Saturday, 20 October 2012

Luffield Speed Championship Success

After three years of hard work and trying I finally succeeded in winning the 2012 Luffield Cars Trophy.

In order to win I had to beat 70 cars in 8 events either in hill climbs or sprints. Every year, the event is arranged against the clock on tarmac courses, some are narrow and twisty like they are at Shelsley Walsh and some of them are fast and open such as at Silverstone.

The Championship is open to MG based cars and attracts vehicles from supercharged 1930 cars up to the present day Chinese produced MG6. Me and my 1957 MGA Coupe achieved 8 class records this year, so the long cold nights during the winter I spend in my garage, getting speed out of my car have been more than worthwhile. This culminated in the performance I experienced which at times was scary and required a delicate touch through the corners, especially when pushing it to the limit on narrow tyres.

Each event lasts between 1 and 2 minutes, so that there is absolutely no room for errors, those championships can be won and lost in hundredths of a second and apart from a well-prepared car, luck and driving skill it is also about being absolutely focused on every corner and being mentally prepared for the next gear change.

Even the smallest mistakes can mean more than just the lost race, such as serious damage or worse. Nevertheless I am looking forward spending the next winter in my garage aiming to get more drive out of the corners and even now just a few days after the Championship I am planning suspension and camshaft modifications for my 1957 MGA Coupe. I will keep you updated as the winter progresses.