Everything is almost ready now and I currently have a workshop that resembles a wheel factory with all the ones we’ve put together and repaired stacked up in piles around the edges. Once the tyres are fitted and after a few checks on the scales the car will be ready to roll. The next challenge will be getting the lorry out from its winter resting place and getting everything loaded back into it. It could do with a wash too!
It’s got to the stage now where I want to get going again, we’ve put a lot of hours in over the winter and I’m excited about driving the car. All being well I’ll be heading off to practice night at
Amongst everything else that’s happening I snuck off up to
The car John was using was the ex-Mungo and Joe Palmer Nova that was famously rolled down the straight at
Having never seen the track before I have to say I was impressed. It’s small - maybe the size of
This was the first time John had driven a front wheel drive car since his Ministox days some ten years ago, so he went out for practice not really sure what to expect. He was going well considering it was a car he had never driven before until a puncture started to slow things down. He had to start off the back for all the races and finished the first race with no trouble except the car seemed a bit flat and off the pace a little. He was doing much better in the second race - until the car cut out with a couple of laps to go and refused to start again. It was one of those situations when there could have been so many things wrong with it and I don’t think I have ever seen so many people working on one car at the same time. Literally as the other cars were lining up for the final it fired up again and with a last minute rush John was able to go out. This was definitely the best race of the day with the car behaving and John getting stuck in and finishing tenth. What started as a ‘one off’ bit of fun is already seeing him planning a return at the next meeting!
On the way back we swung in to have a look at all the work going on at Cowdenbeath. This is the one track I still really want to race at and I’m determined to get up there this year and have a go. There is a new steel plate being run around the edge of the track and although there’s still a lot to do before the racing begins in a couple of weeks it’s certainly going to be pretty impressive when it’s finished.
All in all I had a brilliant weekend away including a freezing day racing and some unforgettable laughs along the way, all of which made the terrible journey worthwhile.
My friend Mel has set up and is running a Mikey Godfrey racing Facebook page - it’s got over 300 likes in the first two weeks so if you’re on Facebook please check it out: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mikey-Godfrey-Racing/107066669418993#!/pages/Mikey-Godfrey-Racing/107066669418993?sk=wall&filter=1
Thanks as ever for reading this and hopefully I’ll see some of you on Saturday.
Until next time