The Easy Way of Changing W202 Dashboard Lights

Three things in life are guaranteed; you will die, you will be taxed and the light bulbs on your car will blow from time to time. The dashboard lights are unfortunately not an exception. AS you can see half of my speedometer and temperature gauge are now not illuminated.

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Mercedes suggest taking the steering wheel off and then using release keys, like you would use on a stereo, to pull the gauge cluster out of the dashboard. Taking the steering wheel off requires disconnecting the battery though so the airbag doesn’t go off in your face and then once the new bulb is in you would have to reconnect the battery to test the light is working and it just seemed like a lot of effort so I did it my way.

As with a stereo I figured that if you could get behind the gauge cluster you could push it out from behind so first I would have to open up a hole in the dashboard to get my hand behind the unit. The most logical way would be to remove the drivers side tweeter and air vent. 17553443_10212467771393104_1192064122066485570_n
Inside the air vent at the top to the right hand side (I assume the left hand side if a left hand drive vehicle) you will see a little plastic tab.

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This will release the tweeter that you will be able to pull away. Underneath that you will see two Philips head screws holding the top of the air vent in place which you will need to undo.

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When undoing these screws be mindful of these little metal pieces. On this car they are quite firmly attached to the dashboard plastic but if they have worn loose they could drop. If they feel loose it may be worth removing them and putting them somewhere safe.


The next bit is a little fiddly. At the bottom of the air vent you will see two little plastic tabs. These need to be pulled up at the same time so the vent can slide back out of the dashboard. I used two very small flathead screw drivers on the bottom and levered it out by hand from the top.


Voila! It is out and we have a hole!

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Now, if I poke my camera into that hole you should be able to see a plastic white lump behind the dash. That is the rear of your gauge cluster.

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Give it a good push and it should start to come free!

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It is out! If you have a car with a telescopic wheel you could extend the wheel as far out as it will go so you can bring the cluster further forward to give you come more room but I found ample room even with my static wheel. A tip is if you turn you wheel half a turn you can slide the bottom of the cluster over the top of the back of the wheel to give yourself a little more room too!

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There are quite a few bulbs back there so if you are unsure as to which bulb it is you need to change flick them on and see which one doesn’t light up. (Would have been tricky to do if you had disconnected the battery)

All the bulbs are held in with 6mm sockets. They do have a space for a flathead screw driver as well but personally I’d just use the socket for ease.

Replace the bulb and check that it works then simply slide everything back into place!

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Simple! It’s not as daunting as it first looks!

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Scalextric K.I.T.T Restoration

A few weeks ago Craig Hamnett very kindly sent me over two ‘loft find’ slot cars. One was a Datsun 240Z and the other was K.I.T.T, or a black Pontiac Trans-Am.

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For those of you that don’t know K.I.T.T is an abbreviation for Knight Industries Two Thousand. It is an artificial intelligence plugged in to the modified body of a Pontiac Trans-Am. It features in a TV show called Knight Rider which is well worth checking out, even if just for the 80s fashion!

In 1987 Scalextric released the Knight Rider “Pursuit Mode” and “Turbo Boost” sets in honour of the show which featured both this car and the blue Datsun. They were both only available in the set and so don’t have a ‘C’ number identity as most Scalextric cars do.

K.I.T.T itself has survived the past 30 years fairly well. The tyres were of course shot, the braids were missing and the gear on the end of the motor had snapped allowing the axle to move freely.

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The body itself had survived well though. Whenever I get an old slot car though they are always filled with dust and hair around the rear end haha! Nothing a quick wash won’t sort out though.

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Now, in the program, K.I.T.T was incredibly fast so it seemed a shame to me to keep that puny little Scalextric motor in there. Luckily I had a NSR 40,000 rpm shark motor sitting in a box doing nothing…

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It sadly didn’t have a gear on it but I managed to find a Slot It orange can motor with one. Getting a gear off of a slot car motor can be a right pain in the backside. My advice would be to invest in a Ninco gear puller. In the side of this puller there is a cut out for the frame of the puller to sit between the motor and the gear. You then wind in this little do-hicky which presses against the shaft of the motor and pulls the gear off! Even if you only need to use it once it is well worth the investment.

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The puller can also be used to install gears too. Put the motor into the long section of the tool. There is a tiny hole on the inner wall for the shaft of the motor to go through as the do-hicky pushes on the motor to run it through the gear.

