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Tel's Tales Issue 031- Prescott 2014

Report by James Alexander Apologies for the delay in preparing this blog but I have been on a Site Supervisors Health and Safety Course all week.... enough to drive any one insane! Prescott Hill is owned by the Bugatti Owners Club and as such is one of the old classics in the Hillclimb world. Situated in gorgeous woodland on the edge of the Winchcombe hills it really is typically Cotswold's (£4.50 a pint and £12 quid for a burger but more of that later). The weather was set fair for the weeken
 

Tel's Tales Issue 068 - 9th and 10th July 2016

Blyton Westfield Sprint weekend 9th and 10th July 2016 Introduction This was the long awaited Westfield organised Sprint weekend and also a Friday trackday attended by many Westfileds and a few Competitors. Much work had been put in by John Williams and his team of helpers and by this time they have already received our thanks. The weekend also saw a great effort in raising approx £730 funds for “Hope for Cancer” charity which was well supported and offered nice cakes and a raffle. Many
 

Tel's Tales Issue 056 -Curborough Fig 8 August 2015

TEL's TALE's 056/2015 Curborough Figure of 8 : 2015 A big break for several competitors since Blyton saw a split of events betweeen the Loton Park hillclimb weekend (which seemed a little expensive to me) and Curborough. Clearly I chose Curborough having enjoyed the new layout last year. There were 8 Westfield's as Adrian Clinton Watkins had withdrawn and was going to Loton Park. An early start for me and Steve as usual saw us arrive bang on 0730hrs for me to find that some pea brained C
 

Tel's Tales Issue 021 Ty Croes, Anglesey 2013

Tel's Tales 021: Ty Croes, Anglesey Sept 2013-- Race 28 and 29 Well this is the one I wait for every year! The 2 lap National (Saturday) and the 1 lap International circuits are just unbelievable to drive. Good spectating as well with the only downside being that there is no electronic time display as you finish so that waiting for the results can be a little tedious. The additional bonus this year was to be a Sunday visit by members who would drive 2 laps of the International circuit during th
 

Tel's Tales Issue 055 -Blyton July 2015

Tel's Tales 055 – 2015 Season- Blyton 11th and 12th July 2015 This was the place to be at our own Westfield Weekend. First let me make an apology! There was so much happening over the weekend and we were all split up in different positions that I cannot possibly comment on everyone's problems but just the ones I became aware of. My weekend of motorsport started when I arrived on Friday morning to help run the Sprint School with Paul Morcom and Adam Read. The Friday trackday was used by some to
 

Tel's Tales Issue 058 -Anglesey October 2015

TEL's TALE's 057/2015 Ty Croes Oct Weekend: 2015 This was the weekend showdown when everyone wanted to improve or consolidate their position in the various categories and championships with the biggest battle between John Hoyle and Adrian Clinton Watkins (ACW) for the overall championship position. John Loudon and myself were trying hard to stay near the top and Tim Nunn also wanted more points. The Novice championship was also up for grabs. The event was run by the Longton and District
 

Tel's Tales Issue 069 Three Sisters 30 July 2016

TEL's TALE's 069/16 Three Sisters 30th July 2016 This was the second visit to the Three Sisters track near Wigan and used course number 2 again. A total of 9 Speed Series guys were entered and the weather forecast was good and indeed it stayed dry all day. I was on holiday in the south of France and did not leave Nimes airport until 1030hrs Friday and in less than 24 hrs, by 0715hrs Saturday, I was in the paddock and ready to rumble. It was good to see Graham Frankland taravelling north
 

Tel's Tales Issue 012 Pembrey 2013

Tel's Tales : Pembrey June 2013 Well, much to my wife's displeasure I rushed back from my 3 week holiday after visiting Toronto, driving the Canadian Rockies including Icefield Parkway, Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, Kamloops and Whistler before doing a one week Alaska cruise and finally 3 days in Vancouver. Brilliant holiday and saw bears, whales, seals, bald eagles and had a bit to eat and drink- sod the diet! Arrived home Thursday lunchtime , loaded trailer and car before setting off Friday lun
 

