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AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL - 10-13 JANUARY 2013, NEC (Part 2)


Still Confused, Still Looking

Away from the high profile stuff, there were some interesting people to talk to and products to look at. I emphasise that with the exception of our sponsor's products (which I urge you to buy now) neither myself, the website or the club endorse any of these products. They were just people who were interesting and polite. As usual, if I've been rude about any people, cars or products, apologies, it's all done in good faith and with malice to none. Apart from Jeremy Clarkson.

Tony Cotton

     
Andy Waters, engineer behind Malcolm Scott's Dallara...   ...was showing a Lotus on the 750MC stand and collecting a prize on Friday.   Jedi's evergreen John Corbyn was with BRSCC. (If anybody reading this has Fraser's email please send it to me as I would like to send him this picture of John).   Tristan Cliffe met Dave Myers of BBC's Hairy Bikers. Obviously hoping for some tips for the Baking GP.
     
Title sponsor St Cross Electronics had their usual impressive stand in the Engineering Hall   Their well known FISW-X was on show, offering many of the features of an F1 wheel at a fraction of the price.   Williams showed one of their wheels. How do F1 drivers remember what does what?   A bit big, but the V16 Bugatti Veyron engine was an impressive sight.
     
As was this carbon fibre manifold for it.   Anybody know what this is?   An IRL V6 exhaust on SSTube Technology's stand was a work of art   Interesting slogan when SAMCO were opposite a company with several personable and memorable models.
         

We spoke to Scott Hauser who was with this dragster. Built by the family company, it's a 900hp car which weighs 1700lb. 800lb of that is the 9.8L Chevy engine. Scott, who won the 2012 "Superpro" championship, started in junior dragsters which have only 50hp. He told us that the data logger shows a peak of 3.8g and that he pulls a steady 3g. Standing quarter mile is 7.64s, 0-60 1.2s, 0-100 2.5s.

 

Coincidentally, their factory is within a couple of miles of Jedi, as far removed in concept as you can get. Also it's in Finedon where the Rev Richard Coles, former Communard and BBC Radio4 presenter, is parish priest.

  Power On Racewear were new to me and offered made to measure suits (hence the man with the tape) including trial fitting starting at around £800.
             
     
One of the most under-rated of drivers, Warren Hughes was the driver of the first successful Dallara in British F3, though has also had a class win at LeMans and distinguished careers in BTCC and GT racing.   Major James Cameron (right) and Ben Collins (left) were interviewed for Mission Motorsport, which puts wounded ex-servicemen into competition vehicles. Major Cameron is the organiser and former F3 driver Collins a supporter. Collins also performs many of the stunts in Bond films.   Sarah Moore appears on these reports each year as she's usually good for a quote. The ex-Ginetta champion is hoping to do GTs with Ginetta or with a Mitsubishi Evo engined Smart ForFour. The ForFour is of course derived from the Mitsubishi Colt and built in the oldVolvo 343 / S40 / V40 factory.   John Surtees (being guided by somebody I think I recognise but can't name) is unique in winning the World Championship on 2 and 4 wheels. And is also (unless I am mistaken) the only F1 World Champiuon to compete at Shelsley Walsh.
     
The Subaru BRZ is the sister car of the Toyota GT86. Litchfield showed a 280 bhpsupercharger conversion. They also do a 900bhp Nissan GTR. Where's George Monbiot when you need him?   A 500bhp Volvo S60? Won't that upset the labrador and the grandfather clock in the back? Don't some esteemed Classic drivers run Volvos?   Spanish built Tauro takes an Opel GT (ex Pontiac design) and fits a 450bhp Chevy V8 plus some body tweaks. Around £80-100k. Being US derived, it's very wide. Pretty, but a brave price for a modified pre-owned car.   I want to like the BAC Mono, but just don't. Too big. However, I do like its registration number F3 MNO,(shown enlarged) which ought to be on Simon Davey's Astra van
 

 

They also make their own actuators, which are screw jacks just like the ones which operate the flaps on an airliner They claim that the screw jack operation is faster than electrohydraulic or other means.

The simulator runs from a 15A 3 phase supply, and normally takes around 8A.

   
  Last year I had a go on the Cruden simulator. Although it was so realistic that I realised my level and didn't race in 2012, I grossly underestimated it. It is, in fact, not intended as a hobby simulator but as a top level sport simulator. Cruden, a Dutch company, build the simulator and write the software.      
             
     
Most people like Mk2 Escorts, but this one looked a bit butchered to me.  

Now you're talking. A new build 2 litre BDG, it said, for only £19500+ VAT. Mk2 Escort extra. Must get composing that ad to sell that unused Dallara.....

  Barry Lee hotrod replica looked far too pretty to race.   Former FF supplier Premier Power showed a 1600 Duratec which they have developed as a 200bhp engine for Locaterfields and kit cars
     
It was possible to have a ride around an indoor circuit in a Caterham 7 with loads of tail out and opposite lock. Cost money, so I didn't.   Autosport seems to have changed since the days of Roebuck, Taylor, Pye and John Bolster.   Autosport Live stunt show included spectacular bike tricks. This lad is around 10 metres above the ground.   Terry Grant on top of a Legend doing a doughnut, on top of a box. Grant also weaved a TVR in front of a monster truck, waving and smiling. Monster Truck driver wore a helmet in case of collision.
             
  This was on a the Lotus Drivers' Club stand with some very nice modern Lotuses - Elises, that sort of thing. It's a bit like a Seven, but it's an FW400. I was told it was built with a carbon fibre monocoque by Frank Williams, hence FW, and weighs 400kg, hence 400. However, after googling at home I suspect somebody may be playing a cruel joke because a Westfield site claims the 10 cars made originated with that manufacturer, and FW was featherweight. It was designed by Martin Ogilvie, (see report part1). I don't think Lotus people like Westfields.    

I photographed a flower decorated wheel so that I could make some crack about hippies and aesthetes.However, Pits Top Designs had an interesting process that can be used to put any pattern onto a suitable surface - wheel, dashboard, helmet etc. A design is printed on a transfer and floated on water. Activation leaves the design as a thin film and the item is dipped "through" the film which adheres as the water flows. It's then baked and laquered. A bit novel.

 

 

 

 

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