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The Cadwell Park timetable is out. It refers to CAT 1, CAT 2 and CAT  3. I assume that is us? If so...

The first CAT 1 and 3 sessions as for qualifying, whereas CAT 2 is for practise. Is this correct? I will be testing instead, so it is not any of my business, but may I suggest moving the practise to the first session?

Do the board know how the three groups will be structured?

Peter Tattersall peter @ on 18 March 2018 at 20:32Link

Oulton Park was exhausting for me; I hope my constant coughing wasn't too annoying for you all. I obviously wasn't able to drive at anywhere near 100%, so was very surprised to pick up a couple of podiums. Thank you to everybody who was so understanding and helpful to me.

Peter Tattersall peter @ on 18 March 2018 at 20:27Link

Need help!!   Rebuilt a super for road but will not spark!!  Possibly loom broken??  Or flywheel sensor(although we have tried another off running car) Any ideas where loom fragile?  

william halley on 18 March 2018 at 19:34Link

Massive thank you to everyone who made racing at Oulton Park possible yesterday in the freezing cold, especially the BARC Marshals. We'll be holding a collection for them at Thruxton in sunny July!

This is your last chance to donate to the Air Ambulance Service (see link bottom right) as we'll shortly be adopting a new charity. With gift aid, we've raised £1884 of our £2017 target, so just need another £133 - less than £3 each from everyone who raced yesterday.

Mark Carter on 18 March 2018 at 14:27Link

Photos from three of yesterday's races are here.  I'm afraid we skipped the last race in favour of making it home before the snow got worse...  

Hazel hazelsphotos [at] outlook dot com on 18 March 2018 at 11:04Link

@Steve - I wouldn't worry, they'll be some space somewhere. 

Although most of the motorhomes will take up a vast amount of the paddock from Thursday night.

Mark on 15 March 2018 at 17:10Link

The space behind CTS and UPE doesn't look big enough for car, trailer and gazebo in a line as recommended without blocking the access road. Should we place Gazebos etc to the side of the car and trailer in these spaces?

Steve Arnell on 15 March 2018 at 15:22Link

Oulton Park Testing Timetable:

0800 Registration commences
0900 Noise test and first morning session
1225 First afternoon session
1700 Test day finishes

All times subject to change

Full day 4 x 30 minute sessions

Half day 2 x 30 minute sessions

Mark Carter on 15 March 2018 at 14:16Link

Harry - it just arrived in my inbox!

Mark Carter on 15 March 2018 at 14:10Link

Has anyone received the timetable for testing tomorrow yet? 

Harry on 15 March 2018 at 12:23Link

Don't forget our sponsors, The Yorkshire Wine Rascal, have a special offer for this weekend's meeting. The 'Oulton 12' includes a handpicked collection of six red wines and six white wines from selected vineyards around the world. To find out more, or to order, please speak to a member of The Yorkshire Wine Rascal team or CTS Motorsport at Oulton Park.

Andrew Outterside on 14 March 2018 at 19:40Link

Paddock plan: In the Comp Info area, direct link: here

There should be space behind (to the left of, on the picture) CTS and UPE and to the bottom right of the picture below PT and the collecting area.

Roger Ford on 14 March 2018 at 18:32Link

Judging from the end of year videos Michael, you prefer the green stuff!

Charles on 14 March 2018 at 16:55Link

Why has no-one ever told me that colour coding before?  I'm sticking it to the dashboard....

Michael Downing on 14 March 2018 at 15:36Link

Thanks, Steve.

I believe there WILL be a paddock plan, which will be posted in the Comp Info section when it's ready.

Roger Ford on 14 March 2018 at 14:37Link

Thanks Andrew.

Circuit access - I spoke to Circuit facilities on Monday and they informed me that access will be available up until 11pm.

Steve Arnell on 14 March 2018 at 14:17Link

Oulton Park last-minute info:

1. Tyres: Polleysport will only be at the circuit FRIDAY (including Friday evening). If you need tyres for the next round you'll need to make arrangements to collect them Friday. Polleysport are not at Cadwell. You should already have booked any tyres you need, if not call them today.
2. Briefing: You've all read your finals, and previous forum posts, and will know that there's a compulsory all-drivers briefing at 7:45 in the Grads' hospitality area. That will be followed by the new drivers briefing for drivers who've not raced on the circuit before.

