Trackday – Bedford Autodrome Feb 2010

This was the first trackday event that I had been to where people used their own cars  in which to take part. The disparities in what was taking part were bizarre to behold. The was literally everything from £100,000 supercars to £1000 trackday specials that had been put together in someones garage together with a few mates.
The day was cold, very cold. Four degree cold. And the fog was around all day, so much so that the track was closed twice and the day had to sadly end early.
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I thought that this would be spectacular, but apart from being quite quiet, it didn’t actually seem all that fast, no doubt it was deceptively quick though.
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Just the one Impreza, there was an STi around, but it didn’t go out on the track sadly.
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Lots of Porsches of various ages and states of track day preparation.
944
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996 Carrera 4S
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996 GT3
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996 GT3 RS
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997 GT3
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As with Porsche there was quite a variety of BMW’s, again some were most definitely trackday only cars, but with a numberplate, others must of been daily drives.
Most common was the M3, from very early cars to a previous generation E46 M3 CS
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There were a couple of non-M cars.
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Just the one M5, an E39 version, it was surprisingly quick, though with a lot of body roll.
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And an M6, difficult to gauge just how fast this was, it wasn’t out very often.
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There were a couple of Mitsubishi Evo 9’s, one looked to be a top of the range FQ-400, very fast but sounded dull.
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A sole Ferrari
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Lots and lots of Renaults
A Twingo with a dodgy private numberplate
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A variety of Clio’s
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And one of the latest Clio 200 Cup’s
It was very, very fast.
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Lotus Elise’s were popular choice.
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Though it was great to see a proper trackday special, the 2-11.
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There were two Nissan GT-R’s, the silver one seemed to of escaped my camera, the three hours it was away from the track being cleaned out of gravel from a trip to one of the traps might of had something to do with it! It was extremely quiet when just cruising by and didn’t get much louder when out on the track, but it was very, very quick when pushed.
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Lots of Caterham’s, including an R400 and an R500.
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Some home-made track specials
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And a couple of real oddities that you wouldn’t expect to see going around a race track!
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A great, if cold, day and such a shame about the fog, but a lot of fun all the same.
Three of the forummers were taking part in the event at the Bedford Autodrome.  They were kind enough to take us for passenger rides, which was a great experience.
In no particular order, first up is Mike’s Ford Focus TDCi.  Although a diesel it was by no means out-classed on the track, in fact it gave a Clio 172 such a run for its money that it eventually had to let the Focus past!  If the Focus had just another 1000rpm to use in its rev range then it would of given many more of the cars a real scare.  It was the real surprise of the day and Mike appeared to be having a fantastic time in testing out its quite considerable limits.
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Next up is Piers’ BMW 130i, with over 260bhp and rear wheel drive this car sounds like an ideal trackday car, but just happens to be wrapped up in a sensible 5 door hatchback body.  And it is, from the passenger seat there is lots of grip, masses of go and still plenty of stopping power even if Piers did say that the brakes were going off just a little.  It was fairly hard on the tyres, leaving them quite grainy on the surface but with plenty of life left in terms of tread depth.
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The track day veteran!  Dan’s Porsche Cayman S, this car relishes these conditions and was absolutely sensational.  It just seemed to be able to cope with anything that it was asked of.  Dan was saying that there were little slides at various points on the track, but this wasn’t felt from the passenger seat, it appeared to have so much grip at both ends and just wouldn’t stop accelerating.  What it was capable of was amazing, a superb track car as well as a fantastic everyday car.
Dan wasn’t too shabby behind the wheel either!
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2010-02-06 20:24:58

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    This was the first trackday event that I had been to where people used their own cars  in which to take part. The disparities in what was taking part
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