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#76 Pablo

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 09:26 AM

:to_become_senile: :ph34r:  :) 


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Posted 25 November 2018 - 11:32 AM

No info yet Paul.
Steve or   :roflmao: Steve will make a post soon.  :lol:


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Posted 25 November 2018 - 09:41 PM

OK race fans.... there was a glitch in getting the results together, but its all sorted now.

 

These are the results of Round 5;

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Well done to Greg, Pablo, and Tony for the podium.

 

Very consistant Paul. :good:

 

AND ... where's that drum roll emoji??? the overall results;

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Congrats to Greg for the win, Steve and Pablo for the podium.

Very tight finish with just over 3-1/2 laps over the top 3.

 

Many thanks to all the builders, entrants, and organisers for an interesting proxy race.

:clapping: :good:


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Posted 26 November 2018 - 08:45 AM

Thanks for posting, Steve :)  As always, I'm tickled pink for second, and third in overall laps :curtsey:

Congratulations to Greg Gilbert and Steve-a-Roonie for 1/2 :drinks:

Special big hugs to Steve K. for making it all happen :friends:


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Posted 26 November 2018 - 09:23 AM

And I'm hoping everyone had enough fun for their troubles that we can do something like this again soon  :D


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Posted 26 November 2018 - 10:44 AM

Congrats, Pablo.  You also get the "Most Consistant" Award  --  4 seconds and 1 third  :clapping:  :clapping: !!


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Posted 26 November 2018 - 12:46 PM

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 05:20 PM

Here is a post from Steve Kempson on fb.

"The Driftin' Fifties will return after a break in a slightly different form after the lessons learned from this initial series have been absorbed.

The round on Saturday evening took place on a track very different from any of the others in the series. Fast and wide and with a high speed banked corner at the end of the main straight that's perhaps the most impressive of all it's rivals in this country.

 

Prior to the D50s we had run the Retro Can-Am warm up race for a four hour enduro the following day.

There had been 14 runners in this which left me with a good pool of weary drivers to pressgang into drive and marshal in our cause.

The drivers were venue host Dave Wright who ran on the less-favoured black lane throughout - the others will need a photographic reminder to jog my memory, Bill Jenner, Andrew Bishop, Trevor Crout, Doug Garvie, Mick Langridge, Garry King and Tony Mills.

I'm sure we'd all like to hear their tales of woe and ill-treatment at the hands of a race director barking out orders all evening, wouldn't we?

 

Marshals were Rod Morrison, Steven and Brian Fraser, Sandy Grant (who had his iPad out to record the event, at least in part), and the wonderful Kathryn Bartlett. Stars, one and all!

We ran two nine car 'round robins' with two minute heats over the eight Millstream lanes.

Some of the cars are getting a little tired at this point but things generally ran very smoothly, with the exception noted in my first posting about the banking exposing front axle frailties in a couple of cars.

The more challenging cars were still a little challenging, although nothing was deemed undriveable by the drivers still changing mental gears after the faster Can-Am cars they'd been driving previously, and the better handling cars were still able to lap consistently rapidly.

The heavy weight of my own Maserati, which had served it well at previous rounds on shorter flat tracks, was a handicap on the Millstream speed bowl and it was simply unable to compete with Greg and Pablo's cars this time around.

And see, Tony Davey, I told you your car was a contender! I think blue oval fan Trevor may have put in extra effort with your T-bird, Tony.

A massive thanks to all the people who's enthusiasm and effort allowed the series to happen.

 

Principally the esteemed John Dilworth, as noted earlier by Mr King, but also and most obviously all the entrants who took the time and effort to build the cars and trusted me enough to mail them to me back at the beginning of the year. I suppose I'm obliged to mail them back now ...

 

Drivers who had to wrap their minds around a new type of car both slower and trickier to drive than the regular Retro vehicle, and then cope with a different variation on that theme every heat. It's not easy - although naturally I may have failed to mention all this before the rounds began.

They never seemed to notice the exit doors being locked just as the first power went on. Marshals who never even had the thrill of driving these machines freely gave up their time ... and some of them weren't even part of my actual family.

They are now - in a broader sense. There was a lot of marshalling to do as the cars gave their instructions to the drivers.

As I noted before, the Driftin' Fifties will return - perhaps in 2020 - once we've all had a break and taken stock.
Thank you one and all."


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Posted 26 November 2018 - 06:40 PM

I forgot, thanks to master body maker John Dilworth :good: :victory:


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Posted 26 November 2018 - 08:00 PM

The Driftin Fifties Website has been updated with results, and a few images.


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Posted 08 January 2019 - 07:03 PM

My Maserati arrived back home today, packed with extreme care, appears to have very little wear at all :)

 

Many thanks again to Steve Kempson for an excellent and professional proxy event from start to finish :good: :good: :good:

 

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