3. Circuit access: From midday Thursday. It's not clear how late they will be open - if you're expecting to arrive very late call the circuit to check.

4. Paddock plan: There isn't one, at least not one specific to our area. Make sure you stick to the area indicated for us in the finals, and be considerate of others. Don't take more space than you need.  If you arrive very early please don't park in the centre where the hospitality area needs to be.

There is no power in the paddock - if using a genny please don't run it late at night.

5. Free Practice: £50 for 20 minutes, payable in cash at signing on.

6. Weather: It's lovely and sunny today (at least in London). Saturday is due to be dry, but much colder. Don't forget to bring a coat!

Have a great weekend, everyone. Don't forget the simple colour code rule for what's under your wheels. Grey : Good. Green: Bad. Blue: very, very bad.


Roger Ford on 14 March 2018 at 11:58Link

Steve - it’s the same as Ryan.

Andrew Outterside on 13 March 2018 at 14:28Link

Anyone know the dimensions of the Yorkshire Wine Rascal decal so I can leave the correct gap and fit the Ryan Motorsport one?


Steve Arnell on 13 March 2018 at 13:40Link


I’ve used a number of the SJCam products in the past and they are fab. Just as good as a Go Pro, but far cheaper. 

SJ4 or 5000 looks to be the best price / performance at the moment, albeit, I’ve just gone for the SJ 7 star as an upgrade, which was a bit more pricey at about £150. 

The others are on eBay for between 50-80 quid. 

Steve Mc on 12 March 2018 at 19:43Link


I need to get a cheap GoPro type camera - I know there were a few listed on here a short while ago but they posts have fallen off the bottom now - any info greatly appreciated. - Thanks

Paul Sigma on 12 March 2018 at 15:33Link

Got all the tickets I need now, thanks very much everyone for your help. 

Peter, in answer to your question below, OP usually send the testing timetable out the day before, and they don't have anything on circuit the day before so I suspect wouldn't have a problem with you turning up any time. They're very helpful there. There is no electricity in the paddock though. 

Harry Cramer on 12 March 2018 at 11:45Link

Just another quick plea if anyone has any spare tickets, ideally would like to collect four more if I can. 

Thanks I’m advance. 

Harry Cramer on 11 March 2018 at 16:24Link

CATERING - Dont forget to let me know if you have any guests coming next weekend that you would like to be included for lunch. Many thanks 


Gail on 10 March 2018 at 11:37Link

What is the earliest that we can arrive at Oulton Park on Thursday.

When will the timetable for Friday testing be released?


Peter Tattersall peter @ on 09 March 2018 at 21:42Link

Nice one, Jon. We'll see you there!

Ben on 09 March 2018 at 13:13Link

Evening all,

Further to Andrew's posts, both here and on the CGRC Facebook page, everyone here at CTS Motorsport is delighted to be joining the CGRC paddock for the coming season. 

I'm especially looking forward to renewing the friendships I made during my drive at last season's final round at Silverstone.

CTS became well known for throwing some memorable paddock parties in the BRSCC paddock last year and we plan to do the same this season with the CGRC.  We've established a great corporate partnership with The Yorkshire Wine Rascal and we can't think of a better way to kick off the 2018 season than to host a wine tasting party in our team awning after the Friday test day next week.

There'll be a selection of fine wines to try, as well as the inevitable opportunity to place an order, and some food.  We generally fire up our giant paella pan and get stuck into some 'one pot cooking' .......probably some sort of chow mein, or perhaps a paella, this time?

Everyone welcome!  Usual story in terms of when it's gone it's gone but it would be great to meet a few new faces.  We look forward to seeing you there ;-)


Jon, CTS Motorsport

Jon Curry on 08 March 2018 at 18:22Link


For Oulton wristbands can be collected after the drivers briefing which is scheduled for 7.45 in the hospitality awning. See you all there.

Gail on 08 March 2018 at 16:46Link


Providing the catering for the drivers and their guests at the race weekends is always a pleasure, however it can be difficult to judge numbers and quantities.

Going forward we are introducing an extended lunch window with food available between 12 and 2pm. This will avoid queuing and drivers and guests will be able to have something to eat at a time that suits them. Tea, coffee and soft drinks will still be available to everyone all day.

