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FDMC Sprint Royale, October 2009

(Pictures by Colin Robinson and Richard Field, video by Adam Garside)

This report is in two sections; for more pictures, results, and the video, click 'Page 2', below.

'Sprinting: People and Cars'

For this year's Sprint Royale, we had dull but dry conditions for practice and the first timed runs, which then turned drizzly, meaning that nearly all the results and awards hinged on those first runs. Fastest Time of Day was taken by Ian Gaskell, with a 54.19 second run in his unique black Westfield, propelled by a 1.4 BDH engine. Second overall, close behind, and winning his class, came Terry Pigott in his MGB V8, on 54.54 seconds.

Among a bunch of Class 4 contenders in the start queue, David Buttle is seen here launching his Westfield up Eelmoor's first, slightly uphill straight, and waiting further back is the eventual class winner Andrew Thompson, in his silver Caterham.

Recent new FDMC member Phil Fowden was getting a first taste of sprinting with his Fiat Uno Turbo, which he had just bought, ready prepared, on EBay, with Dave Dockree also sharing the car. Also spotted in the paddock, although not competing, was this unfamiliar green saloon - and why were they looking in the boot? For the answers, see Page 2.

Peter Kayworth took third in Class 1 in his Spitfire, featuring a Le Mans style bonnet, and underneath it, one of the rare 8 port works heads. In the foreground below is the Hillman Hunter 'London to Sidney Marathon' replica rally car, which John Lewis and Barry Hawgood will use to retrace the event's route, for the Prostate Cancer Charity. For the full story, see their GB2Aus2010 website - where you can also donate. Beyond it, another kind of classic, Iain Morris's Mk 2 Escort, but with a very up to date 2 litre Vauxhall engine, just installed.

For more pictures, and results, click to PAGE 2

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