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Henry
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Posted - 22 Jun 2013 :  22:29:21  Show Profile  Visit Henry's Homepage Send Henry a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, day one is done. What a great day's racing! Got out there a little late, but walked into the paddock in brilliant sunshine. I was taken by the Iseki Porsche 962 as soon as I got there, but a walk amongst the garages revealed scores of great old cars.

As the Partner In Crime and I got our bearings, we were serenaded first by the Porsches on track, then sports sedans... we took up our station - between Turns 3 and 6, and from the comfort of the cockpit of my XR8, we took in a couple of great Group N stoushes, The XU-1's were mostly dominant. There were only a pair of V8's in the field, and they just weren't in the hunt.

To my amusement, by the final Group N race, every single Holden in the field was blowing oil smoke through Turn 3...

The Main Event was the trans-Tasman Trans-Am racing. While I missed Race 1, the second T/A race was entertaining all the way through.

John English - who seems likely to be best-remembered for whanging his ex-Moffat XD into the wall below the Dipper during the 1984 Bathurst 1000 - ran away and hid in his Camaro. His lead was sufficient for him to spend a number of laps entertaining the crowd on the pitlan fence with cranking power oversteer onto the front straight.

The rest of the pack was a snarling scrum, with the honours divided evenly across both sides of the Tasman. Thoroughly entertaining, and I can't wait for tomorrow!


Dad once said "son, arguing with an idiot is like playing chess with a pigeon. Even if you're a grand master, playing at your best, the pigeon is just going to **** on the board and then walk around like it won".

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sounds like a great time Henry... these 'old car meets' really do have something for everyone and I think if the newer racing fans give it the chance they just might see why some of us 'oldies' do keep on harping about how good they were/are to watch...

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Henry
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Posted - 22 Jun 2013 :  23:02:26  Show Profile  Visit Henry's Homepage Send Henry a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
I love this type of motorsport event: you can get up close to the action, chat to the drivers who -when they're not busy preparing for the racing - tend to be regular enthusiasts (I would definitely include the event Patron, Jim Richards in this category), and this particular category is a winner... today was the first time I'd ever seen a Pontiac Firebird race... the Trans-am field includes TWO AMC Javelins, Camaros (including a replica of KB's Channel Nine car) and a varied assortment of Mustangs. They truly turn it on!

Dad once said "son, arguing with an idiot is like playing chess with a pigeon. Even if you're a grand master, playing at your best, the pigeon is just going to **** on the board and then walk around like it won".
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