So that this works smoothly a food wristband system will be implemented with drivers collecting them from the hospitality awning.

DRIVERS - must call into the hospitality awning after sign on to collect their wristbands. Each driver will be given two wristbands for each day, one for themselves and one for a guest.They will be a different colour for each day and are not transferable. 

GUESTS - I need to know how many people I am catering for, so DRIVERS must book guests, including children, IN ADVANCE BY THE SATURDAY BEFORE EACH RACE WEEKEND.

Please contact me by email - or by text - mobile 07960159979

Guests and children will be able to collect their pre-booked wristbands from the hospitality before 11.30 on race days.

DRIVER CLUB MEMBERS WHO ARE NOT RACING - are eligible for lunch BUT MUST BOOK IN ADVANCE BY THE SATURDAY BEFORE THE RACE WEEKEND. They can collect their wristbands from the hospitality awning before 11.30 on race days.


ADULTS - £7.50 per day

CHILDREN (under 5 years ) - no charge

CHILDREN ( 5 to 12 years ) - £5.00 per day

CHILDREN ( over 12 years) - £7.50 per day

Cath and I are really looking forward to providing the catering again this year and seeing everyone at Oulton.



Gail on 08 March 2018 at 16:33Link

Timetable and Final Instructions are available on the BARC site for Oulton:

You should have received tickets by email by now. If you haven't, then check your spam folder. If you still don't have them, there's a good possibility you're not entered. Get on to David Wheadon at BARC (from their contacts page) ASAP.

We have a 20 minute free practice session at the start of the day. This costs £50 and is payable (in cash) at signing on.  If you intend to do it, try to get signed on as soon as it opens. Anyone NOT doing free practice, please give sign-on and scrutineering priority to those who are.

Don't forget the mandatory driver briefing for ALL drivers at 7:45 am (yes, just as you're trying to get scrutineered) in the Grads' awning.

It's not clear what time the circuit opens - I presume it's 7am.  The helpful security contractors have been known to refuse access even to marshals and officials until the dot of opening time. So don't leave yourself with a pile of things to do at the circuit as there may not be time.

Roger Ford on 08 March 2018 at 15:34Link

Once Peter has his tickets I'm also on my annual scrounge if possible. Trying to get 11 tickets together, it's the local race for APL Health so we give away tickets to employees and customers. 


Harry Cramer on 07 March 2018 at 13:02Link

Can anybody spare any tickets for Oulton Park as I have some friends who are interested in attending.

Has the timetable for the day been finalised?

Peter Tattersall peter @ on 07 March 2018 at 12:16Link

I'm looking for an entry level race Caterham preferbably in a swap for a 2008 bmw 330i msport coupe.low miles with every extra. thanks

scott on 06 March 2018 at 23:08Link

Hiya Mark

yes - per day. 

First increase since I have been doing the Catering ;) 


Gail on 06 March 2018 at 19:40Link

Hi Gail,  Is it fair to assume that the £7.50 is per day ? or is that for the entire race weekend? Thanks

Mark J on 06 March 2018 at 15:20Link

Heads up re Oulton Park testing - I emailed them and they confirmed they can still take the odd booking or two, so if anyone else is as disorganised as me there may still be hope. 

Harry Cramer on 06 March 2018 at 12:24Link

Sorry to hear Oulton testing is full. The good news is that we do have a free practice session at the start of the day. Timing and cost is yet to be finalised, but it will be either 15 or 20 minutes. Booking and CASH payment at sign-on. It will be first-come-first-served, but we do expect there to be room for everyone who wants it.

Roger Ford on 05 March 2018 at 22:45Link

Oulton Park testing is sold out apparently. If anyone has booked but no longer wants their slot, please let me know. 

Harry Cramer on 05 March 2018 at 14:53Link

If anyone has tried - successfully or otherwise - to feed data from the diagnostic/CANbus connector on a Sigma/Sigmax, could you please drop me a line?

Charles on 05 March 2018 at 07:09Link

In the first of a number of Club offers this season the Yorkshire Wine Rascal, in association with CTS Motorsport, brings you the “Oulton 12” – a hand-picked collection of six red and white wines from selected vineyards around the world, for under £90, with free delivery at Oulton Park or subsequent race meetings.

