|Prescott 8th October 2012
The last event for this year's 500 Owners Association Hill Climb Championship was Class 2 in The Autumn Classic meeting at Prescott, and an enjoyable event it was too. There was a good entry of 19 drivers but Patrick Riley was convalescing from a very recent operation and could not attend; we all wish you a speedy recovery Patrick and look forward to seeing you on the start line next year.
The competitive runs in the afternoon were driven in dry but gradually cooling conditions and the times were impressive for the little cars with narrow tyres and only 500cc engines. Unfortunately Tracey Cameron driving Dennis Williams' Cooper came to grief at Ettore's Bend; Tracey was not hurt but there will be work to do on the car (the commentator recommended that nobody recorded what Tracey said when this happened!). Dennis accelerated the Arnott off the start line only to have the clutch cable break within 30 metres and so retired the car. On approaching the start line for the first run Marcus Black was stopped by marshals who noted some oil dripping from his car; I was held at the gate with engine running whilst the marshals attended to the oil on the road. As I was worried about my engine overheating I was just on the point of switching off when they signalled me to the line. The Stewards and marshals do not seem to appreciate the difficulties of operating an air cooled engine with no starter motor!
Mike Lawrence, Cooper Mk X