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Daily Archives: October 3rd, 2013

Vassallo 2nd yearKames, positioned on the west side of Muirkirk in Ayreshire, has a long history of motor sport and is now home to one of Scotland’s top Motor Sports Clubs, the East Ayrshire Car Club, itself celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013. Throughout the year it hosts a large number of events including Stage Rallies and Rally Time Trials. The 800m of tarmac track was resurfaced in 2000 and after 3 years of development was able to provide running in both a clockwise and anti-clockwise direction. It has regularly and successfully featured in the MSA Motorsport Club of the Year competition. Read More »

The Twingo Renaultsport R1 Trophy will go down to the final round after last weekend’s Rally Yorkshire saw Ben and father, Jason Mckay, victorious on this penultimate round of the MSA British Rally Championship.

The rally was held over two days, with a two stage teaser in the darkness of Friday night, followed by a further five stages on Saturday, with a fifteen mile sting near the rally’s tail.

Following some technical wrangling before the start, the Mckays set off using just their standard Twingo headlamps, unable to utilise the set they had brought. Harry Threlfall and Andy Bull were restricted to just two spotlights too, but the advantage was clear, stopping the clocks just short of a minute ahead of Mckay after two difficult Dalby stages. Read More »

In the current issue (#73) of Race Engine Technology magazine, editor Ian Bamsey reports in astonishing detail on the first Formula One engine to reach 20,000rpm on track.

From 1906 through to 2006, Grand Prix engine speeds rose ever higher, from less than 2000rpm to, ultimately, a mind-boggling 20,000rpm. Then the rule-maker abruptly halted the march of progress, with a 19,000rpm rev limit for 2007, subsequently reduced to the current stifling 18,000rpm – plus, to add insult to injury, a moratorium on development. While engine evolution is back in 2014, the emphasis henceforth will be on fuel efficiency, rather than outright, untrammelled performance. The glorious Century of Speed is over. Read More »