2022 Race dates, reports & results

The CSCC (and a few others) selective calendar is as follows  - Some CSCC meetings are 2 day events but the calendar shows the day we are racing.
See the notes column for latest on our likelihood of competing

             

FIA Appendix K rules 2022         CSCC 2022 official calendar

2021 Race & other dates and results
# Date Venue / Event

Club & Series

Car Result o/a  Class  result Weather/comment Results
  18 19 20 Feb Stoneleigh Park Race Retro Show n/a     Cancelled again  
  Weds 23 Mar Snetterton 300 CSCC test day Lotus Elan     Hot and sunny Elan ran very well
                 
1 2 3 April Snetterton 300 CSCC Swingers Tuscan dnf dnf Cool and dry; Ignition failure at start of Dave's stint SS Result
SS Book
- 23 24 April Thruxton CSCC   Not racing
2 14 15 May Anglesey Coastal CSCC Swingers Tuscan x 2 3rd
2nd
2nd
1st
Dry and warm both days (somehow!) SS pdf book
Saturday Result
Sunday Result
3 3 4 June Brands Hatch Indy CSCC Swingers
CSCC Classic K
Tuscan
Grantura
       
  24 25 26 June Spa Francorchamps Summer Classic Roadbook / CSCC Spa 3 Hours Lotus Elan     Entered 3 hour race  
  16 17 July Castle Combe CSCC Swingers
CSCC Classic K
Tuscan
Grantura
       
  29 August Oulton Park CSCC Classic K Grantura     JW not racing  
  10 11 September Donington CSCC Swingers
CSCC Classic K
Tuscan
Grantura
       
  8 9 October Silverstone National CSCC Swingers
CSCC Classic K
Tuscan
Grantura
       
  29 October Cadwell Park CSCC Swingers Tuscan        
                 

    CSCC Swinging Sixties class structure for 2022

Group One
Class A - Up to 1000cc
Class B - 1001cc to 1400cc
 Class C - 1001cc to 1400cc Minis + Derivatives
 Class D - 1401cc to 1600cc
 Class E - 1601cc to 2000cc (4 cylinder)
Class F - Group One cars running on Dunlop Historic Tyres

Group Two
Class G - 2001cc to 3000cc (and 6 cylinder <2 litre)
Class H - Cars over 3000cc
Class L - Lotus cars (Seven, Elite, Elan etc.), Ginetta, Wooden-chassis Marcos
Class V - Cars with original V8 engines
Class I - Group Two cars running on Dunlop Historic Tyres

3rd April 2022 - Snetterton 300 - CSCC Swinging Sixties  TVR Tuscan

Cars are basically brilliant and shite all at the same time; especially racing cars. Having just experienced yet another TVR Tuscan DNF all it does is makes me even more determined to try harder and go at it again. The outright pace is there, the engine stayed together, the package is working but we were let down by a 5p roll pin that sheared through at around 31 minutes and that killed the ignition. Instant retirement.

With 18 months since our last race in this car after its two major engine failures in 2021, hopes were high. Good power and torque characteristics (actually the best ever) and a few suspension improvements meant the car was looking like a quick one, on paper at least. Unusually, I did the first part of practice as Dave wasn’t keen, given that the engine has crapped out the last 2 times he has gone out first. Just bad timing.


2022 Snetterton - Dave and Jon ready for practice

Lots of V8s for Swinging Sixties Group 2 and everything to play for. Practice, however, was not great - a part-throttle misfire developed which is usually indicative of a fuelling/carburettor problem and we could only manage 11th on the grid right alongside Dean Halsey in his very lovely Datsun 240Z. With a massive 4 hour gap between practice/qually and the race we had time to fix the carburettor, learn a new language as well as qualify as solicitors, probably. The carburettor miscreant was a tiny fragment of rubber lodged in one of the primary main jets almost certainly from a push on fuel hose fitting - which is now being changed to a proper screw fit hydraulic fitting.

The guys did a great job on the car and we have an ever more detailed checklist to work through before every track session. They also did a measured refuel, changed the rocker box gaskets and retightened the bloody annoying exhaust manifold bolts.

I offered Dave the opportunity to start the race but he declined, pretty much instantly!

You can watch the start of the race and the first few laps from the front facing onboard camera here; it was a battle to recover what we had failed to gain in practice and it was hard work but I managed to get us back into 2nd overall a couple of laps before the mandatory pit stop. We had an excellent stop and driver change - it is now back to doing it as fast as you can rather than a timed 2 minutes and we were still in 2nd place as Dave regained the track. Alas all was going to rats, a misfire set in and 3 laps later Dave retired the car with sudden and terminal ignition failure on the back straight.

