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Gary Kinghorn
19-04-2008, 06:30 PM
I've always wandered what it would be like to do a show with Northloop and see what the interest would be like. Well today we did one

Not the biggest, but the Castle Combe action days are always well represented by both car clubs and paying visitors. With over 125 clubs there today it was a busy one.

I have been in contact with Maria from Combe for a while and as promised she did us proud with the northloop stand location.

Jim and I went down last night to take the bulk of the gear. It's suprising how much stuff you need to do this sort of thing and thanks to Jim we had a Mondeo full to the rafters with give aways from Performance Tuner to help us along :thumb:

Anyway onto the day.

4.30am and I was awake thinking of all the stuff I had undoubtably forgotten. 5.45am and I was out the door (in the rain :( ) to go to Jims and pick the beemer up.
6.15am and Jim in the MX5 and I were on our way. It was my first drive in the beemer in the rain let alone on R888's I was a little apprehensive. I needn't have worried they worked just fine ( No standing water Darren :whistle: )

7.15am and we rolled into Combe. Jim and I pulled into our spot and were intrigued by the huge number of Subarus parked facing the mondeo in squadron order. It transpired they were the SIDC (who both Jim and I have had interesting dealings with in the past :lol: ) and we left the Mondeo in their area the night before :rolleyes: A couple of words were past, they got on with sorting their gear out while we went for a fry up :lol:

The others started arriving, Floyd showed an interesting like for sauce ( I will let someone else post the picture )

Out in the drizzle we got the cars set up. Getting 14 cars into a reasonable order was not easy but we managed it. Then it was up with the Banners and we were ready

The rain stopped and things started to brighten up. The R888's were looking like a good choice

Herr Cooper was ready for anything
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v501/tvr400/Castle%20Combe/IMG_5474.jpg


Floyd was on the phone to the bookies discussing odds on who would go off first on the Northloop track time ;)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v501/tvr400/Castle%20Combe/IMG_5496.jpg

At around 12.30pm the heavens opened and down came the rain :o Herr Cooper failed the noise test which was a real shame :(
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v501/tvr400/Castle%20Combe/IMG_5494.jpg

We gave away several hundred Performance Tuner mags, along with Northloop and ringweekend flyers

Jim had the man on the tannoy mentioning us every 30 minutes

He got the building opposite opened so we could take a couple of pictures
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v501/tvr400/Castle%20Combe/IMG_5485.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v501/tvr400/Castle%20Combe/IMG_5486.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v501/tvr400/Castle%20Combe/IMG_5489.jpg

Tony was sporting an identicle jumper to the one Jim bought last week :o
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v501/tvr400/Castle%20Combe/IMG_5492.jpg

Gareth and Jimmy turned up to remind me in no uncertain terms that if I crashed the beemer in the wet on R888's they would kill me. No pressure then :whistle:

1.15pm came and it was our turn to go out in heavy rain. Exiting the pit lane I applied some right foot and the rear wheels lit up with the car slithering down the road hmmmmmmm

Within half a lap of following Floyd and GVK I realised we were going nowhere. We were right at the back of the queue on track and it was too dangerous to consider overtaking manovoures. I started to get the hump and backed off a bit to get some clear air. When I caught back I thought It was going to be a waste of time but we maanged to move our way through the other cars. The red lights came on one of those Blue awd things had gone off meaning a Le Mon style starting grid by the pits. I had tucked in behind Floyd and GVK.
When the flag went down we were off and running. Out dragging a couple of cars into Avon rise we had clear track other than Joe8v ( I think) who was doing a good job in the Civic and Herr Teflon. Darren then proceeded to drive away from all of us in the mighty Mi :lol: :lol: Good driving that man :thumb: I hung in with Floyd and GVK and we had some good fun laps :thumb:
The BMW was a bit of a handful and it demands real respect in the wet. However once again it did me proud ( driver training needed for me though :shame: )
At the end we were mostly bouyant about the whole thing. Not ideal, awful weather but for 25 we had good fun. Well I certainly did :thumb:

Oh and Steph went off. Did I not mention that earlier :whistle:

Back in the car park people started fading and going home. By 4pm Jim and I were on our way too.

All that remains is for me to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who gave up their time to support Northloop in awful conditions today. It really was massively appreciated :thumb:

Right, now come on people get those pics and vids up

Darren Langeveld
19-04-2008, 07:17 PM
Seconded :whistle: :lol: :thumb:

Floyd
19-04-2008, 07:18 PM
That sums it up nicely :thumb: It was good to meet old faces (like Tony ;) ) and the new one's :D I hope we made the newbies feel welcome :thumb: I talked the hind legs off so RS owner club fellow and he may be visiting us soon hopefully and possibly Darren :whistle:

I look forward to the video B)

I wonder who the P1 owner was...