See this link to their flyer and order form here

The Yorkshire Wine Rascal is a wine merchant with a passion for supplying exceptional and exclusive products from around the World. Based in the picturesque northern region, as the name suggests, and driven by a desire to discover out of the ordinary and unique red, white and sparkling wines, they are constantly searching for unusual and exclusive products that remain elusive to the common supermarket shelf. Barry Groves of the Yorkshire Wine Rascal will be more than happy to discuss any specific wine requirements/preferences that you may have during the season.

CTS Motorsport is hosting a number of paddock parties over the coming season, where wines supplied by the Yorkshire Wine Rascal can be sampled. These start with an invitation to all Club members on the Friday evening after testing at Oulton Park. 

Andrew Outterside on 04 March 2018 at 10:43Link

Decals - for those that selected the postal option, please note they have been posted first class to you today. Please remember to pay our Treasurer £10.00 - payment details are with the decals. 

For those that selected the option to pick up at Oulton Park test day, please see Pete Godfrey / Steve Foster of UPE Motorsport on Friday morning.

Replacements during the season can be obtained from UPE Motorsport.  

Andrew Outterside on 01 March 2018 at 13:31Link

Castle Combe entries:

We have now agreed with BARC that they will take the entries for this event as normal through the BARC booking system. The price will be £430 (discounted for early entries), or £470 for late entries. This includes 15 minutes of free practice, 15 minutes quali, one 20 minute and one 25 minute race.

Spa will be be booked separately through the Grads' Event Booking system.  More details on that soon.

Roger Ford on 01 March 2018 at 09:36Link

I hope everyone has defrosted from Sunday.  Photos are up here.  

Hazel hazelsphotos [at] outlook dot com on 27 February 2018 at 20:46Link

Sorry to hear that James, hope to see you back soon. 

Charles on 27 February 2018 at 08:27Link

There's a new sale notice under the Mega section for my 2006 Super. Sadly I have to take a break from racing for a year or two. Please forward to anyone interested.

Thanks to all for nearly 10 years of close racing, swearing and intentions to improve more than I did.


James Potter jvapotter at on 26 February 2018 at 21:48Link

Many thanks to Harry Cramer and the team at Torque Motorsport for hosting our successful pre-season track day at Silverstone yesterday. A fine bracing day enjoyed by club members, their families and friends.

It was great to see and meet a number of our new members.

If you didn't have an opportunity to speak to the race teams about support for the coming season (ranging from basic emergency support on a per meeting basis through to full support package) their contact numbers are listed below:-

CTS Motorsport - 07879776708

McMillan Motorsport - 01455 239900

Rockey Racing - 01903 744234

UPE Motorsport - 07771 392993

So on to our first meeting of the 2018 season in less than 3 weeks on the International Circuit at Oulton Park. Please get your entry in ASAP and for those that have not updated their race schedule recently please do so. It is important for race planning for the coming meetings, particularly our "bought" races at Castle Combe and Spa.

Many thanks   

Andrew Outterside on 26 February 2018 at 10:46Link


They have a fuel station open all day which accepts card payments, but expect to pay about £0.30/litre more than normal prices.

Ben on 23 February 2018 at 17:15Link

Anybody know if fuel will be sold at the track on Sunday?

See you there!


Glenn on 23 February 2018 at 15:51Link

Final instructions for Sunday are here

Harry on 23 February 2018 at 15:11Link

If you've paid BARC for Castle Combe, contact David Wheadon at BARC - 01264 88 22 09.

Mark Carter on 21 February 2018 at 22:23Link

I've already paid for all seven listed events which includes Castle Combe.

Should I call the BARC?

Peter Tattersall on 21 February 2018 at 20:43Link

Please note that although listed in error by BARC, booking for Castle Combe will be through the Grads Online Booking System, as will Spa.

Mark Carter on 21 February 2018 at 18:36Link

Entry for Oulton Park (and the rest of the BARC rounds) is now open on BARC's website

Graeme on 21 February 2018 at 16:07Link

We have now finalised our sponsorship line up for 2018 and welcome to the Club the Yorkshire Wine Rascal in association with CTS Motorsport to the Club.

The decal scheme for the cars is now complete. It can be found in the “Comp Info” section of the website and can be viewed here.

