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UK Track Suggestions

Discussion in 'Ideas for 2005 calendar' started by v8dave, Oct 2, 2004.

  1. Rob Bell

    Rob Bell Senior Member

    Well, I can definitely see us going for Rockingham, Castle Combe, Silverstone, Donington and Brands Hatch :D

    Caroline, we have an airfield component already in the shape of the North Weald Activity days - although I agree, it would be fun to get some skid pan action into the equation (or perhaps go to North Weald in Feb again... ice and snow... luvverly tail-out action!!! LOL :D )
  2. FRY

    FRY Junior Member

    If looking for a circuit with plenty in the way of run off, I thought the GT circuit at Bedford Aerodrome was excellent. The SELOC Lotus boys were spinning all over the place when pushing the limit. Of course the MG contingent kept it nice and neat ;)

    Being a very long lap (near 3.5 miles), it had a good range of low, medium and high speed corners (if it was organised by MGs-on-Track), we could probably specify any combination from the huge range of layouts.

    In the negative, not a technically demanding circuit (by this, I thought they were very tradional racing lines) and the circuit surface is very smooth (i.e. not like any true race track in the UK).

    I would also love to have a go at the Lotus test track at Hethel, East Anglia (meant to show up every type of car's strength and weakness) if an arm twist was possible of Lotus but after seeing it on their Historic Open Day in the pouring rain, running off the circuit was a very low priority in it's design (i.e. don't!). I would suggest this would be for the advanced drivers only.
  3. Floyd_England

    Floyd_England Junior Member

    Bedford Autodrome

    The Bedford Autodrome website states that as well as the 4 circuits and the Grand Tourismo circuit, there are another 34 different configurations possible.


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    Last edited: Oct 19, 2004
  4. Rob Bell

    Rob Bell Senior Member

    That is incredible flexibility - I had no idea. Which circuits have you guys driven? I haven't been to Bedford...
  5. Dave

    Dave MGoT President

    I've only done the full GT circuit - I'd be interested to know what other configurations are like.
  6. Floyd_England

    Floyd_England Junior Member

    Bedford Autodrome

    A couple of other configurations are shown if you dig deep on the bedford website. (I think it's via a link to somewhere else)

    And with a bit of thought you can work out possible configurations from the overall plan.

    Rob, the only circuit we drove at the SELOC day was the Grand Tourismo which is the one shaded in light blue on the diagram (it runs anticlockwise)
  7. FRY

    FRY Junior Member

    I believe 'Evo' magazine use the West configuration of Bedford Aerodrome for comparing cars, must be a reason for this.

    SELOC always use the circuit in GT configuration, but it is so complex that it requires half the day just to know if is a left or right corner after the one you are in:) . SELOC members were superb on the day too!
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2004
  8. Rob Bell

    Rob Bell Senior Member

    The east circuit looks like a lot of fun - but not very long: more like a go-kart track perhaps?

    The GT circuit looks a bit of a monster!
  9. Floyd_England

    Floyd_England Junior Member

    Bedford Autodrome

    It's big, but I found the 1hour 50mph max sighting was just enough to get a good idea of where I was going.

    I loved it, plenty of run off, wide, nice and flowing. Ideal for a track day 'virgin' as I was.
  10. Rob Bell

    Rob Bell Senior Member

    Would a shorter circuit be preferred?
  11. JP12

    JP12 Active Member

    If the east circuit is 0.73 miles as it shows in the pic above then I think it might be a bit too short.

    I actually quite like the idea of a long track and the fact that it will take a large part of the day to learn. All the more reason to go back again:D

  12. Rob Bell

    Rob Bell Senior Member

    A bit like a 'British Nurburgring' eh Joe? ;)

    I agree - that has a lot of appeal. But the only thing that would bother me is whether there are too many boring, long straights. I wouldn't want another Goodwood...
  13. Dave

    Dave MGoT President

    There is a long straight that you could do without in an F, but it's much more interesting than Goodwood Rob. You'd enjoy it.
  14. JP12

    JP12 Active Member

    I totally agree that Goodwood is a bit boring, especially in the kind of cars that we have.

  15. v8dave

    v8dave Active Member

    Bedford track options

    If the 'management' contact the bedford management I'm sure they would talk to you about which circuit to use and probably let you try out some of the options available - trying them all would take all day!

    Feedback here seems to be to use the full GT track.


  16. paul64

    paul64 Junior Member

    Other venues

    I don't know the name of the venue, but the one that Top Gear film at out West of London may be available. I have a colleague that is doing a charity Caterham day there in early December. I know that they film there on Wednesdays, but as for general availability......?
  17. Rob Bell

    Rob Bell Senior Member

    I didn't think that the TG test track was in West London? Perhaps Cannon Ball Bob can give the definitive answer: he arranged the MGoT trip to TG earlier in the year... :)

    But in principle, yes, that could be quite a larf speeding around, playing 'easy listening' on the stereo, trying to be 'super stiggy' ;)

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