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Archive for the ‘Photo’ Category

My Photos From Castle Combe Race Day 13th April

Posted by admin On April - 14 - 2009

Unfortunatly I had a problem with my Camera batteries so only managed to take photos up until the green flag lap on the saloons. To view all the photos please click here

New Season - New Colour

Posted by admin On April - 14 - 2009

Alan Dixon revealed the new spray job for his car at the first race of the season on Monday. The class C Peugeot 306 has been repaired after last seasons mishap and is now Kawasaki Green!

Photo courtesy of Neil Dolman (MrYella)

 

More pictures and videos coming soon!

Kyle Tilley

Posted by admin On April - 13 - 2009

Kyle has been a member for some time, owning a number of different race cars over the last couple of years including a race prep’d MGB and Talbot Sunbeam, his i following in his farthers footsteps this year and will be competing in the Castle Combe Formula Ford 1600 competitions, in his newly sprayed Jamun M88. Kyle will be displaying one of yellow TT graphics in his car for the 2009 season.

 

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Welcome to Dave Kift

Posted by admin On April - 13 - 2009

More Info Coming Soon

Dave has kindly agreed to display TT graphics on his new car for 2009, this will be Dave’s third year racing in the Castle Combe Saloon Car Chamiponship, but his first year in his Peugeot 106. Dave has previously competed in his Peugeot 205.

 

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 Dave’s primary sponser is D.K. Cars and Bikes, run and owned by Dave it is a small, independent, compliant workshop located on Outskirts of Bristol City Centre. For more information please visit

http://www.dkcarsandbikes.com/

Castle Combe - Seasons First Race

Posted by admin On March - 31 - 2009

With less than a couple of weeks till the first race at Castle Combe, our competing members are busy rallying around to get there cars finished. A number of the drivers are keeping updated blogs of their progress on the site. Jason Coopers blog can be found here with lots of photos and on going progress.

Jason has recently posted the picture below

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We have a total of 5 members competing this year all displaying TT graphics, we have Alan Dixon with is 306, Jason Cooper in his Fiesta, Nick Charles in his 106, Dave Kift in his 106 and finally Kyle in his Formula Ford.

The 2009 season promises to be an interesting one.

Dyrr Ardash CCSCC Build Blog

Posted by admin On January - 31 - 2009

Taken from Dyrr’s blog on the Talk -Torque.com forum

>> http://www.talk-torque.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=3751

The story starts in 2002 when I started Sprinting and Hillclimbing my Lotus Elise. At the time it was kicking out approx 170hp (it only weighed 700kg). I had bought it as a road car, but slowly stated doing some trackdays and then got the competition bug!

That first year of competition saw me finish 1st in class and 7th overall in the Toyo Tires Midland Speed Championship. http://www.midlandspeed.org.uk/

After spending quite a bit doing up a flat to let, I had to sell the Elise and bought a 106 GTi. Still competing in the Midland Speed Championship over the next 4 years, I achieved the following results;

2003 - 5th Overall, 1st in Standard Cars 1400cc - 2000cc
2004 - 1st Overall, 1st in Standard Cars 1400cc - 2000cc
2005 - 8th Overall, 2nd in Modified Road Cars 1400cc - 2000cc
2006 - 2nd Overall, 1st in Modified Road Cars 1400cc - 2000cc

I can’t quite remember all the stats but it was something like 45 top 3 finishes in 52 events with class records broken 18 times.

The 106 had gone from looking like this;

To this;

The car was quite a beast with 185hp, weighing 860kg with a plate LSD and geared to do 116mph in top at 8000rpm!
There was more to come too, but I just could not justify it to myself as the next stage was 220hp steel crank with a Quaife dog box etc and I was already winning the class. So I decided I wanted to go racing.

I had to decide on a couple of things;
1) Which championship?
2) What car?

After much deliberation as I took a year off in 2007, I decided on the National Mobile Windscreens Castle Combe Saloon Car Championship and racing a Fiesta ST. But not a normal ST, one with only 1800cc!

