View Full Version : Anglesey Coastal 29th June 2011 Trip report.

04-07-2011, 06:40 PM
I really enjoy the Anglesey Coastal layout. It suits the Golf much better than the GP, so when a trackday was available on a convenient day at the end of June, I decided to get it booked.

When i`d done the GP there last August, we camped over the night before so, it was a great success, plans were hatched and a things were put in motion. Travel over Tuesday afternoon, camp Tuesday night, trackday Wednesday then back home.

Dave & Izzy were free and came over to mine mid afternoon. The Golf had been loaded up the day before, so there was nothing to do Tuesday, this meant a nice relaxing morning whilst waiting to set off. We jumped in the X5 and setoff around 3pm.

As we set off in plenty of time, there was no rush, our aim was to get over past the M6 before the rush hour and light traffic made it easy.

Before too long at all, we were in Wales.

A short stop to stretch our legs and then carried on, with Stan taking the lead for a while.

Crossing over onto Anglesey

The Menai Bridge was clearly visible.

Just under half hour or so and we arrived at the circuit.

Parked up in the sunshine on a pleasantly warm evening.

One of the Marshalls was just leaving, but he popped over for a quick chat before he left. Some other guys had set up their tent alongside where we planned to go, we pitched next to them.

Stan tried to start the Nova. I offered some help with a winding handle, he wasn`t amused http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/gifs/a_whistle.gif

Once running, he took it for a spin around the carpark, it was the first time he`s driven it since last year, so he was keen to ensure the was nothing amiss.

I used the opportunity to fit a new set of Axxis brake pads.

Rewinding the calipers.

The air impact wrench does make removing wheels easy.http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/gifs/smug.gif

As I was fitting the pads, Stan, Phil and Anna had a beer.

Dave cracked open a beer.

He seems to be a natural at this supervising lark...http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/gifs/old.gif

Not a cloud in the sky and the carpark was empty.

I decided to give the brakes a bed-in in the carpark, letting them cool fully overnight. A few runs back and forth with some brake application and the pads were heating up nicely, the pedal starting to go soft. I noticed a car pull into the carpark and someone start having a chat with Dave. I`d finished bedding in the pads, so parked up. The guy (Andrew) drove over and it became apparant he wasn`t thrilled about something....

It turns out that when there is a trackday or racemeeting, the barriers are left open. The local youths know this and have been know to hoon around the carpark in their cars. He thought that was what was happening. Once I apologised and explained I was there for the trackday and was simply bedding in my brakes, he was fine about it and he had a good natter for 10 minutes or so..

Lit a couple of disposable BBQ`s before going for a track walk.

The concrete is pretty grippy here.

04-07-2011, 06:41 PM
Walking on the banking near `Church`, Phil noticed a small inlet and beach.

It looked worth an investigation..

Lovely setting on a day like this, pretty bleak in the middle of winter...

The `beach` was mostly pebbles, with a bit of sand.

Hmmm, pebbles and water...

Phil decided that was a great idea http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/gifs/thumb.gif

Caught Izzy unawares and managed to get a nice picture of her.

Back to the campsite before finished the trackwalk as we expected the BBQ`s to be ready. First on were some burgers and sausages.

Stan had brought the Chiminea, I`d brought some wood, quite a lot of wood actually...

Camp Northloop. I was in the small dome tent next to the flagpole, didn`t see the point in taking the big one for a night.

Anna was cooking seafood.

Stan was inspecting the 2 cars.

A tad optimistic on the speedo.

Something about the rollcage caught his eye.

The `hoop` wasn`t welded to the cage, just bolted http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/gifs/shocked.gif

Talking whilst the food cooked.

Lizard arrived, later than planned, but just in time for the food to be served. Amazing coincidence...

A beer was opened within seconds of him getting out of the van.

I have no idea what they were watching here...

04-07-2011, 06:42 PM
Far too much food was eaten, so we decided to continue the trackwalk.

This really is a great looking venue.

Alex contemplating the meaning of life. Or was he just wondering where the sun went to sleep http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/gifs/Think.gif

Smile big fella.

Stan, having already had a beer or 2 was initially confused by the start-box numbering system.

He decided to do some `planking`. http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/gifs/lol.gif





About 12 months ago, Stan asked for a Lizard Sunstrip. He was thrilled when Alex brought one for him to fit. I suggested waiting until another day to fit it.

Just chillin`

Alex couldn`t quite get his head round the `roll cage` on the Yellow car. He christened it the `deathcar`... I suggested that instead of telling them when they came back alter, he wait to give them his feedback until morning when everyone was sober...

He thought the mounting plate used small bolts.

Then saw what it was bolted to http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/gifs/yikes.gif

The harness mount / angle wasn`t much better.

The Chiminea was getting nice and warm.

Fire, its hypnotic.

Then we started putting more and more wood onto it..

Our aim was to make it glow red. mission accomplished.http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/gifs/smile011.gif

04-07-2011, 06:43 PM
The guys with the Yellow and Red cars came back and we were exchanging banter, when Alex said "I can`t keep it in any longer, WHO built that bloody awful cage ?"

