Series Round 3 & Real Steel
Series Round 6
Nostalgia Racecar Series Round 1: Sunday 2nd July '06
After the manic heat yesterday,
it looked like Sunday was going to get pretty funky too. We picked a dial-in
of 9.72 figuring that was a pretty good average of Saturdays performance.
With the high track temperature, a few street tyres on the track and a long
day ahead we knew our consistency would not be at it's best.
Pushing AND smiling....
It's a classic....
"Does my bum look big in
Oh yeah, getting smoke and a
wee roll going too....
the day got off to a hot start and with the track opening at a later 11:00
on Sunday's it was already hot when the bunch headed down for the first
A nice burnout
followed by a pretty good launch saw Helen run down to a 9.65 at a slightly
slower 134mph. That was 0.07 under our dial-in but not bad for us.
We had the
on-board camera running again and this time had it pointed backwards to
capture the view of the start line from down the track. You can just see the
camera on the right hand side of the roll cage in the photo on the right of
The day continued to be a hot one
and the cars that weren't running a cooling system were taking a good couple
of hours to cool down. This meant that we would only be aiming for 3 rounds
through the day, and the next run came at about quarter to two.
A great reaction time of 0.059
blasted Helen off the line and our quickest sixty foot time of the weekend
sent her on to a new personal Best for Shakespeare County Raceway of 9.59 at
The lesser spotted
So, we'd run under our dial-in
again but we were not to upset because the Belle was pulling well. We rested
up for another couple of hours until the Bunch were ready for the 3rd and
final round. We chose the right hand lane, as we tend to run slightly slower
in that lane, and netted a 9.74 at 136mph, much closer to our 9.72 dial-in.
A rather unexpected thing
happened next... as we headed back to the pits after the run, a few spots of
rain descended, these few spots got heavier and heavier until we had a full
rain shower under way. We raced back to the pits and hurriedly covered the
Belle and got ourselves under cover.
The Nostalgia Nationals had come
to an abrupt end with half the Wild Bunch cars getting soaked in the staging
lanes.... We packed up in the rain and drizzle and then headed over to the
Backdraft bus for the prize giving. No trophies for us this week, but many
teams had overcome technical problems, put on a great performance, shown
incredible consistency, and achieved new personal bests, so we had a big
smile applauding those teams who make it so much fun to race in
The Wild Bunch.