SPECIAL EVENT 26.6.18

SUMMER SPECIAL - 26th June 2018

Four times during the year the Southend Slot Club suspends its regular Tuesday race evenings and holds a different night of racing. The Summer event in 2018 featured two separate competitions.

The first half of the evening was given over to a Formula Libre event. The idea of this is that members could bring along and race absolutely anything, particularly aimed at using cars that don't fit into any of the multitude of classes that we normally run.

Some members ran several different cars - to their eternal credit, cars with little or no chance of winning any of the 12 lap heats.

There were a couple of problems with the copper rails which undoubtedly handicapped Alan and John, causing both to finish the event lower than they should have. Richard M. brought a Jaguar that could have strolled to first place but didn't use it, leaving a very, very lucky Barry to take first place courtesy of the aforementioned scenarios, plus the use of a Porsche 917. kindly supplied by Mr. Shawe.

Here is the result of the Formula Libre event:

FORMULA LIBRE

12 laps heats

   1st Barry Boor
   2nd Richard Mack
   3rd John English
   4th Graham Robinson
   5th Alan Shawe
   6th JoŽl Thura
   7th Richard Powell
   8th Ian Castleton
   9th Vic Bettell
   10th Colin Wilkinson
   11th Tony Avis
   12th Noel Taylor
   F.L. Richard Mack
8.482 secs

In part two of the evening we ran one of our popular roulette events, this time using Group C Le Mans-type sports cars. We each put a car onto a board with numbered spaces. Then in each of the 4 minute heats the four drivers threw two dice and ran the car that was standing on the number on the board that the two dice added up to - as long as it wasn't their own car. Also, we threw the dice again if the car that the dice chose was a car we had already driven.

Once again, track problems ruined John's final run which certainly cost him at least a couple of laps.

The cars were very well matched, apart from one that was noticeably slower and one that was, by some distance, quicker than the rest. But as usual, the cream rises to the top with Alan and JoŽl taking the top two positions.

So here is how the event ended:

Group C Roulette

4 x 4 minute heats

1st
Alan Shawe
104.25
2nd
JoŽl Thura
102.35
3rd
Graham Robinson
100.16
4th
Richard Mack
100.09
5th
Barry Boor
99.28
6th
Ian Castleton
97.26
7th
Colin Wilkinson
97.16
8th
Noel Taylor
96.23
9th
Vic Bettell
96.20
10th
Tony Avis
96.00
11th
John English
93.27
12th
Richard Powell
91.09
F.L.
Alan Shawe
8.983 secs

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