Imagine the scene: late night at Loton Park. The crowds thronging the terraces. Simon Cole; feet planted at Triangle bend, head adorned with the traditional flat cap. After the opening guitar riff, Simon’s raspy voice bellows into the microphone:
3 Sisters, our TVR bash to the ‘The Jewel of the North' as described on the 3 sisters website; the go kart track near Wigan takes its name from the coal mining slag heaps it was developed from.
We are on the full circuit 1500m, exiting the pit lane and finishing on Cowards Summit, a fun sprint suiting the class A cars and just short of mile or so, a tight twisty course.
Sitting there at breakfast, listening to the TVR banter I was kindly reminded by the members present, what happens on tour stays on tour! I think that’s a gagging order in journalistic terms, but one item worth listing and noting was the clerk of the course warning of the different types of tarmac used on this circuit and keeping it on the black. The weather started out promising and the forecast we thought to get better still, how wrong we were and the ensuing challenge to heed the clerk’s advice.
Our five competitors were meant to consist of Jes, Gerald, TN Watson, Shunter and Jo, so that would be 25 points for Jes, and the rest of us enjoying the sunshine and scrabbling round for the minor placings.
But Jes cried off with “clunking” noises discovered at the Classic Marques Goodwood event the day before, so the potential for good points and trophies was back on the cards for the remainder of us.
However, HoBa made a meteoric rise up the reserve list (coming from 17th place to 2nd the day before the event) and was advised to turn up anyway. With Jes’s retirement, he made it onto the entry list. So that would mean 25 points for HoBa, and the rest of us enjoying the sunshine and scrabbling round for the minor placings.