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Howard

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About Howard

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    Dark Horse 2018 Speed Series Champion
  • Birthday 19/09/1961

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    SE Wide 2.0 XE
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    Loughborough

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  1. I'm guessing that you put the year of registration on the entry forms (as I'm sure many people do) rather than the chassis year. The entry list is what the scrutineers will most likely go off, unless you point out to them the chassis number and year identifier. It's poor that they don't seem to take this on board and just take the easy route of whatever is declared on the entry list. But I suppose they're busy enough as it is.
  2. Marto, it's all about the chassis age (as far as the MSA is concerned). Yours is 1996 so you don't need a cat. Mine is 2002 so I do, even though my car was originally built and SVAd with a crossflow and has an age related plate (P reg- 1975, because I had enough of the donor car in the build at the time). It didn't have a cat when built and doesn't need one for the MOT, but if I was still running the crossflow I would still need a cat, according to the MSA.
  3. Yes. I drilled out the hole and welded in a small piece of steel brake pipe bent forward at 90degrees. Ran that to a catch tank I made from an aluminium water bottle from Poundland. Because I'm cheap .
  4. Eek. Looks like I'll have to put the dog box back in after all. Or maybe keep the synchro - then I'll have something to blame
  5. I'll probably end up back in D, but I will be on 1b's. Be interesting to see how they compare against the 4 and 5 year old badly kept ZZR's I was running last year
  6. I have to say I'm even more uncertain now about which class to enter, hence my delay. Having done the last 5 events with a synchro box, and planning to switch to 1B's this year because I was tired of being lumped in with mod prod/slicks on the day, I was still intending to run in class D as it seemed unsporting to change to class B. This, despite my car being more aligned to class B. For the last 6 years I've also run high-backed GRP seats and belts on both sides and will continue to do so. (Apart from that one experiment at the last round at Anglesey of following most others and swapping the passenger seat for a sponge/curtain/rug low back affair). However, I see that those running on 1Cs (ZZRs) in D will now benefit from the added advantage of being allowed to remove the passenger seat and belts completely. I understand the reasoning behind that, but surely it's moving D even further away from road going. It certainly creates more of a disincentive to me to enter class D, which I've stayed true to for many years.
  7. Now, now. It was a pair of curtains, a rug, and a vinyl covered tablecloth and was more substantial (and comfortable) than many others I've seen, and sat in, in the same or equivalent classes over the years.
  8. The experts will tell you that you should use 98% Argon/2%CO2, so that's what I would advocate. However, I got on perfectly well with pure Argon.
  9. Hmm. I must be doing something wrong. Always seem to get better results with stainless...
  10. Thank you Mark, and everyone involved. I know it's difficult keeping everyone happy, so your efforts really are very much appreciated. It's kind of ironic that I had my most successful year this year, and only did one hill - Gurston - and that was my worst score, as I've previously preferred hills. I'm not planning on chasing the championship next year (I say that now ) so I'm looking to do events I've not done for a long time, or have never visited, rather than going after points. Looking forward to it
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