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Thread: 2019 Sevens HPDE - Save the Date for June 28-30, 2019

  1. #31
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    A busy interstate is the polar opposite of the environment in which a se7en was designed to operate. I did log many miles on less-busy interstates in my original street legal Caterham. It was always somewhat frightening, especially at night or worse, in the rain. Being visible to distracted drivers was questionable-their sight lines did not include looking way down to pavement level to see my little gnat-like vehicle. Tractor trailers and huge RV's were especially intimidating.

    If you have ever driven on glare ice, you have an approximation of the feeling of being constantly on high-alert. I think driving in a se7en convoy, or with sympathetic drivers towing their se7ens would definitely help.

    And of course, having a trailer also solves the problem of getting home, should there be a track incident or reliability issue.

    I am not saying don't do it: I drove my 1st Caterham everywhere. Just be prepared for what you are getting into-it's not like driving a Miata.
    '97 Caterham Super Sprint, 1700 Crossflow-sold
    '09 Birkin S3, Duratec-sold
    '03 Caterham Zetec track car

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    Forgot about that mattress. That was exciting! With only Brooklands I would definitely go the trailer route.
    Jay

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    For those who need it, there is secure overnight storage available in my garage at NJMP. I think our best ever storage record is 12 sevens for one night along with my Mustang.
    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
    Plus another project coming

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    I am planning to camp (tent). Anything I need to do in advance to reserve a spot?

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    No - you can book when you arrive. You may want to camp in the trailer parking area since this is midway between the two circuits and a very short walk to the clubhouse where there are showers, pool, bar, etc.
    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
    Plus another project coming

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    Welcome Dave H back for this year, he just called me and said he wants more Birkins to show up.

    1) Croc
    2) YellowSS7
    3)Vovchandr
    4)Jcerier
    5)Wemtd
    6)Fast G
    7)Chris S
    8)Kitcat
    9) Dan F
    10) Scott L
    11) Jeff H
    12) Seb
    13) Roman
    14) John B
    15) Tom C
    16) Blackhole (Jay)
    17) Neil H
    18) Dave H.
    19) Simon450
    20) Steve M
    Last edited by yellowss7; 02-28-2019 at 10:36 AM.
    Mangia bene, Ridi spesso, Ama molto, Guidare veloce

    2000 Caterham Superlight #123
    1.8L VHPD Rover K Series
    2009 Caterham SV
    2.3L Cosworth Duratec

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    OK Iíve started to think about track days again. Iíll be there for sure. Happy to offer passenger rides and to provide some driving instruction for Seb, he must have forgotten how to do it by now.


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    Tom - you can also add me to the list. One last chance to solve my coolant issue!

    Steve

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    Hi Steve. Great to hear that you will be making the trip out once again. You are one of the charter members, wouldn't be the same without you. Croc was just saying the other day that you haven't popped up yet because you were probably in the garage Polishing your 7.

    As for your coolant issue, did you bite the bullet and replace the head gasket? You've done most everything else. Been there done that too with Orange.

    You're the 20th to raise your hand, and we still have quite of few of the past regulars to hear from. Yeah, I'm talking about you Fred, Dave D, Shane, Jim A., Blake, Matt.

    Plus there were several more that thought they'd make last year, but had issues that prevented them from making it. Come on guys, I'm still thinking that we might get 30 cars out if everyone gets their act together. The more the merrier. And we are doing both tracks again this year. If you haven't done Thunderbolt, you will love it. Tom
    Mangia bene, Ridi spesso, Ama molto, Guidare veloce

    2000 Caterham Superlight #123
    1.8L VHPD Rover K Series
    2009 Caterham SV
    2.3L Cosworth Duratec

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    Word on the street is that a new hi spec Birkin is getting close to completion and may be coming East soon. So assuming my impeccable source is correct and Tom C doesn't slack off, I'm going to add this car and driver to our list of NJMP attendees. That will bring the number up to 21, with still quite a few others that have been there or had hoped to make it last year. FEO7, Dave D, Carl B, Dermot, Inchoate, DrewBrees, Blake and FredM. I'm hoping you are all working hard on your cars and will step up and join us.

    Tom
    1) Croc
    2) YellowSS7
    3)Vovchandr
    4)Jcerier
    5)Wemtd
    6)Fast G
    7)Chris S
    8)Kitcat
    9) Dan F
    10) Scott L
    11) Jeff H
    12) Seb
    13) Roman
    14) John B
    15) Tom C
    16) Blackhole (Jay)
    17) Neil H
    18) Dave H.
    19) Simon450
    20) Steve M
    21) Steve O
    Mangia bene, Ridi spesso, Ama molto, Guidare veloce

    2000 Caterham Superlight #123
    1.8L VHPD Rover K Series
    2009 Caterham SV
    2.3L Cosworth Duratec

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