|Gurston Down 23rd June 2013|
The previous day’s event had been marred by showers so thirteen sets of fingers were crossed hoping the rain would stay away for the duration. Carl Klarberg had come over from Sweden to co-drive the Alfa Dana with John Forsyth. Carl, who had owned the car for 25 years before selling it to John, normally races so speed would not be a problem. Both had driven at the Saturday meeting. There were seven different makes with only Cooper and Iota being duplicated. Dennis Williams had brought his Mark V powered by a JAP with a Rudge 4 valve head and unique cranked rear leaf spring arrangement.
Practice one was mechanically largely uneventful. Charles had replaced his front brake shoes for the meeting and they had yet to bed in, giving him some uneasy moments and Stuart was a little unhappy with his fuelling. Practice two saw times improve and the spread reduce. Stuart’s fuel flow issues stopped him running and Charles brake gremlins persisted prompting further investigation after the run. This time he found a broken pipe but fortunately Ted came to the rescue with a flaring tool. Many hands helped Stuart diagnose only one float chamber seemed to be filling properly in addition to the filter causing problems.