Decals will be delivered in 1 of the 3 options you selected - on Sunday at the track day from Garage 0 (where the refreshments are located), by post (please remember to pay our Treasurer your £10.00), or from Pete Godfrey / Steve Foster of UPE Motorsport at the Oulton Test Day. 

Many thanks to UPE Motorsport for kindly offering to look after the decal stock for us this season and to Simon Longman and his team at Totum Print for their work in producing the Club and many of the sponsors' decals in record time.


Andrew Outterside on 21 February 2018 at 10:58Link

Further to the CGRC Facebook post, CTS are delighted to be moving into the Grads paddock for 2018 with our corporate partners at the Yorkshire Wine Rascal.............keep an eye out for further announcements about that in the not too distant future!

We'll be supporting Adam Croft throughout the season in the Sigmax class and, all being well, I'll be competing in the Sigmax VCT class having thoroughly enjoyed my 'development drive' at Silverstone last season.

If you're interested in full support, race prep and set up work between rounds or emergency support through the season then feel free to get in touch. 

We're in garage 3a at Silverstone this Sunday and the kettle will be on!



Jon Curry
Mobile:  07725 263003
Office:  01652 649589

Jon Curry on 19 February 2018 at 20:53Link

I've just emailed all drivers attending the trackday next weekend with some final instructions. 

Just in case you haven't been able to access them from your emails, you can also view them here

Harry Cramer on 17 February 2018 at 18:18Link

The MSA have provided some competitor notes about the new fire extinguisher regulations. It's in the Technical Bulletins section of our website under the Comp Info tab - direct link here

Roger on 16 February 2018 at 16:10Link

Afternoon all, just a gentle reminder that if you would like new tyres at Silverstone, please let me know so we can make sure we bring enough, Thanks Steve  

Steve Polley on 16 February 2018 at 16:05Link

Towing eyes.  After discussions with BARC and their scrutineers it has been concluded that webbing type towing eyes, with the necessary identification decals, are acceptable for Caterhams.

Nick Haryett on 16 February 2018 at 13:05Link

Helmet and HANS MSA stickers.  Keith Marchment will be at our Silverstone trackday and will affix MSA stickers to helmets and HANS devices.  Most drivers will already have an MSA helmet sticker unless a new helmet has been acquired since last season.  However this year HANS (or similar) devices will require MSA stickers.  If you are at Silverstone please make the effort to find Keith and have the necessary stickers applied, this will save time at your first race meeting.  If you are not going to be at Silverstone, scrutineers should be able to provide MSA stickers at race meetings.

Nick Haryett on 16 February 2018 at 13:00Link

It'll never catch on....

Michael D on 13 February 2018 at 23:03Link

Redline is under new management....who do reply to emails. 

Charles on 13 February 2018 at 22:03Link

Lol “ping redline a message” that’s a good one. Phone them! 

James R on 13 February 2018 at 20:01Link

As I read it, "in accordance with manufacturers [sic] guidelines" refers only to the time period between servicing. Otherwise the next clause doesn't make sense. You can tell the MSA don't use lawyers (or English grads) to write their rules.

Nevertheless I'd recommend having it done by a Lifeline Service Agent if possible, as they always empty and refill. Local agents tend to just check pressure and weight - fine for an extinguisher that sits on a wall, not so great for one that's been in a car for several years. The powder can get packed down so it becomes solid and won't come out if the thing's ever used.

Mark - if Redline are out of stock, Think Automotive will make up any brake hoses to order, but you'll need to figure out lengths and fittings (straight or right angle) yourself.

Roger on 13 February 2018 at 16:56Link

Thanks Charles, I'll ping them a message, see if they've got in stock. 

Mark J on 13 February 2018 at 16:03Link

Redline Components can supply.

Charles on 13 February 2018 at 15:55Link

Good Afternoon, Has anyone been able to find an alternative supplier of the Rear Brake Hose kit required for this year's regulations? Thanks

Mark Johnson on 13 February 2018 at 15:18Link

“Jobs-worth” technically springs to mind - Lifeline - or not!!

Peter Marsh on 13 February 2018 at 13:59Link

Although if it is a Lifeline extinguisher, that won't technically be 'in accordance with the manufacturer's guidelines' if they want to get strict about it.