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Easy!

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Now to swap the electrics over. Since they are already cut to length I’m going to use the standard wires that came with the car.

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With a little magic and solder!

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You may also see that I’ve cut two new lengths of braid. This car didn’t actually come with any but it is always worth while putting some new on whenever you get a new car. Obviously the more conductivity the better.

Another must with old Scalextric cars is tyres. After a while in storage the tyres start to go hard which means they don’t have any grip. Replacements are readily available from Pendle Slot Racing or Scalextric Restorations. The wheels on this car had also worn free of the axle so you can turn them individually. Obviously if the axle can turn without turning the wheels then you won’t be putting all your available power to the track. Easily fixed with a drop of super glue!

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Now it’s just time to put it all together!

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There was no particular work to be done on the body. Washing it with water took away most of the dirt but I decided to go over it with a little Autoglym polish just to make it nice and shiny again!

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It’s always nice to get an old car, regardless of size running again. That new motor has really given it some punch too. With the wide tyres it actually handles fairly well too considering how basic the chassis is.

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DTM in Assetto Corsa

One of the most exciting periods in Touring Car racing history was during the late 1980s and early 1990s. ‘Group A’ touring cars was a favourite class for manufacturers and privateers alike as the cars were based off of production cars available on the showroom floor with limits to power, weight and overall cost. The Group A format was also used by championships spanning the globe, including DTM and BTCC, which allowed manufacturers to run universal cars across a wide range of championships. Cars were built by Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Alfa Romeo, Volvo, Ford and many more.

This period is nicely celebrated in Assetto Corsa. The Alfa 155, BMW E30 M3 and Mercedes 190e Evo II are all represented.

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They are a nicely balanced group for racing. The variation is enough to give the individual cars character but none really excel above the others. With driver aids turned off I would say the Alfa is the easiest to race as it is the most forgiving in terms of handling. You can brake later than the other cars and throw into corners a little more aggressively which I find suits my play style.

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The Mercedes is the middle ground car. It’s faster than the Alfa in a straight line but will under-steer when pushed. Cornering and overtaking require a little more thought and preparation than with the Alfa.

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The BMW is the fastest of the group in a straight line which is really noticeable on the longer tracks but is quite skittish in the corners which is where the other cars will catch it up.

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I hope you have enjoyed this article, thanks for reading! What is your favourite Group A touring car?

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Assetto Corsa car reviews #1: Ferrari 312T

Racing simulator Assetto Corsa was on sale on the PlayStation Store and I simply couldn’t say no to it!

One of the things that struck me most was the difference in which the way each of the cars drives. I have the driver aids set to “Factory” (so if the car has them in real life I have them) and 0% stability control which might be why I’m getting such a good feel for the cars compared to other racing games, but it made me think that I could do reviews on each of the cars on this blog. I’ve not really had much to do with gaming on here which is a shame!

The car I would like to start with is one of the cars that drew me into the game in the first place: Niki Lauda’s 1975 Ferrari 312T.

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In real life this was a championship winning car for Lauda and Ferrari. The T in the name stands for transverse. The gearbox was mounted transversely to allow it to be mounted ahead of the rear axle giving the car a more medial centre of gravity.

In game it’s a pleasure to drive. It’s not as savage as the turbo charged Formula 1 cars of the 1980s yet lacks the precision and finesse which makes the modern Formula 1 cars rather easy to drive. It’s a challenge but not frustrating.

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To successfully race it one has to drive by thought rather than instinct. it will lock it’s wheel up under hard braking and the tail will kick out under hard acceleration. You have to think two or three corners ahead and plan your attacks on the other cars rather than just throwing it into a situation and expecting it to be able to handle it.

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Overall it is a fun, challenging car to drive and a nice break from the modern automobile.

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How to Fix W202 Power Seats

If you have a W202 C-Class with power seats that don’t work or work intermittently and all the fuses are fine then chances are this relay is the root of your problems.

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Power seat relay failure is a common problem with W202s. As the relay ages the soldered joints on the circuit board get brittle and break. Thankfully it is a very easy fix and should only set you back about £40 if you order a new relay or £0 if you are good with a soldering iron. The 10 digit number is the part code you will need if you decide to order a new one.

The relay can be found in the boot of the car.

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You will need to take the carpet out to access it. If you’ve not done it before just literally get hold of this black plastic handle and pull it up. It will slide out easily.