Darren Langeveld
19-04-2008, 07:22 PM
I know who was talking to who and who will book via who to get a 25 bonus :thumb:

Hippychick
19-04-2008, 07:37 PM
Originally posted by Floyd@Apr 19 2008, 07:18 PM


I wonder who the P1 owner was...


I was really worried when they stopped your session & then the safety car, ambulance, fire & rescue trucks all went racing past with lights & sirens blazing

I hope they're ok

Gary Kinghorn
19-04-2008, 08:11 PM
Originally posted by Hippychick+Apr 19 2008, 08:37 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Hippychick @ Apr 19 2008, 08:37 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Floyd@Apr 19 2008, 07:18 PM


I wonder who the P1 owner was...


I was really worried when they stopped your session & then the safety car, ambulance, fire & rescue trucks all went racing past with lights & sirens blazing

I hope they&#39;re ok [/b][/quote]
Agreed :thumb:

Faffmeister
19-04-2008, 08:19 PM
It was only the car that failed the noise test&#33;&#33; Must admit bit suspicious re ther dba meter. Not had significant problems elsewhere. :fight: :pokefun:

Floyd
19-04-2008, 08:26 PM
Ah, now we know. I did wonder why you weren&#39;t out with our party :huh: Bad luck chap :( Write a stiff letter to the top man - something must be done ;)

Darren Langeveld
19-04-2008, 08:58 PM
Good to see you and your other half today Robert :thumb:

Jim Cameron
19-04-2008, 09:21 PM
PMSL @ Tony :thumb:

Star&#33;

Baz
19-04-2008, 11:19 PM
Not a bad day had considering the weather etc&#33; I was lucky and probably had the dryest track session at 11.45&#33;&#33; :thumb:

Good to meet a few more peeps today, GaryK, forgot to grab those stickers&#33;&#33; Doh&#33;&#33; & Gary (GVK), cheers for the tyres&#33;

And good to see you again Darren & catch up, hope the satnav does the trick for Maddie (or you for that matter&#33;&#33;) :lol:

Gary Kinghorn
20-04-2008, 06:15 AM
Send me a PM with your address and we can sort those stickers out :thumb:

Simon
20-04-2008, 08:21 AM
Reading this and the 7 page coombe thread it looks as if you all had am excellent day despite the weather. Nice one and if we see a few new members all the better. :thumb:

Rallye James
20-04-2008, 10:08 AM
Was a pretty good day yesterday, just wish I&#39;d taken a coat&#33;

I was there with the Rallye Register, in a black S1. Came over and had a look on your stand, some very nice cars there - Pye, your S2 Rallye is awesome&#33; B)

Also said hello and introduced myself to Gary, good to meet you :thumb:

Floyd
20-04-2008, 11:03 AM
Ian&#39;s car is impressively finished if a little smelly ;)

Gary Kinghorn
20-04-2008, 12:50 PM
Originally posted by Rallye James@Apr 20 2008, 11:08 AM
Was a pretty good day yesterday, just wish I&#39;d taken a coat&#33;

I was there with the Rallye Register, in a black S1. Came over and had a look on your stand, some very nice cars there - Pye, your S2 Rallye is awesome&#33; B)

Also said hello and introduced myself to Gary, good to meet you :thumb:
Nice to meet you too James :thumb:

pye21
20-04-2008, 02:16 PM
Originally posted by Floyd@Apr 20 2008, 11:03 AM
Ian&#39;s car is impressively finished if a little smelly ;)
There smell is atmospheric, it gets you in the mood&#33;&#33;&#33; :whistle:

:flamethrower:

pye21
20-04-2008, 02:18 PM
Originally posted by Rallye James@Apr 20 2008, 10:08 AM
Pye, your S2 Rallye is awesome&#33; B)


Cheers, a lot of credit has to go the previous owner though&#33;&#33;

Jim Cameron
20-04-2008, 03:30 PM
I like that little Rallye too ;)

Pax in May Ian?

pye21
20-04-2008, 05:14 PM
Originally posted by Jim Cameron@Apr 20 2008, 03:30 PM
I like that little Rallye too ;)

Pax in May Ian?
I think we can arrange that :thumb:

Crossle
20-04-2008, 05:40 PM
Hello Peeps&#33;

It was great to meet everyone yesterday, and put faces to names.

