Well something is amuck in the Cooper clutch, so we're down to one car for this weekend, being the Lola Formula Ford...day started off bleak and just got bleaker....aka it started to rain. The rain being the remnants of the storms etc that lashed Queensland and NSW the last few weeks. Forecast for tomorrow is thunderstorms, so, cool....not.
Racing has been highly competitive in the FFord class (as usual), and the old cars (60's and 70's cars) have been mixing it really well with the new cars (the 80's cars). Bill Stone has been making his little 1968/9 Lotus hum along and is getting to be the fastest car on track. For those of you whom don't know who Bill Stone is, he was one of the original March mechanics/welders/designers....correct that...he was THE original. He also had quite an involvement in the ATS Formula One team, and still wears his ATS adorned overalls to this day.
Kenny Smith is still going strong at 60 million years old (give or take), and has been doing triple duty...F5000's (he's number 4 in the pics), FFords (number 644) and also racing in Super Historics (which is a fairly open class for all 1990's cars like the RALTS and Swifts of the old Formula Pacific/Atlantic days, amongst a few other classes). The F5000's second race was completed in pouring rain, and even though only a mere handful could be called anything other than enthusiasts, they were all giving it death.
Great to see Chirs Amon's F1 car out at the festival...it's racing in the F5000's, even though it only has a 3-litre engine. It's a one of a kind car, and if any of you know of it's history, it very nearly killed Amon three times....a great story regaling it's history is in the Festival programme, of which I will transcribe as it is a fun read. I plan on taking some pits shots of it, as well as Amon's Ferrari Dino F1 car - two cars that deserve a little more than just a few snappies off the track.
One sad sight today was one of the few McLaren M4's left in the world being towed in off the track with its nose all crumpled up....at least it's just a bit of fibreglass and paint, aye?
And just so we can all feel human...on a dry track, the one and only Steve Millen found a way to put his car into the tyre barrier on his own, during a demonstration lap.....
And tomorrow I may have to share a sandwich with Adrian Reynard...afterall his car is next to ours, and it would only be polite
Flickr pic set: http://www.flickr.co...N07/5377512450/
Edited by HandyNZL, 22 January 2011 - 09:08 AM.