2019 Race dates, reports & results

The CSCC (and a few others) selective calendar is as follows  - Blue is a CSCC event and bold/underline shows the race day.

                   

 

2019 Race & other dates and results
# Date Venue / Event

Club & Series

Car Result o/a  Class  result Weather/comment Results
  23 -24 Feb NAEC Stoneleigh, Warks Race Retro Show n/a        
                 
1 6 7 April Snetterton 300 CSCC Swingers
CSCC Classic K
Tuscan
Grantura
dnf
9th
dnf
2nd
Wet then dry
Dry then wet
 
2 4 5 May Silverstone International CSCC Swingers
CSCC Classic K
Tuscan
Grantura
dnf
14th
dnf
1st
Warm and dry Results
Results
3 25 27 May Oulton Park CSCC Swingers
CSCC Classic K
Tuscan
Grantura
3rd
7th
1st
1st
Warm and dry SS Results
CK Results
4 27 30 June Spa Francorchamps Summer Classic Roadbook / CSCC Classics and Spa 3 Hours Tuscan
Grantura
27th (!!??)
4th
25th
??
2nd
5th
Insanely hot - 42 degrees in the Tuscan... Results
5 20 21 July Anglesey coastal & International circuits CSCC Swingers Tuscan 2nd
1st
1st
1st
Warm and dry Results
  25 26 August Brands Hatch Indy CSCC Swingers
CSCC Classic K
Tuscan
Grantura
    Entered  
  21 22 September Thruxton CSCC Swingers Tuscan     Entered  
  4 5 6 October Dijon-Prenois CSCC Classics Grantura Lotus Elan     Entered  
  26 27 October Donington CSCC Swingers
CSCC Classic K
Tuscan
Grantura
    and Night races  
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 

    CSCC Swinging Sixties Group 2 class structure for 2019

Class D - All 6 cylinder cars up to 3000cc (Triumph GT6)

Class E - Cars over 3000cc
Class F - All Swinging Sixties Group Two cars running on Dunlop Historic Tyres
Class G - Cars with original V8 engines (TVR Tuscan)
Class H - All Lotus cars (Seven, Elite, Elan, etc.). Lotus Sevens only, have a mandatory pitstop of 30 seconds. Any race winner penalty will be added to this.
Class M - All Marcos Volvo-engined cars
Class J - Invitation class for Swinging Sixties Group Two Cars

 

7th April 2019 - Snetterton 300 - CSCC Swinging Sixties & CSCC Classic K  TVR Tuscan and TVR Grantura

We love a great start to the season and this wasn't it!  In the Classic K race the Grantura was way easier to drive after the winter changes but the weather didn't really let us stretch it properly after the 18 month gap from the previous race. Qually was dry and we gridded up in a way-off-the-pace in 12th place. The race was super-wet and we finished about 9th having reached the dizzy peak of 8th at one point. It was actually better from the driving seat than the sidelines I suspect and I really enjoyed my 25 minutes in the car. Second in class but with only 3 cars, not enough to gain a trophy.

The Tuscan was better and worse. Qually was super-wet and we didn't get a decent lap at all - 13th must be the lowest we've been on the grid for ages however it nearly always leads to an exciting race start.  With Dave's leg still not being 100% after last year's achilles tendon problem we discussed him starting the race and coming is as soon as the pit window opened (we normally start in our own car) however we decided that I'd go first and try to make up a few places by the pit stop.

As it turned out the weather dried out and the track was 90% dry by the race and I had a truly great get away from the rolling start. I was up to 6th by turn 1 then 4th by turn 2. I got up to 3rd by half way round lap 1 and then started chasing leading Elan and the second placed Ray Barrow Camaro.  By lap 4 I had caught Ray and sneaked inside him as we joined the Bentley straight but just at the same time as the clutch let go. I had no drive and coasted to halt round by Coram. Not sure what failed yet but I would guess it's the clutch release mechanism jammed the clutch into a disengaged state.

Later investigation showed that the concentric clutch slave had burst its seal and lost all its fluid, by the following weekend the gearbox had been out and it was all back together again ready for Silverstone's even worse performance.

Start of the Snetterton 300 Swinging Sixties race in TVR Tuscan click here the end was just 6 minutes later!


Jon waiting for a stint in the Grantura at Snetterton in 2019; David Smitheram and Hugo Holder in hi-vis CSCC mode.

 

4th May 2019 - Silverstone International - CSCC Swinging Sixties & CSCC Classic K  TVR Tuscan and TVR Grantura

A very short report for this one on Star Wars day. In the Tuscan Swinging Sixties we qualified well into 3rd place on the grid from 29 cars (and, notably, quicker than all our Class G rivals) but then failed to even make the first corner when the offside drive shaft failed at the start of the race. I pulled off the track at the first corner and that was the end of that! The car was fixed within 3 days but it was a real disappointment especially after the Snetterton clutch mechanism failure.

Start of the Silverstone International Swinging Sixties race in TVR Tuscan click here oops a drive shaft broke

In the 36 car Classic K race however, we both had really entertaining drives and were both racing pretty much the whole time and we ended up with a Class win which made for our first trophies of the season. A great car and really good fun to drive.


