wander.
Some nice cars had turned out, a good assortment of dailies and track weapons.

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Recognised Dave G's Civic and said, "Hello" and "Can I photograph your lovely new rollcage please"...

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Went out for a few pax laps in the Clio with John, then a few in a standard Mk5 Golf GTI with a mate of his.
The Golf was a real surprise to me, even as a passenger I could feel its weight but the balance of the car and the driver's ability to control
the rear end using the throttle was a great surprise and I got out really impressed. 5 doors, a towbar and that much fun!

This was turning into a very social day already with folk dropping in to see their friends and cadge pax laps, and even a few late additions
to the cars on track. A friend of a friend arrived in his new 300bhp supercharged Ariel Atom, ready to lap.
I didn't need asking twice, and put a lid on :P

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10 laps or so later, I got out a changed man.
Good grief. I mean, really. Jesus H Christ.
Just... mental. Proper, proper GT3RS-demolishing power-to-weight.
Traffic got a bit heavy rather too often and it was a shame to hear the driver having to back off so much because when the taps are fully open
that thing accelerates very very hard indeed.

A bit more mooching about before lunch, the weather was getting much better so I snapped a few more tasty treats.

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Uncle Benz
13-06-2010, 08:03 PM
Some cracking photography there Neil!!! I was impressed with the size of your lens...

Sorry again about the pax lap. Definitely next time. Are you coming to Goodwood on the 27th August??

N/B
13-06-2010, 08:04 PM
Post-panini, it was time for me to find some vantage points around the track to try out a long lens I'd borrowed from a mate.
I don't normally shoot much action, this was my first time playing sniper at a track so... go easy! :P

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N/B
13-06-2010, 08:14 PM
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You guys can view the entire Flickr set here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/n-bridge/sets/72157624140926355/). :thumb:

There was an off involving a BMW E46 M3, I'm not sure whose it was or what caused it, but I
stumbled upon the wreckage whilst out snapping.
The cabin appears to have remained almost perfect, I thought it quite impressive.

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Cheers Gareth :D It was a bit of a whopper, eh?
No worries about the laps, I had a packed day anyway.
Bummer you had to leave, I hope all is ok. We'll have to talk 190 engine conversions some other time!
I will look into Goodwood in August, as I've never been there either. In fact, I'll do my best to make FOS!

Bizarrely, and I put this entirely down to timing, I have no on-track pictures of Dave G's or Karan's cars :(
Shame, because at about 4pm I finally went out for a few pax laps with Dave, and Karan was just ahead of us.

What followed was an utterly insane sequence of laps in which a 1.6-litre Civic chased down Karan's bonkers PS13, and Dave threw it into corners with a commitment that made me grin from ear to ear. In fact, I was laughing out loud pretty much constantly for the first two laps :lol:
Whilst the Civic gripped, the Silvia drifted. At about 100+mph.
Dave's speed increased, and my laughter subsided. At one point Dave turned to me and said, "Are you ok?"
"Yeah, fookin' loving this!" :D
We were on a cool-down lap when Dave spots Nige. Chase back on, and laughter resumed.
That really was a thrilling ride and I got out thinking "I bet the insurance is pretty reasonable for me on one of those..."

After a brief park-up, Nige offered me a few laps.
:D
It's pretty hard to converse in louder, more stripped cars like that but Nige did his best to explain his way around the track and we even managed to chat about his prized Diff.
Very very smooth driving from Nige, I got the impression that his mind was 2 or 3 corners ahead most of the time.

Thanks again to both of you boys, a fantastic end to the best Friday afternoon I've had in a while!

Dave G
13-06-2010, 08:30 PM
Nice pics :thumb:

Shame about that BM, what a mess! :o

Glad you enjoyed the PAX laps. Was awesome chasing Karan whilst he drifted!

Was it you in Nige's car that said 'I feel safer in here than in Dave's car'

:rolf: :whistle:

Darren Langeveld
13-06-2010, 08:34 PM
Hmmmm - Mark's. He, Adam Stevenson and big Kev were all into developing their E46's - big Kev is furthest along.

