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As a NW member, spotted that there's a club track day on 23rd April @ Oulton Park, so will be purchasing said spot in due course (as soon as I'm back in Blighty after the Xmas hols.)...

...boot, also fancing some early doors practice and notice that BaT have spots for Olly Park in Feb and Anglesea National and International on March 13/14th. (A great way of missing the Mother-In-Law on Mother's Day!)... http://bookatrack.com/-pE_Trackday-Calendar.html

... be interested to see wot the smokin R35s (&R34s and R33s/R32s) can do compared to my pathetic boggo standard UMS with me as a boggo standard trackday numpty. :chuckle:

Any takers, boys and girls? :squintdan If so, I'll talk to Mr. Blue. :smokin:
 

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Well I'm always up for OP or Anglesey.

PM Zed Ed as he's looking to organise a full weekend at Anglesey and N Wales, like we did recently.

Now that was a top weekend.....!
 

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Speed is Life!

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Well I'm always up for OP or Anglesey.

PM Zed Ed as he's looking to organise a full weekend at Anglesey and N Wales, like we did recently.

Now that was a top weekend.....!
Nice one CC! Aye, feeling guilty as I bottled after passing a parked Scamera van @ 85 in a possible 50 dual carriageway - my arse! (no units!) and was sweating a NIP and yous were doing the EVO fast routes in Wales and topping off with a day at the brand new Anglesea.

Zed Ed'll spot this, nae worries... besides, if we can get up to 10 or so for a day (ever the optimist) we should PM Mr Blue to clubit... but no harm testing the water... with 180+ club R35ers + all the pukka hardcore R32, R33 & R34ers 10+ for a few early doors cheeky trackdays is a distinct posso, I reckon! :thumbsup:

If we're lucky we *might* see a classy GT3 RS2 or 2... :squintdan
 

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The earlier the better for me, I've gotten a real taste for track day goodness!

The wet track at Anglesey was a fine way to learn the art of 4 wheel drifting and understeer/oversteer correction.

Where is Gids I wonder...??
 

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The Wetta The Betta

The earlier the better for me, I've gotten a real taste for track day goodness!

The wet track at Anglesey was a fine way to learn the art of 4 wheel drifting and understeer/oversteer correction.

Where is Gids I wonder...??
Well, Friday 19th Feb. is the first Olly P. tracky for BaT, there's a bunch of carlimts stoof in Jan.: Car Limits

which is all very good (baring the shitty airfield covered in marketday crap (e.g. nails) and I DON'T want a puncture in my supa-expensive Dunnies... boot, always fancied a go with the legend that is Don Palmer:

Don Palmer: Driving Guru and Masterful Coach

eversince I read Rob Rackshaw's rav recco "The Wetter The Better" many moons ago:

"Yesterday, I died and went to heaven. Heaven, let me tell you, is wet.

There are no pearly gates, no harps, angels or cherubs. No St. Peter, no Mary, no Lord Lucan and not the tiniest morsel of Shergar. There are no policemen, no radar traps, no pedestrians, and no GATSOs. No children playing, no oncoming traffic, no lack of space and absolutely no grip whatsoever.

There is no God in heaven. There is only Don. But Don has answered my prayers nonetheless. For yesterday Don Palmer, originator of the "Wetter the Better" advanced handling course, taught me how to hold my Impreza Turbo absolutely sideways for over 300 metres, under full control, all the while grinning like a plastic surgeon at an Oscar ceremony. The best bit is, Dali Palmer can teach you too.

The day begins inauspiciously, at a famous-name roadside café, with staff that look barely more intelligent than the food. Perhaps they should rename it "The Little Brain". It’s here that we first meet Don Palmer, and his colleague Colin Scott for an informal breakfast and the obligatory signing of disclaimers. The wet handling facility is just up the road and apparently it’s full of top secret stuff which we aren’t allowed to talk about or photograph, on pain of being eaten afterwards. For a second I wonder if the gristle in my full-English was once part of someone else’s nose.

With forms and bellies filled, we head off in convoy. There’s a definite frisson in the air, and it’s got nothing to do with the beans.

The wet handling facility, it turns out, is FANTASTIC. It consists of three parts. A twisty circuit, a long arc, and the roundabout of your dreams. It’s all covered in low friction materials of one sort or another with grip levels ranging from lousy to laughable. Then they spray water on it. Because they can.

There are seven of us here, and we can’t wait to get started. One bloke is hopping from foot to foot like a gecko at gas mark 9, but thankfully Don Palmer wastes no time. After a short briefing he sets out his stall.

"OK everyone, let’s play." So we do.

I’m first onto the circuit and it’s awesome. Don Palmer rides shotgun and teaches me more about car control in the next twenty minutes than I’ve learned in the previous ten years. I understeer. I oversteer. I balance the power and the steering. I listen to the car and to Don and between them they tell me everything I need to know. Don talks quietly, laughs a lot, and steers me to arrive at the right conclusions by asking questions, rather than simply telling me what to do. He never, ever shouts. Admittedly he has a beard but no-one’s perfect. Pretty soon I was circulating as fast as it was safely possible to go, right on the edge. Not the ragged edge mind you. The glorious edge beyond which there is only UNTIDY and SLOW.

