Friday 28 September 2012

Prescott Autumn Classic

Next weekend, October 6th & 7th, is the second Autumn Classic at the Prescott Speed Hill Climb, near Cheltenham.

Prescott Hill Climb is one of the world's most prestigious motor racing venues and has been home to top flight motor racing as well as vintage and classic meetings for cars and bikes for almost 80 years. Set in 60 acres of glorious Cotswold countryside, the estate not only provides a beautiful setting for a range of classic car and bike weekends, but also hosts major motor racing championships.

The Paddock will be buzzing with hot rockin' music from The Bravo Boys, show cars, and high octane entertainment. Special performances include stilt walkers, cheerleaders, vegas showgirls and the legendary Demon Drome Wall of Death motorcycle show (the oldest wall of death in existance). The Demon Drome use original 1920's Indian Motorcycles as they perform death defying tricks and stunts on a vertical raceway just inches from your eyes.

Other attractions: Saturday: Bugatti Owners Club, Austin Healey Sport Speed Championship, Midland Automobile Club, Porsche Club GB, Scimitar and Sabre Speed Championship

Sunday: Bugatti Owners', Vintage Sports Car Club, 500 Owners Association, Austin Healey Club, Aston Martins Owners Club, HSCC, Historic BMW, Historic AM, MGCC, TVR Club, Morgan Sports Cars ‘Techniques’ Speed Championship. The Revington TR Register Speed and Paul Matty Sportscars Classic Championships.

End of Season American-themed Party at the Clubhouse on Saturday evening featuring 1950's Jukebox favorites.

The 1127 yard course rises over 200 feet via short straights, fast and slow corners and a breathtaking hairpin, with the fastest modern racing cars completing the course in an exciting 36 seconds.

The action can be viewed from strategic points along the course as well as from the restaurant terrace. Visitors and competitors alike can enjoy an exhilarating days racing plus vintage cavalcades up the Hill.

Some pics from last year's event:

Proper vintage lunacy

...the size of Space Hoppers

Penske Indy car did demo runs up the hill

The hill in the sun

Views across the Vale

In the car park

Lovely vintage teardrop caravan

Tickets: £18 for Saturday and £18 Sunday (Advance tickets are currently on sale in the online shop priced £15)
tickets are per person, under 14 yrs are free

Camping is available at £5 per person per night payable on the day.

Gates open 9am - Car park opens 8.30am

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Thursday 27 September 2012


To prove we're not alone in taking on projects that defy explanation or rationality I give you a Maserati Ghibli and a Citroen 2CV.

The Tea Strainer Maserati is from 1969 and has been a project for 9 years, so the initial stages are nearly over. Starting point doesn't look too bad.

Oh, brazed repairs under copious kilogrammes of filler.

Meanwhile, on The HAMB a chap called Mika is sledding a 2CV. Not your obvious choice but then he is French.

The starting point

First, a new chassis

body on frame = 5" channel

And now the bead rolling...

...and a roof chop

Tuesday 25 September 2012

Action Action

A few pics from the VW Action weekend

Big queues in the fire up lane due to some banana spreading his gearbox down the full length of the strip

Alex was unable to set a new PB despite some emergency weight loss

After a series of 11.0 sec runs Danny Pike was after a 10
and cracked it with a 10.79
Good enough for a VW Action Top 10

Tony Chamberlain needed to go under 18 seconds to qualify for BWA - Simples!

It wouldn't be Santa Pod if Cris didn't fix something with Boj Tape

Special mention for Toby who managed to drive to t'Pod without breaking down

Sunday 23 September 2012

Volksworld 25th Anniversary

Thursday 20th September saw Volksworld host its 25th Anniversary party at Brands Hatch. The invitation was open to all from 3pm and there was a large number of people waiting for the gates to open when ginga, Alex and Tim arrived.

Eventually we were marshalled into a holding pattern for the circuit parade and we slowly trundled round the Indy Circuit before lining up on the Start/Finish straight for the group photo.

Photo's done it was back off the circuit, get parked up and have food, drink and a bimble.

Yes please!

Bug Jam trophy winner

Birthday cakes

Legs all the way up!

As night fell Vision Tech Beats, as seen as VW Action, started banging out the tunes in the Kentagon. Eventually, facing a near 2 hour drive, we timed our departure to avoid DJ Trademark.

The Volksworld crew were a little shy. Ivan was flitting around but not too many of the others, or their VIP guests, were visible, which was a shame...

Amazingly this Split camper stolen during the evening. It was taken from the car park some point after the parade. Still no sign of it at the time of posting.