Sprints and Hillclimbs 2008 - anybody else?

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Sprints and Hillclimbs 2008 - anybody else?

Postby kevham » Thu Nov 15, 2007 8:46 pm

Having caught the speed bug, I'll be doing some more sprints and hillclimbs next year.

Just wondered if there was any chance of some MX-5 competition?

There's several venues in Scotland including: Kames, Forrestburn, Doune, Alford, Golspie, Fintry, Boyndie and Lossiemouth.

Looks like there won't be a sprint at Knockhill next year but there's going to be a double header at East Fortune in May.

Costs are around £60 per event (£35 for novices at Wigton MC events) and you don't need to do anything special to your car - you just need a timing strut (which I can help you with) and some yellow tape for your battery (which Douglas can source :lol:). No requirement for a roll cage or fancy seatbelts.

You will need to have the following:
MSA licence (£36)
Overalls (£70)
Helmet (£70+)
Scottish MSA club membership (£10-£20)

I'll be concentrating on events north of the Border to keep my travelling costs to a minimum. In theory, this means I should be able to do more events. :lol:

If you're worried about damaging your pride and joy, that's understandable but my view is that it's probably safer than your average trackday because you only have to worry about yourself. There's no other drivers to push you off line, crash into you or cut you up.

So, come on - have a go at the oldest and (in my view), purest form of motorsport. :D

If anyone is interested and has any questions - just ask here or PM me. I put off getting into this for 5 years because I wasn't sure about how to fit a timing strut (DOH!). :roll:
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Postby rockdoc » Thu Nov 15, 2007 10:08 pm

Lossie?
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Postby kevham » Fri Nov 16, 2007 2:26 pm

This year Lossiemouth was a 2-day double header in July organised by the RAF MSA club. Not sure if it will happen again next year - dates will be finalised over the next month or so. It was a round of the Highland Speed Championship which looks like a good championship.

see http://www.prhighlandspeedchampionship.co.uk/
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Postby poing » Fri Nov 16, 2007 3:56 pm

I was thinking the same, and I live here :?

My guess is that it's at the old airfield just outside Lossie which is called Miltown. They do have a couple of events there every year and it's used by a local skid training firm. It used to be used as an HGV driver training centre as well.

That is about as local as it gets :wink:
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Postby kevham » Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:49 pm

poing wrote:I was thinking the same, and I live here :?

My guess is that it's at the old airfield just outside Lossie which is called Miltown. They do have a couple of events there every year and it's used by a local skid training firm. It used to be used as an HGV driver training centre as well.

That is about as local as it gets :wink:


The sprint was on the RAF Airfield with the permission of the station commander. It was organised by the RAF motorsport club.

Since its so local - you'll have no excuse for not competing!!! :P
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Postby rockdoc » Fri Nov 16, 2007 6:45 pm

kevham wrote:
poing wrote:I was thinking the same, and I live here :?

My guess is that it's at the old airfield just outside Lossie which is called Miltown. They do have a couple of events there every year and it's used by a local skid training firm. It used to be used as an HGV driver training centre as well.

That is about as local as it gets :wink:


The sprint was on the RAF Airfield with the permission of the station commander. It was organised by the RAF motorsport club.

Since its so local - you'll have no excuse for not competing!!! :P

wow
never knew that
spent a shed load o time at "lossie"
always fancied a razz on the runway :D
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Postby poing » Fri Nov 16, 2007 7:08 pm

I am so close to the base that by the time you've read this I could have walked from my front door and climbed the fence into the place, with a few cuts from the barbed wire :wink:

So now I just need to start persuading the other half that it's a good idea somehow :roll:

Oooh may have just decided on my xmas pressie :D
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Postby PaulDS » Fri Nov 16, 2007 10:21 pm

Look forward to you coming up here Kev.
Boyndie is only 10 miles east of me and Lossie 18 the other way.

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Postby thistle5 » Thu Nov 22, 2007 10:47 am

I've been meaning to get sprints/hillclimbs for ages now. I'm very keen to go for it in 2008, work and cash permitting.

I keep meaning to go to Monklands Sporting Car Club/Forrestburn and check out what they get up to. They're not far from where I live.
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Postby skinnydoug » Thu Nov 22, 2007 6:49 pm

I keep meaning to go to Monklands Sporting Car Club/Forrestburn and check out what they get up to. They're not far from where I live.


I am an MSCC member. I think its good fun.

Next event at Forrestburn (production car trials) is not till March, and it looks like I am going to be away that weekend, but stick your head in and say hello. The people who run things are generally very receptive and if you like it and get your skates on, I believe Kevham is looking for some Mazda related competition in the hillclimbs next year. :D

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Postby kevham » Thu Nov 22, 2007 9:04 pm

Douglas - I'll probably join MSCC next year to get discount on the hillclimbs. Got my 2008 licence confirmation today :D

I've been leaving the GPR and Demon Tweeks catalogues lying about hoping that someone might take the hint and buy me a new helmet for Christmas!

Come on folks - get your licence applications in now. Visit http://www.msauk.org/ NOW and apply online! It only costs £36 and you don;t need any medical.

Somebody else must want to do this - it is great fun. :mrgreen:
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Postby thistle5 » Thu Nov 22, 2007 10:22 pm

I think I might bite the bullet and apply for a licence, spending the money will give me the motivation to make sure I actually do it!

Is it a Non-Race National B licence I need?
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Postby kevham » Fri Nov 23, 2007 12:07 am

thistle5 wrote:I think I might bite the bullet and apply for a licence, spending the money will give me the motivation to make sure I actually do it!

Is it a Non-Race National B licence I need?


Great stuff. Non-race National B is what you need. Then some overalls (check out http://www.hthughes.com/Category/12/mot ... suits.html for cheap overalls), an approved helmet and you're about ready to race! :shock:
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Postby thistle5 » Fri Nov 23, 2007 5:56 pm

I've already got an OMP helmet that I use for trackdays, so it's just the overalls and a timing strut.

I'm going to the Doctors on Wednesday so I'll get the relevant bits on the form filled out.

Kevham - do you take the five there on its own steam or do you trailer it?
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Postby kevham » Mon Nov 26, 2007 4:28 pm

I drive the car under its own steam. I even drove down to Yorkshire, Cumbria and Middlesborough for events this year.
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Postby thistle5 » Mon Nov 26, 2007 8:16 pm

kevham wrote:I drive the car under its own steam. I even drove down to Yorkshire, Cumbria and Middlesborough for events this year.


Cool, if I go for it then I'll be doing the same, my budget wouldn't stretch to a trailer.
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Postby kevham » Fri Dec 28, 2007 8:04 pm

Dates for Scottish events are now fixed and available at: http://www.scottish-sprinting.co.uk/events.html

I'm provisionally going to do the following events in 2008:

13 April - Kames Sprint
27 April - Forrestburn Hillclimb
4 May - East Fortune Sprint
24 May - Kames Sprint
1 June - Kames Sprint
14 June - Barbon Hillclimb (Cumbria)
28 June - Forrestburn Hillclimb
29 June - Forrestburn Hillclimb
2 Aug - Kames Sprint
3 Aug - Kames Sprint
24 Aug - Forrestburn Hillclimb
6 Sep - Elvington Sprint (York - on the way to the MX5OC rally in Lincolnshire)
27 Sep - Doune Hillclimb
28 Sep - Doune Hillclimb
5 Oct - Kames Sprint

Fifteen events in total - nearly twice as many as this year but only one overnighter and a lot less travelling (which should help the babysitting situation :shock: )

So - who's going to join me and have some MX-5 competition???? :lol:
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