Porthreath Sprint the Results – now with pics!

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What a weekend, we held our first sprint on a new course at R.A.F. Portreath. After nearly a couple of years planning by one of our sub committees it finally came to fruition. Using the tarmac roads and runway at the MOD base the course came out just in excess of 1.5 kilometres. With this being the first one we had a number of conditions to observe, the main one from MSA was that we were not allowed to run single seaters. The MOD also gave us a number of things to do and observe one being no photos to be taken in any form. However, we were allowed appointed photographers and once the MOD have approved all pictures we should be able to release them. Hopefully on the next event we will have some of the conditions relaxed if we get a good report from both bodies.

Over the weekend we had over 70 drivers competing, with the Sunday event being the best supported. There was also a good variety of cars, ranging from some oldies like an MG TA 1937 and a Riley Brooklands, these two vintage cars ran in class A1 along little Mini and Peugeot 106. Then you have in class A2 a bit quicker machinery, like a Lotus Elise and 106 Rallye etc. in class D2 we have some spectacular machinery like a Mini with 4-wheel drive and 2.5 motor under the bonnet, another 4-wheel drive is the Subareno Cliopreza this was once a standard Clio now having Subaru running gear with a ‘blazing’ 2.35 motor. We had a good selection of rally cars in class D3, ranging from a Mini Cooper and a few BMW’s with mark 1 and 2 Ford Escorts. Also in this class, it was great to see and hear the Metro 6R4 running. This brought back memories of when we used to have about a dozen of these fabulous 6R4s competing in the Tour of Cornwall.

Even with Saturday starting a little later than planned competitors still had the 2 practice runs and two timed runs with an extra timed run thrown in and on the Sunday even with the bigger entry we still squeezed in a third timed run.  With this lengthy course running through narrow roads to start ending up with a fast finish up the runway most drivers had miles of smiles! Keep an eye out for a list times together with the results, it will prove to be interesting reading.

As with most first-time events you have problems to overcome but with the weather being kind to us and the support of our officials, committee members, marshals etc it all came together nicely. From the comments over the weekend and from social media and other sources it seems everyone was upbeat. However, from the positive we also had a few suggestions on how improvements could be made, all will be taken on board when we have the debrief meeting and the committee will act on it over the next few months.

Just keep watching T.D.M.C. website on updates for this new event.

 

An Evening with David Richard & Friends from the Aston Martin Owners Club

Truro & District Motor Club are pleased to announce another evening in St Mawes with our club president Mr David Richards on Saturday 14th October

Full details of the event –

‘The Story of Aston Martin’

Club President David Richards has on behalf of the Club invited a number of guests to come along and give presentations on this very British marque.

The event will be held at the Memorial Hall St Mawes on Saturday 14th October 2017 commencing at 8.00pm, it is a ticket only event and we have priced them at a very reasonable cost of £15.00 each.

After the normal expenses, the remaining money raised will all go to two local charities – The Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust and The Cornwall Urology Trust for Prostate Cancer.

Speakers will be:

David Wright, a longstanding member of the Aston Martin Owners Club and aficionado of the brand, who will talk about how the company started and the pre-war years of Aston Martin.

Maitland Cook, who knew all the key members of the 1950’s Aston Martin Race Team, will talk about the David Brown era of the company.

David Richards, who will bring us right up to date with the latest motor racing activities from when they launched the DBR9 in 2003 right up to the most recent Le Mans success and their new car for next season.

And Marek Reichman, who is the current Vice President of Aston Martin and responsible for the design of all the current cars, who will talk about the present vehicles and the future of the company.

Quite a line up, which bodes well for a very exciting evening.

The post code for the memorial hall is TR2 5DJ, it is up the road opposite the Idle Rocks hotel. You should use the general car park as there is very, very limited parking in the hall road.

There will be tea and coffee available during the mid-evening interval.

 

Tickets, which MUST be purchased in advance are available from:

Tony Wood tel. 01209 200751 or tonybwood@btinternet.com

Bob Eddy tel. 01726 64170 or bob.eddy@btinternet.com

Cheques must be made out to Truro & District Motor Club. Payment can also be made by Bank Transfer, with details available from Tony or Bob.