Regardless of what happens next I need to sort the car for next year. Inevitably, I’ve got a long list of things I ought to do. Continue reading Shivering…
I finished making all the ARBs, here they are. I must admit I woke up one morning worrying that the ARB was going to bash in to the front bodywork so I got the bodywork in from the cold and tried it. Continue reading Ducting
As discussed, I’ve been putting some time into the front anti roll bar. I did think that I’d finally come up with an ideal way to engineer the front bar with the bar above the steering rack but I eventually had to abandon this as it was clear that it was never going to articulate properly. What’s more, the very short actuation levers that it required meant that the bar itself had to be alarmingly flimsy. Continue reading ARBtastic
I’ve actually been doing things! What’s more, I’ve been doing some of the things that I said I’d do which is miraculous. The first thing, though, was just to finish off taking the thing to bits. Along the way I’ve removed the bodywork, entire suspension, all of the transmission, the engine and much of the various additional stuff like the cooling ducting. Hopefully, I can now starting putting things back together again. Continue reading Jig-a-jig
As I’d escaped from the West Country unscathed I finally had a bit of time to actually do something constructive to the car. I’ve been playing around with suspension settings a lot lately and I think I’m getting a bit more on top of the car’s handling. There were a couple of other things that I’d wanted to do for a while and I’d now put them into effect. Continue reading Season’s End
We left it with me adding finishing touches like the seat covering and so on. Eventually, I pushed the car out onto the drive and took some photos, one of which is here.
So, we’re already at the end of the season and we all made the final trek to deepest, darkest, Lincolnshire for a double header at Cadwell Park. This circuit is unique in the UK for the combination of elevation change and general twisting and turning. There isn’t really much of a straight there and it needs a huge amount of work to build up to the flow around the circuit that’s needed. (Along with the requirement at one point to just grab the car by the scruff of its neck and throw it down a particular series of bends.
The photo on the right is due to Bryant Photography, have a look at their Facebook page.
In any case, you might wonder why I’m wittering on in French. You may remember from other discussion here (in particular about escapades at Spa) that Colin and I occasionally make a European foray. This time we had booked ourselves onto a track day at the Dijon circuit in France. Like Spa, which isn’t actually at Spa but at a little place called Francorchamps the circuit at Dijon isn’t actually at Dijon but at a little village called Prenois. The circuit, though, is forever associated with the last laps of the French GP of 1979 which had Gilles Villeneuve and Réné Arnoux in a tremendous tussle for second place. (Without looking at the link, and if you’re a racing fan, can you actually remember who won the race?)
OK, I realise that I’ve been very uninformative recently although some of you may have noticed the odd posting on Facebook. As a consequence this is going to be a rather truncated posting to just give you the general idea.
In a while you will understand the relevance of that rather spectacular photo on the right, for which many thanks are due to Dan Sayles: “Afghan Dan” to his friends for reasons too bizarre to go into. He always takes a set of great photos of RGB meetings and this is one of the best. For now, though, just look at the nice picture.
Well, it’s not that long since the last update and I have made some progress. I’ve been a bit spurred on by going to the RGB race at the weekend and feeling that I was missing our rather a lot. The objective now has to be to get the car ready, in whatever expedient way is possible, just to be able to go racing. I can tart it up after that. Assuming I don’t biff it of course.