Just a very few photos from our track day at Castle Combe yesterday. Feel free to download. Apologies to Jim our usual photographer – he was away on a trip!
Here is a selection of photos of the cars on our track day at Castle Combe Circuit on 10 July 2017. Jim Gaisford was the photographer on the day and as usual he has the full set of high resolution photos for each car. Contact Jim on 07778 389257 if you’d like to purchase a disk or mounted print, or if you’d like a copy of the photo of your car featured in this gallery, drop me an email with the details and I’ll email a higher resolution copy to you.
A customer had a fairly heavy “off” at Castle Combe last Saturday. The car became unsettled as it crested Avon Rise, ended up sideways and careered at high speed head-on into the Armco on the outside of the circuit. The car rebounded violently and the front passenger seat broke free of its floor mounts leaving the passenger to be thrown around inside the car. His helmet made heavy contact with the unpadded roll cage directly behind him.
What this highlighted to me was that even though a safety cage may be well out of the normal contact zone, other factors like the seat coming free from its mountings, or the car body distorting significantly, can result in the occupants of the car getting fairly rough treatment, bruising, cuts or worse from contact with things like the cage and any other potentially damaging items in the car.
I think the message is clear.
- If you have a roll cage then fit it with roll cage padding.
- If you stripped the inside of the car to reduce weight, cover all the welded seams and other sharp edges with padding. You might also consider sheet padding material for hard surfaces in the cockpit area.
- If you’ve taken out the door linings fit padding to the side intrusion tubing.
Demon Tweeks stocks suitable roll cage and sheet padding here – Demon Tweeks .
I also came across this site that looks like it caters for all needs – Safety Devices .
Googling “Roll cage padding” throws up a whole heap of other suppliers. Now that the 2015 is getting well underway why not get out there and cover that bare metal now. It’s lightweight, easy to fit and pretty cheap so well worth it.
As an aside, if you are also looking for track training you might find an instructor reluctant to ride with you if the car is all bare metal and sharp edges.
We know that our December track day has yet to run, but as it’s only got a couple of places remaining at the time of writing our customer reservations list is pretty much complete for this year.
So here’s what booked with BHP TrackDays during 2014 in ascending order of popularity listed by make.
The top manufacturers were BMW, closely followed by Renault. Then came Caterham, Mazda and Porsche in descending order giving us our top five makes for 2014.
In terms of individual saloon car models, the Renault Clio just beat the BMW 3 series (including M3 and variants) into second place (35 for Renault versus 33 for BMW).
The Caterham 7 was the leading sports car make and was fairly comfortably ahead of their rival the Mazda MX5. That’s pretty good going for a car that’s been around for over 50 years. The MX5, however, remains the most successful sports car ever worldwide.
|3Exocet & Sonic
|Various including 1975 Giulia CoupeType ZR
|#15||ArialFiat & Seat||AtomVarious||4|
|Various including an MGB V8 Roadster 1968
Various EVO models including EVO VIII and X
|#12||AudiWestfield||Various including an Audi 80 Sport 1985Various||10|
|#11||Ford||Various including a Mexico||11|
|Mainly Civics but including 1 Integra and 4 x PreludesElise’s plus 1 Elite and 5 x Exige’s||17|
|#7||Radical||SR4 & SR3||18|
|Various including 5 x Skyline GTRs & R34s and 4 x 350Z’s10 x 106’s plus 2 x 205’s and 2 x 306’s
|#4||Mazda||Mainly MX5 plus 1 x RX7 and 1 x RX8||26|
|#2||Renault||All Clio’s except for 6 x Megane||43|
|#1||BMW||Almost exclusively M3 plus 1 x 130, 1 x Z3, 1 x M5 and 12 x Mini||48|