The UK Open
Round 2, Rot Wilding Nostalgia Racecars Round 1 and
Real Steel Round 3
29th/30th May '05
Racing at York
takes Team Twisted on the long haul up the east side of the country. We
departed on Saturday morning and picked crew member Christine up from Hull
at Saturday tea time before heading off to the track at Melbourne near York.
We met the Backdraft
team in the pits and lined up down the centre isle. By the time the
remaining Bunchers arrived the display of cars in the pits looked in great
shape. The evening entertainment was provide by the
Trespasser team who where
attempting to erect a slab sided Army surplus tent in a gale force wind!!
Christine enjoys breakfast in
The weather on
Saturday morning was bright and fine, Helen put in her first pass at 12:30
recording a 13.40 at 90mph. Helen and the Belle have never enjoyed racing at
York and the slower than usual time reflected Helen's discomfort. As we
learned last year, the bumpy track surface at the top end and the Belle's
hard mounted axles and short wheelbase make for an uncomfortable time.
Crewing and posing..... as
usual for Pooky and Penny
Sarah shows off Bernie's pride
How do you think MI5 gets
those spy shots?
to put in one more pass, this time a bit slower to see if she could lift
after the eighth mile and survive the journey. The 14.5 at 70mph ticket
demonstrated a slowing pass but Helen was still unable to see past the
eighth mile due to the vibration.
race day and the team decided to make the showing on the first round and
then see how things looked. After another bumpy ride Helen again lifted at
mid track for fear of damaging the car. After a team conference we agreed
that we're in this for fun and the fun just wasn't there, so we wouldn't
compete in the remaining rounds
to sit the rest of the day, we grabbed the video and stills cameras and made
the most of the opportunity to snap The Wild Bunch in action. Some great
shots of all the racers and the start line video of the cars launching,
provided the excitement for the day and the weekend also saw Hell's Belle
win the spot prizes for "Best Altered" and "Best Appearing Team" from the
The crew enjoy the sunshine.