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by SeriousSam
Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Car Activity and Track days
Topic: ^^^TRACKDAY, Rockingham International Circuit - Sat 17th Nov - SOLD OUT^^^
Replies: 259
Views: 6420

Re: ^^^TRACKDAY, Rockingham International Circuit - Sat 17th Nov - SOLD OUT^^^

I had the exact same experience with the AA on my way home Ranjan, although I managed to get to the garage by the Premier Inn before I called the recovery service so at least I wasn't waiting in the cold. I got relayed by the breakdown van to Northampton services, then there was a flatbed waiting th...
by SeriousSam
Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Car Activity and Track days
Topic: ^^^TRACKDAY, Rockingham International Circuit - Sat 17th Nov - SOLD OUT^^^
Replies: 259
Views: 6420

Re: ^^^TRACKDAY, Rockingham International Circuit - Sat 17th Nov - SOLD OUT^^^

Well, unfortunately it looks like my day will end on the back of a flatbed. That oil leak was causing a big old cloud of smoke behind me, and when I pulled into the petrol station and looked underneath, it was leaking faster than it did earlier. Just called the AA out, should be here in the next hou...
by SeriousSam
Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Car Activity and Track days
Topic: ^^^TRACKDAY, Rockingham International Circuit - Sat 17th Nov - SOLD OUT^^^
Replies: 259
Views: 6420

Re: ^^^TRACKDAY, Rockingham International Circuit - Sat 17th Nov - SOLD OUT^^^

Just had myself a bit of greasy KFC at Cherwell Valley services, be on the road again soon. Should arrive somewhere around half 9
by SeriousSam
Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Car Activity and Track days
Topic: ^^^TRACKDAY, Rockingham International Circuit - Sat 17th Nov - SOLD OUT^^^
Replies: 259
Views: 6420

Re: ^^^TRACKDAY, Rockingham International Circuit - Sat 17th Nov - SOLD OUT^^^

Harris-5310 wrote:
Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:41 pm
...packed next to Nigel...
You want to be careful about doing that, you'll get a reputation if word gets out ;)
by SeriousSam
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Car Activity and Track days
Topic: ^^^TRACKDAY, Rockingham International Circuit - Sat 17th Nov - SOLD OUT^^^
Replies: 259
Views: 6420

Re: ^^^TRACKDAY, Rockingham International Circuit - Sat 17th Nov - SOLD OUT^^^

Right, good news and bad. Good news is I have an MOT and a tank full of fuel. Bad news is I have to clear my desk before I leave, and there's at least an hour's work for me to do before then, which is pants. So I'll be there, but a bit later than planned, and almost certainly not in time for food. B...
by SeriousSam
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Car Activity and Track days
Topic: ^^^TRACKDAY, Rockingham International Circuit - Sat 17th Nov - SOLD OUT^^^
Replies: 259
Views: 6420

Re: ^^^TRACKDAY, Rockingham International Circuit - Sat 17th Nov - SOLD OUT^^^

There's a chance I may not make the last supper, depending on workload today. I'll keep everyone updated, but I'll definitely be heading over tonight - just a matter of when I arrive.
by SeriousSam
Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Car Activity and Track days
Topic: ^^^TRACKDAY, Rockingham International Circuit - Sat 17th Nov - SOLD OUT^^^
Replies: 259
Views: 6420

Re: ^^^TRACKDAY, Rockingham International Circuit - Sat 17th Nov - SOLD OUT^^^

Nah, be fine - it failed with something specific on Wednesday that's being fixed tomorrow morning, so all will be well :)
by SeriousSam
Thu Nov 15, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Car Activity and Track days
Topic: ^^^TRACKDAY, Rockingham International Circuit - Sat 17th Nov - SOLD OUT^^^
Replies: 259
Views: 6420

Re: ^^^TRACKDAY, Rockingham International Circuit - Sat 17th Nov - SOLD OUT^^^

Mine currently has no MOT, but that should get fixed tomorrow afternoon all being well. After that, roll on Rockingham :D
by SeriousSam
Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: RX-8 Discussion
Topic: Battery behaviour
Replies: 15
Views: 373

Re: Battery behaviour

I had a similar experience Ian, and I think it's got less to do with the incline you parked it on than the state of the battery to begin with. Mine was on its last legs for a good couple of months, then one night it just gave up the ghost without warning. I'd just got back from an airport run so it ...
by SeriousSam
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Naturally Aspirated
Topic: Is porting for power a myth?
Replies: 120
Views: 2922

Re: Is porting for power a myth?

