Worksop Motor Club Grass Autosolo Event

Worksop Motor Club Grass Autosolo

Yesterday evening I was invited to attend a small gathering of members from Worksop Motor Club… In a field… With some cones, to do some skids… Well actually, that’s not quite accurate. I was invited along to compete in their – non competitive – driving test. I first attended one of the WMC events last month, tipped off by Clive, local business owner at Autotronix Developments, so it seemed apt to head over to Autotronix and go from there in mini convoy…

The club hold their grass driving test on various dates across the calendar. Their next grass event is Tuesday 26th July, but there are many other events before and after, including Scatter Rallies, Treasure hunts, Indoor/outdoor Go-Karting, socials, pub quiz’s, Marshaling and actual rallying too. For more info, you can email Jon at jonleckenby@aol.com for a copy of their calendar, or visit their website or facebook page 🙂

If you’ve never been to a grass Autosolo before, it is the same as a regular Autosolo, only on grass… An obstacle course comprising of cones is laid out with a set route to take between them. This particular club are committed enough that they have invested in fancy running gear in shape of computer and beam set up. Two sensors (laser beams) are used, the first will start the timer and the second will end when the beam is broken.  The idea is to get round the cones from start to finish in the shortest time possible, using driver skills and throttle/ braking techniques… Or so I’ve heard. Penalties in form of 10 seconds are administered for any cone contact, and the penalty for going the wrong way at any point throughout the course is the slowest lap as your time… So try not to set a bad one!
(They have 4 different layouts, including some kind of Maltese Cross type layout.. I participated in T1 and T2, the seemingly easiest of the two…)

After facing long, fast and twisty country roads, the odd tractor, lumpy paths, and what I presume was horse manure used to created a makeshift crossing where the two fields joined, we arrived in a mass convoy of 5, ready to tackle, I mean, skillfully maneuver around some strategically placed cones. Having aided one of the Mini drivers in forms of counter balance and traction at my previous attendance, I had picked up some tips and was armed with some great knowledge of an experienced autosoloer… The first being, not to go out until I was confident of the route. So I let the boys play first whilst I tried to memorize the layout…

Joe in the Chilli Orange NB8 was dubious of the uneven ground at first (his MX is impeccably tidy), but found he wasn’t quite “Stance Queen” low and made it round just fine, doing some impressive long and smooth slides. Clive claims to be terrified by cones, his excuse to always taking them out on track days, so he sat this one out. Dave decided his MK1 was just too cool for skids and Nick, his Dad and Yeti had no problems in getting down and dirty… 180’s, 360’s and dead cones kinda dirty. Yeti even lost his number plate at one point. Not quite sure if cone… or nose dive into the grass…

All in all, a great evening was had. Alongside banter, the scorching heat, good company and good fun, there were also some interesting rides to enjoy, both participating drivers and just observers. The Austin was most enjoyable to watch, bringing in some of the best times with their ‘passenger produced gravity’ and traction. The RWD Transit van also put out some impressive times for what it was and was also quite comical to watch, if not impressive at some points. From Pumas to Supras, there was a bit of everything as well as some of the bits in-between.

Before I leave you with this video compilation from the short time I was out of the drivers seat, I must say a huge thank you to Jon and all the guys at Worksop Motor Club, for having us, welcoming us and encouraging us with their wealth of knowledge and expertise. For anyone looking to join an active Rally, Test and Marshaling club, get in touch with these welcoming and laid back guys, they have a Facebook group as well as a Facebook page, links to follow.

Thank you for reading, over and out.

>>VIDEO COMING SOON<<

With Thanks:

Autotronix Developments Website

Autotronix Developments Facebook

Worksop Motor Club Website

Worksop Motor Club Facebook

Worksop Motor Club Facebook Group

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#GarageGirl The New Blog for Budget Build, JDMClare & Project5


Welcome to the new blog…

 I guess my intentions are an extension of mini facebook posts… A place to elaborate on the things Im getting up to, an opportunity for people to see a little closer into what goes on behind the scenes of Combustionpunks, as well as a little insight into my -sometimes hectic- life, all things car related.

Ive just got back from a weekend working in York with 6th Gear Experiences, Tuesday I have an autosolo in a local village farm, a trip to Autotronix (always something IG worthy in the garage) at some point to collect some rocker covers back from the chemical stripper, as well as some fiberglassing tuition with Yetidragon down at the new Punks Place… So lots to blog about there. But first, a little catch up and back story to bring things up to date.


GarageGirl formally Budget Build

Around January, I moved Cities… From good old Birmingham 100 miles north to South Yorkshire, a rather green City known as Sheffield. Its beautiful up here! Much more attractive than the scenery, are the friendships and abundance of social activities there are to delve into and become part of. Not long after my move, a bunch of new folk I’d been bumping into started up a local club; Sheffield MX5s (they have a facebook group and insta page, check them out!)

–  Id like to take this moment to say I have honestly had some of the best car related experiences whilst in the presence of these guys… out on Combustionpunks events, track days, their weekly pub runs, events and just plain social evenings… Thank you for being so genuine and awesome. I’m loving Sheffield quite largely because of you all. –

So, two house moves later and we now have our own garage and unit…
The original Project5 aka Baby has a fighting chance again. With space, tools, friends and a handy new job at Euro Car Parts, she should be back on the road again by winter. A huge thank you is in order to Simon at Garage Barefoot for storing her for so long, holding tech days to get it rolling and fitting a new roof in my absence… (as well as borrowing various parts and pieces…) I don’t know where it would have gone without you. Thank you. Fiberglass production is the main point of the new Unit, but Project5 and Yetidragon’s mk1 project (yet to be named) are occupying part of it quite nicely…

Open day coming soon… as well as more wide arches from Combustionpunks/ Waspworks 😀

Well. I’ve not been as quiet as it may seem… Combustionpunks have been attending a tonne of shows, events and track days this year, and as well as being upfront with the organising and planning, I’ve been helping out with a little blogging on the Combustionpunks page too… You can check out some of the write ups from myself and other members, plus submitted photos on events like Spring Performance Action Day, Japfest and, my least favorite experience this year, Fast Show. We’ve done a few charity track days with a couple more booked and our very own Summer Holiday set for August too…

So I will have loads to blog about, both on here and the main Punks page!

I get up to and help organise some pretty cool stuff, and with Project5 soon be the focus build rather than the current daily drive, Budget Build, I thought a change of Blog title was in order to cover a bit more about what I get up to… Having a car and being an enthusiast doesnt have to end there. Im involving myself in all kinds of areas in the motor scene and I think a few would find it pretty interesting… Couldnt have imagined my life this way 12 months ago… So maybe some inspiration for others in it somewhere too 🙂

There are a tonne of things Id love to back date about, maybe Ill have the opportunity to throw back some details and references in some other blog posts, but for now, with Summer Punks Holiday planning, JAE recruitment, Merch making, website updating, new job, two cars and so much more going on… I don’t really have the time, so instead, Ill leave you with a bunch of random photos Ive taken over the last few months.

From driveway mechanics, organised runs, mx5 friend socials, car shows, track days, my cool weekend job, play-dates and more, each one is a happy memory and has a story behind it 🙂 (Plus I need to get them off my phone to make room for new ones…) Enjoy, and stay tuned for a very active blog page for all things cool and cars 🙂 #garagegirl

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