ECURIE SCALPEL NEWS - FEBRUARY 2002

THE BIG NEWS OF THE MONTH IS THE ACCEPTANCE WITHIN THE LAST TWO DAYS OF OUR FORMULA JUNIOR ENTRY TO THE MONACO HISTORIC GRAND PRIX.

This is wonderful news for us all although the thought of charging around this historic venue is quite daunting. The 300 gets two practice sessions on the Saturday and takes part in the opening race of the Sunday. The dates are 18-19 May and for more details check out their web site at www.acm.mc. This has to be is a once in a lifetime opportunity and not to be missed. Already however, Don has had thoughts about special arrangements for the event – never mind the travel etc. I am told I cannot go there without two spare wheels and a couple of spare uprights. He clearly thinks I might hit the kerbs – sounds quite sensible I suppose. I can see the budget for the year disappearing rapidly!

Other news

The last month has seen much progress made towards readiness for the new season. The MK VIIS is virtually ready and all that is now required is cleaning! The brakes are rebuilt, the fire system replaced and the new seat just back from the trim shop having been fitted and positioned. A new harness system is in place and the engine work completed. The only outstanding items are the tyres (not arrived yet) and a missing wheel badge. This might not make the car go faster but presentation does matter. The car will shortly be taken to the rolling road facility in Bartenby for final engine tuning, setting up the carburettors and measurement of the power output. From there it is on to Leconfield airfield for a brief shakedown and then to Croft for the test session on March 22nd.

The 300 has had a much more interesting month. We decided to “dry sump” the engine for 2002 and this work is almost completed. For the non-mechanic (i.e. me) it is quite a business. The engine has come out and been stripped and modified. A new oil cooler has been made from scratch as had a new lightweight water radiator. All this has been done and the engine is now rebuilt and installed. It is just a matter of waiting for the oil cooler and we are off. Like the MkVIIS we will be going for a run on the rolling road but the 300 gets no testing – straight in to the lions den at Mallory Park on March 10!

Elsewhere the race dates are piling up. After Mallory on March 10 there are events scheduled at Donington (April), Snetterton, Silverstone and Oulton Park. In addition we return to Donington on May 6th for the one hour (two driver) race. This should be a very interesting event and perhaps one to visit. It looks like Simon Ham might be taking some time off from the number crunching to drive with me – more fool him!

 

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