Tel's Tales Issue 051 -Barbon June 2015

Barbon Hill Climb 13/06/2015 Report by Howard Gaskin Barbon is a new event to the Speed Series calendar although it has been around since 1950 and hosts a round of the British Hillclimb Championship each year. It’s the shortest hillclimb in the UK at 890 yards but nevertheless quite fast and furious, akin to Shelsley or Gurston. I arrived Friday evening to find Mark Schlanker already there, and perhaps one other small group. A pleasant evening was spent eating, chatting, walking the
 

Tel's Tales Issue 013 Curborough 2013

Tel's Tales 014 – Curborough 16th June 2013 Behind the scenes people such as John Fisher, Emma Gaskin, Nick Algar etc had worked their magic and organised the 2 day event including the sprint school on Saturday and the speed series event on Sunday which was blessed with sunny weather all day until it started to rain a bit after the awards ceremony which was brilliant timing. Following my engine problem at Pembrey I was desperately hoping that the new trigger wheel I needed would be ready to fi
 

Tel's Tales Issue 057 -Ty Croes Anglesey September 2015

TEL's TALE's 057/2015 Ty Croes Sept : 2015 A big Westfield presence was to make this a great weekend for most but not everyone! Many had long journeys and fought their way through the Friday traffic and Pete Goulding and his son Jack had another epic 8hr trip which they were thinking was too far and too long. Lee Smith had pulled out as his engine failed close to the weekend. As most people know Adrian Clinton Watkins made a monumental effort to get his (well Barry Slingsby's car actuall
 

Tel's Tales Issue 041 Ty Croes October Weekend 2014

Tel's Tales 041– Ty Croes 4th & 5th Sept 2014 Well thats it......the season is over and unlike other years it did not all come down to the last weekend to see who had won! The weekend saw 19 entries on Saturday and 18 on Sunday so a good showing from the club. There was atrackday on the Friday and a few of us arrived early Friday afternoon to catch the back end of the action and prepare our cars and in a few cases our beds in the trailers for the night. And what a night it was with torrent
 

Tel's Tales Issue 024 - Autumn 2013

Tel's Tales 024 Already getting a bit stir crazy so thought I would go into print again. My engine is out of the car ready for a strip down and check following this seasons successes and a need to manufacture a more reliable alternator/flywheel/24 toothed trigger wheel to use with the MBE system. My Andy Bates built honda CBR100RR 2008 fireblade engine has proved very quick and effective so unlikely to be uprated over winter. I have no doubt that several wallets are being checked for available
 

Tel's Tales Issue 027- Croft 2014

Tel's Tales 027 – Easter Monday at Croft 21 April 2014 Following the 3 Sisters sprint a few people had repairs to make. Matt Turner had discovered the correct way to fit a clutch to his R1 and was back in action and I had a completely rebuilt Flatshifter fitted after it failed to provide ignition cut last time out, making gear shift slow. There were 18 WSCC drivers so a good turnout and the weather was a bit nippy but dry and at times sunny and after the earlier forecasts during the week, which
 

Tel's Tales Issue 023 Ty Croes, Anglesey 2013

Tel's Tales 023: 5th /6th Oct 2013 Well this was it guys, the final countdown and the last two events of this year's speed series to finish off a great season. Barry Slingsby had already sewn up the overall championship but several of us were keen to attack records and see how quick we could go on probably two of the best circuits that we compete on. As usual the weather was unpredictable and windy but we did not need wets even on a sometimes damp and cold track. It was good to see several peop
 

Tel's Tales Issue 003

Tel's Tales Issue 003 - 19th march 2013 Speed Series 2013 Terry Everall Speed Series Correspondent Preparation for a Sprint/Hillclimb Well the season is about to start with Castle Coombe this coming weekend so I thought I would write a few words about preparation and the event process. I will assume you are trailering the car etc. On the day before the event (or earlier) fuel up and fully charge the battery. Check oil level and water levels are ok and set tyre pressure at around 18psi if u
 

Tel's Tales Issue 035- Blyton July 2014

Tel's Tales 035– Blyton Park 12th and 13th July 2014 Well I don't know where to start really as there was so much going on it was hard to record or remember all the good and bad bits. Firstly I have to say that as our own WSCC organised event this was very well managed and executed by Nick Algar and all the team of volunteers to which are thanks go are offered. Steve and myself set off early Friday afternoon to get settled in before the rush of competitors. It was good to see lots of Westfields
 

