Castle Combe Finals 2017

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As is tradition I am posting this a couple of weeks after the event 🙂

As you may have gathered by now my Castle Combe race posts rarely contained commentary of the day’s actual racing but more me ‘rambling’ on about my day… reason I say this is because I have been asked a few times ‘who won’… to which I generally reply with ‘I have no idea’… as to be honest I don’t actually follow the racing as such… I am there to support Bill if he needs it, to see friends with similar interests, soak up the atmosphere and take photos…

I don’t really feel inclined to become a journalist, there are plenty of other resources out there should you want to know more about the actual racing but for me its a day out with good friends indulging in my interests of cars and photography..

So… nice early start!… Bill took the Badgerwagon to shake her down after all the recent issues… the aim of the game was to finish in one piece with no major issues…

Was good to see the car there after all the issues…

Castle Combe Finals 2017

Castle Combe Finals 2017

…and of course Tony and the gang were there too…
Castle Combe Finals 2017

Qualy was at 9ish so didn’t have time to walk round the track and settle down for the day… ended up watching from the pits…

Bill got round unscathed with no issues (other than handling was a bit off) but Tony wasn’t so lucky… a coolant leak from Scaramanga’s car at Camp Corner caused Tony to spin and get t-boned to boot…
Castle Combe Finals 2017

Disappointing… so went and had breakfast and wandered off for the rest of the day to photograph the racing…

Bill had a decent day… car (despite not handling fantastically) survived the day and he ended up with 3rd in class… there were some nice cars there so I won’t ramble on anymore… here are a few pics from the day…

A few shots from the Porsche racing..
Castle Combe Finals 2017

Castle Combe Finals 2017

Castle Combe Finals 2017

Castle Combe Finals 2017

Castle Combe Finals 2017

Castle Combe Saloons…
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Castle Combe Finals 2017

Castle Combe Finals 2017

Castle Combe Finals 2017

Castle Combe Finals 2017

Castle Combe Finals 2017

Castle Combe Finals 2017

Castle Combe Finals 2017

Castle Combe Finals 2017

Castle Combe Finals 2017

Monoposto’s… these were quite fun and a couple had motorbike engines… they sounded awesome 🙂
Castle Combe Finals 2017

Castle Combe Finals 2017

Castle Combe Finals 2017

Castle Combe Finals 2017

The GT’s of course… some nice machinery on track 🙂
Castle Combe Finals 2017

Castle Combe Finals 2017

Castle Combe Finals 2017

Castle Combe Finals 2017

…an Aston was there too… much love for this beauty…
Castle Combe Finals 2017

Castle Combe Finals 2017

Castle Combe Finals 2017

Castle Combe Finals 2017

Castle Combe Finals 2017

Castle Combe Finals 2017

Castle Combe Finals 2017

Castle Combe Finals 2017

Unfortunately one of the silhouettes had rather a nasty crash just as I about to move from Old Paddock corner… was not the nicest thing I have ever seen…

The car in question was this one…
Castle Combe Finals 2017

Castle Combe Finals 2017

Thankfully he got out of the car ok… a little shaken up and went to the hospital just for a check over but shows how ‘safe’ (in relative terms) the cars are…

All in all though it was a good day’s racing and a great end to the season… looking forward to next year 🙂

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Moon rise attempt 2

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Have been itching to get out and do some astro… been practicing with the tracker and watching loads of videos on youtube on image stacking and other such astrophotography related fun and games… I plan to have a go at the Andromeda Galaxy at the next available opportunity…

The weather has been pants but tonight (the night of the full moon!) its was forecast clear… being in the full moon phase kills any chance of astrophotography without special filters (H-Alpha) so decided to try for a moon rise…

What I didn’t realise until I got back home to edit was that this was in fact the Harvest Moon…

Happy with the result 🙂

Moon rise attempt 2

I have some time off towards the end of the month so planning some splash pics and hoping for a clear night or two..

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Audi Driver International 2017

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ADI was a little earlier than usual this year but I have been pretty busy of late so I am posting this a couple of weeks after the event 🙂

Wasn’t really feeling it this year but was a chance to get to meet a few old friends and to give the Badgerwagon a shake down after various issues meaning Bill missed the last couple of races…

Basically ended up walking around the track at Combe with my great mate Mark and his family stopping at Quarry, Old Paddock and Bobbies taking pictures…

This year was probably the quietest I have seen ADI… not many people there at all but I did take a few pics so here are a few of them 🙂

Early start and the weather looked promising…
Audi Driver International 2017

Starting in the paddock we have Kieth Murry’s rather impressive R8 that runs a turbo 2ltr valver engine!..
Audi Driver International 2017

Audi Driver International 2017

The rather rare aluminium blocked 1.2tdi A2…
Audi Driver International 2017

Quite possibly my other favourite car on the day…
Audi Driver International 2017

Audi Driver International 2017

Off round the track now…
Audi Driver International 2017

Audi Driver International 2017

Audi Driver International 2017

Audi Driver International 2017

Audi Driver International 2017

Audi Driver International 2017

And of course the Badgerwagon being put through its paces…
Audi Driver International 2017

Was a nice day all in all even though it was a little undersubscribed… not many cars on track so made it a little tricky to get much ‘theatre’ into the pics but was nice to spend time with great mate Mark and his family, taking pics and watching cars 🙂

Mark being taught how best to get a panning shot…
Audi Driver International 2017

Audi Driver International 2017

Was the little ones first day out at a track
Audi Driver International 2017

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Partial eclipse of the sun

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So this evening there was a partial eclipse of the sun… wasn’t holding out much hope of capturing it as the weather had clouded over an hour before it was due…

Decided to head out to a spot where I knew I could capture the sun on its way down either way… rather be there and not get it than not be there and miss it 🙂

Partial eclipse of the sun 2017

Was pretty bright but still potential for the sun to hide behind the cloud so stuck it out… took a snap of a lonely air ballon… would have a great view of the eclipse if it happened from there 🙂

Partial eclipse of the sun 2017

Was really not looking good as the time for the eclipse approached….

Partial eclipse of the sun 2017

…and then…
Partial eclipse of the sun 2017

Yessssssss!!!…. 😀

Slowly and surely the sun broke out of cloud cover with the moon doing its thing…
Partial eclipse of the sun 2017

Partial eclipse of the sun 2017

Was well happy… even the cows looked mildly a mooooos’d (see what I did there lol)
Partial eclipse of the sun 2017

Now I just need to get a milkyway shot before its too late 🙂

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Pics of the week 17-22…

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I have been quite lazy recently and not taken many pictures… this is due to numerous reasons… weather, tired, weather… you get the (no pun intended) picture…

I have taken a few though so I thought I would post them up… I think I will try and make a little bit more of an effort to take some random images… seems like a decent way to keep on top of my photography skills (what there is of them lol) so I might start a regular ‘pics of the week’ post (although it may well turn into pics of the month!) so I can try and keep both my skills and blog updated (for the one or two regular visitors I get… and by regular I mean after I have sent them the link! 🙂 )

Couple of snaps of the girls in the garden…
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Pics of the week 17-22...

Wouldn’t be complete without a moon shot… first one includes Jupiter in the bottom left corner..
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This one is a handheld shot with the 6D rather than the 50D and bracket…
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To round up I really fancied a sunset… I was too lazy to go on the clearest night of the past week which I am kicking myself about… was providing taxi services for my youngest that night and didn’t take my camera with me… golden to blue hour was glorious…. ah well… I went out on the Sunday night instead and grabbed these…
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Pics of the week 17-22...

Pics of the week 17-22...

Will try and sort my shizzle out and take more pictures of ‘stuff’ 🙂

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Castle Combe 2017 Race 3

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After the rather nasty off in race 2 you would be forgiven to think that it might take a while to get things sorted… as it happens… no it didn’t!…

After a rather impressive turn around from Craig at Darkside Customs we had the car back looking straighter than it did from the last excursion into Tower corner…
Castle Combe 2017 Race 3

The day started off ok… weather was looking iffy at best and then it started spitting with rain in qualy… Bill got 7th on grid with a 1.16.320… not too bad considering the greasy track and a few nerves hoping the brakes will hold up this time…

Not everything was going as well though… Keepo had started the weekend with issues managing to break off a bleed nipple from one of the front calipers… after sorting that out the alternator bracket came adrift and the oil cooler split during qualy… keepo was not having a good day..

