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August 2011

The Magazine of the

Bristol Pegasus Motor Club

Cover: Nick Wood in his Westfield at the BPMC Drag Racing day at Shakespeare County Raceway - Photo Simon Child

2011 BPMC Events Calendar

Recent updates shown bold/red make sure you update your Calendar or Diary!

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Day Event Sat BPMC/MGCC Wessex Sprint Sun Treasure Hunt Mon Club Night & Driving Tests Sun Mendip PCT Sun Autotest / Autosolo Mon Talk by Mike Marsden Mon Club Night Sat Pegasus Sprint Sun Kimber Trial Fri Navigation Scatter Mon Talk by Alan Freke Thu Karting Fri Navigation Exercise/Scatter Mon AGM & Buffet Wed Xmas Noggin & Natter

Venue Castle Combe Queens Square Bristol 2pm Easton-in-Gordano / Rudgleigh Inn Chew Stoke (MGCC Invited Event) Chepstow Race Course The Parkway, Stoke Gifford The Parkway, Stoke Gifford Castle Combe Chew Stoke (MGCC Invited Event) Announced in time for the event The Parkway, Stoke Gifford Announced in time for the event Announced in time for the event The Parkway, Stoke Gifford Announced in time for the event

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Saturday August 6th - The Castle Combe Wessex Sprint

Our new co-promoted event at Castle Combe run with the MG Car Club. The event will offer a different format to existing events at the circuit and will give you the chance to drive all the corners on circuit at competitive speeds whilst still offering a traditional format with two practice and two timed runs.

Full Lap Format with 2 Practice and 2 Timed Runs

Sunday 7th August - Treasure Hunt - Queens Square 2pm

Nick Wood and Cherry Robinson organise the August Treasure Hunt and it will be something a little different. Start at 2pm in the car park around Queens Square the route will be on foot around the city docks area. The event will be ideal as a family day out and you may like to visit one of the many excellent child friendly pubs in the area for a drink en-route. Contact Nick 01275 833098 or 07786 936941 or nickswood@.

Monday 15th August - Club Night & Driving Tests Easton-in-Gordano / Rudgleigh Inn - Change of Date & Venue

NOTE CHANGE OF DATE - THE AUGUST CLUB NIGHT IS 1 WEEK LATER Something a little different for the August Club Night which moves a week later than previously advertised, to avoid a busy weekend before the original date. We have been offered the use of a field near Easton-in-Gordano belonging to club member John Puzey, and we will be setting out some simple fun driving tests. The plan is for this to be a social activity, rather than a serious competition, so you can turn up in your ordinary road car and have a bit of fun on the tests that take your fancy. There will be no charge to enter. Even if you don't want to drive you can still have a laugh at everyone else.... After we have had some fun we will retire to the Rudgleigh Inn for a drink and a chat. To make the most of the remaining summer sun we will start earlier than normal please Arrive for 7pm for the driving tests - we will move to the Rudgleigh Inn around 9pm for a drink & chat. Field is between the M5 Junction 19 Gordano Services Roundabout and the Rudgleigh Inn on the A369 - There will be Pegasus Sign and Orange arrows - take care turning across the road

Sunday 21st August Classic Car Meet at Camerton Village Hall - BA2 0NL

We have been invited to take our classic/exotic cars along from 10am - 4pm. Entry is free.

Bristol Pegasus MC NEEDS YOU !