M3/New pit wall interface.

Shame.

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N/B
13-06-2010, 08:55 PM
Originally posted by Dave G@Jun 13 2010, 08:30 PM
Glad you enjoyed the PAX laps. Was awesome chasing Karan whilst he drifted!
Was it you in Nige's car that said 'I feel safer in here than in Dave's car'
:rolf: :whistle:
Err, no... :shame: :lol: I don't think so, anyway!
I might have said something about how great your brakes and tyres were. And how I really appreciated the shiny red roll cage :D

Dave G
13-06-2010, 08:56 PM
I was speaking to big Kev about the E46s.

Didn't see this on the day but heard about it as the track was closed for 15 mins which promted the usual questions etc.

Do you know what happened? (Apart from the obvious pit lane wall interface :( )



ETA: Neil, fairy nuff! I didn't mind anyway, was just curious! :rolf:

Brakes are standard with Castrol SRF fluid and Ferodo DS3000 pads up front.

Insurance group 12 by the way. ;)

BON
13-06-2010, 09:19 PM
Great pictures, M3 :o didn't know that had happened, that's why there was cement dust down along the back straight.

Dave's corner entry speed was fecking quick, he can peddle that car around :thumb:

Dan
13-06-2010, 09:26 PM
I was 1st on the scene of that crashed E46 M3. Didn't look healthy embedded in the wall with shite covering the whole width of the track. I did stop and see if the blokes were ok, I left as soon as the Silverstone incident blokes turned up. I was impressed at the strength of the shell :thumb:

Some good pictures there Neil, was nice to meet you also, see you at Goodwood :thumb:

Dave G
13-06-2010, 09:28 PM
The laps with you towards the end of the day were awesome Barry!

Loved that too.

You S2k goes well and cornering is really quick considering it's on road tyres, I was only marginally quicker through the bends with A048Rs.

You should try some you'll love it!

Are you booked on to Snetterton on 8th Oct? :thumb:

BON
13-06-2010, 09:43 PM
Nige paxed with me in the afternoon, gave me a few tips :thumb: they were great laps, I was pushing as hard as I could.

My best track day yet.

Yep, booked for Snett as well :thumb:

GVK
14-06-2010, 07:32 AM
Awesome pics and write up, keep up the good work N/B :thumb:

Nige
14-06-2010, 07:52 AM
Nice report, some good photos too :thumb:

T shirt allowed on track :nono:
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Barry, I agree with Dave, your car was going very well, considering it was on road tyres too !

Dave, I thought everyone who`d had a pax with you said they felt safer when in with me? :whistle: :lol:

Uncle Benz
14-06-2010, 09:50 PM
I noticed there was an uncaged M3 running slicks. I though this was a Circuit-days no-no too...

Nige
14-06-2010, 09:56 PM
Originally posted by Uncle Benz@Jun 14 2010, 09:50 PM
I noticed there was an uncaged M3 running slicks. I though this was a Circuit-days no-no too...
I noticed that too. The information they send through before the events specifically says cars running slicks must have rollover protection. I suppose they are relying on the drivers to follow the rules ?

Did Neils mate in the Clio have a rollcage ? He was running slicks too.

Uncle Benz
14-06-2010, 10:17 PM
Pretty sure it did. Was a full race car IIRC.

Dave G
15-06-2010, 09:44 AM
I was naughty and wore a t-shirt in the afternoon as I left my jumper at the White Horse in Silverstone after lunch (which was yummy!).

Luckily it was still there when I went back.

Oli H
08-07-2010, 06:34 PM
Originally posted by Dave G@Jun 13 2010, 08:30 PM
Was it you in Nige's car that said 'I feel safer in here than in Dave's car'

:rolf: :whistle:
That might have been me Dave if you heard it in Nige's video :D Obviously I haven't been out with you since snetterton and the cage fitting though!

Looking forward to October :thumb: