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Hi Mal.
Yes please. I think you may already have me on the list...but one should not take these things for granted!
Coop.
Just to confirm Phil's opinion. The Maserati is OK. Use a chassis that could fit under a 'standard' 250F. It looks like it may be a Dave Jones body, If so this model has already run at Early Birds...2009 I think!
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Hi All.
As Malcolm is away for a week or so, and to make sure the entry criterior is clear...your entry fee PAID is the only way to confirm your entry.
Looking at the list, there are still plenty of entries up for grabs... just send the cheque to the published address with your name and Early Birds entry marked on it, and you will be on the list as a confirmed entry.
First Paid, first served.
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Hi Peter.
The rules for this years event are the same as last years.
I thought the Porsche only ran in F2 during 1960? It then ran as a full F1 with the introduction of the 1.5L formula of 1961.
Perhaps some of our astute motor racing historians can confirm.
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Hi Peter.
My (unofficial) thoughts are, no to F2 rear engined models. The early Ferrari F2 500 was a 2 litre front engined model, quite close in looks and engine capacity to the 'normal' F1 2.5L of the day. One reason Phil was keen to outlaw genuine 2.5L rear engine F1 models that ran right at the end of that Formula, is they look near identical to the later 1.5L models and rather out of place in a mainly front motor Class.
I will discuss this matter with Phil and Malcolm, and we will post an 'Official' ruling on this thread.
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Hi Peter.
Not changing the rules...interpreting them.
If it had a 2.5L engine and ran as an F1 up to 1960 then its OK. All the Lotus, Cooper and BRM rear engine cars were F1 2.5L. If Mac had been asked about a F2 Porsche rear engine model entry, you could speculate as to what his answer might have been!
No one has run a Porsche to my knowledge, at any Early Bird meeting. If you look back through the EB threads, in the early years, Mac allowed Voiturettes and F2, but later decided to exclude them...for various reasons. The Ferrari F2 500 that Phil has passed judgement on looks, to all intents, just like the majority of early 50's F1 cars. The Porsche does have the looks and stance of the first F1 1.5L cars as do some of the 1960 lotus/Coopers...but these were full 2.5L F1 models.
However, Phil and Malcolm may not agree with my assessment, so wait and see the final verdict.
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Gentlemen.
As Phil has said, IF any changes are considered for the future of EB, they will be properly thought through, evolution rather than revolution.
All of the entrants to this years event are more than welcome to express any changes they might like to see for the future at this years event in March. We will take onboard sensible suggestions for the future, and IF any changes are to be made, when Wolverhampton SCC Early Bird committee have fully reveiwed this years event, they will then be placed on this Forum in plenty of time for next years EB.
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Hi Chris.
In fairness to Early Birds.
Mac flagged up the 'no stripped sports cars' in last years rules/Regs.
All events need to moderate 'trends' that are not in the spirit of the original intentions.
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Hi All.
I hope everyone enjoyed the day, another cracking EB!
I think the Wolves team approach, with Malcolm hosting the event worked very well. Thanks to Rob W and Phil for doing the baulk of Race control, a long and testing job with 40 heats and then Finals!
Congratulations to Mick T, and young 'Pocket Rocket' Lewis on fine drives and super racing in the finals.
A big 'Thank You' to Rob Davies for all his help with the other 'long and testing' job...scrutineering. Most of us would be thrilled with an EB third place, but Rob's driving and superbly built Merc W196, probably deserved even better, he was the class of the heats until a nasty off on the difficult white lane...next year Rob, next year!
Final thank you's to Sean (Pendle Slot Racing) for his much appreciated sponsorship, and great gift vouchers for the winners and placemen, and to Malcolm for pulling it all together.
Last but very much most important, to all of you guys who came along and supported the event.
Hope we can do it all again next year,
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Early Birds Race report.
Thanks to Phil for the complete results and excellent Concours pictures and round up.
This was the first 'Post Mac' EB's and I am sure I was not alone in finding the event somewhat strange without his presence.
Also notable by his absence, Dave Jones. He has sat alongside Mac for all the previous EB's except one...both Gentlemen were missed.
Saturday Practice.
Around 20 or so made it for practice and set up on Saturday, lap times were quite modest during the morning sessions, but as grip improved in the afternoon lap times dropped, and there were low 9 second and even an odd sub nine second laps put in before the close of play.
Sunday Race Day.
Doors open around 8 am and drivers were soon on track for some early pratice laps, the track again proving somewhat lacking in grip due to a sharp overnight temp' drop...there were snow flurries in Aldersley!
