Forrestburn Hillclimb - Sun 27th April

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Forrestburn Hillclimb - Sun 27th April

Postby kevham » Thu Apr 24, 2008 8:19 pm

Hi folks,
I'll be out on the hill at Forrestburn on Sunday, competing in my first hillclimb of 2008. It's round 3 of the Scottish Hillclimb Championship and round 2 of the Lowland Speed championship.

I'm entered against a Morgan 4/4 and going by last August's times, it could be close.

The usual mix of sports and racing cars will be there along with a very healthy contingent of historic and classic cars.

Practice runs start at 10am.
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Postby Baron von Ripper » Thu Apr 24, 2008 8:52 pm

Where is that again mate

(I say again...as if I knew where it was in the first place :? )
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Postby kevham » Thu Apr 24, 2008 10:47 pm

Just next to the M8 at Forrestburn reservoir, west of Harthill J5.

http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=55.862692&lon=-3.820215&z=17.4&r=0&src=msl
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Postby skinnydoug » Fri Apr 25, 2008 12:10 am

I plan to make an appearance. We should have some "Go Kev - MX-5s arr abest!" merchandise made up. Wooly jumpers, hats, crampons and ice axes for Forrestburn. :lol:

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Postby skinnydoug » Fri Apr 25, 2008 1:25 am

Well, further to that, it has been suggested that if anyone fancies a guided bimble down to the track from the Newhouse Hotel then perhaps we should arrange to meet there for a prompt 11am departure?

Let me know if anyone's interested.

Newhouse is only a few miles from Forrestburn. If you haven't met me before I'm tall and skinny, you can't miss me, I've got a silver 03 plate Sport. :D

Bring sensible shoes - the ground can be rough in places - and some clothes suitable for the weather. There isn't a lot of shelter, but there are toilets and a burger van.

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Postby DouglasH » Fri Apr 25, 2008 1:36 am

Excellent... Thanks Big Douglas. :D :D
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Postby Michelle T » Fri Apr 25, 2008 3:35 pm

we may be up for that Michelle is working sunday evening so won't be staying all day
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Postby Snowcat » Fri Apr 25, 2008 10:55 pm

Sounds promising.

I'll try and be there providing I can find the Newhouse hotel.
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Postby skinnydoug » Fri Apr 25, 2008 11:21 pm

Newhouse Hotel is dead easy. Postcode is ML1 5SY (plug that into http://maps.google.com or somesuch). The Hotel is right on the roundabout of the A73 and A775, just to the south of J6 of the M8.

Hope to see you there on Sunday!

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Postby Baron von Ripper » Sat Apr 26, 2008 6:30 pm

Bummer !!!!

Just realised this is tomorrow - unable to make it :(
I'll need to wait until next time

Good luck up there.
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Postby Michelle T » Sat Apr 26, 2008 8:09 pm

sorry we can't make this either :(
good luck tomorrow
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Postby skinnydoug » Sat Apr 26, 2008 8:13 pm

What is this?

Have you all been looking at the weather forecast or something?

:D :D :D

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Postby Snowcat » Sun Apr 27, 2008 5:32 pm

Well, for the few hardy souls that braved the BEAUTIFUL sunshine (not to mention the now painful sunburn it's caused :oops: ) a good days spectating was had.

Missed Kevs first run (though I suspect He'll be quite happy about that from what I've heard :wink: ) but managed to get a few shots of the others.

http://s10.photobucket.com/albums/a132/ ... =slideshow

Apologies for the large amount of Non-Mazda stuff in there but I doubt Kev would've appreciated having his own amateur papparazi following him about... 8)
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Postby skinnydoug » Sun Apr 27, 2008 7:50 pm

I also have a little sunburn, despite early application of a silly hat.

Some pics I took:

http://www.blackdogrock.co.uk/paynehq/douglas/pics/Forrestburn27thApril2008/index.html
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Postby kevham » Sun Apr 27, 2008 8:08 pm

Well folks, my day at Forrestburn was quite eventful to say the least.

I got there nice and early and had a relaxed time setting all my gear up and going through scrutineering. After a nice bacon roll and a cup of tea it was time to walk the course which I did in the company of the two Honda Civic drivers.

As we went round, we discussed the fact that it was psychologically difficult to go up the steep brae and not lift off even though we all agreed that it should be possible.

So, time for first practice. This is when you really get to see the track for the first time and it is important to take it easy and get a good feel for the conditions. Tyres have no heat in them and grip is often compromised. Can you tell what I'm building up to here????

I'm on the start line, light goes green and I gun down to the first kink. I should point out I was still fiddling with my helmet visor at this stage (note to self - sort out helmet before starting off). Round the first kink, up to third gear ready for the drag up the brae. Coming up over the brae (it is unfeasibly steep and you can't see where the road goes) I don't lift! This pushes me wide on the following right hander and I get a back wheel on the grass. The back starts to rotate clockwise and I'm the proverbial passenger...............

I skid across the track, go off sideways and start ploughing through the rather rough field. "Keep calm", I say to myself, "I'll stop soon and it'll all be ok"......Clunk, bump, rattle, shake, clunk, ouch, clunk...... "what's that coming up?"......... "it's the loch!!!"........ car does a final slidy skid and comes to rest about 10 feet from the fence before the loch. The marshal comes over and after he asks if I'm ok he says "You've just got the course record for the furthest grass cutting excursion - I thought you were going to disappear into the lake!".

The car is now well and truly stuck so the recovery truck is called and I'm very slowly winched back to the track. After a quick visit from the scrutineer, the car is deemed safe to continue competing.

Obviously, this rather embarrasing off-roading has taken its toll on both the car and me so my next run is rather more sedate but at least I post a time of 62.3 secs

Next run comes up and I've regained a bit of confidence and I manage to do 58.8 secs - a new personal best! :D

Fired up with my renewed confidence I try a wee bit too hard on my first timed run and mess up the two hairpins. This hurts my time and I do 59.2 secs.

Final run and I'm still smarting a bit from my morning shenanigans but I get a good start, get a bit out of shape where I lost it earlier but recover to post a new personal best of 58.6secs. :lol:

My steering wheel is now cocked slightly right and I've got a bash on the front passenger wing and some chunks out of the sill but other than that, everything seems fine. Time to get the spanner and paintbrush out before East Fortune next weekend............
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Postby Richardn » Mon Apr 28, 2008 8:14 am

Oh dear Kev. Glad it wasn't more serious.

Looks like another alignment required.
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Postby kevham » Wed Apr 30, 2008 8:16 pm

Somebody sent me a picture of my rescue :oops:

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Postby Gordon » Wed Apr 30, 2008 8:49 pm

Wow Kevin, looks like you almost needed a life jacket instead of a roll cage for that one! :shock:
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Postby skinnydoug » Wed Apr 30, 2008 8:50 pm

That is a long way from the track Kev. Glad you & the car are largely OK. :D

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Postby Robin » Thu May 01, 2008 8:19 am

Jings Kev. Jen expression was roughly :shock: Sends her best...to the car :lol:
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