Broken TVR Tuscan drive shaft flange after the Silverstone 2019 event

 

25th May 2019 - Oulton Park - CSCC Swinging Sixties & CSCC Classic K  TVR Tuscan and TVR Grantura

A truly brilliant Swinging Sixties race weekend to follow the two dreadful ones previously. It was good weather and both cars performed faultlessly and we walked away with two class wins.

Swinging Sixties Group 2 We qualified well into 4th place and Dave is getting back on form after last year's injury. We were helped by a few DNFs from our key competition but comfortably won the class and gained a 3rd overall. We do need to brush up a bit on our pit stops but really pleased with the results as can be seen in the picture.   

To see the entire Oulton Park Swinging Sixties race click here


The Swinging Sixties Group 2 podium at Oulton Park in 2019

Classic K A strong performance from both of us and we managed a great class win with 7th overall from 9th on the grid. We both had great stints with racing pretty much wheel-to-wheel for the whole 30 minutes.


Jon and Dave with the trophy haul at Oulton Park in 2019

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27th to 30th June 2019 - Spa Francorchamps - CSCC Classic and Spa 3 Hour  TVR Tuscan and TVR Grantura

Quite a delayed report but lots happened there and quite a bit of family and village stuff since, hence the delay on writing the report.

This annual Ardennes-based CSCC meeting is a must for us and we were all disappointed that Jared 'Pit Boy' Myers couldn't make it this year (some holiday nonsense excuse was given) but Roger was able to step in to help with paddock and pit lane duties. We had a full weekend:

  • Wednesday afternoon and evening: travel to Spa

  • Thursday: Tuscan scrutineering for the CSCC Classic race (Swingers and Classic K combined); Grantura scrutineering for the Spa 3 Hours...then a few drinks in the Bistro on top of the F1 pits

  • Friday afternoon: CSCC Classic practice

  • Friday evening: Spa 3 Hour practice

  • Saturday afternoon: CSCC Classic race 1 - 40 minutes

  • Saturday evening/night: Spa 3 Hour race

  • Sunday morning: CSCC Classic race 2 - 40 minutes

  • Sunday afternoon: travel home

which sounds busy but because the cars were pretty reliable there was quite a lot of sitting about doing very little, or, Just Waiting as Steve McQueen might say.


The Grantura in the Spa garages just waiting...

 

 

 

Race 1 - CSCC Classic (Saturday afternoon) we qualified in 5th in staggeringly hot weather but then had the fastest lap disallowed due to a pit lane speeding infringement which dropped us to 6th.  The race was fun but largely uneventful although it was well over 40 degrees C in the car and we had a bit of a nightmare in the pit stop; we could not get the seat harness sorted quickly enough which dropped us to about 10th place. There was a bit of lapping but not really much of a race to report on.  Ray Barrow did really well in the white Camaro but was out for race two because of a serious engine fault that developed during the race and also suffered a 30 second time penalty for speeding in the pit lane (which everyone noticed Ray!). Nigel Reuben won convincingly with Simon Lane in second place and Jamie Keevil in 3rd (but missed the podium because of Ray's penalty being applied later).

Much later it became apparent that there had been an issue with the circuit's timing equipment and loads of people were classified in the results way down from where they should be. It took the CSCC team several hours to get it corrected however we were missed! Because not every passing of the transponder was accurately recorded we had a "near 6 minute lap" in the race so looked like we had a super slow lap and were given as finishing 27th overall in the results and 4th in class.

The problem being that race 1 results also set the race 2 grid...hence the lowly grid start for race 2.

The Spa 3 Hour (Saturday evening) was epic fun having qualified in 54th place from 76 starters. This race runs with  three main categories, those being: 1965, 1971 and 1976 and we were really aiming for a good position in the 1965 group where we were 41st on the grid.  Three hours is a heck of a time and we had calculated that we could not run at full speed for the full three hours without refuelling; we had worked out a few scenarios based on wet weather and safety car periods which would affect the timing or need to for a fuel stop. Also the rules mandate that a driver may only drive for a maximum of 71 minutes in a single stint so that suggested two pit stops with Dave starting and ending the race and taking on a modest amount of fuel on the second stop at around 135 minutes.


Seriously hot in the F1 pit garages waiting for my 65 minute Grantura stint in the 2019 Spa 3 Hour race,
with1980s vintage TSSC umbrella

We brought Dave in at about 50 minutes and I went out for about 65 minutes. It was really brilliant fun and the car was well behaved except for the truly horrendous noise coming from the drive train (at the time we thought it was the gearbox although it later transpired to be the pinion gear which had lost three half-teeth. We didn't really make any mistakes and drove pretty solidly for the whole race. Dave put a few litres of fuel in at he start of his second stint which only cost us one place so was definitely worth doing and there really wasn't a lot of fuel left in the tank at the end of the race. We were very happy to finish 24th overall and 5th in our 1965 class; a great result although we were a bit disappointed that car wasn't quicker.