I was really taken aback that Tony looks nothing like Basil Fawlty - completely threw me when introduced...

Shame it was such a miserable day, and that our "exclusive" track session contained so many others...

What pills was Teflon on? I want some - he was really flying&#33;

Der Faffmeister was quite philosophical about failing the noise test - he got his money back and was able to pax in a nice warm dry 309&#33; Plus he&#39;s had a load of instruction there, so was able to show me the wet lines.

I was so glad to get home and into a long hot bath though&#33;

Tony
20-04-2008, 06:58 PM
Originally posted by Floyd@Apr 19 2008, 08:18 PM
That sums it up nicely :thumb: It was good to meet old faces (like Tony ;) )
Oi - less of the &#39;old&#39; Merrison :P

Tony
20-04-2008, 06:59 PM
Originally posted by Crossle@Apr 20 2008, 06:40 PM
I was really taken aback that Tony looks nothing like Basil Fawlty - completely threw me when introduced...
....fortuntely for Teflon&#39;s knackers he said I don&#39;t look like Cheggars either :whistle: :lol: :lol:

Good to meet you too :thumb:

V8muscle
20-04-2008, 07:06 PM
What a great-ish soggy, cold day ;)

Great to meet you folks, old faces and new :thumb:

UB and i did a car paddock cruise and found some nice vehicles, unfortunately no camera with us.

Well done everyone :thumb:

TomH
20-04-2008, 07:40 PM
nice one :D was there last year with MIG but couldnt get there this year :(

paulie
20-04-2008, 09:51 PM
Nice to meet people(gary,steph,cossle,faffmiester,gvk,herr teflon)probably a few others i forgot to mention.Changed the wheels over today and it seems to have cured the problem of the vague back end :veryhappy:

Hippychick
20-04-2008, 10:41 PM
Originally posted by Tony@Apr 20 2008, 06:59 PM
....fortuntely for Teflon&#39;s knackers he said I don&#39;t look like Cheggars either :whistle: :lol: :lol:



That&#39;s who you reminded me of&#33; :whistle: :D :lol:

Tony
20-04-2008, 10:54 PM
Originally posted by Hippychick+Apr 20 2008, 11:41 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Hippychick @ Apr 20 2008, 11:41 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Tony@Apr 20 2008, 06:59 PM
....fortuntely for Teflon&#39;s knackers he said I don&#39;t look like Cheggars either* :whistle:* :lol:* :lol:



That&#39;s who you reminded me of&#33; :whistle: :D :lol: [/b][/quote]
:angry: :angry: we could fall out you know Helen :P ;)

Hippychick
20-04-2008, 10:56 PM
Originally posted by Tony+Apr 20 2008, 10:54 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Tony &#064; Apr 20 2008, 10:54 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'>
Originally posted by Hippychick@Apr 20 2008, 11:41 PM
<!--QuoteBegin-Tony@Apr 20 2008, 06:59 PM
....fortuntely for Teflon&#39;s knackers he said I don&#39;t look like Cheggars either* :whistle:* :lol:* :lol:



That&#39;s who you reminded me of&#33; :whistle: :D :lol:
:angry: :angry: we could fall out you know Helen :P ;)[/b][/quote]
:fishing: :D

Tony
20-04-2008, 10:57 PM
Chegwin my arse :lol:

GVK
20-04-2008, 11:14 PM
Cheggars plays pop&#33;&#33; [ guitar riff...] :D

Tony
20-04-2008, 11:24 PM
Mind you I did have a crush on Maggie Philbin for a while in the early 80&#39;s :D

Hippychick
20-04-2008, 11:32 PM
Originally posted by Tony@Apr 20 2008, 11:24 PM
Mind you I did have a crush on Maggie Philbin for a while in the early 80&#39;s :D
You do realise you said that out loud, don&#39;t you?&#33;

Tony
20-04-2008, 11:54 PM
:shame: Odd really as I&#39;m not a brunette kinda guy but the alternative at the time was Su Pollard off Hi-de-hi :lol:

Darren Langeveld
21-04-2008, 06:14 AM
Hhmm, Sue Pollard, Maggie Philbin, Felicity Kendall&#33;

Gary Kinghorn
21-04-2008, 06:29 AM
Originally posted by Herr Teflon@Apr 21 2008, 07:14 AM
Felicity Kendall&#33;
Now you&#39;re talking :smug:


