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Post by Andy Hillman » Thu Aug 16, 2012 6:35 pm

11 imps booked in ! How on earth am I going to sleep Toni ! See you there Monday, practice in morning afternoon race, sneek it on the calendar before the mrs books you ! Ha ha
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Post by SimonBenoy » Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:48 pm

Andy - check the timetable - our race is before lunch - if you are in the restaurant, you'll miss it :lol: :lol:

Capacity grid with 6 reserves, including 11 Imps, the most that have been on 1 grid since I've been racing. Should be great.

Only 1 Imp feels the need for an extra practice session on Saturday, must be afraid of being beaten :o
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Post by Andy Hillman » Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:02 pm

Simon, i have booked 2 tests on the saturday aswell as mr Kerr. Need to scrub those new Skins in !
Thanks for pointing out race time, normally they save the best till last :D
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Post by chamois93 » Fri Aug 17, 2012 6:19 am

Mr Kerr just needs to make sure he's knows what the right direction is :-) Busy this weekend fitting the new engine and bits... looking forward to the gold cup!!!
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Post by SimonBenoy » Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:13 pm

Should be great - perhaps we can get all 11 race Imps together for a photo opportunity after the race?

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Post by aled » Sat Aug 18, 2012 12:31 pm

i will be travelling up with the kids early morning to watch the racing - any ideas on the best place to spectate ?
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Post by SimonBenoy » Sat Aug 18, 2012 2:12 pm

My Dad (a local) likes to be over near Knickerbrook - from here you can see the cars down cascades and heading off to Island, then returning over Hilltop, down to the Knickerbrook chicane and off up Clay Hill. We are the second race at 12.05, so get there early! There is also a small circuit entrance round the back somewhere which he favours - a lot less busy at going home time.

See you there - Simon
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Post by aled » Sat Aug 18, 2012 4:49 pm

ok cheers Simon . :D
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Post by Gaffer » Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:42 pm

I'm dragging wife there. Looking forward to it.
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Post by Alex » Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:22 pm

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Post by Teddie2003 » Mon Aug 27, 2012 6:53 am

Alex wrote:Satuday morning testing
Great photo's
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Post by brakedisc » Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:27 am

Any of the Clan?
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Post by Alex » Mon Aug 27, 2012 9:27 am

No.. sorry, I missed that one.
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Post by 19James » Mon Aug 27, 2012 8:50 pm

Hi everyone
Got a few pictures of today, they aren't brilliant quality as i was trying different settings and i got it a bit wrong :roll:
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Out of focus Andy Jones sideways 3 wheeled special :wink:
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Another out of focus 3 wheeled picture
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^ After one of the best overtaking manuvoures i've seen in a long time :D
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Post by allthingscars » Mon Aug 27, 2012 9:06 pm

Anyone got any results for today how did the imps get on
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Post by SimonBenoy » Mon Aug 27, 2012 9:13 pm

Great stuff James - some good results from your experiments.

A big 'well done' for David Heale who finished a fantastic 3rd overall after a fantastic start from 9th on the grid in a very wet race.

I also had a really enjoyable race and after passing a couple of Mustangs to get into 4th, I decided that it had been so much fun passing them that I would go too fast into Druids and drive round the grass a bit so that they could re-pass me and then have another go at them :roll:

Got by at Lodge the second time to finish 5th overall - very challenging conditions but still a lot of fun!

We ended up with 8 Imps racing and all finished. Sadly, Andy's clutch release bearing failed in practice and Jon Orr had an oil leak and wasn't able to qualify.

Adrian was 14th, Ian Gunton 18th, Shaun 23rd, Vince 27th ahead of Stuart Kerr and Nick Lunn with another finish, though seemingly a bit down on power, perhaps.
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Post by Andy Hillman » Mon Aug 27, 2012 9:57 pm

Alex, Thanks for posting the pics, take it they were from saturday morning testing as there is only me and stuart out.
Today was a superb day for the hillmans , David Heale was in second place at the start (overall) and came in 3rd after a 20 minute swim round Oulton park, closely followed by Simon Benoy who came in 5th overall. I have to say it makes me so happy to watch all the imps race, the interest by the public and other drivers is growing all the time I dont think they can quite believe there eyes when they see two 998 imps in the top 5 of a 36 car grid made up of lotus cortinas,minis,mustangs etc.
I went to oulton early saturday to do the 2 untimed test sessions, i thought i would give the car a good shake down ready for mondays race, i had probably built it all up a bit to much in my head which is why it feels so bad now ha ha :cry: Anyway the test went relatively smoothly, the new side exit exhaust has the added benefit of helping me shed some puppy fat, by cooking me! well my theory was that this heat would normally be sucked in by the engine, and that cant be good for power so am going to have to refine the air flow through the cab.
Saturday night was good thanks to steve platts firing the bbq up and meeting new imp racer Stuart kerr, followed by beer in the chequered flag.
Sunday was red hot so fiddled with car and talked to public about there imp related memories ( mostly breakdown stories but generally fond) Evening BBQ put on by the HTC proved very popular,nice to catch up with all the imp racers shame i had to drink orange juice!
This morning the weather looked gloomy, went out for practice at 9.05am still half a sleep but the car did feel good until the clutch started feeling lumpy. 3 laps in and i had to retire, i quickly pulled the engine out only to find the release bearing had failed, with only 2 hours before the race and the spare bearing at home 45mins away it was going to be tight !
Despite best efforts by the hillman people we did not make the race, special thanks to Aled and James who both threw themselves at the wet tarmac to get stuck in.
With nothing left to do other than sulk i went to watch the race from the inside of cascades, the highlight of the race for me was watching mr Benoy go round the outside of a red mustang through the shikane, the whole bank of people cheered for the imp as he bullied its way round the yank tank.
Brands Indy next, will have to get my act together !
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Post by Meltdown » Tue Aug 28, 2012 5:23 pm

