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Event Calendar 2016

28/03/2016 : Snetterton
24/04/2016 : Silverstone
15/05/2016 : Pembrey
12/06/2016 : Rockingham
03/07/2016 : Thruxton
31/07/2016 : Brands Hatch
25/09/2016 : Mallory Park

Blog & News

Rockingham 2016


Had a really good weekend at Rockingham. Saturday I had the honour of driving Alec’s Prize Motorsport Roadster and given carte blanche to give it the beans.

I treated it with a bit of respect in qualifying whilst trying to learn its characteristics and make sure I didn’t embed it

Rockingham 2016

Snetterton 2016


My Snetterton weekend started on Good Friday loading the car on to the trailer, the spares, tyres and tools; along with camp bed and sleeping bags were loaded onto the van as well as about £2,000 worth of flat packed furniture.

Nothing is simple in this life and they say

Snetterton 2016

Brands Hatch Indy. May 2015


My enthusiasm for racing my MR2 had been buoyed by a previous visit to Brands Hatch a couple of weeks earlier when I contested the MR2 Championship; which is predominantly contested by the much faster MR2 Mk2 cars. Despite being way down on the power of the larger engined machinery,

Brands Hatch Indy. May 2015

Brand Hatch 750 MC April 2015


Daphne

I purchased Daphne back in September 2014 but the connection with the car goes back much farer than that.

Back in 2009, Matt Coggins and myself were both racing in the MR2 series and Matt had a business idea. Based on the fact that there was no-one turning good

Brand Hatch 750 MC April 2015

Oulton Park 2014


Testing

Eugene hasn’t been completely happy for almost a year now and she continues to grumble at me.

I have to admit that after over four years of reliable service I have no room to grumble back.

We went to Oulton Park on Tuesday to run the new engine in.

Oulton Park 2014

Silverstone 2014


Well I had a thoroughly enjoyable weekend despite feeling like death for most of it. I’ve lost the best part of half a stone which could have been critical had I not accidentally overfuelled the car.

Friday morning was spent on the rolling road and confirmed that the car was

Silverstone 2014

Snetterton 2014


All I can say is that this has been another character-building weekend.

It started badly on Friday night when Karen’s train was a couple of hours late so what was going to be an early night was well past midnight and I couldn’t sleep. Insomnia got the better of me

Snetterton 2014

Oulton Park


The last round; Oulton Park, September 28

The story of the Oulton Park round starts in June at Brands Hatch when the car mysteriously overheated after one of the races. The radiator had gone off like a kettle with no warning in the paddock after the race, and despite it

Oulton Park

RAC 2013


In brief, we were going pretty steady on this event but not as steady as last year. We were holding our own in the open rally on Friday and had a push on Saturday and got up to second but a very close call on Florida 1 on Sunday morning

RAC 2013

Donington Winter Series Report


I suppose the Autumn Series was always going to be a bit damp. We’ve been bouncing between an early winter and an Indian summer for a few months, luckily the long range forecast for snow by mid October hadn’t materialised but as we all descended on Donington Park on Saturday

Donington Winter Series Report

Cadwell


I was quietly confident about doing well at Cadwell binasow it’s the only place I really do any testing or practice and I love the challenge of the circuit which fits more with my rally driving style however I was a bit apprehensive as it’s 5 months since I’ve been

Cadwell

Character Building


This weekend was extremely character building for me but also very enjoyable.

The Nippon races were good as usual as we generally find a handful of MR2s or similar to race but I was extremely disappointed with my qualifying pace and especially my 9th in class.

The race went much

Character Building

Silverstone


People suspect that I’m a bit mad at the best of times but when I suggested that I would like to enter Phoenix in a circuit race, they thought I was mad. (Phoenix is the name of my 2 Litre Vauxhall powered Ford Escort Mk 2 rally car) I’ve taken

Silverstone

Riponian Rally 2013


Following a lacklustre performance on the RAC where I didn’t seem to be able to get on the pace at all, I was determined to do a little better in the Riponian. Rob Hart was once again on board as navigator, now on his fourth ever rally and the second

Riponian Rally 2013

RAC Open Rally 2012


Getting Ready

Remarkably, the car had been ready for the rally for some time. There were a couple of jobs that were outstanding and left until the last minute; like swapping the rear leaf springs and fitting the new front disks and pads. The car was loaded onto the trailer

RAC Open Rally 2012

Riponian Rally 2012


Driver : Dave Hemingway
Navigator : Rob Hart

I entered with Rob Hart from Horbury Bridge, Wakefield. Another Wakefield and District Motorsports Club member and it was only his third time in a rally car, his first venture onto a multi-venue rally and also his first experience in the

Riponian Rally 2012

MR2 Series 2011 : The Story So Far


Officially we are now two rounds into the 2011 MR2 Racing Series season but I’ve already competed in eleven races. Firstly, there was an initiation race in April; a double header of Nippon Challenge cars and Mr2s at the Silverstone National Circuit,. Next came the 750 MC MR2 Challenge race

MR2 Series 2011 : The Story So Far

RAC Rally 2011


Driver : Dave Hemingway
Navigator : Simon Ashton

The weekend started off badly on Thursday when the car was delivered to Pud at Woodfield Garage for a quick once-over before the rally started on Friday. What was scheduled to be a spanner check and an oil change after a

RAC Rally 2011

Cadwell Park 2010


They say that qualifying is everything in a one make series and we’d done everything right in preparation for this event. The usual, turn up and drive philosophy had gone out of the window, we’d been to the circuit on the Wednesday before the event and messed about with suspension

Cadwell Park 2010

Mallory Park 2010


Thank You Ash Cloud!

My 2010 season was scheduled to start at the end of May with the MR2 Racing Series round at Snetterton and before the event, a host of work is planned for the car, including replacing the ageing and smoky 120k mile engine with a completely freshly

Mallory Park 2010

RAC Rally 2010


Driver : Dave Hemingway
Navigator : Simon Ashton
Car 75: Sarah Jane – The New Escort

This rally started way back in April for me. I’d had the new shell sitting in the garage for almost a year and the current car was deteriorating fast. A series of

RAC Rally 2010

2009 and a new direction


This year I’ve embarked on a relatively new pastime of circuit racing. I say relatively new because in 1996 following a slight indiscretion on The Premier Rally in 1995 where we had a little accident at the end of Harlow wood, rolling five times before coming to rest inverted and

2009 and a new direction

Brands Hatch – October 2009


Matt and myself had given the car an inspection after Mallory as it was quite soul destroying watching the cars scamper away after the hairpin and we’d decided that the standard anti roll bars just had to go. We’d also look at lowering the car as well. On closer inspection,

Brands Hatch – October 2009

Mallory Park September 2009


Unfortunately, Matt had blown his funds at Snetterton so the last two rounds I was on my own. My car had been on a diet since Snetterton as we’d analysed that I was losing most of my speed in the very fast turn 1 where my car would lean and

Mallory Park September 2009

Snetterton MR2 Race 2009


Coggsport (as we christened Matt’s new racing team) fielded three cars for this meeting and what a cracking time we all had. Matt’s good friend and GT Race Series Champion Jody Firth was going to drive “The Black Car” Matt in his Rothmans liveried one and me in my Rosso

Snetterton MR2 Race 2009

Sourcing a Race Car


I managed to pick up a race ready car at the right money. A nice C-Reg number in red and although she came from down South, she hailed from Wakefield. When I picked the car up, she was absolutely no where near ready. None of the outstanding jobs had been

Sourcing a Race Car

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