Kevan McLurg At Thruxton (1)
Life's always more interesting with Kevan around. We were a bit
surprised to see him locking up so much on Saturday, but it turned
out that the reason was a rear puncture that upset the balance.
When he retired the car, the puncture was beyond even Kevan to repair.
|The wheel/tyre as removed
||Startline Gardening Correspondent Ann Gingbasket writes:"The
choice of Lavendula and Viola for this unusual planter should
give colour and fragrance through spring, summer and early autumn".
|There is debate as to which legend Kevan
was impersonating - Villeneuve..... (Zandvoort 1979, Sutton
||.......or Mansell (Adelaide 1986)
It says a lot about preparation and setup if a car leaves the workshop
and wins first time out. I was impressed, though not unduly surprised,
when the combination of Nick Edginton's engineering and Lee Cunningham's
driving produced that result for the immaculate F398 shown below.
Lee is acting as shake down driver (Silverstone and Donington
tests) and as driver coach for the car's owner, Neil Tomlinson,
and as recorded in the Saturday race report, Lee was hugely impressed
with the car.
However, this is far from the first time that a car has won "out
of the box" in Mono. An early car which did it was Allan
Staniforth's Terrapin which did just that in 1965, very early
in the life of Mono. That was a full 50 years ago. Allan described
the car, how to successfully run it, and how to understand what
it's doing, in a series of books - 'High Speed Low Cost', 'Race
and Rally Car Source Book' and 'Competition Car Suspension'.
The relevance of this is that, since 1987, Nick has owned a Terrapin.
In fact he has 2, having acquired a second recently which he may
be disposing of if anybody is interested. The older car is a famous
one. Built in Panama by Ed Praxel and then finished in Leeds by
John Crowson, it's described by Allan as "the most accurately
built I have ever seen. As a result, the car handled perfectly from
the moment it first turned a wheel."
|John Crowson at Harewood
The car the re-crossed the Atlantic when John Crown moved to the
Bahamas and raced in Formula Carribean (which sounds like the world's
most laid back racing) in the Bahamas Speed Weeks. Building up its
air miles, it returned to the UK and is now with Nick.
For those unfamiliar with the Terrapin, it was based on Mini components
(usually a 1071 Series A engine) and plans were available for home
constructors. It was noted for the excellence of its handling, attributed
to Allan's careful suspension design.
Readers may recall that a few weeks ago the Labour Party's Twitter
feed was hacked and the popular promise appeared of owls for all
citizens. This gives us the excuse to re-run a picture of Michael
Dale at Ewen Sergison's wedding. It was suggested that the club
should adopt a similar policy, but a senior spokesman commented:
"The Monoposto Racing Club always tries to offer good value,
enjoyable racing. This owl suggestion is clearly a joke, and we
don't have any need to turn to wit to woo our members."