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Poll - Would you be interested in a private weekday drag race event at Santa Pod

Yes - I'm definately interested 

61%

 61% 

(21)

No - I am not interested 

38%

 38% 

(13)

Total Votes: 34

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62vette

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Mon 18 Dec 17 13:16

Re: Drag Race your Corvette


666Vette wrote (View Post):roppa440 wrote (View Post):Some people think they might damage their car. ................

Another factor is probably the worry about looking a fool somehow. Like getting something wrong in front of a big crowd.



I'm probably a bit of both of the above, but (showing my ignorance here) - I presume as I drive a convertible I would be excluded anyway as I don't have a full roll protection system other than the front screen?? Confused


you can run a convertible at the pod but keep the hood up or you would need arm restraints

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CaptainK

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Mon 18 Dec 17 14:23


I haven't voted on the Drag Race poll either. I am very interested in coming along and seeing what the Vette will do, but alas my Vette isn't particularly happy at the moment and wouldn't produce much of a drag result, if at all. I currently have a lot of new parts to do some work over winter and spring, and still need more parts too. Hopefully it'll all be good after that, but until then I can't commit to anything like this. That and its a bit far away for me, so the cost (when the wallet is already very light) is rather offputting.

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roppa440

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Mon 18 Dec 17 14:36

Re: Drag Race your Corvette


470 mile round trip for me. Never put me off. But an overnight stay for a good sleep is always on the cards. I wouldn't want to go there and back in a day at my age. Very Happy

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roppa440

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Mon 18 Dec 17 14:44

Re: Drag Race your Corvette


666Vette wrote (View Post):- I presume as I drive a convertible I would be excluded anyway as I don't have a full roll protection system other than the front screen?? Confused

I have a couple of spare helmets. Probably a good idea to wear one with a convertible. But yes, top up and windows up is a must.

You don't strictly need a helmet for mild street cars as "slow" as ours but I always wear one anyway from the days of racing my Challenger. Just habit and I am worried if I do without now I will suddenly have bad luck. Laughing

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Redlevel

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Mon 18 Dec 17 14:57

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700 mile round trip for me.

I'd love to have a go but I need a bit of arranging for that one.

1. Cost and try to incorporate it into a holiday somehow.
2. How to get home if I break something.
3. Already off to the US in May/June, and we were going to be heading to Austria sometime later to visit M's rellys in Graz.

Drag raced many times on the roads (B730 Dundonald to Drybridge) in Ayrshire but never on a track and never with my Corvette.



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kentvette

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Mon 18 Dec 17 18:00

Re: Drag Race your Corvette


roppa440 wrote (View Post):kentvette wrote (View Post):
Not sure I'd do a full 1/4 mile (do they still use the 1/4 in the UK?) as the old girl is a good bit older now and the wallet is a lot thinner!


0-60 is the bit that puts the most strain on a cars engine and drivetrain. Probably nearly half way on a drag strip to.

The rest if the quarter mile is no different to overtaking on an A-Road.

Yes Santa Pod is a full quarter mile. 440 yards. Or 1320 feet.

You probably would end up not going much faster than you do when overtaking on the motorway. 80-90mph? So if you are worried the car couldn't do that it shouldn't really be on the road at all? Scratchchin


I guess that in reality, I don't give our old girl "the full beans" anywhere these days - its perfectly happy at normal road speeds and I'm sure also perfectly capable. But for me, if you're going to go to a strip, you may as well go for it, and that's when something may just let go Surprised Very Happy It's not what I have the car for now I suppose, any more than slinging it around at a track.... Now back in the 70's, when I had a real Austin Cooper..... Smile


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Rich

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Mon 18 Dec 17 18:36

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Some members may remember the Shoreham Airport CCCUK Drag Race Challenge which finished in 2008. A fantastic social evening with sole use of the airport runway. It was very well attended but alas another car club managed to contaminate the runway which put an end to the events.

It was as much a social gathering as an opportunity to drag race, so perhaps something similar would have more appeal to our members.


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roscobbc

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Mon 18 Dec 17 19:07

Re: Drag Race your Corvette


roppa440 wrote (View Post):470 mile round trip for me. Never put me off. But an overnight stay for a good sleep is always on the cards. I wouldn't want to go there and back in a day at my age. Very Happy
I'm sure that that the Sharnbrook Hotel would be able to offer a deal to enable CCCUK members to stay over for one or two mid week nights
- it's very close to the Pod - I can't imagine Ciro not being part of it all either.
As for breaking something - I'm sure most of us have breakdown cover on our insurances that will also trailer the vehicle back home in the event of a major problem.



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Redlevel

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Mon 18 Dec 17 20:39

Re: Drag Race your Corvette


I dont think that normal breakdown cover will work if you've been racing.. If I'm wrong, tell me who would cover you for that.

These companies have set rules like voiding your cover if you've 'had a go' at fixing your car after you've reported it..

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roppa440

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Mon 18 Dec 17 20:50

Re: Drag Race your Corvette


Plenty of cars break down either in the spectator area or just at the entrance gate. Always recovery trucks picking up there. Wink

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