Later investigations showed that the tiny, 5p roll pin that holds the distributor skew gear in place had sheared through. The timing must have slipped for a few laps before the pin fully failed.

Disappointing more for Dave than me. I was so pleased with the engine and the car in general and also that I was able to make my way back to 2nd overall which is surprisingly more difficult with a rolling start. We didn’t really get close to the Reuben TVR Griffith times and they were well away into the distance but I suspect we’re in a different league as regards budget.

I can’t do Thruxton this year so it’s all to play for at Anglesey in the double header.

Coverage of the whole CSCC day is on YouTube here  the Swinging Sixties Group 2 race start is around 03:55:00

 


The broken drive pin (worth about 5p) that ended the Tuscan race at Snetterton

 

14th - 15th May 2022 - Anglesey Coastal - CSCC Swinging Sixties  TVR Tuscan

Always optimistic and having missed the Thruxton meeting due to having had a double hernia operation we couldn't wait to get up to the always-fabulous Anglesey circuit a mere 249 miles from Wolfitt HQ. Big thanks go to Stack who pretty much drove the RV the whole way there and back again which was really appreciated as I really didn't want to aggravate the well-recovering scar tissue. Anyway, to racing. Much to our disappointment, the car had broken in the Snetterton race but I had confidence that the 5p roll pin repair was going to work and that we just had to put that behind us. It's amazing how you dispense with the bad stuff and just focus on the next event. 


Reduced team Wolfitt trucking up the M1 on the long road to the 2022 CSCC Anglesey meeting

Saturday saw a 25 minute qualifying session late in the morning and then a 30 minute pit stop race in the afternoon and I made the decision to use up the older set of tyres for that morning session. There are no two ways about it, older tyres have less grip and the car wasn't the easiest to drive as it squirmed about on the track under power, cornering and braking.  We managed 8th fastest but that was fine given the car's standing start capabilities, the tyres and the limited amount of time we have had in the car in the last 20 months. It's an amazingly great circuit and doesn't really have any proper straights in the coastal configuration meaning that having buckets of power (as the Tuscan has) isn't such an as advantage as it is at Snetterton, Spa or Silverstone. The smaller group 1 cars are pretty much as fast as the group 2 cars on this layout.


A bit of paddock prep for race 1; rerouting an oil breather and some minor steering arm tightening

The races were both great fun and the car ran pretty much faultlessly with just a tiny oil leak that developed on the rocker boxes but we resolved that for race 2 by using low strength Loctite to stop the rocker box bolts slowly working loose.

Race 1 I had a great start from 8th on the grid and was up to 4th by mid way through lap 1 and up to 3rd by mid lap 2 with a keen eye on the cars chasing me very closely behind. The whole race was a balance of keeping position (the two lead cars were well away) and maintaining a small gap to the Jonathan Crayson Lotus Elan behind me. We had a good pit stop and Dave was definitely on a mission and was quick immediately. He had a minor grassy incident towards the end of the race which lead to a great dice for a podium place and due to the retirement of the Keevill Lotus Elan and a pit lane speeding penalty for the Talbot Sunbeam Lotus we finished 3rd overall and 2nd in Class V which we were truly delighted about.

Race 2 The grid was formed from the Race 1 finishing positions with super-fast Jamie Keevill starting on the back of the grid and the Talbot not taking part. It was always going to be tough but I got ahead of the two ahead of me by half way round lap 1 and we led for most of the race but with Jamie getting ahead for the 2nd part of the race we finished a very happy 2nd overall and 1st in class V. Dean Halsey improved on his Saturday performance to finish 3rd in his rebuilt Datsun 240Z in which he had a huge crash at Thruxton 3 weeks prior to this event.  Dave was as quick as me so we were super happy and looking forward to the Brands Hatch Indy meeting on the Saturday of the Queen's Jubilee weekend.

 


2022 Anglesey Swinging 60s Group 2 Race 2 podium - L to R Wolfe, Thompson, Keevill and Halsey

Thanks to Stack for the awesome transportation driving and for the numerous race fans that came by for a chat including elite commentators Chris Buxton (aka King-Kodiak) and Mark Werrell; notably the races and commentary were streamed by Alpha Live and are available on YouTube

Full coverage of Saturday click here   Group 2 race coverage start 2:08:15     pit lane interview 2:32:28

Full coverage of Sunday click here   Group 2 race coverage start 3:53:10    pit lane interview 4:19:54      with some weirdness from Saturday at  3:31:55

 

 

 

 

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