We kicked off 2018 at sunny Sandown, where we shared the track with 116 competitors and caught up with many MSCA friends who popped by to say hello and check out the action. We launched our new driver’s briefing presentation which was received well. It was good to see Peter Nowlan back with his Clubman, John Belfield having a rip-roaring time in his “O-Tang” Mustang and Team Triumph who also came to play. We delightfully welcomed the newest member of our MSCA family, baby Samantha Trembath, who, at 8 weeks old, came to her very first sprint with her proud dad Dan.
Congratulations to Peter Nowlan who topped the timesheets with a blistering time of 1:17.77, just .01 seconds faster than Peter Owen. The MSCA Outright Championship is well and truly underway.
At my last update I introduced to you a new member of the Astbury family, Elise. The Husband was quick to take her out and show her off, and judging from his enormous grin, her dance moves didn’t disappoint. That was before I broke her. In the first timed lap. Clearly, my debut with Elise did not end well. In fact, it hardly got off the blocks. Apparently, I “buzzed” her (I’m told that’s the technical term for what happens when you miss a gear at high revs). Call it being over-zealous. Call it stupidity. Call it karma. Perhaps I should’ve driven the car before I put her on the race track. Perhaps I shouldn’t have tried to drive her like I stole her. Perhaps it was my Little Clubbie, sensing impending betrayal, putting the mozz on me.
Despite reassuring words from our Lotus friends (“it’s easily done; you haven’t killed her; Phil did it too”), my chasm of regret remained. I felt terrible. Needless to say, I spent a sleepless night beating myself up with all the “could’ve, should’ve, would’ve’s” you could possibly imagine. Not only did I have to deal with Smug Husband, but I’d have to fess up to Phil Nicholson that I broke Elise, his first-born Lotus, on my first outing. So awkward. To make matters worse, Smug Husband kept muttering something about no mechanical sympathy and saying over and over, “two laps and you wrecked your car”. Now it’s my car? Thanks for your support. Thank goodness I have contacts at Lotus Melbourne…Rhys, Lotus Tech Extraordinaire, moved at ninja-like speed to fix Elise in just 24 hours. Elise will be back trackside but I’m not sure if Smug Husband will let me back in the cockpit, much to the glee of my Little Clubbie. If cars could smile, she’d be grinning from wheel arch to wheel arch.
Entries are now open for our next sprint at Phillip Island on Sunday 25 March. As with previous years, we’ll be putting on a spread and watching the GP. Feel free to stay and watch the race with us. Please let us know if you’ll be staying for the after-party when you register for the event so we can finalise catering.
We’re back at Sandown on Saturday 28 April, on the eve of the Porsche Regularity event. Take this opportunity to shake down your car in preparation for the regularity relay. Entries for this event are open.
In recognition of the lovely ladies that support our Boy Racers we are planning on doing something special at our Mother’s Day sprint at Winton on Sunday 13 May. Standby for further info.
I look forward to seeing you at the Island.