Charles on 13 February 2018 at 13:48Link

Fire Extinguisher Service .... If you take your Fire Extinguisher to your/a local authorised / accredited Fire Security Service Company they will check the bottle, valve, guage etc and recharge / top up / pressurise as necessary while you wait - cost - a staggering £10 cash + 30 mins of your time!!

Peter Marsh on 13 February 2018 at 10:23Link

For reference on extinguisher’s, I got my lifeline one serviced by Merlin for approx £65 including postage both ways (sent using parcel Monkey). Quick service too..

Kevin B on 12 February 2018 at 21:16Link

Hi All,

Hope you are all well.

Steve and I have been charged with organising the end of year dinner for 2018, which we hope to incorporate a celebration of the 20th birthday of the Club.

We are looking for volunteers to help with the planning and any suggestions for venue and/or theme.

Please let us know if you would like to help or have any suggestions by sending an email to the address below.


Kate and Steve

Kate Outterside and Steve McMaster on 12 February 2018 at 19:12Link

While checking through your MSA handbooks, you'll no doubt have noticed the new regulation K(3) which says that fire extinguishers have to have been serviced within the past two years. This was always a rule for foreign rounds, but previously has not been a requirement for UK MSA rounds.

Most people have Lifeline extinguishers. They have a network of approved agents - see  their dealer page. Failing that, you can send it directly to Lifeline for servicing, but by the time you've paid two lots of postage it might not be much cheaper than buying a new one from JJC (unbranded but made by Lifeline).

Note that Lifeline won't service an extinguisher if it's more than 10 years old or has been previously serviced by a non-approved agent.


Roger on 12 February 2018 at 16:51Link

Gareth - BARC membership is not automatic, it is by invitation each year, and this year's  letters were posted in early January. It is possible your invitation is one of the 10,000 letters Royal Mail manage to lose each week ... The person you should contact is the BARC Membership Secretary, Angela Kew (01264 882205 - rather than David Wheadon.

Mark Carter on 11 February 2018 at 16:57Link

I pay by Direct Debit and got my renewal letter a week or so ago (but no card yet).

Charles on 11 February 2018 at 09:56Link

Yes Gareth - suggest you speak to David Wheadon at BARC.

Andrew on 10 February 2018 at 22:08Link

Are we supposed to receive an automatic renewal request from BARC for this year's membership - have'nt had anything yet!

Gareth Cordey on 10 February 2018 at 20:07Link

There has been a devastating fire at the Breckland Lodge in Attleborough, Norfolk.  Thankfully no one was injured in the blaze.  Many Grads stay there when we are racing at Snetterton so you may need to find alternative accommodation if it's not up and running again by August.

Suzie Black on 06 February 2018 at 23:25Link

Brilliant News `GRs and UPEM have jointed forces under the UPEM with SGM Name to bring the best quality Motorsport Support and driving experiences on the Market. Combining the 2 companies brings together years of experience with Caterham Cars, 
We are very excited about the future.

For the Club Members and all drivers signed up with GRs nothing changes this season, UPEM will be attending Just as GRs intended, the only difference will be a new face or two at times,

Steve and Pete  will see you all on the 25th at Silverstone    

Remember you can still get all the great services you got under GRs ( Multi Championship Winning Team ).Race preparation, Race Support , Servicing, repairs. and even an MOT. 
The UPEM workshop can be found unit 10 , 3 Great North Road ( A1 ) Bedford MK44 3 BE.
My contact number will remain the same at this time, so if you have any questions please feel free to give me a call.
Tel 07936 190352

Peter Godfrey

GRs Godfrey Racing Support on 06 February 2018 at 12:16Link

We've got 10 spaces spare in the 'non-racers' group for the trackday on 25th February. For anyone already booked, if you would like to book in for an additional six sessions for either yourself or your friends / family, you can do so for just £100 on our website. 

Please note, spaces for this are limited to 10, and drivers must be booked on already. 


Harry Cramer on 06 February 2018 at 08:11Link

I know this is a long shot but is there any Caterham's out there for sale as a project, preferably a rolling one as I have a K series engine and gearbox?