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Ta Da! You might not be able to see it too clearly on this photo but the relay is under a plastic sheet between the spare wheel and rear seats.

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The panel is held in by these three plastic screws. Just pop them out with a Philips head screw driver.

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Here is he relay. Just pull it out, pop your new one in and test it to see if it works! Simple as that!

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If you are feeling adventurous or you are a dab hand with a soldering iron you can try to fix the old relay. The seven pins you see at the bottom of the printed circuit board are your likely culprits. Inspect the solder around them for any hairline cracks and re-solder as necessary.

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Balsa Wood Super Cub Build: Part 3

Hi guys,

So we now have a set of wings ( https://motorsportformentalhealth.com/2017/02/20/balsa-wood-super-cub-build-part-2/ ) and a rudder, stabiliser and a set of wing mounts ( https://motorsportformentalhealth.com/2017/01/30/balsa-wood-super-cub-build-part-1/ )

Today I present to you duh duh daah the fuselage!

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Now, yes I have to admit that I am a terrible blogger and just sort of cracked into this without stopping to take photos as I went along. The premise is similar to the wings though. The sides are made out of several die cut pieces as are the fuselage and lengths of balsa strip cut to length complete the structure.

The landing gear is basically a bit of aluminium bent to shape. It is provided with the kit but it’s great that it’s another part that can be easily replicated if it is damaged in an accident.

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Of course, I couldn’t just have all the components there without taping them together could I? It’s starting to look like a proper little aeroplane now!

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Now, the rubber band motor is ran down the length of the aeroplane and then has a rubber dowel put through the rear end to hold it in place and a hook on the end of the propeller which you turn to wind the band up. The instructions say to put the band in after the aircraft has been skinned but it gets caught up on the bulkheads and once the aircraft is skinned you can’t manually guide it right down the back of the aircraft. So I’m putting the band in first.

The band itself is just a long bit of elastic which you have to tie a knot in like so:

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This is then fed down the nose of the aircraft to the tail where it is held in by a wooden dowl that is pushed through the side of the aircraft (the sticky out bits)

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Now all there is to do is trim the dowel to the correct length and file it to be flush with the fuselage.

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There we have it! One fuselage built and one motor installed! Next time we should be putting the skin over the frame!

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London Classic Car Show 2017: Vauxhall SRV

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Today we will be looking at a car from the London Classic Car Show that I think deserves a blog post all to itself: The 1970 Vauxhall SRV.

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The SRV (Styling Research Vehicle) was a concept car that was designed by Wayne Cherry to be a four seat sports car, akin to the Lamborghini Espada, that was based off of the long tail LeMans cars of the time.

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To say it looks ahead of it’s time is an understatement. When I first laid on eyes on it I assumed it was a concept from the early 1980s not 1970. Next to the cars Vauxhall were producing at the time it must have looked out of this world!

The car also has a lot of features that are more attributed to modern day super cars than cars from the 1970s. It has an adjustable aerofoil in the nose to increase/decrease downforce and a drivers seat that was fixed to the base of the car with an adjustable pedal box and steering wheel the save weight on having runners under the seats.

The interior is quite unusual. The centre console is clear and the instruments are in a pod on the inside of the drivers door. Also note the vast array of buttons by the drivers right arm.

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The car was originally designed to run Vauxhall’s Slant Four engine but in a transverse configuration. A transverse gearbox was never built for the car however, so it could not move under it’s own power.

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Thought of the Day: Be a Situational Prism!

Do you ever get those moments where you draw inspiration from the strangest of things?

This morning, before I could drag myself away from the warm envelopment of my bed, I was listening to Money from Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon album (I assume as some sort of sadistic joke to myself as cars take all of my money) and the album art got me thinking.

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For those of you who don’t know what this is it’s called an optical prism. You may have seen it in your science labs at school. You beam white light onto it and the prism breaks down that white light into its component colours, the colours of the spectrum.

Our mind works in a (sort of) similar way. It takes the information it is presented and breaks it down into manageable components.   However, sometimes we can’t always see the full range of proverbial colours, we just focus on the one, especially if we are angry or anxious about a situation.

By focusing in on that one thing though we aren’t seeing the solution to our problem or seeing the full worth of the situation that has been presented to us.   So the next time you think a situation is dire remember this prism and to mentally ‘take a step back’ so you can see a situation for its full worth.