We need YOU to Marshal at our Castle Combe Sprints

Saturday August 6th & Saturday 15th October Do both or just one the choice is yours

? Get involved ? Be close to the action ? Meet Other Club Members ? Free Hot Lunch ? All marshal's posts have shelter ? No experience required

Contact Nick Wood 01275 833098 / 07786936941 / nickswood@

Monday 12th September Club Night - Talk by Mike Marsden

"An Introduction to the Aerodynamics of Cars" lasts just over an hour. The talk, perhaps rather ambitiously, covers road cars, racing cars and there's also a little bit on record breakers. It will start with some simple aerodynamics, so I hope that won't put people off too much. "

Saturday October 15th Regency Laundry Pegasus Sprint New 2.05 mile course layout with

2 Practice & 2 Timed Runs Supplementary Regulations now


Details from the club website or Andy Moss 0117 9912702


I have had an enjoyable July with both some excellent "official" club events and some enjoyable days with club members at other motorsport events. At the start of the month we made our now annual club trip to Shakespeare County Raceway. Despite a wet morning in Bristol, we had a dry day until around 4pm and a lot of fun, check out the pictures later in Backfire.

The next weekend we attended the Frenchay Car show ? this seems to get more popular every year and I am not sure if they could actually fit any more cars in ? already they have spilt out into the surrounding area. Alan Spencer organised our stand and he did an excellent job of rounding up an interesting mix of cars ? Thanks to Alan and to everyone who brought along a car.

Then on Monday evening we met up in a Layby near Thornbury for the July treasure hunt, we enjoyed another typical British summer evening - cloudy and overcast. This was a very entertaining event, and not just because myself and Tim Murray managed to win.

The following weekend it was off to Silverstone for the Classic. Many of you would have seen the advert for the event in Backfire. Unfortunately, I had something that could not be avoided in work, so it was late Friday afternoon before we hitched up the caravan and set off. Fortunately Martin Emsley and family had travelled up with Tim in the morning and saved

me a space next to them. When setting up the awning we saw Martyn Mitchell for a brief chat while we were rushing to get everything sorted before the rain came down. Martin Emsley told me he bumped into a few more members during the weekend, so it looks as though there were a few of you there. Also at the event were Chris and Claire who thanks to their period Winnebago were camped inside the circuit alongside their Backdraft drag racer - this became the focal point for us meeting up during the weekend. I have to say the racing was great, my favourites were the Group C cars, although the Grand Prix and Sportscar Masters were also pretty impressive. With great displays on the infield, a free fair ground for the kids (ok I spent a lot of time on the dodgems as well), flying displays, live music on the evenings and some great company we had a very enjoyable weekend. I am sure there will be more reports in next months Backfire.

The next weekend I planned to have a quiet couple of days, but Spence got in touch having been invited to have a go at Tavern Motor Clubs Auto Gymkhana near Keynsham. With a rare sunny day forecast, I decided to have a go and my daughter Laura got roped in to sit in the passenger seat. This turned out to be a very enjoyable event - Thanks to all at Tavern for the invite and for making us very welcome.

By the time you receive Backfire we should be a couple of days away from the first ever running of the Wessex Sprint at Castle Combe. I am pleased to say, that we have received enough entries and have a good mix of cars. There has been a lot of hard work behind the scenes to make this happen by many club members, and we have also been very fortunate to be joined by our friends in the MG Car Club in this venture. Thanks to a lot of effort by Nick Wood it is also looking as though we have enough marshals, but if you have not been in touch so far you would still be very welcome to come along - just arrive at the tower to sign on around 7.45am. I am looking forwarded to competing - the new format looks good and it will be nice to get in two practice and two timed runs as well as getting to drive Camp corner.

We have also released regs for two future events - our Chepstow Auto Challenge returns to an early September date and has proved to be very popular and a lot of fun - any car is suitable and no competition license, or special equipment is required. The regs are now also available for the Pegasus Sprint - this years event is the 21st running of the event that brought sprints back to Castle Combe. We have made a few changes to celebrate, which we believe will make the event even more enjoyable. Firstly we have increased the length of the course to 2.05 miles and competitors will get the chance to drive Camp corner twice on each run. We have also changed the format so competitors can enjoy two single lap practice runs rather than the single two lap practice format we have used in the past. There is also sports libre classes for the first time. We are also very happy to welcome Regency Laundry as event sponsor. Regs for both events are on the website or contact Martin Emsley on 01454 250067.

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