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Punks go to Franks Charity Track Day

So, given this is a car enthusiast page, there’s bound to be a few Punks amongst us who happen to quite like belting round a private bit of tarmac with careless abandon at nothing less than breakneck speed.

The track meet was to be held on the Friday, so instead of us having to get up at before the crack of dawn to get to the sign-in on time, we decided to camp at the track with the event organiser, Frank (of Hall’s of Derbyshire chip shop in Matlock Bath- it’s lush, go there!). As seems to be the way, most of us arrived in the dark which, as it turns out, is not the ideal time to erect a tent. But after much grunting, de-tangling and swearing (sorry Mum), we got them up and joined in with the barbecue. Mmm… food. At least we had a decent chef, cheers

As is the way with car people, we were all up early (but definitely not bright) and ready to face the day. But not before the primary school like briefing. If you’ve never been to a track day before, the track owner tells you the rules of the day. Useful, yes. Critical information for new drivers, yes. But WOW is it boring if you’ve heard it before! I never was one for sitting down and listening to important stuff though.

About 5 minutes later, the paddock came alive with the sound of all the different engines you can imagine. Everything from bog-standard MX5s to about 10 different Westfield lookalikes, some with dull, boring Honda engines and one in particular which had a Hayabusa engine. Even more so than the cars, the variety of people who’d turned up was immense. The pits ranged from a full on race team who brought a car transporter and an entire crew to, well, us. We had our work cut out if we weren’t going to embarrass ourselves.

As the paddock suggested, there was a huge amount of variety of car (and driver!) once we were out on circuit. Everything from track day virgins to seasoned veterans. One such veteran is Clive, from Autotronix. He drives a red MK3 MX5. The boring car. The car that most people see as the generation of MX5s which is furthest from the spirit of the original car. And it doesn’t have pop-ups, so it must be rubbish, right? Wrong. The people he took out for passenger laps all commented on how ridiculously fast he was, and it was most apparent when he overtook people while watching from the grandstand. They looked like they were stationary!

There were a few other cars worthy of note- a Honda S2000 racer, which @JDM_Clare got unreasonably excited at seeing, Frank’s mental Mercedes track-barge, a sight to behold, believe me! …And something that looked like a four-wheeled version of the Trotter’s Independent Traders car. To be fair, it wasn't the best handling car, or the best looking. In fact, it looked as though it had all the aerodynamic properties of a recently dropped breeze block. But on the straights it came into its own, and the noise it made a sound like fury itself.

If you’ve never been to Blyton Park, and fancy seeing what you and your car can really do, free of the constraints of speed limits, other drivers and Section 59s, it’s the perfect place to go. There’s not a great deal of elevation change to worry about and you’ve got to be trying in order to really mess up. Seriously, it’s so much fun, and so much more fun than that if you go with mates.

Even @Meltman didn’t have an incident. And for that we’re all eternally grateful.

Loads of pics below 😀

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