BEN CATER WRITES...
Before I went to Spa, I visited a chap in the Gatwick area who
has a driving game with all the major race tracks built into it
- so it's a Nintendo / PSP kind of thing - but it's built into an
old Lotus Europa! So you sit in the driver's seat and the game is
projected onto the garage wall, which you look at through the windscreen.
The steering wheel and gear shift are all in the usual places so
it's a bit of a laugh.
I spent a couple of hours on it trying to learn the Spa track
before we went, and he as keen to offer the use of his car / simulator
to the Monoposto competitors. He suggested that we could organise
a curry evening at his house with a few beers while we see who gets
the best time. I think that having gone to the trouble of building
it, he's keen to get it used! He has a big sort of country place
with lots of garages and cars.
Asst Editor Adds:
I believe that there is also a simulator owned by one of the "Northern
Mafia", so it is possible that we could have a North/South
divide and a run off between the two?
If you are interested either email
Startline or put something on the forum.
|An early Europa. Engine was of course from a Renault 16.
2 aspects of newish technology were visible at Snetterton.
The safety lights around the circuit seemed to be temendously
effective and hard to miss, and a major step forward in secondary
Also of interest was the scanning of tickets on the way in,
presumably to avoid tickets being "recycled". If
this process is being generally adopted, it does of couse
mean that it would be possible for tickets to be emailed out
rather than posted and then simply printed at home. Or even
present an image of the bar code on your phone or ipad.
Older readers will recall Patrick Huston, erstwhile editor
of this organ, making such suggestions about 5 or 6 years
A Cautionary Tale On
Towing back from Snetterton a Black MiniCooper pulled alongside
me and a pretty blonde woman waved quite furiously. My first
thought was that I had somehow been mistaken for either Poster
Boy of the Premier Class, David Parkinson, or even International
Celebrity Jim Blockley. They're always fighting off groupies.
When the same thing happened with a bloke in a white van I
pulled over and was disappointed to find my trailer door open.
Fortunately nothing fell out. It's a "barn" type,
ie 2 doors open from the side, one has a couple of bolts on
it and the other is held to the first by a catch. A bit of
rubbing had broken the catch at it's weak point, a zinc diecasting.
If anybody, as I did, relies on a single catch I would advise
you to add some others. Examples are shown.
On a related note, I'm not sure if everybody knows that the
locks on some trailers aren't secure. The reason is that a
single standard key is used by many industrial locks. I once
went down the side of a brand new £100k trailer scaring
its owner by unlocking all its compartments with my own key.
I won't describe the keys, since this is a public website,
but if you're at all concerned about whether locking your
trailer/transporter or its compartments means anything please
email me here
and as long as I recognise your name as a Monoposto member
I will let you know the key to look for. If you are concerned,
the locks can be changed very simply by flipping them out
with a screwdriver and getting a new one from a locksmith..(TC)
||A "Gravelley Fastener" requires
only a couple of holes drilling and secures the door externally
as a secondary means. Something as basic as this could add a
bit of safety.