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First Blood: King of the Ring 2017: Round 1

For those who don’t know, Arena Essex is a short course oval track based in Thurrock Essex. It’s been open since the late 1970’s and is home to a number of Formulas including various classes of stock cars and oval hot-rods, motorbike speedway and of course bangers. It’s also the home of (legal) drifting in Essex.

Not many know that it has hosted BDC in days gone. It also hosted a round of Drift Allstars and has been host to its’ own grassroots practise days and drift competitions for a number of years. The competitions used to run under the name Pure Carma but evolved into King of the Ring. An organisation that gets more professional every year and finds new ways to push the drivers on the slippery concrete oval.

As time has passed and both the event and drivers have become more professional the cars have become more professional too. It’s still a grass roots event, one can turn up with a £300 318is E36 and have a lot of fun but the guys going for gold now are all running big lock, wide front tyres and most have BMW straight 6’s from 2.3s up to 2.8s. Since the cars are now able to carry a fair bit of speed safety has been tightened over the past couple of years. From this year fire suits are now mandatory for all drivers.

The first round of 2017 took place upon a rainy February evening. After a full day of practise the track was set up. A lap and a half around the oval with a wall of plastic barriers blocking off half of the top corner and numerous front and rear clipping points throughout the track.

Marshalling the event would be the Essex Transit Specialists team Ron, Dal and Jodie with Team S1’s Kris Morris and Motor Parts World’s Danny Grundy judging and Mark Lappage and team commentating. These guys all deserve a special mention as without them the event wouldn’t be able to run so smoothly.

Evil X Photography also deserve a special mention for allowing me to use their photos from the day in this blog! Their Facebook page can be found here:    www.facebook.com/EvilXPhotography

If at any point you notice any wrong names or mistakes please get in touch and I will be happy to rectify.

Without further ado, lets get to the battles!

Top 32

Jack Almary vs Johnny Smith

Number one qualifier Johnny Smith in his E36 touring was able to pull several car lengths on Jack Holloway  in the first run but took a dive into the wall on the second run giving Holloway the win.

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Johnny Smith’s E36 Touring

Martin Cheeseman vs Nerijus Voliukevicius

Martin Cheeseman’s new car would have to tackle a mighty Skyline on it’s first battle. The E36 held it’s own considering that the Skyline probably had twice the power, unfortunately a loss of angle would see Cheeseman knocked out.

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Martin Cheeseman’s new saloon. I’m still mourning the death of the compact.

Tony Morgan vs Dan Tyler

Tony Morgan is a name you should recognise if you’ve read some of my King of the Ring posts from before. He is a regular at Arena Essex in his Nissan 300ZX. For whatever reason though the 300ZX was out of action and he was driving an E36 BMW with very little practise. Sadly a spin in the very first corner of the battle saw him knocked out and Dan Tyler through to the top 16. Dan Tyler will go on to do great things though!

Jay White vs Mark Chapman

Mark Chapman is a regular contender of King of the Ring with MAPT Motorsport. With a revamped car and a new season to contend with he was out for victories. However his first battle of the day would be against BDC driver Jay White in a well prepared R33 Skyline. Mark put in a good driver but spun in both heats of the battle allowing Jay into the next round of competition.

James Tookey vs Jay Wilding

James Tookey had the advantage of the first leg of the battle as Wilding made a few corrections. Tookey then crashed in the second leg giving the win to Jay Wilding.

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Jay Wilding’s E46 BMW

James Wilkins vs Victor

Arena Essex regular James Wilkins drew a chap named Victor in a multicoloured E46 BMW in his first battle. Wilkins whos car is set up perfectly for Arena Essex was able to pull away from Victor easily who was having to lose angle in a bid to keep up. On the last corner Victor’s car dived into the BMW if Wilkins and spun it taking Victor out of the competition.

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Victor’s E46

Paul Parnell vs Emre Taner

MAPT Motorsport’s Paul Parnell advanced into the top 16 following a spin by Emre.

Darrel Smith vs Mike Walton

This promised to be a close battle. Darrel is another well known and respected driver at King of the Ring and Mike Walton drives in Drift Cup. Unfortunately the battle never really came to flourish as Mike under-steered into the armco giving Darrel an easy win.

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Darrel Smith’s new E46 compact. Name and number sticker by yours truly.

