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Anyone else for Bedford ????

Discussion in 'Bedford Autodrome - 16th February' started by Gary&BVZ, Jan 9, 2008.

  1. Gary&BVZ

    Gary&BVZ Guest

    :D At last a chance to try BVZ with lots of space around ..And no cameras.
    Anyone else going to join Me and Dee on the 16th Feb ????
    Bedford is super fast with lots of run off room if you happen to need it :eek: ..
    Yippeeee .... Hope I am not on my own amongst all them Lotii ?? Gary ...
  2. Jonny Boy

    Jonny Boy Junior Member

    Hi Gary & BVZ

    I booked last night, so hopefull I will see you on the 16th.

  3. Stu

    Stu Senior Member

    My car goes back in to PTP on the 21st Jan to get this dam oil leak problem sorted out once and for all hopefully. It may be a complete engine rebuild again so I'm not sure if I will have it back, and if it has been rebuilt, run in for bedford.

    If it doesnt require a rebuild i may well do it if its back in time and there are spaces left:)

  4. Jonny Boy

    Jonny Boy Junior Member

    Best get that Circuit Guide out if it is on the 4.2 mile GT circuit, If my memory serves me right I think it has about 18 corners per lap.

  5. Dave

    Dave MGoT President

    Hi John, yes you are right - over 4 miles and definitely a few laps to learn all the corners :) And Gary's right to - probably the safest circuit in the country in terms of run-off and lack of barriers/gravel traps. Though I have to admit to finding the only gravel trap on the circuit in my first day there - some years ago I hasten to add!

    I will go on 16th Feb also as long as my car's engine is run in and I've managed to get a rolling road run done to check the fuelling. I picked the car up from Techspeed today and have just completed the first eighty miles at <3000 revs driving home. The very first 1.9 MGF ;)
  6. Jonny Boy

    Jonny Boy Junior Member

  7. GSG

    GSG Junior Member


    Do you think I can take my ZR van its not quite a two seater sports car as described in the LOT site?

  8. Dave

    Dave MGoT President

    Hi Richard
    It's probably best to email Paul@lotus-on-track.com to check.
  9. Dave

    Dave MGoT President

    Ah, but that extra 100cc is a :eek: more pennies. Plus mine will run on standard MEMS!
  10. fishert

    fishert Active Member

    Hoping to

    I'm hoping to make this as its a great challenging circuit - it goes on for ever. The car is in the process of a big brake upgrade, so it will be a good place to try it out!!

    Its generally not a big issue being open pit lane as there is normally very little waiting time to get out on track, especially if they don't manage to sell all the places, also its big enough not to tangle with the fast boys.
  11. Stu

    Stu Senior Member

    So who's actually booked to go ?

    As far as I can see it's

    Jonny Boy
    GSG ?
    Stu (just booked)

  12. Gary&BVZ

    Gary&BVZ Guest

    Pleased you can join us.

    Hi Stu ..Pleased to see you have your car back and I presume you have had the oil leak cured ...Now you are entered we are almost guaranteed a dry track..:D
    We are booked in at the Wyboston T/lodge for the Friday night ..
    Maybe others will be there..
  13. Stu

    Stu Senior Member

    I'll be driving up in the morning ! Getting up early and on a Saturday too !!:rolleyes:
  14. fishert

    fishert Active Member

    decision time?

    will decide this w/end if its going to be feasible to enter, as the brake conversion is progressing with a few hiccups.
    Looking at Lotus on Track website there are 11 spaces left. So will keep an eye on this over the w/end.
  15. Dave

    Dave MGoT President

    I've recently heard that Bedford are being very strict about their 87dB drive by noise limit. They are not giving anyone second chances - fail it once and your day's over. :eek:
  16. Stu

    Stu Senior Member

    Yea i saw that, i would think most will be ok as its drive by, but if they are going to not give people a chance they are going to quickly loose a lot of business espically as its hard to test that yourself before you arrive..