The reason is to do with the class structure;
Class A - 4WD over 2000cc
Class B - 2WD 1801cc - 3000cc
Class C - 2WD 1401cc - 1800cc
Class D - 2WD upto 1400cc

A normal 2.0L ST would land you in Class B, where you would be up against some pretty hefty machinery….VAG 1.8T Ibiza, Leons etc kicking out over 350hp! together with some highly developed Astras and 206s with more than 280hp (engines for these cars were over 10K alone!)

Before anyone says why not Turbo / SC it or use a 2.3 - You can’t. Charging a car that is not normally charged is not allowed and stroking is also not allowed, so unless I had big modey to have a >270hp 2.0NA which I don’t I would not be competitive. So a 1.8 it was going to be. This can be done by sleeving the 2.0 and turning it into a 1.8L. But more of that later….

So I had to find a car. Basically any decent ST was too expensive and out of the question as I was going to pull it to pieces. I had seen a fully rally prepped 1.4 Group N rally car for sale, but they wanted £9K for it so it was too expensive, as I wanted to ideally have the whole car built for that!

At this point I sold the 106 and got £6500 for it which was not bad as at the time it was a 9 year old car, albeit one with a lot done to it!

So I found a CAT D damaged 1.25LX to start the project on in Sep 2007;

I started to repair the front damage and strip the interior;

where I had got it looking pretty good at the front;

Also at this time I started to get hold of some of the other bits I was wanting have on the car. 4 x OZ Superleggeras and 4 x Team Dynamics Pro Race 1.2s both in 17s, together with some Gaz Gold shocks (the series des not allow remote reservoir dampers and GAZ were the only ones who would add a little camber and castor into the strut for me;

After all that however, I still had a lot to do to the car when, the Rally car I had previously been interested in came up for sale again for £5.5K as a lot of the spares had been sold.

I had a quick look round it and snapped it up for £5250. It had a body off rebuild and as it came with a decent cage, H&R suspension, lots of rally bits and a Quafe ATB in it thought it was a bargain. Only problem was that it only had a 85hp 1400cc engine in it!

Here are some pics as I bought it;

So I spent some time getting rid of the 15s, rally computer, nets, co-driver setas, etc. And fiited some ST bumpers and spoiler and got it ready for the first test at Castle Combe at the end of May.

I also added a Race Technology Dash 2 & DL1 dataloggers. Essential kit in my opinion.

I had decided that I needed to get some experience racing with other cars on the track (sprinting & hillclimbing is against the clock) and I hadn’t had any real experience for some time back to when I had done a bit of competitive karting.

So I thought if the car did some reasonable lap times as 1400cc I would run it as is. The target for the day was 1min 30sec which would have qualified me for 5th in class D out of 12 for the race a couple of weeks, previous. I ended up doing a 1min 29.2, so for all of 2008 I decided to run with the 1400cc. Here’s a pic of the first test session (note it still had the rally roof vent). I think this was also the first test that Dixon had done in his car.

After that it was a case of getting ready for the first race at the end of May. The car was prepped (but I had not changed the suspension for the first race).

I knew I wasn’t really going to be that competitive as I was running with the 1400cc motor and also the car is really a bit to heavy for the 1400cc car. I estimated that the car with 20L of fuel was weighing in at approx 920Kg, which compared to the class norm of approx 800kg and about 50-70hp more meant that I was going to be well off the pace.

Anyway, it was wet throughout the day and in Qualifying I achieved 4th in class out of 9 (28th Overall out of 38), while I finished 6th in class (26th Overall) due to a spin. Here are some pics from teh first race;

Me waiting in the holding area before the race;

 

Oh dear….;

I was pretty pleased with my first race as I think I probably had the most underpowered car in the race!

I had booked 2 test session before the next race at the end of July to evaluate the GAZ shocks and try out some spring / damper settings and also a set of 15s.

