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After taking some advice from some so called friends who said I should get out
more, I decided on Sunday to visit the Oval Race Club in Sussex. A decision that
proved well worth it, because apart from the usual cosmopolitan array of formulas,
we were looking forward top a guest appearance from the Baby Grands and the unique
Trevor Foskett kindly offered to pick up me and the long suffering wife at the ungodly
hour of 8.30 in the morning, for the short drive to the rolling hills of Sussex. Trevor
had taken on the honours of driving the #16 Baby Grand in the absence of regular pilot,
With 37 races on the card and only £8 to get in, we were in for a feast of fast furious
entertainment. The programme looked like a whos who of formulas, Prod Stock, Ford
Rods, Prod A, Prod B, Juniors, Hot Rods, Street Stocks, Nudge
& Spin, Baby Grands and Mini Motos, truly something for everyone.
The secret to running a successful meeting and managing to get all 37 races completed in
the allotted time frame was clearly all down to good organisation in the pits. At least
one race was lined up ready to go just as the previous race roared of the starting line.
If someone had a mishap on the track and the car became incapacitated, the track staff had
a unique way of removing the car without causing any more damage. Enter stage left a huge
JCB unit. The forks are placed under the chassis and the car is lifted high into the air
and deposited safely into the pits.
At the end of four hours my shutter finger was hurting with too much use, and as is
traditional with visiting a new track, I had sampled the local fare. So it was a big
thumbs up from me for the great organisation, friendly track staff, competitive and fair
racing, superb free range egg and bacon rolls, and all in all a great day out.
Ps Foskett Junior gave a great account of himself claming a fourth and two second place in
the Baby Grands. Well Done Trevor.