Andy Langridge on 05 February 2018 at 16:49Link

Interesting posts on the towing loops. I have been through the same thing myself and ended up buying what Demon Tweeks call classic car towing loops - basically a loop of webbing. Let see what view Keith and the scrutineers take.

I have also got these, as I was told off last year for not having Tow signs.

JohnB on 27 January 2018 at 14:13Link

Any requests for who you'd like to garage share with or be near for the trackday in 25th Feb, please drop me an email. 

Harry Cramer on 26 January 2018 at 12:46Link

Be wary of loose towing eyes - if they dangle after a red flag recovery, you won't be able to take the restart, as we saw at Oulton a few years ago.

Graeme on 26 January 2018 at 08:29Link

Chris - My statement that the MSA are not keen on webbing loops is based on 19.1.3 b) that recommends towing eyes made of steel wire.  I am not saying webbing loops are unacceptable and I see many are sold as meeting MSA standards.

Kevin - If your car has a rear Caterham towing eye then you can use a shackle onto a wire towing eye.  I am not sure all cars have a rear towing eye as standard.

Nick Haryett on 25 January 2018 at 13:14Link

Thanks to everyone who responded to Roger's survey re Castle Combe. Given there will be limited testing I thought it would be good to offer the option of a grads day, but appreciate Combe's availability wasn't particularly convenient. 

The 42 respondents to the survey very much reflected this, so at this stage it's unlikely we'll go ahead with a Grads specific trackday. 

Thanks again, and see many of you on 25th Feb. 

Harry Cramer on 25 January 2018 at 08:48Link

Nick - when you say " I had heard that the MSA were not keen on webbing loops." does that mean webbing will be tolerated, but they prefer something else, or that webbing is explicitly not acceptable?

ChrisB on 24 January 2018 at 18:33Link

Nick, any reason you wouldn't just use the standard rear Caterham towing eye and shackle a wire loop in the same as at the front?

Have you identified a suitable shackle to connect the wire towing onto the caterham hoop? The Pilkington carabiner seems to be designed for the job: Interested if you've found a better option?

Kevin Barrett on 24 January 2018 at 17:30Link

Slightly cheaper TRS version on ebay

Roger on 24 January 2018 at 15:42Link

I am going to try Pitking Products wire towing eyes. small end of the front towing eye can be shacked to the standard Caterham towing eye and loosely fixed to the underside of the nose cone.  At the rear there is a small plate between the chassis side rail and the chassis rail in front of the fuel tank.  This plate can either be fitted with a u-bolt to which the towing eye is shacked or drilled with an 8mm hole to which the towing eye is fitted with a bolt and washers.  The rear towing eye is then loosely fixed to the fuel tank underside protection plate.  The idea of the "loose" fixing of the towing eye is that these fixings break away when the car is being towed. I'll let you know if this works. You can be sure that whatever towing eyes are fitted the marshals will still use the roll cage to pull you out of a gravel trap.  The only exception being Classics where the windscreen gets in the way of the rollcage.

Nick Haryett on 24 January 2018 at 15:26Link

Kevin.  I had heard that the MSA were not keen on webbing loops.

Nick Haryett on 24 January 2018 at 14:46Link

Sorry for the formatting on the below post. I didn't intend for the text to be so small and red..

Currently looking at a couple of these and hooking it through the current tow hoop. Any guidance on whether this is sufficient would be welcome:

Kevin Barrett on 24 January 2018 at 14:21Link

A quick query about the 2018 regs on towing eyes:

"All cars must be fittedwith towing eyes (Q19.1.3).  Thisregulation is unchanged from 2017 but will be enforced in 2018.  Claiming that the roll cage may be used fortowing is no longer acceptable."

From the blue book:


(a) There must be substantial towing eyes securely fixed to themain structure of the vehicle, front and rear, within the confines of the body to enable the vehicle to be moved. Cars of periods A to F and single seater racing cars are exempt from this requirement subject to a suitable towing point being clearly identified. Towing eyes must have a minimum internal diameter of 60mm.

Towing eyes/towing points should be painted a contrasting bright colour (dayglo red, orange or yellow, marked with an arrow and the word “tow”.

(b) The following configuration and specifications are strongly recommended:

Vehicles to be equipped with two front and two rear towing eyes positioned equally either side of the longitudinal center line. The towing eyes to be made of steel wire rope of at least 6mm diameter with a 6x19 wire core.Each towing eye to have a breaking-strain of at least 2 tons and allow the passage of a cylinder with a diameter of 60mm.