Pretty soon I felt like Richard Burns, only without the ginger pubes in the plug-hole.

But wait, there’s more. While I’ve been lapping it up, the others have been on the magic roundabout. It consists of three concentric circles; very slippy on the inside, pretty darn slippy in the middle, and really incredibly grippy on the outside to catch you if you **** it up. If only I had a million quid and a bigger back yard…

As I draw up, a guy in a 911 is trying to hang his tail out, if you catch my meaning. At first he spins repeatedly, but after about five minutes he starts to improve and manages to get half way ‘round before the off, about 150 metres! He leaves the circles and swaps seats with his coach. We are all transfixed as the 911 circulates, tail out, with barely any perceptible movement of wheel or throttle. It looks and sounds majestic…even the gecko is standing quite still. Someone laughs out loud. It takes a moment to realise that it’s me, and that it’s my turn next.

Now this the bit you won’t believe. I’m telling you this now so that you can skip it and go on to the end. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Do you know? I swear it’s not as hard as it looks. There, I’ve said it. The hardest part is stopping your face from going into cramp because of the permanent grin.

All it took was the space to learn in safety and some Palmer Karma. "Forget your emotion, feel the motion" says Obi-Don. In other words, stop panicking because frankly there’s nothing to hit and listen to what the car is telling you. And whaddya know? It works! After about 5 minutes I manage a complete circle! 300 metres sideways! OK, it wasn’t the tidiest of jobs but even the guy with the 911 is clapping! There’s no rivalry here, just a few like minded souls achieving the same long-held ambition. We’re the A-Team, Kelly’s Heroes, and the Magnificent Seven rolled into one, boldly going where none of us has gone before.

After some coaching on the roundabout we’re allowed to use the arc and the roundabout again unsupervised. And believe me we made the most of it. The arc is a huge curved section taken from what would be an enormous circle, if it were complete. It has the same low friction surfaces as the roundabout but let’s you practise at higher speed. It too, is soaking wet. A kind of Noah’s arc…

This is where "The Wetter the Better" course comes into it’s own. You spend so much time actually DOING instead of just listening.

We were free to swap between arc and roundabout as much as we liked and there was very little standing around. No-one felt cheated when it came to driving time, and everyone got their money’s worth out of the two coaches. One or two of us even swapped cars for a laugh, which enabled me to confirm my long-held suspicion that one particular car should come with a poodle as standard equipment.

So what’s the outcome of all this? Well, when I go to track days now, I pray for rain.

On the road I sense the limit far better than before and simply avoid it. I’ve spent a fortune uprating my Impreza, but when I sell it, someone else will get the benefit. This time, I decided to spend some money uprating the driver, and I have, for less than the cost of a cheap set of tyres.

Yesterday, I died and went to heaven. Heaven, let me tell you one last time, is wet.

"The Wetter the Better" , and more fun than a sackful of supermodels…."

which just goes to show, life is *not* just about how much gratutious sex one can get... rather there *is* a higher purpose... :bowdown1: I for one am convinced... :chuckle:
 

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Don't forget the full club trackday calander!

The full list of events for 2010 can be found here: http://www.gtr.co.uk/forum/126527-2010-events-calendar-2.html#post1225456

We have days booked in Oulton Park and Anglesey, but if want early 22 Feb at Brands Hatch. All the details will be in the shop, for all track events, next week.
Thanks. Sounds good. I am thinking aboot the Kent day, but as a Lancastrian it's a bit of a haul... like to keep most of me trackdays to a there and back radius which kind of limits me to bedford/donny + knockhill and anglesea.... :(

Kent's possible but requires night before and after stopovers.. BH is iconic... :squintdan LAst time I was there I was doing really well up to Dingle Dell, then it went a bit pearshaped... (not unsually for me! - doh!). See ya @ ASDA 2010 all being well... LOL :chuckle:
 

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Even More Club Track Days

£109 is a genuine bargain for a first track day through the club.

Noticed we now have an Anglesea day on Thursday 25th March too and Friday 7th May @ Silverstone.

Great stuff. :squintdan
 

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CC - ...to see whats happening / where & when? You been in touch with Ed recently on this?

The earlier the better for me, I've gotten a real taste for track day goodness!

The wet track at Anglesey was a fine way to learn the art of 4 wheel drifting and understeer/oversteer correction.

Where is Gids I wonder...??
 

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CC - ...to see whats happening / where & when? You been in touch with Ed recently on this?
Sorry I've been distracted by an increasing crush I have on a Chevy Tahoe ;)

I fancy a Wales sesh plus a free pint at the Groes, because I read Evo!

I'll bring spare wiper blades :chuckle:

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