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November 30, 2008

We do like to be beside the seaside (as told by fatwomble)

So much so that we decided to hold the November Meet in Southsea. Zak made the suggestion of Mozzarella Joes right on the seafront and as we had been neglecting the Pompy crowd a date was fixed.

I arrived early to check out the sights, having not been to the amusements for about 23 years I quickly found that I had not been missing anything.

Despite 18 people signing up, we ended up with a more intimate group of 10, the service was a little on the slow side but the food was good.

For those of you not of a nautical nature you may not have been aware that the QE2 was making her last voyage to Dubai were she will be turned into a floating hotel, therefore there were plenty of people about waiting for her to go by. After a couple of false alerts when a passenger ferry went by we finally got to see the QE2, unfortunately nowhere near the shore (I think the Captain may have been a little over cautious having grounded the ship on a sandbank earlier).

All too soon the evening draw to a close and we all tried to pay our bits of the bill, just after Beak and the Brodys left the proprietor rushed outside desperately searching for someone, who gave that duff £20.

There won't be a meet in December as we have the Christmas meal on the 13th, normal service will resume in January.

Thanks to everyone for the fantastic attendance we have had since the first meeting at Ashurst, lets hope we can keep up the momentum next year.

Posted by Mr Wiki at 11:26 AM | Comments (1)

November 13, 2008

The Activity Day

A write up of a recent activity day at North Weald, brought to you by Brody:

October 31st saw another Activity Day being held exclusively for SELOC members at North Weald Airfield under the watchful eye of Mr Walsh. The day started with various groups meeting up and planning a coordinated mid-route rendezvous, as you can imagine this did not happen. I met Mr Wiki at Fleet services, unfortunately I was dressed as Venom (Spiderman's evil alter-ego) which made filling up with petrol interesting to say the least! There was an element of fancy dress to the day with other notable costumes being GingerS1 in his work get up of camouflage and an AK47 (he tells me it was decommissioned but only after he'd pointed it at me) and Pinkie and Subaqua getting dressed up for the occasion in their best Burberry and tracksuit bottoms to fulfil their aim of appearing even more chav-like than normal, impressively they pulled it off.

Mr Wiki started the day with drama of his own, his boot lid was stuck (the latch, not the cable) which meant that for the first ten minutes Venom was wedging a number plate into the boot of a Lotus Elise trying to get it open. Admit it, you wish you were there. Having released the boot lid and retrieved Mr Wiki's tool kit (what good is that in a boot that gets stuck?), TomTom, stereo etc. we set off on our own little two man nonvoy up to North Weald. Having both thought that the other was taking it easy we made leisurely pace but arrived with plenty of time to spare, unfortunately given that airfields have a habit of being open and flat (resulting in the temperature being rather low) my Venom costume showed itself to be lacking in padding in the one area I most wanted (and some might say needed!) it, thankfully, after the debrief things heated up as the driving began.

The morning was made up of the High Speed corner which is essentially each driver approaching the main runway down a slip road and turning on to the runway as fast as they could without either spinning it or crossing the centre drain which was an imaginary wall. Doing Hampshire proud I was probably last however before you give me too much stick take a look at the photo of my rear tyres, slick would be an understatement and they were like that before I'd even started! Mr Wiki, Pinkie, Subaqua and GingerS1 to name but a few all had their fair share of spins and successes and fun was had by all.

Next up was lunch which should have been a simple affair, leave the airfield, drive to a local pub, eat and return. I wont comment too much except to say that some people went to the wrong pub and others went to the wrong pub via a dead end. Picture this, twenty odd Loti doing a three point turn down a dead end! Thankfully the majority of us made it to the correct pub in time to eat, drink and share stories of the morning's events. Oh and we sent a nice video message to Beak letting him know what he was missing as he was supposed to attend but a last minute meeting at work blocked his way!

The afternoon brought the most fun for me and I think others agreed, two circuits were set up and we all took it in turns to dodge cones (that's DODGE CONES Mr Wiki, not slide sideways into cones!) and complete a circuit as quickly as possible. This was far too much fun for it to be legal but I'm told it was all above board and as such it will have to be done again! Notable mention should go to Pinkie for her progressive improvement in timings resulting in a very good time (gotta be because she has a Supercharged and no other reason), GingerS1 for driving sideways everywhere both before a tyre change and afterwards (who'd have thought spinning on grass could be so much fun?), Subaqua for his wonder lap (where did he pull that one from, it was about 2 seconds quicker than his others I think!?) and of course I'm going to mention myself, having recorded the same time with every single effort, albeit a respectable one! The slick tyres that hampered me in the AM were working to my benefit in the PM as they made my car more than a little tale happy as the front tyres clung on, perfect for navigating your way around cones!

As daylight slowly faded away the activities drew to a close and we decided to have a little nonvoy home which resulted in us all getting split up yet again as a result of the traffic being horrendous down the M25 at 5:30 PM on a Friday (I can't understand why?). Thankfully my tyres survived the trip home, needless to say a big sigh of relief was breathed upon pulling into the garage! All in all it was a SUPERB day that has to be done by everyone, thanks to all for organising and participating, bring on the next one!

P.P.S. My Spiderman/Venom costume won me a free Activity Day next year, are you coming?!

Pinkie on the High Speed corner

GingerS1 on the High Speed corner

Subaqua on the High Speed corner

Me (Brody) on the afternoon circuit (outside)

Me (Brody) on the afternoon circuit again (inside)

Subaqua on the afternoon circuit

GingerS1 has some fun on the afternoon track!

Posted by Mr Wiki at 11:57 PM | Comments (0)

November 07, 2008

Hampshire's Mini French Frolic

sc-009 and fatwomble joined 33 others for 2 days of track madness over the weekend of the 25th and 26th October at Folembray and Abbeville.

Having been split up by the revised times of the currently reduced service on the tunnel, Mike and I met up at the circuit on Saturday morning (Mike having driven straight from the train at silly O'Clock in the morning). Having been warned of the dangers of crashing into the house conveniently situated in the middle of the track we made our way out on circuit where it quickly became apparent that the superior power of Mike's car, plus his lighter weight components (and the fact that he must weight about 5 stone less than me) had him romping away on the long flat out almost straight bit.

Much fuel usage later (I only managed 90 miles on a full tank ) and it was time to head to Abbeville for an early night ready for the next days fun.

After a romantic meal with Mrs FW, we joined the large contingent of gentlemen from Scottish Elises and a certain Mr Walsh. It was clear (after my last time in Abbeville) that I was never going to keep up with them on the drinking front and therefore retired to bed at 11pm (the rest of them left the Motel at 1am and went into town, finishing at 4am).

Abbeville saw me fare a little better and early pressure saw Mike in the kitty litter

This was blamed on his tyre pressures

Mike and I didn't manage to perform the synchronised spinning we are famed for, having to settle for solo performances

As normal Lotus on Track excelled, a great weekend was had and the hardcore set off to Snetterton (mike) and then Oulton Park (the Scottish guys).

I think this will be the last trackday of the year for me, next year it would be good to see a few more Hampshire boys and girls out on track - now can anyone loan me the money for a Honda conversion?

Full Folembray Pictures can be seen here - http://www.flickr.com/photos/fatwomble/sets/72157608484257932/ and Abbeville here - http://www.flickr.com/photos/fatwomble/sets/72157608473618975/

Posted by Mr Wiki at 08:41 PM | Comments (0)