They were, understandably a little upset about the way this advice was delivered, Stan didn`t really help when he chimed in with "yeah, who built the deathcar..."

They explained the pipe could handle 500psi and didn`t understand what they were going on about. Things started going downhill, but fortunately, they called it a night and went to bed before things turned unpleasant.

I called it a night at midnight, put in my earplugs and was asleep in seconds. Woken at 03:30 to some bloody seagulls, but soon went back to sleep. Alex wasn`t so lucky as they were doing a tapdance on the roof of his van. In lead boots...

Up at 7, a nice hot shower and then I cooked breakfast.

unhealthy ? who cares. !

The Nova was reluctant to start again.

All the marshalls who arrived had time for a `good morning` and a short chat. They were all in good moods. I suppose the lovely weather helped.

The briefing was a short affair, Chris doesn`t take half as long as Teffers.... With only 20 people signed on, it was quiet in the briefing room.

I offered to jump in with Alex for the sighting laps to give him some pointers. He was too busy admiring the wonderful scenery.

Dave was out taking a few photos.

This sounded nice.

The rear wheel was lifting quite often. It may look good, but only having 3 tyres in contact with the tarmac can`t be as good as 4...

A tappety top end was slightly concerning, as was the increased level on the oil dipstick. This was diagnosed after the event to a leaking injector which was allowing petrol into the oil.

This lad was doing his first ever trackday, he`d only had the car 3 weeks, 340HP and he was a little nervous. Fair play to him, he built up speed steadily, moved over when necessary and thoroughly enjoyed himself.

Chilling between sessions.

04-07-2011, 06:43 PM
Followed Stan for a couple of laps. Considering he only has 86HP, the Nova goes really well. It surprised a lot of people on the day.


Alex had been going on at me about the Golf being FWD and asking when I was going to go to a `proper` car. You know, one that doesn`t understeer so much. Here is a video of me following Stan for a lap, then Alex in the 328. Note at 5:55 he demonstrates oversteer, then 3 seconds later at 5:58 understeer... http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/gifs/loser.gif Yeah, I see what you mean about RWD cars not understeering Alex http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/gifs/rotfl3.gif


Lunchtime and Dave did the cooking

I fitted a set of Slicks to the Golf. I`ve never run them before so decided to run some old 888`s until lunchtime then Slicks after. The 888`s were several years old and had many heatcycles, so it wasn`t a fair test. Some Pilot Sport Cups in the morning would have made a more meaningful comparison, but I gave it a go anyway.

As usual, the track noise was somewhat quieter than the airborne stuff.

Took Mr Rooney out for the first session after lunch. I explained I would be building up nice and slowly to try and get some heat into the tyres. We had a great session and were both impressed with the grip of the Slicks. Honestly, they are better than the Cups, but not massively so. After some experimentation, I was confident that the first corner is NOT flat in 4th in my car.http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/gifs/shy.gif

The grass had a nice trim though http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/gifs/a_whistle.gif

There was only one GT3 there

After being passed, even by Stan, he always came straight into the pits. Strange.

This 106 was really nicely prepared.

The tents were packed away, as it was nice and warm, there was no need to dry them out afterwards.

A well behaved, well driven EVO.

Before lunch, I`d had a great few laps with the owner of this Rover.

He came over at lunchtime to have a chat. He was running a 2.0 Turbo, about 225 HP. When I caught him on track, he had a passenger, where I didn`t so I was able to close on him over a lap. We`d agreed to try and get another session together before the end of the day.

Dave was in with me when I saw him on track, so I slowed then tagged onto him for 5 thoroughly enjoyable laps. I was holding station behind him and he left me past at the end of the 5th. I was pushing on and we were very evenly matched. The next lap round, the chequered flag came out to mark the end of the day.

Unfortunately, my battery died after just one lap behind him http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/gifs/ranting-1.gif


One of the Marshalls stopped on his way home
"You were having fun with that Rover weren`t you ?"
`Yeah, great laps`.
"We were discussing it on the radios, he had more power than you, but you caught him on the corners, we could see you were slowly closing, so delayed the chequered flagsa couple of laps until you got past him"

You don`t get that sort of thing at some of the bigger venues. It really sums up the friendly attitude of all the Anglesey staff to me http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/gifs/thumb.gif

Back to the paddock to load up the Golf after a trouble free trackday. It was the first outing for the new power sterring setup and I was happy with it, much better feel than the standard VW pulley driven hydraulic pump.

It was a very relaxed trackday, no queues meant no pressure to stay on track, you could come and go as you pleased. I still did 190+ Miles, but they were spread throughout the day. Anglesey really is a great circuit and the Coastal layout is the best for me and my Golf. Missing out the straight > hairpin > straight is no great loss.

Once loaded up, I had a quick refreshing shower, only 5 minutes, but driving home in clean clothes made a big difference, definately something I`ll do again if the opportunity presents itself.

