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big_wasa

posted on 25/6/18 at 07:55 PM Reply With Quote
Driving to a track day.

Iíve booked my first track day

So how much of a bad idea is it driving to it in the vehicle I am taking around ?

Excited doesnít come close.

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CosKev3

posted on 25/6/18 at 08:02 PM Reply With Quote
How far from home?
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big_wasa

posted on 25/6/18 at 08:07 PM Reply With Quote
Prety local, 42m
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CosKev3

posted on 25/6/18 at 08:10 PM Reply With Quote
Have you got a m8/relative to come and rescue you if you break the car?

Anyone going with you in a tintop to chuck your jack/tools/spares in?

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rodgling

posted on 25/6/18 at 08:19 PM Reply With Quote
I always do, must have done at least 20 days, up to about 100 miles away. I've had a few issues, like a broken diff mount and a snapped throttle cable, and spun big end bearing but always managed to make it home (OK, driving home on the spun bearing was not a great idea but the engine had had it anyway).

I'm sure at some point I will end up paying a man to recover the car, but if you prepare the car well and bring a sensible selection of tools, gaffa tape and cable ties, you will generally be OK.

Enjoy your first outing, where are you planning to go?

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mark chandler

posted on 25/6/18 at 08:19 PM Reply With Quote
Join green flag, AA, RAC or similar, then if you fall off or break get someone to move your car the the spectators car park and tell them it broke down when you arrived.

The drivers of the Recovery truck will not care if you drop them £20 when you get home

I have been sprinting my car for the last 4 years commuting each way, on average getting on for 150 miles each way.

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Ugg10

posted on 25/6/18 at 08:20 PM Reply With Quote
If you are driving there and back make sure you do a mental reset before driving home otherwise you may find yourself with a 3 point bonus or worse see the inside of a hedge, it will feel slow but it will be safe.





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bi22le

posted on 25/6/18 at 09:48 PM Reply With Quote
I used to do it.

It's a killer on the way home when you are tired, on an adrenaline downer and are driving a car you have been spanking all day.

Other than the obviously good advice already given ( team up with someone, take tools, have recovery numbers etc) I would say a big one for me is make sure you don't run your tyres down too low.

Less likely to happen in a kit car but if you are running something other than semi-cut slicks they could wear fast making your car illegal.

It has happened to mates on two occasions now and it's the last thing you want to deal with at the end of a day when everywhere is shut.





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melly-g

posted on 25/6/18 at 10:42 PM Reply With Quote
Cadwell?
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Andy D

posted on 26/6/18 at 06:53 AM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by big_wasa
Iíve booked my first track day

So how much of a bad idea is it driving to it in the vehicle I am taking around ?

Excited doesnít come close.



Lots of people do it, but usually in more civilised cars . I drove to trackdays in my Westy for a few years pre trailer, it's obviously possible and 42 miles is a pretty short trip. I always had my son accompany me with a car full of tools and track wheels.


Enjoy it.

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nick205

posted on 26/6/18 at 08:02 AM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by CosKev3
Have you got a m8/relative to come and rescue you if you break the car?

Anyone going with you in a tintop to chuck your jack/tools/spares in?



Not done a track day myself, but that would be my first thought is having someone to assist with a tin top to carry spares and tools (and a tow rope?).

It's also mentioned above, but make sure to take it steady on the public road on the way home as well!

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big_wasa

posted on 26/6/18 at 08:11 AM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by melly-g
Cadwell?


Yep Caldwell.

My neighbour is going and taking his new race car for a shake down so I should be able to leave my fuel and tools with his transport when on track. But I don't want to rely on some one else incase he has to leave early.

What have others done with there stuff while on track, ie Jack, tools, petrol cans, clothes, water and so on ?

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SteveRST

posted on 26/6/18 at 12:39 PM Reply With Quote
Yep, I always do it. Did Cadwell from Surrey a few weeks ago in a BEC Westy. 5 AM start and back home at 10 PM. Sometimes I stay overnight somewhere the night before, and tbh I'd do that again next time for Cadwell especially with the BEC as it's damn noisy on the motorway.

I just leave my tools, fuel, etc. in the pits. Even Cadwell without garages its safe enough. Take a cover if you like. Never had any issues and I've done dozens of track days.

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bi22le

posted on 26/6/18 at 02:47 PM Reply With Quote
Just leave it neatly tucked away. Not much robbing goes on at track days, so you should be good.





Track days ARE the best thing since sliced bread, until I get a supercharger that is!

