Knockhill Track Time - Sat 13th November

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Knockhill Track Time - Sat 13th November

Postby Si » Fri Oct 22, 2004 11:47 am

ss-R is having a track day at Knockhill on Saturday 13th November for 3 and a half hours in the afternoon. The cost is ?47.

ss-R is an all marque club predominantly based in Central Scotland and we organise track days and attend shows throughout the year. This means that there will be a variety of cars on track from small hot hatches through to larger Jap barges.

If you are interested, please email fernsie@ss-r.com as soon as possible as we're struggling a bit for numbers. This will probably be our last track day of the year and I'd be gutted if we had to postpone it.

You can find out more about Knockhill at their website.

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Postby Si » Fri Oct 22, 2004 12:26 pm

Probably worth adding that should we manage to get the right numbers, we already have :-

2 supercharged MX-5s
1 turbocharged MX-5
and 1 normally aspirated MX-5

Even in N/A form the MX-5 is fantastic fun around the track and you will enjoy this event if you decide to come and join us!! We have a small selection of helmets, but Knockhill hire them out at ?10 per day (I think they give ?5 back when you return the helmet..... but I'm not 100% sure).

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Postby Si » Sat Oct 23, 2004 10:50 pm

40 odd views and NO-ONE is interested??? :(

The MX-5 was built to be taken on track ....... do yours a favour and treat it to some action :D :lol:

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Postby Richardn » Sun Oct 24, 2004 7:57 am

Not that we aren't interested in track day action, but it is late in the year and the weather is to be considered. This may explain the low response.

The last trackday I did at Knockhill was in the rain and I had to fit the hardtop to get in with a hemet on!!!
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Postby Roxy » Sun Oct 24, 2004 10:38 am

I would have loved to come along and put my new suspension through it's paces properly but am working all weekend.
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Postby Si » Sun Oct 24, 2004 11:26 am

Ah, Richard ..... but the unpredictable weather makes it all that more interesting!!

My first ever track day was at Kames in East Ayrshire and it was chucking it down. A few of us from the MX-5 OC headed over to try out the sprint track and I personally was gutted when we got there and it was still raining.

However, it was still a lot of fun and was definately a good introduction to track driving.... plus, the rain made me drive that little bit more carefully than I probably would have.

If you're just a fair weather track driver then you're just an amateur ;) :D :lol:

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Postby don.b » Sun Oct 24, 2004 10:28 pm

Hi Simon,

I'd love to come along, one of the reasons I also joined SS-R.

Unfortunately I'm insured through esure and I don't think I'm allowed track days (its like being 17 again when my dad wouldn't let me modify the engine in first car in case I killed myself).

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Postby Si » Sun Oct 24, 2004 10:47 pm

Insurance isn't compulsory other than for your own piece of mind. There are very few who will have track insurance on the day and you'll be very unlucky if you do have an accident.

There is a track day training session in the morning for those people that want an introduction beforehand.

Itinerary for this is as follows :
9.00am Arrival and registration
9.30am Safety briefing and all the ins and outs of track day etiquette
10.00am Tour of Knockhill in MG ZS's with ARDS Instructors showing you all the lines and giving you all the tips you need to know
10.30am Take your car on track and follow your instructor as the pace slowly builds
11.15am 30min open track session
11.45am Cars out of pit lane and all drivers back to briefing room for final de-brief and any questions.

Cost for this is ?55 and is entirely separate from the track day in the afternoon. If anyone is interested in this opportunity please let me know! (money for this is payable directly to Knockhill)

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Postby Richardn » Mon Oct 25, 2004 7:28 am

Si

Its a simple matter of being not comfortable with a helmet and a roof!

I need a lower seat!
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Postby Si » Mon Oct 25, 2004 12:29 pm

Richardn wrote:Its a simple matter of being not comfortable with a helmet and a roof!


:lol: fair enough :D

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Postby Hardtrack » Mon Oct 25, 2004 7:05 pm

You could always come jogging with us on a Wednesday night Richard :)
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Postby Richardn » Mon Oct 25, 2004 7:47 pm

That will make me not sit as tall will it :?
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Postby Hardtrack » Tue Oct 26, 2004 8:13 pm

It might not make you go at all if your bones feel anything like mine :shock:
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Postby sparkly » Tue Oct 26, 2004 9:30 pm

Si
There are very few who will have track insurance on the day and you'll be very unlucky if you do have an accident


Fair point, my first thought about this was that all insurance quotes, including the AON one thru MX-5 that I got, they specified "no rallies or track days", therefore not even a possibility to do this. (Even wondered if I would be covered during the National "Rally"!)

But then when you do have a bump you do usually end up having to pay for it anyway since it would 'bump up' your next premium - so really insurance only essential on the open road when you might be held responsible for a.n. other average motorist's major damage/ compensation - presumably this is less likely to be the case on a track day where you're just testing the car individually?

Anyway, while interested can't do it on this date. But for future ref, does the 'track intro' thing at Knockhill cover complete newbies to track stuff?

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Postby Si » Tue Oct 26, 2004 11:59 pm

sparkly wrote:Anyway, while interested can't do it on this date. But for future ref, does the 'track intro' thing at Knockhill cover complete newbies to track stuff?


It does. You get an instructor who will drive you round the track for a few laps showing you the lines. You then get the opportunity to drive one of the tuition cars with the instructor next to you .... then it's in to your own car. Given the lack of interest it is unlikely that ss-R will organise another one of these events until at least next summer. However, Knockhill organise these 'introductory' days anyway so best contact them if you're interested.

On the subject of track day insurance, the excess usually goes up to about ?1000 plus if you do claim you're premiums are bound to increase in following years. I try and drive within my limits, rather than at them, in order to try and preserve me and my car. Having said that, I did have a rather interesting spin off last time where I ended up going backwards into the kitty litter in a cloud of dust :oops:

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Postby sparkly » Wed Oct 27, 2004 4:51 pm

Si
backwards into the kitty litter in a cloud of dust


:lol: well nice to know someone bothers to put something like that there, good cushioning for the paintwork! Guess it helps to make the home video a bit more spectacular! :wink:

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Postby Si » Wed Oct 27, 2004 6:27 pm

Dave M, we received an email from you recently about the trackday (I'm told you got the info from this site). Unfortunately the reply we sent to the email address you specified bounced back to us (full inbox perhaps??).

If you are interested could you please make contact again, and if you give a telephone number we'll make sure we call you!! :)

fernsie@blueyonder.co.uk

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Postby DouglasH » Wed Oct 27, 2004 6:28 pm

However, Knockhill organise these 'introductory' days anyway so best contact them if you're interested.


Watch this space :)
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Postby Si » Wed Oct 27, 2004 8:57 pm

An introductory day is probably best suited to the majority of people in the MX-5 OC..... at least it'll give them a chance to see what the car is capable of and hopefully give them the confidence they'll need to do a proper track day (like the ss-R afternoon session ;))

Douglas, if you're planning a trackday, rather than an introductory session, make sure you give plenty notice and I'll make sure it doesn't co-incide with any of our events. That way you may be able to look to ss-R to boost numbers if necessary.

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Postby Mak » Wed Oct 27, 2004 9:47 pm

Simon

The track day is on the 13th November and not the 6th.
I've signed up :twisted:
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