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Kinetic Car Race - 16th December 2021

2021 Tyres2U

Tyres2U to the rescue!

The 2022 Superstars Championship got off to a flying start on Thursday the 16th December with a slight twist to the ever popular Kinetic Car Race. This time we didn't have the normal 'highest score wins' where the aim was to amass the top score by landing on as many high scoring sheets of paper as possible, but instead to try and get the beautifully signwritten mobile tyre service van as close to the stricken Porsche 959 Turbo as possible.

It was nice to be holding the event at Kibblesworth Workmens Club as we could use the long tables once again to set out our challenge, and it all felt wonderfully familiar to be gathered around as each member of the club took their turn to show their driving skills.

And skill was very much an important factor too, as there were strict rules about what was expected of the driver of the 'Tyres2U' model van that was kindly donated by Peter Kerr: the aim of the task was to get the van as close as possible to the broken down Porsche, without crashing into it or driving the van off the edge of the table; evidence of both were to be seen during the evening and would earn a fail for each offence! To be fair, the van did pull to the right, so there was an extra frisson of excitement each time a new member took the controls.

Everyone had five attempts at doing so, and each competitor was given a practice run, after which they could decide whether to accept that practice run as their first attempt, or discard it and go for gold. It was interesting to see how each person approached the task, some were very cautious, others more determined, whilst there were those who used the most methodical of approaches, thinking line, length and power. Some preferred to sit down and get a drivers' viewpoint, others stood to get a better overall view. Some gave it an incredible amount of thought, others just went for broke.

After everyone had taken their turn, the results were to prove that the cleanest drivers would triumph over raw speed:

1 Tosh 84.5cm
2 Ronnie
3 Brian
4 Peter
121.5cm 1F
5 Alastair
157cm 1F
6 Gordon
71.5cm 2F
7 Ken
76cm 2F
8 David
78.5cm 2F
9 Jimmy
132cm 2F

A great win for Tosh, whose methodical approach of pulling the van back a set length for his first run was to prove very fortunate, as the van stopped almost perfectly alongside the car. That meant he only had to repeat that four more times and hope not to crash into the Porsche and suffer a fail. The words 'Jammy Bugger' may well have been heard, although Tosh . A brilliant second place for Ronnie, who had a great competition on the night, with superb and consistent van placement right up to his final run but still managed to pip Brian into third place by the merest of margins: 20mm over five runs! If there had been a point for closest to the Porsche then it would have undoubtedly gone to the driver that rocketed past the stricken 959 with just the width of a hair between them, causing an intake of breath amongst the crowd that was probably heard in the public bar!

Points in the Superstars Championship to all current members who took part, this result putting Tosh at the top of the table for the Christmas holidays with Ronnie at his heels. Many thanks to Brian and Tosh for putting the event on, it was really nice to see everyone getting involved again in the Club night events and everyone is looking forward to our calendar being much more active once again now we are meeting on a more regular basis.

Next event should be the Pit Stop / Wheel Change Competition on the 6th January - always very popular, always very competitive. Can the one minute barrier be broken in competition? We look forward to seeing you there to try...

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