European Escape – 2019
Some more news from Kim, and the points score after our last round at Morgan Park, where we have beautiful but cold weather and some great racing. Only the Juniors of Don Thallon, Rob Buckley and myself made the circuit, with Allan Conway’s F3 Brabham suffering from a gremlin attack which kept it in the pits the whole weekend.
But first, here’s Kim.
Is it just me or do others awaken and think of when is the next race weekend? Sure, we think of the kids, grandkids and friends, but racing is always an early thought.
Over here, in Europe, there is a race meeting virtually every weekend, so no end of fun. Two weeks ago it was was Anglesey on the Welsh North coast. A fantastic track, not unlike Phillip Island in location.
Five Aussies were in the line up and Marty Bullock won the first race and got 3rd in the second. David Kent won his class and, despite a litany of problems, David Watkins also did well collecting, if I remember, a third in the second race.
Bill Hemming went really well in his gorgeous Tojiero and while i was running strong in 4th spot in race 2, I blew a donut and failed to finish. The field was about 20 strong so we all had some success really.
A couple of weeks earlier many of us raced at Most in Czech. It is another excellent venue and the racing there was held in 35°C+ Heat. Everyone got through ok, though overheating was ever present.
We took a couple of weeks to get back to the UK after, you guessed it…lots of shopping, too many bloody castles and numerous churches! She needs therapy of varying types but I’m buggered to understand some of it, even after 45 years of trying!
This weekend we run at Croft which holds a sort of mini Goowood Revival type meeting. Located up North, near Newcastle (there’s that bloody word again) it promises to have a bit of a different feel. I will race the F3 Penny Ford and see how that goes after considerable tweeking during the off season.
Finally, the week after is Nurburgring, a real highlight on this trip. Despite the rigid discipline in the organising it is a really good event with A1 hospitality tents, strong entry and lots of interesting cars in various classes.
After a disappointing incident in practice at Winton before I left home, my Lotus 18 is under going a complete refurb with many new components. Dave Price is, along with Allan Bisset, seeing to it all and I’m looking forward to joining you all on my return for a Summer full of racing.
We are working on the 2020 calender and improving our communications with you all as time goes by. It’s never easy to satisfy everyone, but we’ll keep trying and hopefully grow our group over time. Helpful suggestions are encouraged and your support is the best way to flourish.
|NAME||STATE||Car||Class||Phillip Island||Wakefield Park||Mallala||Winton S||Morgan Park||Wakefield Park||Sandown||Eastern Creek||TOTAL|
|9/10 March||30/31 March||27/28 April||18/19 May||13/14 July||28/29 September||9/10 November||30 Nov/1 Dec|
|PEGRAM, Max||VIC||1960 Gemini Mk II||FJ1F||50||40||40||30||160|
|HEMMING, Bill||VIC||1962 Elfin FJ||FJ1R||40||36||24||18||118|
|NITSCHKE, Richard||SA||1962 Elfin FJ||FJ1R||32||24||56|
|BRYEN, Noel||NSW||1963 Rennmax B-1||FJ2R||11||40||51|
|BUCKLEY, Robert||QLD||1963 Golford||FJ1R||10||40||50|
|MOODY, Steve||VIC||1960 Lotus 18||FJ1R||46||46|
|SHEARN, Kim||VIC||1960 Lotus 18||FJ1R||40||40|
|BUTCHER, Robert||VIC||1960 Lotus 18||FJ1R||26||26|
|THALLON, Don||QLD||1963 MRC Ford||FJ2R||24||24|
|BRYDEN, Murray||VIC||1962 Lotus 20||FJ2R||19||19|
|WALKER, Grant||VIC||1960 Lotus 18||FJ1R||16||16|
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