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    A French field with a little bit of England... And a couple of shots from a handy Chateau (The blue car is me, maroon is Andy, @Greenstreak-Andy D And the white Ian, @IanK (Bagpuss) )
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    Eventful morning parking at work
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    At the Italian chapel on orkney today
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    Well today , the whole family went to Williams GP factory near Wantage. Santa was kind enough to give us some tickets ( on my card !!) to have a look around at the place and the cars. Now, I dont actually like F1 and find it a bit circus like to me. So, bear that in mind in this thread. We were late , with 2 women giving me directions , it went pear shaped , but luckily they hadnt started the tour. and we miss anything. The site is vast, from the security gate , to negotiating which building on the map we were in and which car park. The grounds were very neatly cut and the place was spotless. We parked up and walked to the conference and museum building. We were met by this hedge outside the building. Walking into the reception, we had a couple of cars in front of us. The one on the ground was the 2016 race car We discussed the cars evolution through time and the current designs and aero changes through the years. The 1.6 litre 4 cylinder engines and all the electrical systems and motors and regulations were touched on. We then went into the hall of fame of all the drivers and their crash helmets and how they had changed with safety in mind through time. From there, we saw a video , with the infamous Murray Walker wailing away and clips of Williams wins and Jacques overtaking manouvres . This , we were told we werent allowed to record as poison drawf aka Bernie Ecclestone had copyright of the film . Sad really............ So, then the doors opened to the museum of cars. Alan Jones cars from the very beginning all the way to the 2016 cars in there. We then headed through the cars and saw the changes from designs with fibre glass and alloy tubs to carbon fibre . NA cars to turbo cars to NA cars and back to turbos. Fuel tanks on either side of the drivers to now being in a cell behind them, to now sitting on loads of batteries. We had a Laguna Touring car there , which interests me more and a fantastic 6R4 , which Patrick Head was lead designer of it . The cars all smell oily and thats because they all ( well mostly) work and get used. The 6 wheeler and some of the others were away for a classic french race , so there were a few empty spots. Interestingly , when Honda pulled out of Williams, as they were chasing Senna to Maclaren, they took every engine away and the car stood with an empty engine bay up until about 6 years ago, when Honda let Williams have an engine and wished them luck to get it running, which they did manage to do. So, we headed into the Honda era of cars ( via Judd ) and the turbo time, which some cars in later years ran over 1300 hp. Seems quite frightening, when there was still no real interest in safety , other than moving the drivers a bit further back to stop them loosing their legs in a front impact. Aero wasnt really catching on and the first carbon parts were appearing. This was mainly wings and later tubs . We then headed into the Senna, Mansell, Prost days. Very much technical changes with carbon appearing on wishbones, extra wings and downforce appearing and NA engines again. Interestingly , we headed into the Coulthard era. He took over from Senna after his death. When he jumped in the car, he found out that in the early days , he was paid £5k a race !! Bear in mind that Senna had commanded a million per race. He wasnt happy and approached Frank Williams and asked for a rise, to which Frank said, you signed the contract at that pay ! Then into the BMW era and these cars looked amazing. We also have a Le Man car , which was raced. After this, we then headed upstairs to the trophy room, which they admitted was a bit dusty currently. They also had some cars in there, so we had a picture with Ayrtons winter test car We then proceeded to have a fabulous lunch laid on, which we all enjoyed and then went back into the trophy area ( via the IT department as we got lost ) and you could sit in the test car and take a picture, which we got Mini TJ to do. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable few hours for all of us and from an engineering perspective was just mind blowing. The finish and detail on the cars and the passion you could see in all the staff was incredible. If you want something for a birthday or christmas, then this is the best 2 1/2 hrs of petrol head heaven going. As for the Westfield and FW link Even the most advanced cars can leak like a crossflow !! Note: I am not an F1 geek, so may have confused a few things, but hopefully its a good insight into Williams
  5. 9 points
    Stephen’s XI with “hood” deployed!
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    Prestatyn Classic Car Show - Best in Class
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    Mine on first real run, up over the Brendon's, last Autumn after IVA and registration. Must take some more in France next week.
