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Gary Kinghorn
09-10-2011, 09:20 AM
Just a small one this time.

MONDAY

This one started with me leaving home at silly o'clock Monday morning and meeting Gareth and family at Dover. Our timing was perfect and even though we were leaving from locations 70 miles apart I caught him at the roundabout going into Dover :thumb:

In the queue to get on the boat and up to Langans for some breaky

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After a hearty breaky we had a walk round the boat and Gareth junior showed how many wheels he wants to be involved with in the future.

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Off the boat and we took a steady trip to the circuit and the hotel. With nothing to rush for we took it easy. As we neared Liege I took off with the view to saying hello to Darren etc at the track prior to checking into the hotel.

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Chris from CD was kind enough to say he was happy for me to have an hour on track to bed my brakes in and remind myself how the Jaffa cake performed. Gareth was pretty nervous about my first track time and I didn't help with this by reversing off the trailer into a barrier :lol:

The car was exactly as I remember it prior to me visiting Castle Combe the last time, Gareth really is rather good at this sort of thing...... But Don't tell him.

Up to the hotel to check in and it really was rather lovely, nor closer to the track.

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There were plenty of other guys staying there who had been on the track day too.

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The others who were staying there had either already arrived, or were well on their way. To name a few - Lee and Neil Christie, The Geoffs, Jim, Weeman and Gemma.

We decided to eat there rather than go to town and have a steady evening. The food was a little marginal, but in the grand scheme of things not too bad.

TUESDAY

Up with the lark, after a short nights sleep.

The track was getting busy with people arriving and thankfully the fog which plagued the day before was not in evidence.

Noise testing was quick and easy.

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We all sang happy birthday to Darren during the briefing, then it was time for the sighting laps before the track went live.

I did 2 or 3 good sessions getting used to the car and was really enjoying myself. The EBC Blue pads I was trying had bedded themselves in nicely and during these sessions my confidence to leave the braking later and later was growing.

Mid morning a few clouds started to appear and it looked like rain might make an appearance. Before it arrived I managed to convince Gareth to take his first session on track in the Jaffa.

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He came back with a big smile on his face saying he had really enjoyed driving it and it was every bit as good as he though it was. That pretty much made my weekend for me.

A couple of others out and about. I only picked the camera up for about 20 mins all day so not many.

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And then the drizzle came, not heavy rain, but enough to make things greasy. That was the cue for the Hughes family and I to take an early lunch.

After lunch I hung around for a bit and thought, 'Oh well, no point sitting here all day, best get out and take a look'. So I went out for a couple of laps and felt raped by pretty much everything out there. They had obviously discovered the track was drier than expected.

Back in, another 30 mins to let it dry more, then I started lapping again. For the final couple of hours the track was silly quiet. I found myself doing a pit drive through a couple of times just to try to find some traffic. It really was very quiet.

Pics from official photographers Extreme

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After just over 200 track miles the Jaffa was loaded back onto the trailer and we went back to the hotel

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With a stinking headache caused by concentrating for a long period and not drinking enough I decided not to go into Spa with the others, but to eat with UB and the CD crew in the hotel again.

WEDNESDAY

Up for an early breaky and back on the road for a slightly more spirited drive back to Calais. We were very lucky and caught a boat that was in and waiting. Up the ramp, close the door, sail. Spot on.

Back to UB's the car was unloaded and I drove the last 70 miles back home.


A great weekend and a massive thanks to UB for re-building me a brilliant car and helping me all weekend

Andy G
09-10-2011, 11:12 AM
some cracking pics there gary ..... i did mean to come say hi but never got the chance with lovin the whole day out then it was to late :(
so till next time :)

autohabit
09-10-2011, 12:42 PM
Nice pics and report Gary, car is looking good.

Prawn
09-10-2011, 07:10 PM
Sounds like a great trip :)

Good to see the car is back on track too! It's been a bit of a northloop legend since I first started posting!

orsonbuggy
10-10-2011, 01:15 PM
Great to see the Jaffa Cake in tip top running order :thumb:

As I rode up from Malmedy to spectate for the afternoon, I dragged that drizzle with me all the way up the hill :whistle: :lol:

Sod's law, but 'twas a good afternoon in any event :karl:

Weeman
11-10-2011, 10:09 AM
Oh cracking pic GK, thankyou :)

I had to chuckle as we came in Via Hasselt and I said to gem as we pulled onto the motorway at Liege " I bet you we run into a Northlooper on this road" only to look out the window and see you fly passed hahahaha

jon_r
11-10-2011, 01:27 PM
Nice read Gary, some great pictures as well. I'm chuffed for you that the BM is all up and running and working well. :thumb:

Gary Kinghorn
11-10-2011, 05:37 PM
Nice read Gary, some great pictures as well. I'm chuffed for you that the BM is all up and running and working well. :thumb:

Thanks Jon, I'm really pleased too :thumb:

Nige
14-10-2011, 07:17 AM
Good report.

Where`s the incar video ?

Gary Kinghorn
14-10-2011, 08:21 AM
Away for the weekend, but will sort something out when I get back

Floyd
14-10-2011, 12:34 PM
I'm very dissapointed that we didn't get to have some close lapping.

stevem
14-10-2011, 12:45 PM
I'm very dissapointed that we didn't get to have some close lapping.

I'm disappointed the spellchecker still doesn't work :wave:

Gary Kinghorn
14-10-2011, 01:36 PM
I'm very dissapointed that we didn't get to have some close lapping.


I only saw you on track once :whistle: