The GOLD CUP - Oulton Park

Well it was actually my first time at the GOLD CUP as i was unable to make it last year and i must say, i had a blast. 

I was with friends with similar interests (basically cars, cars and more cars) and was able to get a bit more practice in with my new DSLR camera.

The day started early as i am the one who lives farthest away and so the day for me started at 5:30am, on the road for 6:30am and with traffic being mildly kind to me i arrived at the 8am meeting point at 8:07am. A 20 minute chat while waiting for another to show up and we were then going through the gates of Oulton Park around 8:30am ready to erect our tent (we had our own stand prepared). I was able to eat, relax and surround myself with cars and racing, what more is needed?

 

Anglesey Group B Rally - Paul Sheard.

Sunday i headed to Wales (Anglesey to be precise) to the Group B Rally stages, it was a long drive but was well worth it.

I was there to watch the rally stages and take pictures of all of the competitors, pictures below. It was a very good day in all, lots of rally cars both big and small competing and each of them doing a layout that had been set around the three separate courses that Anglesey has to offer (GT, intermediate  and coastal). I'll be writing more about the whole day once i have sorted through the 1200 photos that i took but for now here are a set of about 40 photos that i was able to download and check.

 

Silverdale Gun Club

Well during my recent trip to Canada i stopped by (as you would) Silverdale Gun Club. Well first of all in my previous trips to canada and America ive have visited a few gun clubs and during that time i had immense fun.

 

This time at Silverdale Gun Club i had the pleasure of being shown around by Danny and whilst being shown around i found out that the guns that i was going to be shooting actually belonged to him personally. 

To start with i shot a few rounds from a Glock 17 followed by a few shot of another 9mm, after the 9mm handguns i then proceeded to shoot an AR15 followed by and M10 (i think thats correct) and then an SKS and last but not least a 50cal Sniper Rifle! 

i must say that apart from the 50cal Sniper rifle my favourite was the AR15 (although the scope on the M10 was a lot better), its true what they say, a good scope can make a lot of difference just like a good lense on a camera can make a world of difference. 

I didn't take too many pictures but i did get Danny to take a video of me firing the 50cal Sniper and all I've got to say about that is that it is a very good idea to wear ear protection. I unfortunately forgot ear protection and dear lord it was loud, not just loud but the pressure wave it gave off, 1 kept setting of the pressure heaters and knocking them out and two distorted the sound around you for a few seconds. Below are a few pictures and the video of said 50cal. 

 

Enjoy (i know i did)!

Above you can see me shooting the AR15 (the last picture you can see a casing from a bullets being expelled away) and below are pictures of the 50cal sniper.

Lastly is the video of me shooting the 50cal, big thanks to Danny who took the video for me and for showing me around the whole time i was there (also for letting me shoot his guns).


Semester One Review

Well semester one is half way through now and with the 9am starts somedays it can be a bit tiring by the end of the day but i do get to have an hour or two to have a nap, unfortunately my nap has to be in my car at the end of the car park. 

Handbrake off and into gear then legs over the centre console and a pillow on my headrest. not ideal for someone 6"2 but needs must. Oh and doors locked!

Handbrake off and into gear then legs over the centre console and a pillow on my headrest. not ideal for someone 6"2 but needs must. Oh and doors locked!

The classes so far are going ok, i'm enjoying the car chassis class as i've got some good plans for strengthening it and testing it, the advance mechanics is a tough one but i'm trying to get my head around it all and will see how it goes. 

I'm going to finish here as i've got a few things to do still and i'll be needing some sleep before work tonight as with the christmas rush coming up we are having to do early starts at work.

Night all. 

Just wow! Jaguar F-Type V8S

Below will be a video from the youtube channel "Jay Leno's Garage"  , now im am avid watcher and subscriber to this particular channel as not only do i enjoy Jay Leno's views on cars but i love the guys passion for cars too.

The car itself i think is absolutely stunning, on a side note i have always been myself an Aston Martin fan (i still am, i mean who hasn't dreamt of being James Bond) but in all honesty this new F-Type is beautiful and i would chose it over any current aston martin at the moment.

The below video is all about the new Jaguar F-Type V8S.......enjoy

 

 

With just a bit of elbow grease you can change lots!

Whilst browsing youtube, which i do a lot (don't really watch tv much) i came across this video....(its not my video but i just thought it was cool and well this is free advertising for the maker and who doesn't like free advertising). 

I too am in the process of doing this, not that my engine has gone but just because i like to "tinker" with this kind of stuff.  Im looking into refurbishing a Honda S2000 Vtec engine. 

Anyways enjoy the video - i did.

That time of year again....

Well, it is finally September and that means that my second year of university will begin in a few weeks. My timetable seems a bit more relaxed this semester but that is still subject to change, it also shows that i have two 9am starts which will be tough as i don't finish work till 7:30am and with a drive to stoke needed this year it will be close for me to get there on time, i just hope traffic is on my side and to help i'm even going to take the M6 TOLL road which will cost me £5 a day.

On a plus side when i return to uni i'm going to book a slot in the garages and do the following things to my car:-

Complete oil change along with filter. (engine oil as gearbox and diff oil have just been replaced) 

A compression test on my engine to check for any leaks. 

That should be enough for a slot in the garages for the first session. 

Drayson Racing 850 hp Electric Formula E Race Car Testing @ Rockingham

I came across this whilst browsing YouTube. 

It's an electric car that beat the "electric car" land speed record recording a speed of 204.2mph on a 1.86 mile runway at RAF Elvington, Yorkshire. 

The "hypercar" built by british company Drayson Racing is called the Drayson B12 69/EV and is based on lola LMP1 which competes at Le Mans in the 24hr race. 

Now im not one for liking the whole idea of electric cars, dont get me wrong electric cars are most probably the cars of the future   but for now, give me a old fashioned petrol powered V8, V10 or V12 internal combustion engine with a manual gearbox and the choice to take it to the limit! 

 

Source: http://youtu.be/c3qS12idt9s

A Sad Day for Motor Racing.....R.I.P Allan Simonsen.

Im sure you've heard (or read) about the horrific accident that happend at the Le Mans 24hr race. 

Ten minutes into the race an Aston Martin driven by Allan Simonsen veered of the track and into a barrier killing the driver. Now although i did not know him, one of my lecturers at university did, not only had he met Allan but he also had the pleasure of working with him too and considered him one of the "good guys" in the sport.  

Things like this are of course tragic and show you the dangers of what the sport of motor racing involve, drivers, pit crew, marshalls and many others risk their lives for not only a sport that they love but to entertain the people. 

My thoughts and best wishes go out to his family, close friends and anyone else who had the pleasure of knowing Allan Simonsen. 

 

Drive safe everyone - cars can be replaced, lives can't. 

69 Boss Mustang! Mario Andretti

the video below i think is amazing!, it makes me miss my 4.7l V8 Mustang GT. Yes my mustang wasn't the fastest or maybe as beautiful as this one but power isn't everything. 

If at some point in my life i could be involved in the making of a car like this, i would die happy 

i do not own the above video or have its distribution rights but i just wanted people to see it.

2013!

Well, 2013 has finally arrived. Ive got some good hopes for this year so lets hope they all come to fruition. 

The past few weeks have been very busy, with work and christmas and new years and university assignments but its all for a good cause.

i havent had much time to relax over the past few weeks due to the above reasons but when i have had some time to put my feet up and relax ive been listening to music. 

i came across a good song on youtube and ive found it very relaxing.

More to follow.....

check it out.

arrival.

the stuff i ordered from Rooster Teeth came today, actually it came yesterday but i was too busy to post up.

On a side note, i've got 1.5 more weeks of uni to go and then semester one is over with

Final post of the week.

Sunday night, im getting ready to have another nap before i start work. i know everyone says it but the start of the week really does take it out of me. I get up Monday at 2am for work, i finish work at 8am and drive an hour to university for 9am. Whilst at university i attend all my classes, nap in my car during the two hour break and hour break i have (i also get some food during that time) and i eventually finish university at 6pm where i drive an hour home get myself some more food (if im not too tired to do so) and im asleep by 9pm where im up again 5 hours later to do the same again on tuesday (i dont get the extra hour break at uni but i finish an hour early so it works out). Once mondays and tuesdays are out of the way things get  a bit better for me and the week calms down but i tend to use some of that time to either study or catch up on sleep.

Anyways, I've done what i wanted this weekend  I've listened to the podcasts i wanted and watch the programs i wanted to watch and finished the day with a fantastic grand prix. So right now im going to charge my phone, charge my laptop and charge myself with a few hours before work. 

I'll be back..................