Kim Wilde

Wendy james - - - just came over all un-necessary :blink:

Weeman
21-04-2008, 07:28 AM
Good report GK

respect needed indeed, I learnt the hard way this year, with one spin and an armco touch, although when you get it right sliding through AF is great. My LSD went on last week, its still in teh garage so I&#39;ve not had a chance to have a drive yet, but I&#39;m hoping it goes along way to making it a bit easier to drive when its wet. I&#39;ve tried my hand at drifting, But theres still some bits of the NS when its wet and you dont expect it, that put the fear of god in me :lol:

Karl
21-04-2008, 09:18 AM
Gary, I know what you need on your Rover ;)


http://www.barryboys.co.uk/photos8/TheBoomFIshRoverSPOILER.jpg

Tony
21-04-2008, 09:23 AM
:lol: :lol:

alclark
21-04-2008, 01:10 PM
An arial?

Tony
21-04-2008, 01:18 PM
or even an aerial :whistle: :fishing:

** pedant mode off ** ;)

Jim Cameron
21-04-2008, 01:40 PM
Best drive of the weekend was on Sunday, across Salisbury Plain ;)

HMG Mondeo (full of angle iron) v Kinghorn Rover (playing Boney M on the stereo) :lol:

Not altogether sensible, half the contents of the car ended up in the front with me, but bloody good fun :thumb:

Gary Kinghorn
21-04-2008, 02:23 PM
Originally posted by Jim Cameron@Apr 21 2008, 02:40 PM
Best drive of the weekend was on Sunday, across Salisbury Plain ;)

HMG Mondeo (full of angle iron) v Kinghorn Rover (playing Boney M on the stereo) :lol:

Not altogether sensible, half the contents of the car ended up in the front with me, but bloody good fun :thumb:
and we both got air on the exit of Devizes :thumb:

Steph
21-04-2008, 02:51 PM
Originally posted by Karl@Apr 21 2008, 09:18 AM
Gary, I know what you need on your Rover ;)


http://www.barryboys.co.uk/photos8/TheBoomFIshRoverSPOILER.jpg


We did see Gary eyeing up spoilers on saturday, he was rubbing his hands at some horns that were attached to a fiesta :D

Gary Kinghorn
21-04-2008, 02:53 PM
Already got one ;)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v501/tvr400/Beemer/IMG_7686.jpg

alclark
21-04-2008, 04:37 PM
Originally posted by Tony@Apr 21 2008, 01:18 PM
or even an aerial :whistle: :fishing:

** pedant mode off ** ;)
:rolleyes: :smack: :loser:

Ash Mitchell
24-04-2008, 02:01 PM
Originally posted by Faffmeister@Apr 19 2008, 08:19 PM
It was only the car that failed the noise test&#33;&#33; Must admit bit suspicious re ther dba meter. Not had significant problems elsewhere. :fight: :pokefun:
At Cateram 7 in front of me failed by 2dBs they looked at me and just gave me the sticker&#33; Think they only checked the cars they liked and failed the ones they loved...so they could see them again&#33; :lol:

andrewhewitt
25-04-2008, 05:15 PM
Originally posted by Floyd@Apr 20 2008, 11:03 AM
Ian&#39;s car is impressively finished if a little smelly ;)
and we&#39;re not talking about his arse for once :lol: :blink:

texas2201
25-04-2008, 06:01 PM
Tony you look nothing like Chegwin - he lives round the corner from me and I see him on a regular basis - not that I want to - it is a small village :-( he is always blasting round the lanes in some big 4X4 with the reg FCK 1W or something - complete T****r

Maggie Philbin lives a few miles away - she came to the school where I am a Governor to give the prizes to our pupils - she is now a DJ on BBC Radio Berkshire - still quite attractive in a "mature" sort of way

Floyd
25-04-2008, 07:14 PM
Maggie Philbin = wrong :o

Tony
25-04-2008, 09:36 PM
Originally posted by texas2201@Apr 25 2008, 07:01 PM
Tony you look nothing like Chegwin - he lives round the corner from me and I see him on a regular basis - not that I want to - it is a small village :-( he is always blasting round the lanes in some big 4X4 with the reg FCK 1W or something - complete T****r

Maggie Philbin lives a few miles away - she came to the school where I am a Governor to give the prizes to our pupils - she is now a DJ on BBC Radio Berkshire - still quite attractive in a "mature" sort of way
Thanks Texas :thumb:

Karl are you listening? :P