| The idea behind the Slow Car Club is to have some fun racing without
going to all the bother of buying a fast car, getting a racing licence,
or doing any tuning. The plan is to hold an event roughly once a year.
Better still, if you come along with a friend who has the same type of car you'll enjoy the closest racing that can be had at Santa Pod. Everyone is welcome whatever car you drive, but points might be deducted for underhand tricks such as tuning.
Two new Renaults battle it out this year.
The ultimate Slow Car Club challenger - find out how it got on.
Impossible to tell if they were tuned or standard until they left the start line.
Never stand behind a jet car! Ian looks like he might be racing against one.
Cars that weren't with us, but are cool enough for a mention.
The 2CV lot. Hopefully they'll be along next year.
| This year Geoff asked me to phone him so he could actually come to the
event, but I can't help being disorganised. Still, no judge means no prizes
which saves a bit of cash.
Wind and rain on Saturday put many people off attending, but the day itself turned out fine and sunny, though a strong headwind down the strip reduce times by a second from last year. Many thanks to members of the 2CVGB Club for turning up in force and making the day.
Some very competitive racing
Shiny aluminium specials
A standard saloon vs a Gordini powered van.
|Renault 4 vs 2CV
Battle of the Peasants - the movie
Other people spotted at the event
Santa Pod's finest noise makers turned up for a few runs
MOT and diary incidents together with the weather and illness reduced the field by more than half this year. Once again I clashed with the Microcar National so anything with 3 wheels went there instead. The biggest disappointment was that the double decker bus couldn't make it. We decided it was 6 inches taller than the gantry over the start line. Single deck buses will be more than welcome next year.
| It's always difficult to select winners from a group where everyone deserves
a prize. Deciding on a winner was especially difficult for Judge Geoff as
we forgot to mention the event was happening this year.
Peter Donaldson (I assume from the photos he's a professional photographer) posted excellent photos of the event including a sequence of the mid morning accident in progress. A funny car loses a door, sheds a rear wheel, and finally crashes head long into the barrier all within feet of the start line. Of course the barrier turned the car around and squished the rear end too. How unlucky can you get!
Peter from 2CVTV (who competed in the Charlee Pembleton) has written an excellent report of the event.
We were very fortunate to have a burning hot day for the meeting on 4th September. A good time was had by all. It was a pleasure to have a huge contingent from our sponsors Crap Trumps whose stickers found their way onto just about every car on the raceway.
Why it's a bad idea to party before race day
Crap Trumps Mascot van and overall winner
3 of the things, and the closest racing of the day
Driven by "The Stag"
Other cool cars at the event
Pre-war technology on the strip
Who had nothing to do with us
|Deciding on the winners was tricky for Judge Geoff (particularly as
he wasn't at the event).
In the end the judges decision was:
Top fuel dragsters from 2004
From Santa Pod's Flame and Thunder
A good drive down to the pub
With a broken layshaft bearing