Exiges.com Trackday 2018 : Anglesey Easter Monday

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Re: Exiges.com Trackday 2018 : Anglesey Easter Monday

Post by Benja » Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:22 pm

Thanks guys for the comments and for supporting the event.

It was not good in the run up to the event. Two sick kids and not even had the time to retrieve my Exige from Hofmanns where it'd been for a service/MOT. I was knackered too, having only got back from Spa on Tuesday evening (ooops my fault that one). Let's just say my in-home popularity was not at an all time high at the point I rolled off the drive.

Given the forecast for Monday, Matt from PH wanted to try and get the factory car on circuit on the Sunday. I was running so late, it was looking like I'd miss the Telford rendezvous, so I got the hammer down and tried to head straight to the circuit on the A55 and meet him. After the briefest of pitstops near the island (bumping into the Edwards doing same) I rather unbelievably made it! After meeting Matt and checking he'd got signed on, I even got to jump in the Caterham for a a few laps of dry time on circuit.

On the day the weather was the worst I can recall for an exiges day. First session out was terrible as I couldn't even see where I was going with the dark-smoke on my visor, low-light and torrential rain. I ran with the visor open which was also no good. Thankfully, I had a clear visor with me to install and once vision had been restored the needle dropped and I could start enjoying the conditions. Anglesey in a Caterham in the wet is a LOT of fun and I absolutely loved hover-crafting around like a lunatic. Lots of the Loti seemed to be going well too. Granted, they're a different proposition in the wet and preferring dry conditions, but there's a real challenge in feeling for grip and being smooth to make progress. Bit of a vid of some hoonery here :

Click for in-car vid for a couple of hooning laps

The event for me is always 50% about the circuit time and 50% about catching up with friends. As usual it was great to see everyone and some new faces. It's also a moment of reflection for me whenever I have the chance to see W8CON and remember our mate Con and the fun we always had when he was around, thanks for coming John.

I really feel for the dozen or so that couldn't make it due to the weather, also for IDG and his epic return-leg and Randy's scooter fail. It seemed that the weather was not too much of a spoiler for those that made it. Yes we had a few stoppages (Sean), but nobody hit anything, so I'll think we'll call that a success.

Thanks to Hofmanns and Oakmere for pitching up, shame the 311 didn't roll off the trailer and onto the circuit. Also to Matt from PH for making the long journey from Hethel in the factory car. I'm looking forwards to seeing his write-up. Congrats too to Martin for taking the Red-Caliper Award,..talk about keeping it in the family! Jokes aside, Martin is an absolute legend who has helped many of us with our cars and it felt absolutely right that the trophy passed to him.

Special thanks also to Bookatrack for hosting the event for the 10th year at Anglesey. The Caterham tasters seems to go down well, x7 exigers in Caterhams proves the point that exigers have an affinity with 7s. When the event runs as smoothly as that, it's easy to forget that the BaT guys do a great job of making it all happen. Yes I know, we all paid our dues and they filled a day with punters, but nonetheless there's a reason they've done it for us for ten years; they always run a great trackday.

I needed to get back to the homestead on Monday night, so after a shower and a bite I hit the road. As I ploughed through the dark and rain in my Merc I was thinking about how much the event has changed from when we had 30+ S1's lined up on the approach to Rocket. The exiges.com craic is still alive but time has moved on. It was a struggle to get the event filled this year for a whole variety of reasons, and we need to think about that for future years. Being honest I've struggled to find the time to dedicate to the event amongst all my other paternal/professional commitments. We'll have to try something different for next year,..either someone else take it on or go for a more group effort approach.

Anyways, I've waffled on enough. Thanks lads and lasses.

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Re: Exiges.com Trackday 2018 : Anglesey Easter Monday

Post by Benja » Fri Apr 06, 2018 5:18 pm

Is it wrong to fancy a ferret?
No, no it is not :thumbup:

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Re: Exiges.com Trackday 2018 : Anglesey Easter Monday

Post by AdamK » Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:23 pm

Benja wrote:Thanks guys for the comments and for supporting the event.

It was not good in the run up to the event. Two sick kids and not even had the time to retrieve my Exige from Hofmanns where it'd been for a service/MOT. I was knackered too, having only got back from Spa on Tuesday evening (ooops my fault that one). Let's just say my in-home popularity was not at an all time high at the point I rolled off the drive.

Given the forecast for Monday, Matt from PH wanted to try and get the factory car on circuit on the Sunday. I was running so late, it was looking like I'd miss the Telford rendezvous, so I got the hammer down and tried to head straight to the circuit on the A55 and meet him. After the briefest of pitstops near the island (bumping into the Edwards doing same) I rather unbelievably made it! After meeting Matt and checking he'd got signed on, I even got to jump in the Caterham for a a few laps of dry time on circuit.