Jon Hudd vs Anthony Feery

Team Twisted’s Anthony Feery is a dedicated man. Entering the first corner flat out he plowed straight through the plastic barriers marking an inner clipping point spraying plastic walling across the track. Jon Hudd swerved to avoid the debris and hit the armco damaging his car. Hudd went through as the mistake was Feery’s. He woudl need to get his car fixed quickly though!

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Robby Yates vs Ryan Sargent

Both drivers from Team Twisted and both in E36 estates. Robby Yates had the clear advantage in battle though as Sargent spun during both runs.

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Ryan Sargent’s E36 touring

Bradley Cousins vs Peter Spinks

The battle between the two best looking BMWs at the event was sadly cut short as Peter Spinks spun in the first battle then hit the wall in the 2nd.

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Peter Spink’s Touring

Jamie Stanton vs Matthew Ladds

Not much to be said about this battle really. Both drivers put in clean runs but Ladds had a better proximity on his chase run giving him the win.

Tom Yates and James Emerson

James Emerson was the only driver in a rotary powered car that evening. The old fashioned piston engine in Tom Yate’s BMW soon took it out. the rotary scream did make a change from the normal BMW noises though.

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James’ RX8

Asbo Larry vs Joe Smith

The pressure of competition may have got into Larry who spun in the first run. Joe Smith was also driving well throughout the evening and didn’t show Larry any mercy.

Alex Chapman vs Oliver Bolton

Two Arena Essex regulars. This battle would be a win for MAPT Motorsport though after Oliver Bolton sadly spun out.

Rhys Gamble vs Ian Blackett

Both drivers well known in the drift scene. Rhys Gamble used to drive in BDC and Ian Blackett is the resident photographer at Santa Pod’s ‘Drift What Ya Brung’ days.

Gamble clearly had the experience though and took a fair win over Mr Blackett.

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Rhys Gamble’s E36 on attack

Top 16

Nerijus Voliukevicuis vs Jack Almary

Nerijus took the win after Jack spun. It was Jack’s first time in competition though so he did really really well!

Jay White vs Dan Tyler

‘A David and Goliath battle’ is a term I use a lot in my drifting posts. the following is a fine example of one of those battles though. Our giant, Goliath, is an R33 Skyline driven by a BDC level driver and our David is actually a dude called Dan who drives an E36 BMW.

Despite the difference in power Dan was able to keep his E36 firmly under the wing of the mighty Skyline then, when the roles reversed, Dan was simply able to leave him in the dust. An amazing drive that sent a BDC driver back to the centre of the track with his tail between his legs!

James Wilkins vs Jay Wilding

A close battle between the two BMW E46s. James Wilkins came out on top though. Experience is the key at Arena.

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James Wilkins’ E46

Darrel Smith vs Paul Parnell

This was a battle between two clean, consistent drivers that I would simply not like to judge. Thankfully Kris Morris and Danny Grundy did that for me and sent Paul Parnell through. Far too close for little old me.

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Paul Parnell’s E46

Jon Hudd vs Robby Yates

Sadly Mr Hudd was not able to fix his car after its’ date with the wall so Mr Yates automatically got through to the  great eight.

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Robby Yates’ E36

Bradley Cousins vs Matthew Ladds

For 9/10ths of this battle I would have said Bradley Cousins had the lead. The 1/10th was what lost Bradley the battle though. A huge correction entering the final corner the the most obvious mistake either driver made and saw Ladds into the great eight.

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Bradley Cousins’ E36

Tom Yates vs Joe Smith

The evening’s first battle that went to a one more time. Both sets of battles were incredibly close but the judges did their job and put Tom through to the top 8.

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Tom Yates’ E36 coupe

Alex Chapman vs Rhys Gamble

Another pair of great drivers only separated by one mistake from Rhys Gamble who touched the wall with the back of his car forcing him to straighten up.

Top 8

Nerijus Voliukevicius vs Dan Tyler

Nerijus would have to pull out all the stops to beat Dan Tyler, he knew that the Skyline’s power wouldn’t be a huge advantage in this battle as Dan would peddle his car as hard as he could to keep up. Dan on the other hand had slain one Skyline, what was to stop him taking another?

The battle that followed was close but once again Dan would fell the mighty Godzilla Skyline.

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Nerijus’ Skyline

James Wilkins vs Paul Parnell

Another close battle between two of Arena’s regulars. The judges deemed it too close to call not once but twice! After a lot of deliberation the judges decided it would be Wilkins who took the win.