Please read my ring story:
http://www.locostbuilders.co.uk/forum/13/viewthread.php?tid=139152&page=1

Me doing a sub 56sec lap around Brands Indy. I need a geo set up! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHksfvIGB3I

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SJ

posted on 26/6/18 at 03:07 PM Reply With Quote
I've driven to a few - over 100 miles for some with only breakdown cover for backup. Always managed to get home OK, but it is a worry.
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ttalps2000

posted on 27/6/18 at 11:09 AM Reply With Quote
I am doing my first track day at Abingdon on 31st August. Do i need to take additional fuel if i fill up at the local station beforehand? I am not going there to set the world on fire, more for the experience and a tick in the box since completing the car. Going to be driving there too, only about 60 miles each way and the car is very comfortable on the motorway etc. Was going to take a few tools with me.

Not sure how many runs i will get out in the day though? Anyone comment from past experience at Abingdon?

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big_wasa

posted on 27/6/18 at 11:28 AM Reply With Quote
Yep like you its for the experience. I've only got 85bhp to play with.
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swanny

posted on 27/6/18 at 12:23 PM Reply With Quote
I found a local place that does trailer hire for 40 quid a day. takes a lot of the worry out, and means you have a relaxed drive home rather than an endurance test in a seven.
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bi22le

posted on 27/6/18 at 12:31 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ttalps2000
I am doing my first track day at Abingdon on 31st August. Do i need to take additional fuel if i fill up at the local station beforehand? I am not going there to set the world on fire, more for the experience and a tick in the box since completing the car. Going to be driving there too, only about 60 miles each way and the car is very comfortable on the motorway etc. Was going to take a few tools with me.

Not sure how many runs i will get out in the day though? Anyone comment from past experience at Abingdon?


I cant speak from experience of Abington but I would say that as long as there is a station within a mile or two, you should be good.

I used to drive to a track day, fill up before going in, fill up at lunch and then on leaving.

This was mainly to not waste track time. It is such a sinking feeling having a perfectly working car and an open circuit, only for you to waste 30 mins to go and get fuel!!

On that note, if it is like Malory Park where you need to cross the circuit, you can not come and go as you please. They only let you cross at lunch and near the end of the day.





Track days ARE the best thing since sliced bread, until I get a supercharger that is!

Please read my ring story:
http://www.locostbuilders.co.uk/forum/13/viewthread.php?tid=139152&page=1

Me doing a sub 56sec lap around Brands Indy. I need a geo set up! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHksfvIGB3I

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ttalps2000

posted on 28/6/18 at 10:18 AM Reply With Quote
There is 2 of us going in the car, so i have a driver for on the way back so that the journey home is relaxing!

Will have to see how the fuel situ goes i guess. nearest station is about 10 mins away

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Andy D

posted on 28/6/18 at 10:42 AM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ttalps2000
There is 2 of us going in the car, so i have a driver for on the way back so that the journey home is relaxing!

Will have to see how the fuel situ goes i guess. nearest station is about 10 mins away



Cadwell has fuel available at the circuit. It probably wont be the cheapest fuel, but it's handy. The times it's available will be given in the briefing.

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JimSpencer

posted on 28/6/18 at 11:57 AM Reply With Quote
Hi

For leaving things in the pits - what's common are the pop up instant tents about £20 from argos or similar - from experience the 'side entry' type are the easiest to put heavy things in..

Cadwell is ace in a 'Seven' BTW - you'll love it..

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big_wasa

posted on 28/6/18 at 02:11 PM Reply With Quote
I would tow it but my tow car is not legally capable. The local place only has one transporter and its plated at 2700kg.
I used it to fetch the Indy and it towed nicley but it was stressful.

Still really excited

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big_wasa

posted on 29/6/18 at 07:07 PM Reply With Quote
I had a fantastic day.
I made an early start as I needed to fuel up first, I didnít fancy leaving it in the garage over night. I then had a nice steady drive the 45 miles to Cadwell. First mistake was not taking some extra clothing as I arrived freezing at around 7am. I chucked all my stuff in the pits and put a tarp over it with no problems as suggested. Signing in started around 7.45 and then it was over to scrutiniring for noise testing. The little pinto was chucking out 93db, well under the 105db limit. Back to the club house for a cup of tea and the safety briefing. We made it on track sometime after 9 and it being an open pit lane I was on and off track all day.
I had had enough by 4pm and the drive home was indeed a killer making it home around 5.30, I will sleep well tonight. The second mistake was forgetting the sun tan lotion.

I was the slowest thing on track with only 85bhp but I loved it, it topped out at around 90mph the car was good as gold all day but I need to go over it as a few screws have come a little loose.

Thanks for all the advice.


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big_wasa

posted on 30/6/18 at 10:16 AM Reply With Quote

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