|Silverstone 13th April 2014|
Sadly, the 500 race was rather spoilt by the accident involving John and Richard which brought out the red flags and saw both taken off to hospital. Their condition is reported as rather sore. Get well soon guys, we're thinking of you.
Whilst only a single race this year, it is already clear that the VSCC’s Spring Start meeting at Silverstone is an excellent event to kick off the 500 season – accessible to many, mixing with the ‘right’ crowd, and again blessed with at least acceptable weather.
Roy Hunt had a good day
The remainder seemed to run with little mechanical trouble, and it was Darrell who came out fastest, half a second ahead of Roy Hunt. Ian Phillips was close behind in third, and would line up beside Simon Brown in the big old Twin. Richard Bishop-Miller (for once with no major repairs to follow) and John Turner trailed by a couple of seconds. Several naughty boys were called to the headmaster’s office for overtaking under yellows and accelerating before the green flag. Seriously, everyone needs to heed that lesson – not seeing the flags isn’t an acceptable excuse even if it is an excuse. We would get a harsh lesson in why it is so important later.
After a long delay for extraction, and then getting everything back into position, the VSCC were good enough to allow a restart, despite the schedule having gone to pot. To everyone’s surprise (given they thought he was in an ambulance), Xavier appeared remarkably nonchalantly, and ready to have another go. Finally he decided there was too much gravel collected in the crevices of the car and pulled out. The marshals also pinged John’s Arnott and Charles’ Cooper for excessive oil puddles and refused them the restart. Like last year, Stuart’s exhaust was working loose from the head, but a liberal application of lock wire just about had it running.