Robby Yates vs Matthew Ladds

Once again it was clear who the more experienced driver was in this battle. Matthew put down good laps but Robby was able to get closer to the clipping points and seemed to be a little more brave with his lines. Safe is fine but at this level one really has to push hard to get through the competition.

Tom Yates vs Alex Chapman

Now, call me controversial but this one didn’t make a lot of sense to me. The first set of battles were close and went to one more time but in the first OMT Alex straightened which I thought would have given the advantage to Tom. From my point of view I didn’t see Tom make any big mistakes so I was quite surprised to hear a second one more time called. The second set of OMT Alex one fair and square but I failed to see the mistake Tom made to warrant that OMT. If someone in the know could let me know then I can add that into this post!

Top 4

James Wilkins vs Dan Tyler

Dan Tyler was just on fire (proverbially. He can’t literally be on fire now KOTR have made race suits mandatory!). He has knocked two Skylines out of competition and has now taken James Wilkins out of the competition too which is no mean feat!

Robby Yates vs Alex Chapman

Would Alex be able to take out the younger of the Yates’ too? Yes he would! A close battle but Chapman’s chase run was really good and gave him the overall advantage.

Consolation

James Wilkins vs Robbie Yates

Two local drivers with a lot of experience on Arena; the battle between James Wilkins and Robby Yates would be incredibly close! Only a correction from Wilkins in the second set of one more time battles would see the stalemate resolved and Robby Yates on the podium with third place.

Final

Dan Tyler vs Alex Chapman

Another close battle that went to one more time. The pressure unfortunately got to MAPT Motorsport’s Alex Chapman who spun out giving Dan Tyler a well deserved first place.

The winner in my eyes thoroughly deserved the victory. Having hit the wall in practise Dan cobbled his car back together before going out to take down two Skylines in the most spectacular fashion and then take the event win. Superb driving all evening!

So overall we have:
1st place: Dan Tyler
2nd place: Alex Chapman
3rd place: Robby Yates

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London Classic Car Show 2017: Classic Grand Prix Cars.

This year really started for me with the London Classic Car Show at the ExCeL in London. The show is a celebration of classic motoring and features many machines from the top marques of the 20th Century along with stands from restorers and classic car dealerships.

This week I shall be taking a look at the cars of the show. Today, we will be looking at something a little different. The classic Grand Prix cars that were on display.

There were a wide variety of cars on display. The earliest was the Aston Martin Razor Blade, named after the slats that opened at the front to allow air to the radiator, from 1923. The Razor Blade isn’t technically a Grand Prix car, it is a speed record car that was derived from a Grand Prix car so I am listing it here. This car is normally on display at Brooklands should you wish to see it.

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The Bugatti Type 35 was a pleasure to see in person. It is a true icon of 1920s motor racing to me! Interestingly, these were also available for the (wealthy) public to buy to use as road cars!

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Aerodynamics became much more prevalent in Grand Prix racing following the Second World War. The sleek, front engined cars of the 1950’s such as this Maserati 250F and what I believe to be a Ferrari 533, are some of the best looking Formula 1 cars ever produced in my opinion.

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In the early 1960’s Cooper revolutionised Formula 1 by building a car with a rear mounted engine. The cars were so successful that other teams soon followed suit. Most teams at this stage were also using the Cosworth DFV engine which equalled the power out and so aerodynamics became much more prevalent as cars began to spout spoilers and wings to help the air flowing over the car push it to the ground. As we can see here with this Lotus Type 49, Brabham BT26 and Ferrari 312B.

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The 1970’s were really a continuation of the 60’s. The Cosworth DFV remained the power plant of choice for many F1 teams yet tyres became wider and teams were beginning to experiment with ground effects as an understanding of aerodynamics continued to flourish.

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The 1980’s on Formula 1 reflected the decade in real life. There was a lot of excess! With the introduction of mid race refueling and forced induction engineers were able to turn up the power and cars began reaching 1000-1400 horsepower! With that power came the need for more grip! Cars of the early 80s were pretty much limitless with the downforce they could produce!

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Then there were the 90’s. A decade remembered more for the drivers than the cars. Especially by the mid 90’s when electronic driving aids were pretty much banned and the cars started becoming more sensible again.

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This brings us to the noughties and up to present day!

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