Unfortunately we have had to cancel round 2 because of the weather conditions. As much as we would love to have an event in the snow, the steep roads leading into and out of Knighton will only cause issues.
Apologies and keep an eye on this site for an update
Plan ‘A’ is the hope that the snow will melt by mid afternoon and the AGM will happen as planned, however, if the Beast from the East returns, plans my change, please watch this space.
The Isle of Wight Car Club always try to run a non championship event before the season starts so that club members can get back into the groove and use it as a shake down for their cars.
The original plan was to organise a team style event, but in the end due to so many club members car sharing we oped to try out something we have always wanted to do – A start stop box.
The event ran as any normal event would, however, half way through the course, drivers would stop in a box very similar to the stop box, however, instead of breaking the beam to finish it would start an electronic timer that after 10 seconds would activate a green arrow indicating the driver may continue.
This tested drivers reaction times and provided much entertainment for the onlookers, but, the main reason for this stop box was effectively a feasibility study into how we could use this to slow cars down in a controlled manor and in doing so, allow the club to access other venues such as Ventnor Botanic Gardens. The conclusion? A success and thank you to Ryan Munt for creating such a great gizmo. You may see a start stop box in the 2018 calendar soon.
Despite this being a fun day, competitors were being competitive and pushing their cars and their driving skills to the limit. The curbs at the Isle of Wight college are very unforgiving and Mark Hill found this out the hard way when he drifted his Subaru Impreza sideways into a curb, bending a wheel and rear suspension in the process.
On a high point, the club are pleased to welcome many new members, almost all opting to take advantage of the PCA option and driving with a passenger.
With the top 3 positions being traded throughout the day, in the end Garry Wetherick stood on the 3rd step of the podium driving his Suzuki Cappuccino, John Barrett took 2nd in his Subaru Impreza and after a very shaky start Chris Wilson dominated the day in his class 5 special.
The Podium has a new sponsor with Dan Young Plumbing and presented each diver with a bottle of bubbly with a special sponsors label highlighting their finishing position. The three driver were so excited that they prematurely sprayed their bubbly all over each other before an official photo could be taken.
Lets hope they can control themselves at the up and coming AGM dinner and prize giving on Friday the 2nd of March.
The last Isle of Wight Car Club event of 2017 was a sealed surface event held at Fort Street Car park in Sandown.
This car park is a real Marmite venue. The fine covering of loose stones makes the first few runs similar to driving on marbles, however, once these have been swept away, the abrasive underlying surface will reward smooth driving and decimate the rubber of drivers who like to drive more aggressively and light up their tires.
Two very smooth drivers included Dave Goodwin driving his classic Mini and James Robbins in his Clio, both posted a very good identical time of 59:26 in round 1.
However, Barny Lower amazed everyone who watched by driving his huge BMW saloon sideways through every gate with pin point accuracy and posted the fastest first run of the day in a time of 58.69.
As the day progressed, times tumbled but many struggled to remember the course or pushed too hard and incurred penalties by striking cones.
The only unmodified car at this event was the MX5 driven by John Cooper and Wayne Hole, with Wayne stamping his authority over John by posting a time of 54:93 and placing him 12th overall.
Class 3 is for modified cars under 1300cc and there were 10 drivers in this class. The turbo Cappuccino of Garry Wetherick seemed not to suit this course and it was a long awaited return to the podium for Dave Goodwin in his classic Mini and placed 3rd over all at the day’s close and Marion Brett was the fastest lady of the day in her classic mini.
James Robbins was rewarded with 5th place over all for his smooth driving but the modified Subaru Imprezas that also live in class 4 have much more traction and power.
Class 5 is for cars that don’t fit into any of the other classes. Chris Wilson in his single seater special was struggling, however, he cannot be too disappointed as he did not only secure the sealed surface championship but also the the overall championship.
Steve Wells claimed the fastest class 5 place with a time of 51:38 and the second step of the podium.
The highlight of the day was with a very popular driver who is fairly new to the club and has also encouraged many new members to take part in this grass roots motor sport by inviting them to drive his own Subaru Impreza. Jon Barrett’s results have been constantly improving throughout the year and it was a fantastic conclusion to the 2017 season to see Jon stand on the top step of the podium at Fort Street with a winning time of 51:23.
