Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Track Day at Castle Combe

During our trip to England, we stayed in the lovely town of Bath after our visit to the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Alex mentioned that she wanted to visit the village of Castle Combe (among others) and I remembered that there was a race track there. Alex agreed to stop at the track so I could have a look around and I was pleasantly surprised to come across a track day in progress. I managed to snap a few photos in the paddocks and a friendly Caterham owner offered Jules a turn behind the driver's seat. Just as you would have in North America, there were a few BMW's, Civics and Miatas, but there were a lot more Lotus and Caterham products, including a Lotus 2-Eleven, a car I had never seen before. There was also an Ariel Atom, a Skyline R33, a Ginetta, and a couple of cars I could not even identify. Jules and I had a little walk around before heading to the village, and it was a nice surprise for me. Here are a few of the photos I snapped.

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A typical track-prepped E36 BMW

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Lovely Alfa Romeo vintage racer
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Part of the Caterham-Lotus crowd
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A rare Skyline R33
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Jules behind the wheel of a Caterham
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Another rarity, a Lotus Sunbeam
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I don't know what this is, but it's light enough to tow with an Alfa Romeo sedan
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A little Vauxhall, ready for action
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Cool trailer for a cool Ginetta
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A sports racer, presumably built by ADR
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Another E36 BMW
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A few more Lotus-related products
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Lotus 2-Eleven
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Honda-powered Ariel Atom
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Jules enjoying the elevation changes around the track
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Yet another E36, and it seemed like a quick one
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A Focus RS, probably there for the "RS Day" taking place the next day at the track

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