On the day the weather was the worst I can recall for an exiges day. First session out was terrible as I couldn't even see where I was going with the dark-smoke on my visor, low-light and torrential rain. I ran with the visor open which was also no good. Thankfully, I had a clear visor with me to install and once vision had been restored the needle dropped and I could start enjoying the conditions. Anglesey in a Caterham in the wet is a LOT of fun and I absolutely loved hover-crafting around like a lunatic. Lots of the Loti seemed to be going well too. Granted, they're a different proposition in the wet and preferring dry conditions, but there's a real challenge in feeling for grip and being smooth to make progress. Bit of a vid of some hoonery here :

Click for in-car vid for a couple of hooning laps

The event for me is always 50% about the circuit time and 50% about catching up with friends. As usual it was great to see everyone and some new faces. It's also a moment of reflection for me whenever I have the chance to see W8CON and remember our mate Con and the fun we always had when he was around, thanks for coming John.

I really feel for the dozen or so that couldn't make it due to the weather, also for IDG and his epic return-leg and Randy's scooter fail. It seemed that the weather was not too much of a spoiler for those that made it. Yes we had a few stoppages (Sean), but nobody hit anything, so I'll think we'll call that a success.

Thanks to Hofmanns and Oakmere for pitching up, shame the 311 didn't roll off the trailer and onto the circuit. Also to Matt from PH for making the long journey from Hethel in the factory car. I'm looking forwards to seeing his write-up. Congrats too to Martin for taking the Red-Caliper Award,..talk about keeping it in the family! Jokes aside, Martin is an absolute legend who has helped many of us with our cars and it felt absolutely right that the trophy passed to him.

Special thanks also to Bookatrack for hosting the event for the 10th year at Anglesey. The Caterham tasters seems to go down well, x7 exigers in Caterhams proves the point that exigers have an affinity with 7s. When the event runs as smoothly as that, it's easy to forget that the BaT guys do a great job of making it all happen. Yes I know, we all paid our dues and they filled a day with punters, but nonetheless there's a reason they've done it for us for ten years; they always run a great trackday.

I needed to get back to the homestead on Monday night, so after a shower and a bite I hit the road. As I ploughed through the dark and rain in my Merc I was thinking about how much the event has changed from when we had 30+ S1's lined up on the approach to Rocket. The exiges.com craic is still alive but time has moved on. It was a struggle to get the event filled this year for a whole variety of reasons, and we need to think about that for future years. Being honest I've struggled to find the time to dedicate to the event amongst all my other paternal/professional commitments. We'll have to try something different for next year,..either someone else take it on or go for a more group effort approach.

Anyways, I've waffled on enough. Thanks lads and lasses.
If the organising needs dividing up between a few of us next time I’ll happily put my hand up and help where I can. It’s too good of an event not to keep trying. Ben, you’ve done a brilliant job of keeping it going all this time.

The event is where my track driving began back in 2011 where I drove the 2-11 there and back from Wigan because I had no trailer at the time. I owe a lot to the event, the people and these brilliant cars we love. I need to mention MarcP who played a big part in my Lotus ownership and me trying track driving in the first place. I’m getting all sentimental but it would be a real shame if this was the last Exiges annual track day.

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Post by series_one » Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:32 pm

Ofcourse we need another one next year. I need to bring along another Double D nice girl. Can’t have it that I brought a dude along as a pax for the last event!!!

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Post by Rob999 » Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:40 pm

And I’m running out of excuses why I’m unable to make it!
2019 it is!
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Post by 661 » Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:38 pm

I'm afraid, Sir, your resignation is not accepted.



But , how can we help, oh mighty leader?
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Post by C1RVY » Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:52 am

Good post Benja, and I’m with the others here, happy to assist in any way I can to keep it going. It’s just too good an event to let slip.

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Post by 6970K » Sat Apr 07, 2018 12:15 pm

Great write up Benja.

Easter at Anglesey needs to continue and I am more than happy to help with organisation.

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Post by jonnyfox » Sat Apr 07, 2018 12:57 pm

What wonderful support, awesome people
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Post by winthattt » Sat Apr 07, 2018 5:45 pm

I agree, we can’t let this event expire. I never realised it has been running for so long. If I manage to get my work life under control I can do a bit to help. I would suggest we agree on the venue and date pdq. I understand some people are not keen on BaT but I’d also suggest that unless they have a better idea and are prepared to organise it we stick with an excellent formula. I like the peril of sun to monsoon in two days, that’s Wales at Easter. I know BaT are a tad pricey but it’s nothing compared with the other costs of track days.

Thanks again Ben.

Keith

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