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Track Night
Fri 27th May 2005
organised by Central Scotland

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?Would you attend a Track Day event at Knockhill'
Was the question I polled on our forum back in early January, fourteen said yes definitely and seven said yes if we can have track tuition beforehand, interestingly and purely coincidental the total number of Mx-5?s that actually took part at Knockhill was twenty one, although possibly only twelve of the original voters participated on the night.
I was warned by people that had tried before me,  ?you will never get the numbers? they said, ?well we can only try? I replied and trying it certainly was. Eight members took part in the Track Tuition event so that was eight in the bag right away, then I knew I could rely on the Track Day stalwarts of the club and so it went on, the numbers interested at one point got to about twenty six, but alas this was to be short lived as people dropped out right left and centre. Invites then went out to other marque clubs but the only ones to show any interest were the Vx220 and Elise owners, yes there were some worrying moments right up until the night before the big day, but in the end it all fell into place, thirty cars all paid up and ready to go.

Like many others, the days preceding Track Night Friday were spent looking at various weather forecasts, or searching for one that would at least give a glimmer of hope that this bank holiday weekend might start somewhat drier than predicted. Friday afternoon had arrived and it was hood up all the way to Knockhill between the heavy rain and excessive holiday traffic the journey through took much longer than expected. One Caterham, one Vx220 driven by ex Mx-5 owner Martin, one Elan, one Exige, one Escort and three Elise?s (or should that be Elisi) along with the twenty one Fives (the MR-2 never turned up) all assembled for the briefing session and the strict guidelines to track etiquette that Knockhill thankfully adhere to. We had arranged for a pace car to go out for a few laps with the total beginners just to boost their confidence before the older hands joined them, a decision that seemed to be appreciated.

The first few laps we were lucky to have fairly dry, then light rain made the track really greasy and certainly gave me a few nervous moments, like many others I retired to the pit lane in the hope the track would dry off a bit, some hope, the rain just got heavier and more prolonged, however in some respects this was easier to cope with and after a while you started getting confident and as many people said later, they learned a lot more about their cars than they would have in the dry. The Lotus boys were really enjoying themselves and the Caterham owned by an Mx-5 club member had a great time, although his passengers really could have done with a full waterproof suit to keep dry in the roofless car. It has to be said and many accolades have already been offered to all that took part, the standard of driving and courtesy shown to our fellow drivers was outstanding, considering the conditions we were driving in there were no red flags all night, despite a few minor on track spins.

Before long the chequered flag was out and our two-hour session over, we assembled in the paddock area to talk about the night, before heading home.
Thanks to everyone that took part and helped to create a great atmosphere, not to mention a little bit of history in the club. Thanks also to all the members that took the time out to come and spectate, hope you enjoyed the night and the passenger rides.
If you had asked me before the event if I would do it again, my answer would have been categorically no, but after the success and the exemplary example of all that took part I would proudly say?yes definitely.                                           


Some videos taken at the hairpin courtesy of Shaun! 
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28th May 2005 09:49 :: Graeme Babbs
I'm afraid the digital technology available to me is waaaaay below what is necessary to get racing action photos. I deleted twice as many as these. The delay between pressing the shutter and getting your picture is just pants. By the time I got the shot of the vx, hypothermia was setting in anyway!

28th May 2005 13:42 :: lochpark
Like Greame, styruggled getting action shpots, even at the hairpin. Did get a few useable mpegs though.

All in all a good night despite the bitter cold and rain.

Maybe take mine on next time ?

28th May 2005 16:29 :: dixie
Thanks you got a good one of me It was probably because I was so slow

30th May 2005 00:50 :: Mino Manekshaw
Thanks Douglas - a great evening and my first time on a wet track..... ?8O(

30th May 2005 17:08 :: Allan Phillips
Thanks Douglas for all the effort of organising this.  Really appreciated the pace car and thoroughly enjoyed it.  The rain really didn't spoil things at all.

30th May 2005 17:47 :: Caroline Makein
As a Knockhill virgin, (well you know what I mean!) I enjoyed being given the opportunity to drive round the track behind the pace car. It gave me sufficient confidence to have another go later on while the track was quiet and the rain still light. It was great. I thoroughly enjoyed it. So, many thanks to Douglas for organising it so well.

31st May 2005 19:54 :: Stella & Nigel
We braved the cold cold weather to go up and stayed for a wee while watching the cars go round the track.  The spinning was pretty cool by the Exiges, and the MX-5's exhaust notes were lovely to hear.  Who has the red MX with twin exhaust, one either side - we want one please!  Where did you get it please? 

31st May 2005 20:02 :: Douglas
Mk1 red with twin pipes was Mino's, Mk2.5 with twin pipes belonged to Lazza from London, you can read more about his car in this month's (July edition)EVO magazine.

2nd Jun 2005 20:38 :: Stella & Nigel
Thanks Douglas, hubby's just bought the EVO mag, having a look now. Will speak to Mino when we next meet up.

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