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  • After the Photobucket issues back in June this year I?ve finally got my own hosting sorted and spent the last few days updating all my image links to my 10+ year old diary. I forgot just how much work I?ve done on the car.

    Back in August prior to the annual track day bash I installed my roll cage padding.







    To help protect the door bar padding and make it last longer it was double wrapped in 50mm insulation tape.







    In September the car had a final check and loaded up for Blyton.





    As we were camping the usual evening meal was consumed?lots of it! It was great to catch up with some old friends and new.



    A couple of pics of the motley crew but alas that?s it I didn?t feel good and the car felt epic so I packed up early to avoid disaster and called it day. I?ll be out on track next year as I plan on Mallory Park and Snetterton.





    Found this new old stock metal gearbox gasket which are reusable and nls from Vauxhall, I couldn?t say no for a tenner.

    My GTE diary and the mk3 Arctic 3.0 V6 diary.

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    • hell of a job updating all your links, but worth it i think

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      • Originally posted by DarrenH View Post
        hell of a job updating all your links, but worth it i think
        Agreed
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        • GTE got some loving last weekend as I fired it up, was last ran three months ago at the track back in September. It purred like a kitten on idle and roared like a lion when you pressed the ?loud? pedal.





          Treated the old girl to some new boots in the form of Uniroyal Rainsport 3. I?ve got these on the Vectra VXR estate and they are simply breath taking in the wet/damp conditions giving plenty of confidence while being equally as good in the dry. These will be my wet track day and general knock about wheels as I?ve decided the car is going back on the road this year.



          My GTE diary and the mk3 Arctic 3.0 V6 diary.

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          • Nice update as usual Harvey them tyres are very good and reasonabley priced look forward to seeing more pics and upates .

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            • As Christmas and New Year is over and done with for yet another year it was time to treat myself. I?ve been thinking about it for a while so I?ve bit the bullet and bought a new crash lid as I wanted something with an intercom. A friend recently purchased a Sparco RJ-3i and after taking a look I was forever smitten. A short time later I found a billy bargain on eBay and the brand new lid arrived. Further specifications and details on the helmet here.

              I couldn?t buy a new lid without a new bag and the Oxford Lidstash ticked all the right boxes.



              A rather posh Sparco bag that comes with the helmet.



              The yummy lid in all its glory.



              As with most things I touch I couldn?t leave it stock so a cable restraint system was quickly installed to stop it dangling when not in use, funky Velcro win. Instant power gains were also had from a simple sticker.




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              • Earlier this month I renewed the insurance with REIS and dug the GTE out of its winter hibernation. First job on my list was to spanner check all four corners and inspect the underside. I got slightly carried away with scrubbing and undersealing underneath as it hadn?t been done since 2008.







                Next job was to renew the brake fluid and pads as I was aware they were getting a bit low and the fluid had done two track days.







                My twenty year old Eezibleed is still going strong.





                Back down to earth and then it was MOT time last week. I used a local garage less than a mile away who I?ve never used previously Essex Street Garage as I wasn?t able to get in my usual place. I?m always nervous at the MOT as it?s like they are inspecting my homework. I needn?t worry as the tester was a really nice chap and did a thorough job with no advisories and a pass. I?ll be using them again.





                I?ve booked a couple of track days; Mallory Park Friday 11th May & Blyton Park (Eastern circuit) Sunday 8th July. Having done this I was tyre swap time so my old Toyo R888 were binned and the new Rainsport 3 fitted as my wet track day/storage tyres. A deal was struck with a friend of a friend and my new R888 were part-ex+cash for four as new Dunlop Direzza 03G (DZ03) and two 1/5th worn. The Toyo T1-R got exchanged for free fitting/balancing at my favourite place Spare Deal Tyres so all in all a busy tyre change week and the car is ready nice and early for Mallory.








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                • I?ve now taxed it so popped along to a local breakfast meet yesterday morning to give it a shakedown prior to Mallory Park next Friday. The meet is organised by Stratstone and held at their Nottingham offices, full details of all 2018 meets can be found here. You get all sorts there from super cars to classics and everything in-between so if you?re local to the M1 J27 area, or even if you?re not, it?s well worth attending

                  Me parked alongside the bro-in-laws new Corsa VXR, welcome back to Vauxhall turbo power Andy.

                  Last edited by Harvey; 06-05-2018, 07:06 AM.
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                  • The car was back on track last Friday at Mallory Park with ?Team Shonky Vauxhall? reunited once again.



                    As soon as the track opened I was out there putting the new DZ03 through their paces.







                    In the pits so the car could have a break and me a rest.



                    A few more sessions later and I?d got Gerards and John Cooper Esses nailed, thanks for the tips Iain (white Nova) and Andy (bro-in-law). I might even learn to drive properly one day!





                    Unfortunately both Novas had issues with House?s eating 4th gear and Iain suffering ignition problems so no spark. Here?s when they both worked.



                    Lunchtime with the oil checked and topped up as well as more go go juice poured in.



                    I was the last man standing at Team Shonky Vauxhall with no major issues and the car behaved unlike the driver who had a high speed spin in the John Cooper Esses. Definitely one of the best track days I?ve had in a long time. New tyres felt lovey being very progressive and controllable. I worked out I was getting 11.25mpg not too shabby. Roll on the next track day at Blyton Park (Eastern circuit) on 8th July.







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                    • Good stuff Harvey, I'm pleased the car gave you a great ride Shame the others had issues but that's the nature of the beast I guess ...

                      I think the more track time you have and a chance to achieve (or conquer) a specific section or two really makes the day all worth it

                      I've just discovered that Croft is about the same distance for me as Knock Hill ( about 1.5 hours) so I'm thinking about Croft being my next outing .... Have you driven Croft, if so whats it like?

                      L.
                      My vehicles:
                      1985 Astra GTE 1.8 8v, 2002 Omega Est, 1978 MGB GT, 1973 Honda CB500 K2, 1993 Honda Sevenfifty, 2005 Suzuki Grand Vitata .......

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                      • Cheers Laurie, never driven Croft so it's on my to do list. It's 2 hours towing for me so not far at all. I'll get there at some point to drive the circuit as we've been there spectating on a number of occasions & its a cracking venue.
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                        • cool pictures

                          which version of the track did they use? i notice they have introduced a couple of chicanes to tame the previously fast (and a bit terrifying) corners gerrards and stebbes into lake esses (now john cooper esses)


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                          • Standard circuit in deep red. They tend to use the chicanes for the bikes not cars. I have wifey to thank for the fantastic pictures, chose these from just over 200.
                            Last edited by Harvey; 15-05-2018, 07:26 PM.
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                            • I got told at Mallory that the car smoked, as it always has, on throttle lift when giving it large. You sometimes got a white poof or tail of smoke but it?s got no worse and sometimes doesn?t do it at all. I put this down to the Omega forged pistons and rings but it?s not bad enough to demand a bottom end rebuild just yet having tested the hot compression last night. I took the car out for a cruise round the block to get everything up to temp, it started and drove lovely. Check the pic out for consistency and how bloomin? high a compression do you honestly need from a naturally aspired lump, bonkers! At least I know the head and bottom end are still working well


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                              • Could it not just be sucking a little oil (from a breather or valve seal ) when it does that? Have or can you check the crankcase pressure?
                                (only thinking out loud)

                                L.
                                My vehicles:
                                1985 Astra GTE 1.8 8v, 2002 Omega Est, 1978 MGB GT, 1973 Honda CB500 K2, 1993 Honda Sevenfifty, 2005 Suzuki Grand Vitata .......

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