The towing eye to be fixed to a structural part of the chassis with a minimum of M10 (Grade 8.8) fixings, the inner part must be flexible in order for the towing eye to be retracted inside the bodywork profile.

Towing eyes should be situated 25mm forward of the adjacent bodywork with clearance of 100mm above and below to enable recovery crews to attach straps and shackles.

A “pull-cord” to be attached to the towing eye to enable the marshals to access it. The end attached to the chassis may be either ‘thimble’ or ‘open-loop’ style.

I assume the tow points on the chassis are no longer acceptable as they don't have a 60mm ID. Has Keith given any views on his preferred solution?

For the MSA recommended solution, I can't see how to attach a wire rope to the chassis with M10 fixings without serious modification.

Is a simple strap sufficient like the one listed on the caterham parts store?

(or available for a fraction of the cost from a popular auction site)?

Kevin Barrett on 24 January 2018 at 13:58Link

We are pleased to announce our sponsors for the 2018 season. 

APL Health, occupational health and wellbeing services provider, return as our Championship sponsor and are joined by our longstanding tyre sponsor Yokohama.

Other sponsors returning for 2018 include accountancy and HR recruitment specialists Rutherford Briant, race support team Godfrey Racing Support (GRS) and print communications specialists Totum Print Solutions. 

A warm welcome our new sponsors for 2018, race support team Rockey Racing, intellectual property specialists Downing IP, specialist flat roofing and waterproofing contractors Roofline and track day provider and race team Torque Motorsport.

We very much appreciate their support for the coming season.  

Andrew Outterside on 21 January 2018 at 17:49Link

Due to the new rules about credit card price discrimination, we've had to stop taking credit cards for Grads membership and events (the alternative is to increase the cost to everyone by around 3%).  Debit cards are now the only payment method.

However, if you do need to pay by credit card for any event, we can make special arrangements - just get in touch and we'll let you know how. We'll continue to monitor this, if WorldPay lower their credit card charges, or we can find an alternative payment system, we may be able to accept credit cards again.

While I'm here I notice that Harry's link to the Pre-Season Track Day booking system isn't quite right : try this link instead:

You have until Thursday to book at the reduced rate of £195 - and Harry DOES take credit cards, and PayPal!


Roger Ford on 15 January 2018 at 09:52Link

Thank you Fesey - yes, your social membership is confirmed.

Mark Carter on 13 January 2018 at 10:29Link

Just tried to pay my social membership but got an error message when I tried to pay. But I think I have joined!

happy New Year everyone! Hope to see you all at Silverstone this year


Mike Fesemeyer on 12 January 2018 at 13:27Link

My last medical was £120 at my GP practice. London price I know but hopefully your GP won't catch on that he/she is underselling there time.

Martin J on 09 January 2018 at 23:36Link

For those of us who are a bit conservative with their brass, P&O are offering a 10% early booking discount for our forthcoming trip to Spa.

Gareth on 09 January 2018 at 18:55Link

That's unusually cheap - they can charge what they want and it's often well over £100.

Though if you have a happen to have a friend who has a General Medical Council number they can do it for you, regardless of specialisation. I know of someone (ahem) who's had it done in by a friend who was an anaesthetist, and another who's a clinical psychologist.

Roger on 09 January 2018 at 10:06Link

Our Sponsors and Partners

Sponsors of the Caterham Graduates Racing Club Mega Graduate Racer, Jamie Ellwood's company, ID:UK, provides website design, hosting and search engine optimisation services. ID:UK is proud to be hosting and updating the Graduates website along with many other Graduates Member's business websites. Call Jamie on 0116 2700572 to talk about optimising or updating your website. Yokohama HPT Ltd are UK distributors of passenger car, 4x4 and race tyres along with TSW, MAK and Mangels alloy wheels. Supplying to the retail trade, Yokohama HPT Ltd have built their products into market leading brands, enjoying particular success in the high performance car sector. Road and Race Tyre Specialists - Yokohama appointed tyre supplier to Caterham Graduates Racing Club Prevent staff absences with our education specific occupational health and wellbeing services.

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