Series Round 2 & Real Steel
Series Round 4
10th-11th June '06
and guess what?
Well done! we're at the track!
The closure of the south side of the M25 and the road works on the north
side had made for a rather tiring journey to sunny Stratford-Upon-Avon, but
the warm evening made it a pleasure to pitch camp and settle ourselves in
for another weekend of fun and frolics with the Wild Bunch.
These pits ain't big enough
for the both of us... well okay, yes they are..
We ran two more passes through
the afternoon ,another lap in the left hand lane with a very out of shape
13.0 and a final shot down the right hand lane, still alternating between
views of the wall and the centre line to end on an 11.0.
Yes Dean.... very
The view from the cockpit...
Saturday morning arrived with
more splendid weather and we readied ourselves for a day of testing 'n'
tuning. We got the Belle ready and strapped Helen into her "sweat suit". We
headed down to the track at about quarter to eleven and ran 9.88 @ 134mph
this was pretty much on form from the last time we raced, 3 weeks earlier at
the American Car World Nationals.
As the sun
came overhead we headed out again but this time the Belle lost traction
around the 300ft mark and Helen had to correct and lift slightly, slowing to
an 11.94. It looked like the combination of the heat of the day and the
treaded tyres running down the track was leaving the Belle with marginal
grip. We've noticed in the past that our girl can be tempramental sometimes
and when the we have marginal conditions our combination can leave us
Oh no! Where's the purple
The day had given us the
opportunity to try out a new toy, in the shape of a small digital video
camera. We mounted this to the roll cage and managed to grab some footage of
a couple of the passes. Click the link below to ride with The Belle.
Ride with The Belle
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Sunday proved to be just as big a
challenge, we dialled in a 9.88 for the day and got off to a not too good
10.18 Unfortunately we were still struggling for traction and found
ourselves performing way off the mark. As the day progressed Helen clocked
a 11.10, followed by a 13.22 and a 10.72, fighting on every pass.
At the end of the day we joined
10 out of the 20 Wild Bunch cars that had started the weekend in completing the four passes on
Sunday. It had
been a very hot weekend , but we'd stuck with it, Helen had shown she knows
how to handle the car and we managed to get some new video at the same time,
so not a bad weekend after all!