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Thread: A visit to Donington Park and Silverstone in a Caterham

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    Default A visit to Donington Park and Silverstone in a Caterham

    Following on from these two threads:
    http://www.usa7s.net/vb/showthread.p...ht=Silverstone
    and
    http://www.usa7s.net/vb/showthread.p...=Francorchamps

    and continuing my ongoing efforts to drive the great race tracks of UK and Europe by Caterham, I was at the Donington Historic Festival followed by a Bookatrack track day at Donington in a Caterham 310 and later in the week, driving the same car at Silverstone.

    Donington Historic Festival

    It does not have the cachet that Goodwood has but it also does not have the price tag or attitude. Its incredibly relaxed. You can wander the paddock, stick your head into an engine bay and at lunch walk the pit row. The circuit is brilliant for spectators. Just take the tunnel into the center of the circuit and walk the inside. Lots of grassed earthen berms to give elevated views of the track and still allow close up viewing. This is a spectator event definitely worth attending.

    http://www.doningtonhistoric.com/the-event/


    You know you are in for a special day when you walk outside your hotel and find a gorgeous Mercedes 300SL. The hotel parking lot was packed with tasty cars.








    Like moth to flame, I was suckered in by this little Escort. Note names on the side for that famous WRC driver/navigator partnership.






    They actually race these Bentleys. No roll cage. Just a gutsy driver throwing a brick shithouse into a corner at high speed. These things are quick in a straight line.


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    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration - engine and dry sump install time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A (restoration - engine rebuild)
    1982 Ferrari 400i (will repaint to original color in 2020)
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (fettling after long period of storage)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic

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    I have a soft spot for French rally cars - I love Alpine A110s. One day...



    A lovely Lagonda





    No prizes for guess why I was checking this one out. FIA Group 2 BMW CSL.





    Old school mechanics rock!

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    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration - engine and dry sump install time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A (restoration - engine rebuild)
    1982 Ferrari 400i (will repaint to original color in 2020)
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (fettling after long period of storage)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic

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    This is a replica of the Broadspeed Jaguar from the 70s driven by Derek Bell, amongst others. Powered by a Jaguar V12. I bet its reliability was challenging...




    Not a hint of woodworm in sight - a Morgan




    Jaguar E-type semi-lightweight. One of these days....




    The Legends lunch tent for which I did not qualify had a revolving display of tasty machinery outside for the whole weekend.

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    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration - engine and dry sump install time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A (restoration - engine rebuild)
    1982 Ferrari 400i (will repaint to original color in 2020)
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (fettling after long period of storage)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic

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    Adjustable shocks, 1930s Bentley style





    And the dash from the same car. I want a klaxon button on my car!




    This is an historically important car for Volvo. It was their first dip into 1980s touring car racing in the very early 1980s. On the back of that they went in with their 1984 Group A evolution car run by Ruedi Eggenberger.





    Shark attack! 3 Group A BMWs. Group A cars are big money these days. In this one pic you are probably looking at US$700,000 plus worth of car. I would love the Garage du Bac car - great period race history on that one.



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    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration - engine and dry sump install time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A (restoration - engine rebuild)
    1982 Ferrari 400i (will repaint to original color in 2020)
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (fettling after long period of storage)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic

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    A Ford Capri. European FIA Group 2 with the Westlake V6 that puts out around 300hp and sounds magnificent. These were largely overrun on the continent in the early 70s by the emergence of the BMW CSL although they hung on competitively in the British Touring Car Championship into the beginning of the 80s.





    A D-Type - what more can you say. Yes it is genuine and yes I could touch it. Brilliant event to allow you so close to such historic cars. I saw the owner allow a 10 year old kid to sit in the drivers seat and just imagine. Lifelong motoring passion result from those types of youth experiences.







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    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration - engine and dry sump install time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A (restoration - engine rebuild)
    1982 Ferrari 400i (will repaint to original color in 2020)
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (fettling after long period of storage)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic

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    This car regularly runs at Goodwood with name drivers. This weekend it was misbehaving sadly.




    A lovely Aston Martin





    The Formula 5000 racing was one of the best to watch.





    Have a close look at the driver names on these cars - James Hunt, Mike Hailwood.... They may be historic cars but they are still raced hard.


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    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration - engine and dry sump install time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A (restoration - engine rebuild)
    1982 Ferrari 400i (will repaint to original color in 2020)
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (fettling after long period of storage)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic

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    Naturally I had to check this one out. Its a replica and not a true Group C Bathurst car. I chatted to the owner and could actually tell him the early history. 1983 VH Holden Commodore converted to a race car in the early 1990s for the Commodore Cup and eventually Queensland Touring Cars. Somewhere along that line it was converted to having a 1985 Group A VK grill. The owner bought it and modified it with the Australian Group C body kit from 1982-1984 and put the livery of the Bathurst 1000 winner from 1982 on it. He was going through a lot of frustration dialing it in - it was not stopping well nor turning evenly left or right. It was running a Chev 350 which is cheating a little....lot...

    The driver was Abbie Eaton, time setting driver on The Grand Tour. She was delightfully relaxed about her father's car despite it misbehaving at times and even so had it as high as 3rd place in the race.


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    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration - engine and dry sump install time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A (restoration - engine rebuild)
    1982 Ferrari 400i (will repaint to original color in 2020)
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (fettling after long period of storage)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic

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    What can you say?





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    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration - engine and dry sump install time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A (restoration - engine rebuild)
    1982 Ferrari 400i (will repaint to original color in 2020)
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (fettling after long period of storage)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic

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    And the one-off Ferrari 'Breadvan'. Unfortunately it broke during the race but was wonderful to watch while it was going at it.





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    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration - engine and dry sump install time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A (restoration - engine rebuild)
    1982 Ferrari 400i (will repaint to original color in 2020)
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (fettling after long period of storage)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic

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    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration - engine and dry sump install time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A (restoration - engine rebuild)
    1982 Ferrari 400i (will repaint to original color in 2020)
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (fettling after long period of storage)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic

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