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Neil Fry

Member Since 28 Sep 2003
Offline Last Active Mar 18 2018 10:08 PM

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In Topic: On That Day - 5th August

16 March 2018 - 01:31 PM

Brain fade.....  was Dan Clarke's "Chevenger" actually based on a Vauxhall Chevette, or was it a Hillman Avenger?    :blush:

Hmmm.......good question. I think the Avenger based car that preceded the Chevette based car was called the Chevenger, but it could equally have applied to the Chevette I guess. The XR203 and the SR203 were self explanatory, but not sure what name was actually given to the Chevette.


Edit - just looking at some pictures, not sure it had a name........it had "Chevette" painted under the number on the aerofoil, so perhaps that was all it was known as??

In Topic: New MSD box, new rev limit.

11 March 2018 - 08:05 AM



So I use an MSD 6AL ignition Box on an old yank motor I have, had a quick look at the MSD box, rev limiter located behind a plastiky rubbery bung thingy so what is to say that rev limiter could be set at scrutineering and than the bung sealed,  coloured Hot wax maybe, or maybe drill a couple strategically drilled holes on said box so it could be wire sealed.

Got to be cheaper than forking out for a new type MSD box



 Just my thoughts on a cheap easy solution that every racer can do themselves.


                                                                           Cheers Ian

Ian, what planet are you on? That would never be an option......it's far too sensible! I'm sure you have been around the sport long enough to realise that when there is a walnut to crack, the powers that be set off in search of a hefty sledge hammer.



In Topic: New MSD box, new rev limit.

08 March 2018 - 12:24 PM

I do take Colin's point about people spending money for many decades within the sport, but it's the percentage of drivers that are spending it that has drastically changed. Back in the 60's, 70's and 80's there was a small percentage that were ploughing cash into the chase for success......these days that percentage is considerably higher. There are no where near the number of drivers with less than competitive machinery that were around the tracks in "The Golden Years". The more professional appearance of the sport must surely put off the sort of people who might have dipped their toe into the water 30 or 40 years ago. Couple that to the fact that every time there are measures introduced to try to rein in the spiralling costs of competing they seem to come at considerably greater cost than the component that they are replacing and the majority were using......re shockers and brake pads. I have said it before and continue to believe that the starting point in restricting engine spending is the tyres.....reduce the grip and the need for a mega engine is negated. It has the added bonus that (in my opinion at least) it would liven up the racing. It doesn't actually matter how bad the replacement tyres are either (as long as they had a decent lifespan) as everyone is in the same boat. That, to me, is a move in the right direction.....aimed at reducing costs in the longer run by reducing costs immediately.....win win?



In Topic: New MSD box, new rev limit.

07 March 2018 - 04:37 PM



We have seriously lost our way, the main attraction of this sport used to be the unlimited power on a small track with tyres, brakes and suspension that couldn't handle it.



That's should be the sport in a nutshell........and it should be the direction we are heading, saving drivers expense rather than loading them with more. The whole problem is being looked at from the wrong angle by those at the top.

In Topic: Same name, same number ?

23 January 2018 - 12:38 PM

The 499 variety was from Billingham if memory serves.......his son James raced Stoxkarts a few years back, perhaps not surprisingly as 499.
Might have perhaps been more interesting, and with a few more answers, if the question had been about "same name different number".....there are quite a few of them that may well have caused confusion over the years......I can think of at least 4 Stuart Smiths!!