At last we have the weather we've all hoped for and in return have seen some fantastic track action and some big smiles over the weekend of Yanks weekend / Garys Picnic. Unbroken sunshine blessed the whole event seeing many with personal best times set on the track, although slightly tainted by the coming together of Mick Goulds' car with the armco that shortened the racing day on Saturday gladly mick walked away with a few bruises and sadly the car was rather worse off :-(
Sunday saw the NASC Garys Picnic shootout with £500 up for grabs in the eight cylinder class won by Joe Stevens in his Sunbeam Stilletto, also over the weekend saw the on track debut of the rather extended 'Torment' that has gained length in the wheelbase seems to have made its days of looking like a possessed chinchilla boinging down the track a distant memory, it ran its best time of 9.1 to the 900 ft mark on the track and then losing oil pressure put an end to the weekends play, im sure there's a lot more to see from that car!
Andy Fadster was also true to form becoming the 'car of chaos' on his first three runs of the weekend, run one with a wheels up so high it boinked the dip stick out and fine oil sprayed the track along with modifying the front axle and runs two and three saw hard pulls to the left both times killing off foam timing blocks as he went, after much head scratching in the pits as to why the car so favored going left it occurred that the slicks were odd diameters two inches whilst parked up which would only amplify when on the track, discarded slicks replaced with treads saw the car run a pb of 8.17 @173mph which in my book is quite impressive on street treads!
Gasser Circus and Wild Bunch also put on a great show on the track the flake on Honky Tonkin 2 dancing in the sunshine making eyes dazzle with the best run of weekend was 9.44@145mph. Wild Bunch saw Team Go Hard or Go Home take the class win which isn't bad going after the breakages at Springspeed also I'd like to personally wish Mark Coulsell a 'get well soon' after breaking three toes whilst helping another racer unload a car, wheelie bars meeting with flip flops don't always make the greatest combo but this didn't stop Mark from running 9.6 on the track.
So another successful weekend hosted by Shakespeare County Raceway next event is a Public Track weekend with Shakey Super Pull which will see tractors strutting their stuff on the purpose built track, visit the website to catch up on the latest news :
See you there!!