This was compounded by the heavens opening and then would you believe it!!.. the solar panel farm caught fire!!!..

It was a very eventful day… the race proved to be even more eventful… very very very wet but Bill did good… held 3rd place right up to the last lap… then aquaplaned into… you guessed it… Tower!!!…

There was a short period of panic and disbelief as the commentators weren’t exactly sure what was happening with car 55 at Tower so we walked back to the paddock only to find a very straight looking Badgerwagon parked up… thankfully there was a new ‘tyre’ wall installed at Tower that pretty much cushioned his entry in… there was a small dent in the rear from contact with another car on the way in and a broken door mirror…

Best bit of it was that he finished 3rd in class after making his way back on track!!… result 🙂

Anyway… as the weather was crap and I care far too much about my camera kit I didn’t take too many pics… here are a few of the ones I did though…

Castle Combe 2017 Race 3

Castle Combe 2017 Race 3

Castle Combe 2017 Race 3

Castle Combe 2017 Race 3

Castle Combe 2017 Race 3

Castle Combe 2017 Race 3

Castle Combe 2017 Race 3

Castle Combe 2017 Race 3

Castle Combe 2017 Race 3

Castle Combe 2017 Race 3

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Castle Combe 2017 Race 2

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Castle Combe 2017 Race 2

Weather forecast was threatening rain (showers at the very least)… rainy race days are not the most fun if I am honest but we had wets and was hopeful the rain would hold off long enough…

Thankfully the rain did hold off and all was looking good in qualy… Bill managed a 1.14.896 which placed him second on grid…

Unfortunately towards the end of the session he was approaching Tower corner and went to brake… the pedal just hit the floor and wouldn’t pump up in time to make the corner… he ended up going backwards into the tyre wall at Tower 🙁

Was a concerning 20 mins while we waited outside the medical centre for him to be released but released he was rather battered, bruised and a little sorry for himself…

Thankfully the damage looked worse than it was and the car has now gone off to be sorted… will require a bit of pulling and Bills donor Ibiza to provide panels to replace the bent ones… may even take advantage of the opportunity to do a wide arch conversion on the rears too 🙂

I think Bill had come to the conclusion his car was lost but after support from the community at Combe the Badgerwagon will return stronger than ever 🙂

Pretty sure the car suffered massive pad knock off so at the very least we need to look at ways to mitigate the effect to at least stand a chance of gaining control… this happened so fast with no warning there was no chance of a safe recovery… looking at the logs he was doing 115mph at the point he lost the brakes… the second pump managed to lock up the OSF wheel but the NSF didn’t do a thing… a yank of the handbrake managed to drop the speed to around 60mph and span the car round where the car came to an abrupt halt in the tyre wall… Ouch!!!… the force of the impact broke the front mountings of the seat too causing Bill to head his head against the roll cage as it leant back… double ouch!!!

Not a good start to the day and he was doing so well 🙁

Shame as race 2 saw the return of Tony Hutchings and his TT after the big crash last year so would have made for some interesting racing…

The mood did pick up though and the rest of the day went well with Tony bagging a 1st in class in the GT’s and 2nd in class in saloons…

Hopefully we shall be back ready for Race 3 🙂

Some pics from the day…

Castle Combe 2017 Race 2

Castle Combe 2017 Race 2

Castle Combe 2017 Race 2

Castle Combe 2017 Race 2

Castle Combe 2017 Race 2

Castle Combe 2017 Race 2

Castle Combe 2017 Race 2

Castle Combe 2017 Race 2

Castle Combe 2017 Race 2

Castle Combe 2017 Race 2

Castle Combe 2017 Race 2

Castle Combe 2017 Race 2

Keepo trying to have a pee up the fence… probably… 🙂
Castle Combe 2017 Race 2

And of course the result of the accident 🙁
Castle Combe 2017 Race 2

Onwards and upwards

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