Stroke Association Charity day. Why not support a great cause and have a little fun with cars at the same time.
then head over the the friendly guys at their coned off area and pay them
£20 for some tuition/passenger laps and 3 timed laps in your own car. What could be easier.
Autosolo is a form of Motorsport based around the principles of auto testing,
the main differences being that the tests are run in a forward direction only
and are usually slightly faster and more open than traditional Autotests.
Courses are usually larger than those for Autotesting,
and as the courses are laid out to run in one direction,
its common for more than 1 car to be on the course at the same time.
After chatting with one of the friendly members of staff we headed off to the tavern for a
bacon roll armed with all their info and a membership form to join the motor club.
We have wanted to get into club motorsport for a while now but had never approached
one until now, so it seemed logical for us to join up, why not!
cars to be checked over, approved and for the fun to begin and what fun it was.
Aslong as your car is taxed, mot'd and insured you could have ago.
We couldn't wait to get out there and see what our cars and more so what
we could do, it turned out, quite well!
sideways than fast. After asking the marshals if he could have extra points for "style"
and being told no, he soon straightened it up and set about achieving some quick times,
altho not before some pretty cool photo opportunities courtesy of our friend Matt Dear.
this being the first time I've driven the Clio hard it was great fun finding its limit and surprisingly
stable and drivable when it got there. It really is a well balanced car and for standard suspension
albeit cup pack'd it handled really well, even in the initial wet weather we had in the morning.
People started to set quick times and the score board was soon filling up with various names
and car's of people who had headed out to have some great fun, for a great cause.
We decided to head out, concentrate and set our quick times that would be counted
and put up on the board.
It ended with Louis in 3rd and myself in 1st, not bad for our first time doing anything like this before.
What made it better and far more important than both finishing in the top 3 was that it really was
a great day and an awesome way to raise money for charity. We can't thank Bristol Motor Club
enough for their hospitality, patience and welcome that they gave us.
In a time when money is hard to come by and people are cutting back the turnout for the Stroke Association
really was massive, with Lambos, Radicals and various other super cars lurking around the paddock
just waiting to pounce and take people out on track for passenger laps there was something
for everyone. For us it was our first taste of competitive grass roots motorsport and now both
being members you can be sure it won't be our last!
We have to thank Matt Dear Photography for getting these snaps of us,
Bristol Motor Club for setting up the course and organising it all and
to Castle Combe for allowing the event to take place there.
Thanks for Reading
Words by Nathan Nicholls
Pictures by Matt Dear