Tel's Tales Issue 004

Tel's tales Issue 004- March 2013 Speed Series Terry Everall Speed Series Correpondent Castle Coombe 23rd March 2013 Report by Stu Hill ( Woodman) / Terry Everall Well we are off at last into the new 2013 season, not so much a flying start but more like a damp squib! Many competitors still seem to be building engines or putting cars together so well done to theose that got ready on time. It never ceases to amaze me how every year its always down to the last minute. Due to a massive 50% ov
 

Tel's Tales Issue 034- Curborough 6th July 2014

Tel's Tales 034– Curborough 2 laps 6th July 2014 I spent the week before this event looking at the weather forecast as well as changing my fuel pump, coil sticks, fuses and checking the wiring loom to ensure the Aintree electrical gremlin had been eliminated. Well the forecast was dry am with possible downpours and heavy rain from 1500hrs onwards so the sprint was gong to be tricky. Got up at 0500hrs for the 0530hrs start and met brother Steve at Ferrybridge on the A1to travel in our usual conv
 

Tel's Tales Issue 046 -Blyton 2 Lapper 2015

Tel's Tales 046– 2015 Season- Blyton 2 Lapper 19th April 2015 So what would this new event be like? Everyone thought that 3 Sisters was cold but with an easterly wind today was every bit as cold and seemed to cut through your clothing reminding us that summer was not yet here! Steve was meeting me en route and despite me giving him instructions from the M18/M180/A15 etc he still nearly got lost. There were 12 Westfields taking part out of an entry of 30 cars and if the MDA club's Regs had been
 

Tel's Tales Issue 063 Harewood May 2016

TEL's TALE's 063/16 Harewood Hillclimb 7 & 8 May 2016 This is the only hllclimb I usually do as it is 25mins from where I live, its in god's own county and I used to spend lots of time when I was about about 16 yrs old watching along with crowds of approxiately 1000 to 2000 people. How times have changed! Even the RAC rally used it as a special stage and its other claim to fame is that its the longest hillclimb in England. Saturday Eight speed series guys were entered for both Sat
 

Tel's Tales Blyton July 2017

Tel’s Tales Blyton July  weekend 2017   Well as I look back at the Friday trackday (on two track layouts) plus Saturday and Sunday sprints, it seems that absolutely everyone had a fantastic weekend of motorsport, sun, bbq, gluten free meal deal, beer, buying and selling T Shirts for charity as well as support from families and club members. There was so much happening that I apologise in advance for missing or not mentioning stuff, events, praise, insults, leg pulling, car repairs
 

Tel's Tales Issue 050 -Pembrey May 2015

Tel's Tales 050– 2015 Season- Pembrey 30th and 31th May 2015 The Pembrey weekend which has been so popular in the past had only 8 Westfields plus Matt Hillam making the long trip to south Wales. Three members of the Yorkshire Mafia team (John, Steve and myself) fought our way down the A1, M42,M5,M50,M4 and took about 7hours to do the 295 miles in my case. We had the usual trackwalk and met up with the gang including John Loudon who appeared to be developing Man Flu. The paddock looked a bit emp
 

Tel's Tales Issue 030- Pembrey 2014

Tel's Tales 030– Pembrey Weekend Sprint 2014 I dont really know where to begin as many of us there had a nightmare including me in the run up to the event as well as at the sprint. My problems started the week before the event when I needed to source and fit a replacement clutch to my brother Steve's sprint car after it failed at Snetterton. We found a good guy in Leeds who put new ceramic pads on the twin plate helix clutch and then I attempted to reinstall the engine and put the clutch arm in
 

Pembrey Weekend 2017

Tel’s Tales Pembrey June weekend 2017   After a 7 hours 297mile drive I arrived at about 1845hrs and was pleased to see my Westfield mates had adopted the best paddock position and saved a place for my motorhome and trailer. I thought I would break out the beer but was told I could sign on and be scrutineered straight away so that was a big plus meaning a relaxing Sat morning start. Good organisation I thought……unfortunately the weekend did not run smoothly for a range of annoying
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