It has also become a tradition to have a team prize at the final event of the year, where drivers’ names are randomly paired up with a fellow driver and the team with the fastest combined time of the day are awarded a prize. This year the team of Steve Wells and Toby Allen claimed the prize of free membership for the following year.
The club would like to thank everyone who helps make these events happen and in particular the land owners who allow us to partake in this fun accessible motor sport for the masses. This very successful and eventful season will be celebrated at the club’s AGM in the new year where trophies will be awarded. Keep an eye on the club’s website for more information, www.iowcc.co.uk.
Healey weekend report
Saturday’s event was held at BAE Systems in Northwood. This venue allows drivers to push the limits of traction as there is plenty of room in this large spacious car park. Large sweeping bends and 360 turns proved a great playground for drivers who wanted to drift their cars in a safe and legal environment.
From round 1 there were a hand full of drivers who were not messing around and looking for a fast time. Steve Wells led the charge followed by Ricky Sheppard in their Locost specials and Gary Wetherrick just behind in his fantastic little modified class 3 Suzuki Cappuccino.
The success of this little Suzuki has prompted another Cappuccino (Babyccino) to be seen competing, this time an unmodified car driven in class 1 by Dean Masterton, Dean Taylor and new member Kelly Wetherrick who was one of three ladies competing at this event alongside Josie Greenen and Marion Brett who were both campaigning their classic Minis and battling for the title of fastest lady of the day.
Class 2 consisted of a selection of unmodified cars over 1400cc such as Josh Finch’s MGF but mostly MX5s with Wayne Hole being the fastest of the bunch finishing this first day in 12th place overall.
Adam Greenen outperformed his father to be the fastest in class 3 in their classic Mini followed by Dave Goodwin who only just made the event after his Mini refused to start that morning.
On Saturday the top 3 cars were all class 5 cars with Chris Wilson on the 3rd step of the podium. Steve Wells was only 0.2 seconds ahead but this gave him second place. However, Ricky Sheppard with an amazing lead of 1.29 seconds not only claimed victory but had a substantial lead going into Sunday’s event.
Sunday’s event was held at the Isle of Wight College. This tight car park is a huge contrast to Saturday’s event, with falling leaves covering the twisty path lined by concrete curbs and trees. This is an unforgiving venue and drifting and showboating is only for the skilled, brave or stupid. Mark Hill is definitely one of the former descriptions and stupid is not one of them. His dramatic tyre smoking antics in his class 4 EVO were rewarded with the trophy for most entertaining driver of the weekend.
Class 4 is for modified cars over 1400cc and this year has seen the popularity of the Subaru hit new highs thanks to the increased involvement of the Isle of Wight Subaru Owners Club. One of these is new member Andrew Richardson who campaigned his very nice 2 ltr Sport GX wagon and despite damaging the suspension after hitting a curb, still enjoyed his weekend and has vowed to return. One of the highlights of the day was to sit in the passenger seat of the class 4 winner Dean Long in his rally prepared WRX RA.
Adam Morgan blew up the engine in his class 5 Locost on Sunday and Dan Morgan being the kind brother he is let him drive his. However, Adam Crashed it, ruining Dan’s hope of a podium finish. Chris Wilson also had engine issues but still managed to be fast enough to again stand on the 3rd step. Ryan Munt came out of retirement driving Steve Wellsâ€™ car and stood on the 2nd step but no-one had an answer for Ricky Sheppard’s performance as he again dominated his competitors and not only won Sunday’s event but his combined lead over the weekend of 4.02 seconds secured him the beautiful Turbine Trophy.
Marion Brett was the fasted lady of not only Sunday but also the weekend and there were awards presented to class winners. Class 1 went to Dean Taylor, class 2 to Wayne Hole, class 3 to Adam Greenen, class 4 to Dean Long and class 5 went to our event winner Ricky Sheppard.
The next event is the final event of the year held on the 26th of November at Fort Street Carpark in Sandown.