  17. Dave

    Dave MGoT President

    Agreed - drive-by is not so bad for most of us. I suspect that, as with all circuits, they are struggling to hold back the ever-growing tide of complaints from local residents and demands from local councils. There's not much they can do about it. Look at the Goodwood and Castle Combe situations - max 10 to 12 cars at a time.
  18. Dave

    Dave MGoT President

    I've just picked up this press release by MSV:

    For immediate release: Friday, 1 February 2008

    Noise Levels at Bedford Autodrome

    This release is to clarify the situation regarding noise limits at Bedford Autodrome. In the past there have been some occurrences of cars operating without fully respecting the limits and more stringent measures are now being taken to ensure compliance.

    It is important that Bedford Autodrome operates not just in compliance with its planning permission limits but also to minimise any disturbance in the local community. Noise can travel a long way, particularly in certain climatic conditions.

    The noise limits at Bedford Autodrome will remain unchanged at 101dB(A) static (measured 0.5m from the exhaust at a 45’ angle at ¾ maximum revs) and 87.5 dB(A) drive-by at 20 metres.

    To minimise the audibility of cars on just the particularly sensitive Easter Monday and August Bank Holiday Monday, we are introducing a new static limit of 96 dB(A) and a drive-by noise limit of 82.5 dB(A) on these two days. Standard mass produced road cars without special exhaust systems will comfortably pass these limits. Low volume cars (eg Caterhams) and those with variable exhausts like Ferrari 360/430s, will probably not.

    The limit on the number of cars allowed on the GT circuit at any one time has now been reduced to 40 cars from previously 50 cars. The number of cars allowed to take part on any single track day on the GT circuit will remain at 100.

    We have experienced too many examples of cars exceeding the noise drive-by limit and then drivers modifying the exhausts to quieten them if they get caught. This causes unnecessary noise breaches so we are now operating a ‘one strike and you’re out’ rule. This effectively means that if your car exceeds the drive-by limit, the driver will be black flagged and that car will not be allowed to take any further part in the track day. If your car can be made quiet enough to comply with the limits, then please do it before you start the track day.

    If any owners wish to test their cars before a track day we are happy to accommodate this, by arrangement, free of charge.

    You must not generate any significant tyre squeal. The sound carries a long way and can cause annoyance. Deliberate prolonged drifting is prohibited. Any car that creates excessive tyre squeal will be black flagged and given one warning. A second occurrence will mean termination of activity. Tyre types and pressures make a huge difference to tyre squeal. In general, the closer to a slick racing tyre the less the tyre squeal. When choosing tyres for track days please do consider these points.

    Following recent discussions on various websites and forums, we feel it is important to make the following points:

    The noise meters are calibrated every day.

    The noise picked up from each drive-by meter is shown on screens. Every time the noise limit is exceeded, the system automatically prints out details of the violation onto a report sheet. These report sheets have to be provided to the local council.

    We have reviewed our own procedures and increased our staff levels on track days in order to increase the policing of the noise limits. We now have extra staff constantly watching the noise meter screens, extra staff in the pitlane and at various points around the circuit.

    On each and every violation, the staff watching the screens immediately communicate the details (by radio) to the track staff. The offending car is then black flagged. If it is clear that the meter was triggered by a group of cars passing at the same time, this can then be logged onto the print out and no further action taken.

    In order to avoid disappointment, we strongly suggest that drivers wishing to take part in a track day at Bedford Autodrome make sure their car is well under the 87.5 dB(A) drive-by limit before they arrive at the venue.

    Whether we like it or not, limiting the noise from vehicles at all UK circuits is increasingly becoming a priority. We are spending a considerable amount of time, money and resource in understanding the issues, training staff, and of course liaising with the local councils. We ask that clients bringing their cars and motorcycles to any of our venues act responsibly by making them as quiet as possible before they arrive.

    Jonathan Palmer
    MotorSport Vision
  19. Gary&BVZ

    Gary&BVZ Guest

    3 take on 97 ...

    I see from Daves postings that the max No of cars on a GP circuit track day is 100 .. And only 40 cars ??? out at a time ...
    Who else is going from MGoT ...I have Gary ,Johny Boy and Stu ...
    How will we hold up against the Lotii and Porsche boys ...
    Only 5 places available when I last looked ...
    Anyone else out there wanting to try their luck on a super fast circuit ???
  20. fishert

    fishert Active Member

    just paid up

    Finally booked a place with 2 places left, not quite sorted out the bigger brakes, but hopefully will be done in time. Hope the weather stays like it is today

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