Well done indeed to the front-running Imps!
The race was most enjoyable for me despite the distinct lack of power (better than Brands Hatch but still not on song). I had a fab start making up about 5 places before the first corner, only to lose two or three by Cascades. I then spent a few laps keeping a lotus Cortina at bay - he was easily catching me on the straights but lost all his time in the corners on a wet track - eventually I fluffed my exit from Lodge and he got alongside by Old Hall closely followed by Vince Frost. Had a couple more entertaining battles before the leaders caught me on the penultimate lap.
All in all great fun, started 34th finished 29th. Big thanks go to Steve Platts for helping fettle things, hope your skin grows back after diagnosing a red hot coil (that's two Lumenition coils faulty this year).
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Post by Gaffer » Tue Aug 28, 2012 7:01 pm

My first attendance to a race day in more than 25 years. My wife had never been before. Now she wants to be at the last two events. (all part of my master plan) We felt so sorry for Andy, but it was fantastic seeing all the other Imps do so well, especially the top two. Well done to you all. I was actually cheering and jumping up and down at the chicane! A great day out. Well done to all the Impers.
Thanks to Bob also. Saved me the postage on some spares.
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Post by SimonBenoy » Tue Aug 28, 2012 8:11 pm

Pete

Glad you and your wife enjoyed the entertainment, in spite of the rain. There seemed to be a lot of Imp Club members present...

Cheers - Simon
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Post by bazzateer » Tue Aug 28, 2012 8:11 pm

Hope to see you all at Brands :D
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Post by chamois93 » Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:35 am

Great weekend at Oulton Park, thanks to everyone for there support and encouragement - especially Andy, David and Steve. I was a little disappointed with qualifying, no excuse - just the driver not pushing the car hard enough, mostly in the wrong gear... better in the race, but had problems with selecting 2nd gear - need to adjust the new solid gear linkage! My tow back to park ferme at the end of the race was down to a lose HT lead i think... was the only thing i touched to get the car to fire again.. Happy with the result and times after a disappointing qualifying (well not happy, maybe happier still a long way to go :-)). Though, it was my 1st standing start and 1st wet race.. looking forward to Brands Hatch... thanks again to everyone...
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Post by SimonBenoy » Thu Aug 30, 2012 1:33 pm

Nice piece on the race from Marcus Pye in today's Autosport.
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Post by Impecunious » Thu Aug 30, 2012 3:46 pm

SimonBenoy wrote:Nice piece on the race from Marcus Pye in today's Autosport.
Marcus Pye - had a beer at Castle Combe a few years back with him, Tony Sinclair, Owen Jones and the Jade lads. He bought a round, wouldn't have one back, great raconteur, no pretensions, knowledgeable guy.

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Post by Timbeckett » Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:57 pm

Great to catch up with lots of people last Monday - I've just uploaded some photos - www.timbeckettphotography.com (go to 'galleries'). Anyone got any in-car videos from Oulton?
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Post by ChrisBenoy » Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:02 pm

We do have in car video, not sure if its suitable for general use however :lol:
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Post by aled » Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:18 pm

stick it on you tube - do we need a beep machine for when Simon went off ? :D
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Post by Meltdown » Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:31 pm

ChrisBenoy wrote:We do have in car video, not sure if its suitable for general use however :lol:
Please do, I've been informed about the awesome overtake at Knickerbrook/Foggys (is it just called Foggys for bike racing?!?).
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Post by Adrian » Mon Sep 03, 2012 12:12 pm

Some great photo's!

I found these on tut internet, it did seem to be a bit more slippy on the last few laps, well thats my excuse!





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Post by chamois93 » Mon Sep 03, 2012 3:02 pm

I saw those, but didn't have you contact details.... great pics! you could have smiled for the camera :-)
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Post by SimonBenoy » Mon Sep 03, 2012 5:29 pm

Yep, that's Druids - always slippery there. I knew that - I checked on the green flag lap, but I still threw it off as soon as I was clear of the Mustangs! :oops: :oops: :oops:
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Post by AlanB » Mon Sep 03, 2012 10:08 pm

Was great to see so many Imps out on track! Just a pity the weather wasn't a bit better.

I took far too many photos over the weekend!! Here's a link to a small selection from Mondays action:- http://www.flickr.com/photos/22325325@N ... 343093708/
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Post by ChrisBenoy » Wed Sep 05, 2012 6:30 am

In car video -

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Seems to be limited to 10 mins, i'll put the rest up later when I have a min.
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