The 2 tests came and went and I felt I had a reasonable setup to use and so to the next race;

I had got a bit of sponsorship! Baileigh Industrial http://www.bifabuk.co.uk/
who make metalworking tools and luckily their logo is orange, black & white. Looks quite good on the car;

Qualifying I achieved 5th in class out of 10 (27th Overall out of 34), while I finished 5th in class (22 Overall).
Again pleasing especially as I had good battle with a couple of cars over the first few laps. I also got the in-car video working for the first time….

Think it gives you an idea of how underpowered the car was even against some of the guys doing similar lap times.

I then had to take 2 months off as I was having a 2nd child - Get in the way these things!

Charlie Luc Ardash born on 3rd Sep 2008;

Back again in early October for a dry quali and then wet race. I was really pleased with my time in qualifying as it was a PB but only put me 8th in class out of 12 (31st out of 36). But a strong showing in the race meant I moved up to 5th in class (25th overall)

I also had a bit of a moment in qualifying…

In the end I finished the championship in 8th in class and 22nd overall (out of 80 or so registered competitors), considering I only competed in 3 out of 9 races that wasn’t too bad (all with 85hp!)

There are lots of mods planned for the winter…engine box, custom loom, losing some weight, new bushing exhaust too much to mention now, but all will be revealed….

All that is left is to show you how the car looked like in October;

Front of the car stripped to take 1400cc engine out

There has been quite a bit of work done on the car since then, but I guess I’ll let everyone digest all of that…

 

Castle Combe Dates

Posted by admin On January - 18 - 2009

Castle Combe Race Meetings 2009

 

Castle Combe becomes home for many Talk Torque members during 2009, below are the dates for the car race meetings. Watch out for the Talk Torque members Jason Cooper, Alan Dixon, Nick Charles, and Dyrr Ardash who all compete in the Castle Combe Saloon Car Championship.

 

Monday, April 13, 2009 - Easter Monday Raceday
Monday, May 04, 2009 - Husqvarna Springtime Raceday
Monday, May 25, 2009 - British Sportscar Raceday
Saturday, June 13, 2009 - Castle Combe Classic Carnival
Sunday, June 14, 2009 - Castle Combe Classic Carnival
Saturday, July 18, 2009 -Dunlop Great & British Motorsport Festival
Sunday, July 10, 2009 -Dunlop Great & British Motorsport Festival
Saturday, August 08, 2009 - Summer Racing Festival
Sunday, August 09, 2009 - Summer Racing Festival
Monday, August 31, 2009 - A-Plant LUX Traffic Controls Sportscar Raceday
Saturday, October 03, 2009 - Melton Concrete Products Formula Ford Carnival

Alan Dixon

Posted by admin On January - 18 - 2009

Check out Alan Dixons race car build blog on the Talk Torque forum

http://www.talk-torque.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=1912

Alan has kept the blog updated with all of his build progress and the adventures of his first season in motorsport.

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Autosport International

Posted by admin On January - 18 - 2009

With 2009 just upon us it was time for the motorsport fans annual pilgrimage to the Birmingham NEC and autosport international. Many Talk Torque members attended the show over the 3 days, some looking for inspiration for their race / track day projects, others to just fuel their motorsport obsession. For me its a great opportunity to photograph some cars that I would never be able to get that close to anywhere else. The 2009 show was teamed up with the Pistons Heads show which allowed a selection of their members to show of their cars, they had a nice selection of cars from minis, to Porsche’s and TVR’s. As usual the show had much to offer to motorsport fans, David Coulthard, Murrey Walker, Martin Brundle and Allan McNish among others were in attendance, there was an exhibition of David Coulthards career all the way from karting through to his final Red Ball racing F1 car. There was also the usual display of formula one cars. The live action arena displayed the usual adrenaline fueled in door racing and as ever was the centre piece to the show.

 

Feel free to flick through some of my photos from the day.

Barry Coombs

Jason Cooper

Posted by admin On January - 17 - 2009

Jason Cooper has uploaded his best of Castle Coombe Saloon Season 2008