 


Debris from the bottom of the Grantura final drive casing after the Spa 3 hour race

Race 2 - CSCC Classic (Sunday morning) because of the race 1 result I started in 27th place and basically had 20 minutes of picking off cars one at a time which can been seen on the in car video on YouTube. Dave took over (another bad pit stop) and we finished 5th overall and 2nd in Class G but annoyingly 4th in the Swinging Sixties group (meaning we missed the podium by one place). Subsequently (due to Malcolm Johnson / Lotus Europa suffering a pit lane speeding penalty) we were elevated to 4th overall and 3rd in Swinging Sixties group which would have got us a podium but hey-ho that's racing. We got some nice trophies for 2nd in Class G but they are in Luxembourg because Dick stayed to collect them for us while we loaded up and headed off for Calais to catch our Eurotunnel crossing.


JW on the grid at the start of race 2 at the Spa Summer Classic 30th June 2019...27th place to 4th!      photo Jo Hemelsoet

 


Eau Rouge to Radillon on lap 1 of race 2     photo Jo Hemelsoet

 


Dave at the wheel of the mighty Tuscan in race 2 on the way to 3rd in the Swinging Sixties group     photo Jo Hemelsoet

Another great Spa Summer Classic with a mix of results but no car troubles to speak of and super hot weather. As ever, thanks to the team!


Roger, JW, Dave, Dick and Stack enjoying the sunshine in the Pit Brasserie on Thursday evening.
(Jared was away on some holiday nonsense)

 

20th - 21st July 2019 - Anglesey International and Coastal - CSCC Swinging Sixties  TVR Tuscan

Probably the slowest and most frustrating drive to a U.K. race circuit ever. Over 250 miles of plodding through road works and accident related delays before arriving about 8 hours after we left. We stopped to pick up Jared at Newport Pagnell services and then later for 2 minutes to change driver but what a horrible trip to a truly beautiful place.  Very annoyingly we were also held up by a bloody JCB which had a puncture on a dual carriageway but apparently couldn’t make an extra 20 metres to a lay-by!

All worth it in the end however with a pole position, a second overall (class win) and an overall win too. The pole position came from the final lap on the Saturday morning session as the track was drying out; Dave had the slippery start to the session and then I had the dry bit! We were using the full Anglesey International circuit which I hadn’t seen used for a CSCC event for about 10 years and it’s actually not as good as the shorter Coastal layout we used for the warm up and the race on Sunday.

We’d suffered a minor annoyance too in that on the way up we realised we had not brought Dave’s seat insert but due to Noreen and Tasha leaving home and joining us later they were sent on an unsuccessful search round to workshop to find it. We ended up making another from bits they did find and brought up...then we found the original one in the shower!  Hey ho, the "new" one is actually better!

Qually was interesting; it was really pretty damp when Dave went out and he never really got a dry lap and was struggling to find any traction and we were in about 10th when he came in. This was, fortunately, just as the dryness arrived and the track almost instantly warmed up! I was much quicker as the track dried out and got us our first pole position for 5 years on my final lap. Both races were set at 30 minutes rather than the more usual 40 minutes but made up for by there being two opportunities to win/crash/lose etc.

Race one (Saturday) was combined Swinging Sixties Group 1 and Group 2 on the longer International layout and I was back to 2nd place by the first corner - alas the drive shaft failure at Silverstone is still bugging me because we never really understood why it failed after so many races and brutal starts. I was relatively tentative off the line and that allowed Jamie Keevill (Lotus Elan) to get away and I never really got close to him again.  Dave took over in 2nd place and that's where we finished; it was not a terribly exciting race but great to get another class win. A much improved pit stop performance helped secure the position and I think we're back on form after a couple of sub-optimal pit lane changeovers.

Race two (Sunday) was Swinging Sixties Group 2 plus the 70s Class of Future Classics with grids being set on best lap times from Saturday (I think!). That put us in 2nd place for Swingers but actually 6th slot on the grid because of the three Porsche 911 monsters in front of us plus a missing Future Classics car. Unlike in race one I decided to do a proper start and was up to 3rd overall by turn one with Jamie's Elan right on my tail. We then had a mighty race for the whole 30 minutes with us crossing the line in 4th place but still winning! Video is on YouTube.  It was a super exciting race with close racing the whole time and it's hard to do it justice in words but I was nearly wiped out by a Future Classics 911 out braking himself and just missing me.

At the end of the race the two leading 911s were long gone (the other one was missing in action behind us somewhere) and Jamie had just got past Dave on pretty much the last lap, however, he had a safety rule infringement penalty applied due to an excessively exuberant pit stop and was penalised 30 seconds. That promoted us to Swinging Sixties winners, happy with that but we do need to find more speed!

We came home with a bucket load of trophies because we also collected the missing ones from Spa that were awarded post event and post us leaving for the Eurotunnel. We have also acquired a 30 second success penalty for the rest of the season as a result of the win. Brands Hatch and Thruxton will be tough!

Watch the entirety of Anglesey Swinging Sixties / Future Classics 70s race 2 (about 32 mins) in-car click here


Looney trophy haul collected at Anglesey
Roger, Stack and Jared rear with Dave and JW front