By Jonathan Fowler / Ben White – Mk2 Escort
I first met Ben about 9 years ago when I was in the early days with CarSpeed Autoparts. He worked on repairing vans and over the years we have got to know each other and have become good friends. Latterly he works as a Plant Machinery mechanic specializing in electrics and has become well known for his modified Mk6 Transit which now appears with Carspeed at the Cumbria Auto show.
Being cockily confident (and I owed him a favour after he looked after the stand at the show) I thought he would do well navigating on the Blue Streak Targa rally, so I asked him if he was interested. He jumped at the chance, saying, “No probs, ah can do that, eeezzzee!”
Roll on August, entry in, accepted, time is passing, and I keep saying,
“We need to have a bit of a run out and practise”
“No probs, it’ll be eeezzzeee” “My side, your side, eeezzzeee” is the reply. Continue reading
By Helen Harkness
A small band of Spadeadam MC members made their way to a hill in an undisclosed location (behind my house) to do battle in the 2018 Soap Box derby. We had 4 soapboxes and 6 competitors ready to face “The Hill”. Graham Petry and Lewis Hodgson as Juniors. Philip Hodgson, Barry Lindsay, Nigel Harkness and myself as seniors.
First run, Barry decided to set the standard at 59 seconds, next was Graham on 1.02. as he had no brothers to battle he’d decided that beating his Uncle Barry was the day’s goal! Nigel was next on 1.03 and as my goal was to beat Nigel, my run of 1.06 wasn’t looking good! Lewis and Phil brought a new soapbox with them, it looked a beast of a box, with far more weight than the rest of us. However, on Lewis’ first run that weight was a bit too much and the soapbox wasn’t particularly steerable. He took a spill and unfortunately had to cut his day short with a trip to A&E. His dad then decided to have a go and did make the first corner (just) and got a 1.06.
Next run, Barry was once again in the lead with 58 seconds, I was next with 1 minute flat, Graham just behind on 1.01. Nigel was behind him on 1.03 and then Phil on 1.06 again. That was to be the last run for the “Green Goddess” as on its next trip down the hill, the steering broke, luckily that time it was the only thing!
To everyone who helped out during the event by marshalling, I am really grateful to you. Without your help the event could not have happened and I’m of the same opinion as most competitors who expressed their thanks to the marshals and the friendliness of you all.
Results are available on www.spadeadammotorclub.co.uk should you wish to find out how the day went for the competitors.
By Graham Petry
I’d firstly like to thank the motor club for organizing such a fantastic event and the competitors who took part making the day all the more fun and challenging.
So I was first to go down the course which possibly wasn’t the best idea after last year.. But anyway I got to the finish with a clean run and a decent score of 1m 05sec.
Next to go was Uncle Barry. He ambitiously took the corner with a lot of speed and found himself upside down in the hedge, a quick recovery but set him back a bit of time to record a time of 1m 16.
Helen, Nigel, John Ross, Martyn & Shaun followed shortly afterwards. The leader board after the first run was positive position for me as Martyn sat in first, Helen second, Shaun joint third with myself. John was 5th, Nigel 6th and Uncle Barry 7th.
When it came to organising this year’s run, we realised that we didn’t have that many options left. We could go back up north, in a similar area to last year, or we could head south to the “Costa del Cumbria”, however our probable route south had already been used on the “Summer Run”. Right, we’ll have to do some lateral thinking to get out to the coast.
So, on a grey Sunday morning a small band of travellers set off from Dobbies Garden Centre and headed out towards Welton, up onto the Caldbeck fells where we could down onto the Solway basin. Then down past the end of Bassenthwaite, through Cockermouth, past M-Sport. Continue reading
By Nic Fowler
On the warm up to this event dad and I did a couple of autotests at Longpark and Pirelli car park. I enjoyed the driving and even managed to set one or two good times. By the time we arrived at this event, I started to get the idea of how to read the map, although I wasn’t sure about the timing and the time cards but dad said “don’t worry it be reet”
After scruitneering at C&C Barnett, Townfoot we went to signing on where I actually had to sign my life away!!
Helen and team gave me a folder loaded full of paper which we took back to the car and started to look through. With hindsight I should have made my notes clearer. Continue reading
By Graham Petry
I would firstly like to thank all the marshals and competitors for a brilliant day out packed with fun, speed and excitement. For Martyn, Shaun and myself this was a thrilling experience with some very memorable moments.
Organized by Jerry & Barrie the event started from ALS on Kingstown for a 95mile Saturday night run. 6 crews set off as dusk descended into Darkness. Route went around the Orton area before heading south via Thursby then east via Skip Rigg and Durdar before petrol at Carrow House. The remainder of the route cris crossed the M6 via Armathwaite and Ivegill etc before finishing near Southwaite. Continue reading
By George Rutherford,
There really is only one main subject this month and that is the Blue Streak Targa. From an idea brought by filming last year’s Doonhamer to this month’s event all seems surreal but it happened and was a great success. I had forgotten quite what a lot of work goes into a bigger event so here goes with some thanks.
Firstly all the Landowners who gave us some great tests together with Brampton Town Council for a great start venue. Jon Stynes Design for their sponsorship I didn’t really appreciate the great variety of work they are more than capable of and I would urge all members to avail themselves of their services – asking costs nothing and I know they would be pleased to help.
Then we have the Officials: Ian Robinson Clark of the Course designed a terrific route, road and test books to the highest standard and arranged most of the tests and basically spent the week prior to the event working fine tuning everything to the most professional standard.
Barry Lindsay the Chief Marshall put everything into organising sufficient marshals for the tests and without all the marshals the event couldn’t run and we will be eternally grateful to them for turning out and it was great to see that most seem to enjoy their day’s sport. Barry’s reward was the pleasure of running opening car and set some very competitive times
Mark Taylor with help from Richard Thomson did a fine job with results
Helen Gibbon and myself attended to the administration side of the event with Helen doing a great job at signing on and helping with the layout of the programme and signing on packs. A large amount of my work falls after the event dealing with returns to the
MSA and Reis, email results etc and paying some of the urgent bills the remainder falls on our treasurer, Eric Ritchie, who unfortunately was away on holiday but sorted out the Howard Arms as our HQ.
Finally a big thanks to all our test sponsors who featured in our programme and to Jim McDowell our Scrutineer!
The weather was very kind to us and the great variety of cars competing made for some great nostalgia for me personally the little blue Imp featured on the cover was the car of the event having had the first one registered in Carlisle back in 63 it brought back great memories of how wondrous they were.
Hope I haven’t forgotten to thank anyone?!
By Barry Lindsay
The Spadeadam Soapbox event goes well back in the history of SMC. Despite a 8 year layoff 10 competitors lined up at a new hill near Penton. 7 Adults and 3 juniors would all enjoy an afternoon of smiles & laughs along with fear and butt clenching moments.
Fastest after 2 practice runs the 3 timed runs saw Neil Thomlinson have the best time of 53sec.
Neil Thomlinson on the attack