We always stop at the same McDonalds, about 1hr 15 into the homeward journey. Izzy `Panda` Boulder had caught a little too much sun..

20 minutes having a bite to eat and the obligatory Strawberry Shake and then it was time to head home.

Whilst finished our food, my phone rang. It was Kev MK3...

"Nige, where are you ?"
`Having a McDonalds. Why ?`
"well, I think I saw you going the other way. Im at Anglesey but there is nobody here. What time is the BBQ ?"
`Kev, we camped LAST night, the trackday was today and we are going home now...`
"oh." http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/gifs/shy.gif

A fantastic event, going over the night before meant a really enjoyable evening before the TD and no stress at all. I`m doing the GP layout at the end of August, we are going over the night before, camping, doing the TD then camping again after, travelling home on the Tuesday. I can`t wait http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/gifs/smile011.gif

Gary Kinghorn
04-07-2011, 06:51 PM
Cool report as usual Nige :thumb:

04-07-2011, 07:06 PM
fantastic report and im sorry i should of got your number before hand, had so much going on at home last week lost track of everything - August i will be there tho on the correct day!

As for that Rover he lives in Chester and works next to my old place as now and then if we where both late we used to have a play. Think its his daily :lol:

04-07-2011, 07:15 PM
........Think its his daily :lol:
Just like Nige's then. Well, at least when the weather's warm and the grass needs cutting. :whistle:

04-07-2011, 07:43 PM
Great report Nige, really enjoyed reading that :thumb:

04-07-2011, 08:29 PM
I like the location of the track there near the coast, it looks like a lovely spot.
Nice pics and a very enjoyable read, good work Nige. :thumb:

04-07-2011, 09:42 PM
Best Track day ever

04-07-2011, 10:40 PM
Great report! Looks like an awesome few days :)

Love the clip of you following Alex in the BM....

05-07-2011, 08:06 AM
Great report as normal Nige

Really wish i had made this now!

05-07-2011, 08:23 AM
Great report, Nige :thumb:. I am gutted that I couldn't make it. Hopefully next time.

Dave B
05-07-2011, 06:29 PM
Great read Nige. And a very very rare photo I see....'a nice shot of Isabel'. :lol:

06-07-2011, 10:24 AM
Brill read, hoping to get to an Anglesey Northloop event sometime it's only a quick ferry ride from Dublin after all..

So, ummm, how did the 'deathcar' lads get on in the end :D

Darren Langeveld
06-07-2011, 11:40 AM
Great report as usual Nige!

Loving the 'Death Car' - exactly the type of thing I refuse to get into.

06-07-2011, 11:51 AM
I am gutted I missed this :(

06-07-2011, 11:56 AM
Nice report there Nige. Hope to get up there sometime :thumb:

06-07-2011, 12:55 PM
Really enjoyed reading that.
Anglesey does sounds like a great track, I want to do it even more now!

06-07-2011, 02:57 PM
Nice read, thanks. I really enjoyed Anglesey when I went last year, really need to go again!

Dave B
06-07-2011, 03:51 PM
The death car duo were dreadful on track. The night before they were full of tales of daring-do at their last outing...having blitzed an Audi of some sort with 3 x their power and then the Audi crashed etc etc...
The 'driver' of the pair, Forrest, span entering the start straight on one lap. He stated he had got a wheel on the grass and that that was the cause...how odd, Isabel and I were stood 50 yards away spectating and he was nowhere near the grass as that'd involve hitting an apex, (he spent the day avoiding those dangerous things !)
His brother, Bubba Jnr, made Forrest look like a driving god....and have we said that the car was shite ?

06-07-2011, 04:00 PM
Fantastic read Nige, thank you :)

06-07-2011, 04:24 PM
The death car duo were dreadful on track. The night before they were full of tales of daring-do at their last outing...having blitzed an Audi of some sort with 3 x their power and then the Audi crashed etc etc...
The 'driver' of the pair, Forrest, span entering the start straight on one lap. He stated he had got a wheel on the grass and that that was the cause...how odd, Isabel and I were stood 50 yards away spectating and he was nowhere near the grass as that'd involve hitting an apex, (he spent the day avoiding those dangerous things !)
His brother, Bubba Jnr, made Forrest look like a driving god....and have we said that the car was shite ?

But you ain't got no legs lieutenant Dan.

06-07-2011, 05:20 PM
Loving the 'Death Car' - exactly the type of thing I refuse to get into.

I can`t blame you !

Weeman, you`d have loved it, the social and tracktime was fabulous.

Nice to know people still enjoy reading my rambling reports ;)

Mike Roberts
07-07-2011, 12:34 AM
It's easy to dismiss Anglesey, but even easier to get hooked on it. I love the place.

Great read, sorry I couldn't get the time off, not that I had a car to do it in mind. But it would have been nice to camp and have a beer.

07-07-2011, 08:24 AM
Enjoyed that, Nige - it really captured the atmosphere of the time you spent there. That "camp fire" was a real cracker :D