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Old 24th May 2016, 02:38 PM   #1
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Default another fun hobby (car guys check this out)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixsMs8NE9aw

I got a chance to run my friends car at a hillclimb this last weekend. 29 turns about 3 miles and 2200 feet of elevation gain.

375hp to the wheels, all wheel drive, big brakes and slicks. So much fun I can't believe they allow it.

When the tree flashes by on the left at 1:47 the car is just passing 100mph.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixsMs8NE9aw
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Old 24th May 2016, 02:43 PM   #2
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tin top? feh. This is how you do it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGxqNQVHmwU

I know the driver and I used to have one of those silly cars. Never raced it tho as nut behind the wheel never got tightened

Edit, for real nuttiness always 'climb dance' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEuZG37gFdM Pykes peak in a peugeot. In the old days when it was more dangerous!
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Old 24th May 2016, 03:17 PM   #3
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Looks like fun. I do see a roll cage in the Caterham but no arm restraints...roll it your arms fly over your head and get between the cage and the ground...ouch.

The Subaru I was driving does not have a cage but went fast enough that it is required to have one for the next event.

We saw a few crashes over the weekend and one rollover. No serious injuries. When I staged for each run I told myself "be conservative.. There is no room for mistakes here." That went out the window when the light went green.
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Old 24th May 2016, 03:49 PM   #4
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Arm restraints are there for certain classes of racing can't remember where they connect to tho.

Now imagine hitting a stag in one! They are very silly, but almost nothing else comes close in terms of raw appeal. Many 7 owners have a scooby as well with some mumbled justification about good tow car
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Old 24th May 2016, 07:08 PM   #5
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Hill climbs are real fun... Shelsley Walsh in a remapped Scooby WRX, and in a standard Alfa kamm tail spider (1978). Can't claim to be good at it, but I passengered once with a friend who was a seriously fast formula 2 driver, in a somewhat modified Caterham - amazing fun cars... Unhealthy for the underwear!!
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Old 24th May 2016, 07:23 PM   #6
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Hi,

Hill climbs have been popular in Britain for years. They let
you use powerful cars but keep the maximum speed down.

Same course on the flat would be far more dangerous.

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Old 26th May 2016, 08:00 PM   #7
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Here are a couple of the "fast" guys
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1B3uNDhQzlM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wprZ5fNHG-8

The modifieds are the coolest.
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Old 26th May 2016, 10:45 PM   #8
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They let
you use powerful cars but keep the maximum speed down.
...Same course on the flat would be far more dangerous.
Hardly, those are called sprints

UK hillclimb courses - Shelsely Walsh esp. - are some of the oldest worldwide, and generally in the UK it has remained a short-course (1000yd average) but highly- 'technical' sport requiring absolute balls-out commitment from the start; yet as a sport, it remains also wonderfully accessible, at any level.

As for 'keeping speeds down' - haha, top competitors are entering the lower S at Shelsley braking down from 150mph+ in about 75 yards. Example - the only braking here, at Shelsley, is in secs 20-21: a stupendous run , and not the most powerful car by any means - still one of the quickest though! Enjoy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYbocg-u-Xs

(My Fury R1 is sulking in the garage awaiting more free time..)

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Old 26th May 2016, 10:54 PM   #9
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(My Fury R1 is sulking in the garage awaiting more free time..)
Jealous. If I were to get back into se7ening BEC would be the route I would take.
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Old 26th May 2016, 11:30 PM   #10
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Most of the events in my area are 3 to 4 miles with 2000 plus feet elevation gain. The only thing limiting my speed was my nerve. I found myself feathering the throttle in many sections where braver drivers would go all out.

Looking at the videos of the British hillclimbs it seems you guys get more professional looking cars.
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