Fun in the sand

Knighton Sand Pit has a reputation as a car killer – but its just not true.

16 competitors competed in round 7 of the Isle of Wight Car Club calendar, and interestingly quite a few chose to drive completely standard cars in the unmodified classes of 1 and 2.

Cathy True took the class 1 honours in her VW Lupo and finished 4th fastest lady.

IN class 2 Robbie Cooper shared his Corsa with Father and son paring of Barry and Kevin Richardson. In an attempt to prevent a repeat of their last outing at Knighton where Kevin managed to write off their shared Skoda by punching a hole in the sump when he hit a rock, they crudely fabricated a sump guard out of some crap aluminium in the pit area before the start. Despite this very Heath Robinson approach the car survived the day allowing all 3 drivers enjoy a day of club motorsport without too much incident.

However, it was the shared class 2 car of Jennie Stangle, Steve Wells, Dan Young and Clive Stangle who were competing in the most unlikely of cars – a Mitsubishi space wagon. More at home on a trip to Tescos or the school run rather than being thrashed around a sand quarry this car not only proved to be very entertaining but surprisingly competitive.

The car made it all the way to round 5 (a total of 16 runs) before having its suspension smashed after hitting a rock. Despite this Clive Stangle managed to not only produce the fastest class 2 time but just missed out on the podium finishing 4th place overall.

Steve glass took the class 3 award in his Clio that he shared with Sue Mitchell and Louise Wren took the fastest lady of the day award in her class 4 Puma that she was sharing with Shane Parry who took this car to the 3rd step of the podium with a very impressive drive.

Jon Barret also in class 4 but driving his 4wd Subaru claimed the 2nd step of the podium and the class 4 win but it was Andy Williams who dominated the event in his single seater class 5 special standing on the top of the podium.

All cars no mater what class you run in are permitted to have a sump guard to prevent damage, however, nothing can protect your car from over enthusiastic driving. Not that we would ever want to stop that. 

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