After Concours was concluded at around 10.45am Malcolm gave his Drivers briefing, heat names were loaded in to the PC and we started racing just before 11am.
As has become the tradition at EB, the last years top three, + one other top EB runner (Mick Kerr) made up the first heat of the day. It soon settled to a close battle between all 4 drivers with Mick heading us home from Eddie myself and Dick Smith.
This group battled on throughout the day with little between us, Mick came out on top in 4th O/A followed by me, Dick and Eddie.
The fastest drivers of the day were from the 'B' heat and one from 'C' heat.
Rob Davies was in super form, winning most of his heats from the hardcharging and clockwork consistant, Mike Thompson.
Chris Adams, and Rob Wallader both battled manfully to try to keep up with the flying due, but Rob's pace was very quick, on Red lane posting the only (I think) 20 lap heat total of the day..just...at 20.01! I am also sure his 9.1 second lap in this heat was FTD.
In the 'C' grouping, Wolves very own 'star of the Future' young Lewis Gough was putting in impressive lap totals to take third O/A after the heats, in a model built by himself just a couple of weeks before the event!
Further down the field, notable peformances from Phil Field, returning to EB's after a 2 year absense, for a fine 11th after the heats, and Ian James using is hastily revamped, borrowed, Scarab making great progress to finish 12th.
Other drivers worthy of mention, Mick Langridge, in only his second Wolves Classic finding good pace with his superb Maserati
Ian Fitzpatrick, Paul Leyshon, our Greek friend Alex Gaitanis, and Simon James all boxing above their weight with some excellent heat totals.
On a rather different note, it was a nice touch to see Roy Pritchards running the recently departed, Ian Tyrer's Merceded 196. Very good form Roy, I am sure the Tyrer family were proud to see his model being expertly driven in an event Ian loved.
Of the Newcomers, all the Manxmen seemed to be having a good time getting to grips with the new International track, only our regular Manx visitor, Dave Capelen, having some gear issues which rather spoilt his heat total...heading for a much higher heat place if he had not hit trouble. W/bro Clubman Dave Buddle making his debut, using fellow Clubmembers models, also showing good first timer pace.
Finals.
We managed to get the finals under way by about 3.20pm.
All were close fought affairs, no quarter asked or given. Good final showings from Phil Insull (until grip deserted him!) Paul Leyshon, Tony Condon, and many other of final winners.
The 25 lap Semi Final runners of Lewis, Mick Kerr, myself, were joined by C Final winner 'Big' Rob Wallader who just caught and pipped Dick Smith on the line in a near photo finish...as Murray would say... Fantastic!!
I managed my usual 'lightning start' (pause for embarrased cough) but the youngster was all over me like a rash, after a couple of laps trying to hold him off, I had to defer and he was gone. Mick soon caught me and I thought we were in for a race long battle for the second Final place when he 'dropped' it in the esses. I had around a 1/2 lap lead and about 12 laps remaining...tyres rapidly giving up their last vestige of grip! On about lap 21 Mick the inevitable happened and he eased past me, and the Grand Final places were set.
50lap Grand Final.
This should have been a straight 50 lapper, but due to 'Technical difficulties' turned into a double 25 lap race!
Race 1
The first was going more or less to heat form, Rob battling hard with Lewis, the pair trying to catch Mike T just a few feet ahead. Mick K is no great fan of White lane, and despite his best efforts, began to lose touch with the leaders.
The race ran out in Mike's favour from Lewis second with Rob Third, and a little way back Mick.
Race 2.
This was even more dramatic, following similar racing to the first, until about lap 15 when Rob had (his second of the day) a most spectacular crash, his lovely Merc' vaulting the super fast left hander leading on to the main straight a near full pelt...a sickening thud as it hit the floor! Thankfully, Rob builds his models strong, but it did not quite perform as well after the crash, and Rob struggled to get back on the pace with further deslots.
The second race ended with Mike just ahead of Lewis from Mick and Rob.
After the two race totals were compared, 1st Mike Thonpson 2nd Lewis Gough, 3rd Rob Davies, 4th Mick Kerr.
Well done to all the racers on the day, and biggest round of applause to Mike T, only the 5th (new) winner in 8 EB's (Mick Kerr and Dick Smith being greedy multi winners!)
I hope every one can make it again next year, EB's was a sell out full 48, but some late problems for 8 entrants gave us a managable 40 entry on the day.
I think its fair to say, Mac's legacy lives on, EB's 2012 was a Super Event.
Thanks to all entrants for your patronage.
Kind Regards Bill.
 
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