  8. 9 points
    Very happy after about a years’ worth of work to get to this point, just a few setup jobs to do and the front mudguards and indicator repeaters. Car now back in the garage after the photo session after a good hovering and clear up. All in all a GREAT DAY.
  9. 8 points
    Everyone loves a photo, the weather's come good the season officially here and in theory we should be out and about a bit more ...be it a track day or by the beach, so let's have a look! A recent snap of your westfield in the wild! Blat down Avon gorge and back for me on Monday night....good times
  10. 8 points
    This is what happens to my passengers. Don’t know why
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    first proper drive this weekend.
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    Mine at Hayling Island last Monday in the heat !!
  13. 8 points
    Thanks both I certainly don't make things easy for myself but I'll be thrilled when it's done. Engine start is planned in for Saturday, my friend Phil is coming over to help. Before that can happen, though, I took the fuel feed banjo off and sliced off the crimped fitting as per Dave's guidance, cleaned up the end, then painted black. I'll leave that to dry overnight, so in the meantime decided to make some progress on my dashboard. This is going to end up being a very bespoke part of my build, I have about 80% of it worked out in my head but a few details are being worked out along the way (lower edge radius being one of them!). I'm using round metal switches with LED rings, in the 19mm size. On AliExpress I found some matching 3-position rotary switches, which I decided to use for the lights, wipers and fan speed. I then got some 12mm chrome warning lights to use to identify the rotary switches, and decided to use these for all of the buttons as well, rather than using the similar buttons with integrated symbols. On the left are the washer/wiper symbol lights I had to make by hand, I mentioned this earlier in the thread somewhere. The rotary switches don't meet radii requirements so I needed some way of keeping the test sphere away from them. I wanted to design something for this, but in the interest of getting the car finished slightly sooner, I decided to use some U-bolts like those used as toggle switch guards. However... one weekend I found myself ill with a cold, so didn't fancy going out in the garage. So, I fired up the PC and designed some bezels to house my switches. These include guards around the rotary switches. Blender is my modelling program of choice, it's a vertex modeller typically used for art and animation rather than the parametric modellers typically used for CAD, but it's open source, extremely powerful, and can create STL files just fine. I've been using it for years and find it very easy to quickly generate designs with. A friend with a 3D printer then printed these out for me in ABS. These will be sanded, primed and painted black but I'm going to check that they mount okay to the dash panels first, otherwise a revised design and new print might be needed. Now some proper CAD; template made for the central dash panel: And then transferred to 1.2mm aluminium sheet and cut out with compound snips and a hole saw. I can see why people don't recommend using a hole saw on sheet aluminium! But I don't have a big enough cone drill for the holes I wanted, and just had to do a bit (okay, a lot) more tidying up with a file afterwards. The panel is going to be covered in 1/4" foam sheet, then wrapped in trim material. Because of this, I've made the holes for the bezels oversized. Thanks for reading
  14. 7 points
    Hi everyone After a 6 month hunt for the one, I have found it. What a machine very well balanced from what I have dare push it too, still taking time to learn the car. credit to the guy who built it and spent a lot of blood,sweat,tears and love over the last 6 years, hats of to you Gary (kuga Westfield).
  15. 7 points
    Only on the drive, but 'getting there'
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    It’s here! We have a V5 and a registration number! Wooo!
  17. 7 points
    Took this while waiting for Geoffrey Buttercup, Gary & Trina last Tuesday. Ben Nevis in the background.
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    Xtr at snetterton a couple of weeks ago
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    On a blat . Mate lives just over the trees. Lucky guy !!
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    Grandson proud of his grandad's Westfield...
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    Well hears a big shout out of thanks to ash (rednop on the westfield forum) and Reid for speed motor factors in Aberdeen both went above and beyond to get the parts needed to me So all sorted , road tested and ready for a wee romp up to catch the ferry int morning
  25. 7 points
    Never had an issue getting rid of birds.. Getting a bird seamed to be a lot harder.
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