The main difference in feel on my engine comes in at 6500 RPM, where there is now a transition which never existed before it was ported. I'm happy to put down any gains in the low end and mid range to the fact that it's been rebuilt, and I'm sure those gains will drop off as the car ages and the sea...
by SeriousSam
Sun Nov 04, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Social Meets
Topic: Surrey/Berks/North Hants/SW London Wed 05/12/18 *7pm*
Replies: 919
Views: 29152

Re: Surrey/Berks/North Hants/SW London Wed 07/11/18 *7pm*

It's a no from me I'm afraid folks, I'm working in Spain this week. I'm planning to keep the December date free, we'll see how that goes - hopefully I'll be there :)
by SeriousSam
Sun Nov 04, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Car Activity and Track days
Topic: ^^^TRACKDAY Brands Hatch, Friday 7 Dec SOLD OUT^^^
Replies: 98
Views: 2540

Re: ^^^TRACKDAY Brands Hatch, Friday 7 Dec £149^^^

Get in there people, this is one of the few track days that I will always try to turn up to because it's such a good one. Usually it's sold out a couple of months in advance because of this - if you can get past the cold weather, it's one of the best behaved track days you can do, and there's always...
by SeriousSam
Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: RX-8 Discussion
Topic: 4 wheel alignment within tolerance
Replies: 113
Views: 3192

Re: 4 wheel alignment within tolerance

Also depends on how badly seized the bolts are - first time I went in to get my alignment tweaked, the mechanics came out and showed me a spanner they'd just folded in half while trying to loosen one of the eccentric bolts.£300 later and the bolts had been freed up, then a further £200 at TDI got me...
by SeriousSam
Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Car Activity and Track days
Topic: ^^^TRACKDAY Brands Hatch, Friday 7 Dec SOLD OUT^^^
Replies: 98
Views: 2540

Re: ^^^TRACKDAY Brands Hatch, Friday 7 Dec £149^^^

Count me in for the meal afterwards please Malcolm, possibility of Soph joining us as well but that is open to interpretation for now.
nightfire10 wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:54 pm
Anyone staying Thursday night in the Mercure Hotel ? thinking of booking this and travelling up from Poole the night before .
Yep, me too :)
by SeriousSam
Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Adrian Flux Insurance Services
Topic: Agreed valuation - pay for 12 months, get 11 months cover.
Replies: 10
Views: 350

Re: Agreed valuation - pay for 12 months, get 11 months cover.

It shouldn't take that long to assess. I happen to know this because I ballsed up mightily this year and forgot to send any of the required documents in to REIS until they called me in the week they were due to cancel my cover. Once I'd sent the documents across, the underwriters confirmed same day....
by SeriousSam
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Car Activity and Track days
Topic: ^^^TRACKDAY Brands Hatch, Friday 7 Dec SOLD OUT^^^
Replies: 98
Views: 2540

Re: ^^^TRACKDAY Brands Hatch, Friday 7 Dec £149^^^

That's been a top reminder, thanks chaps. I just booked the track day, going to sort the hotel next :)
by SeriousSam
Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: RX-8 Discussion
Topic: Downforce question and information
Replies: 20
Views: 624

Re: Downforce question and information

I think the answer is 'enough', in standard trim at least. There are a lot of aerodynamic considerations that Mazda made when engineering these cars, and at the speeds a stock car can reach, they don't need any more downforce than they have from the factory. There are cosmetic bodykits available, an...
by SeriousSam
Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: The Other Car..
Topic: Protecting new alloy wheels
Replies: 22
Views: 427

Re: Protecting new alloy wheels

As above, it's not a problem unique to Mazda. I've got two sets of wheels for each of my cars, some manufacturer standard, some aftermarket, all have corroded at some point. It's just a case of dealing with it when it happens, hence the rise of alloy wheel refurbishment companies. Nobody used to not...
by SeriousSam
Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: The Other Car..
Topic: Protecting new alloy wheels
Replies: 22
Views: 427

Re: Protecting new alloy wheels

Yep, nothing untoward there - that kind of corrosion is easily refurbished and very common. It's good that you're getting the wheels swapped out under warranty, but next time round you could easily get this sorted aftermarket. Mark's ceramic coating suggestion is a good one to help maintain the new ...
by SeriousSam
Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: The Other Car..
Topic: Protecting new alloy wheels
Replies: 22
Views: 427

Re: Protecting new alloy wheels

What's the nature of the corrosion you've seen, do you have any pictures? Wheels with polished finishes tend to degrade over time, diamond turned ones especially, but it's usually something that can be refurbished. My local alloy wheel restorers can do 18" rims for basically £100 per rim all in, and...
by SeriousSam
Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: RX-8 Discussion
Topic: Cup Holder appreciation
Replies: 24
Views: 668

Re: Cup Holder appreciation

Nigel, take your reasonable MPG and shove it where the sun doesn't shine ;) Ranjan, those MPG figures are pretty appalling. On track I've regularly seen single digit figures, but a bit of motorway stuff should see at least 240 miles from a tank. Something might well be wrong there, and I'll leave th...
by SeriousSam
Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Ryan Rotary Performance
Topic: New Supercharger kit - Back in development 13/09/2018
Replies: 77
Views: 4132

Re: New Supercharger kit - Back in development 13/09/2018

:whathesaid: Cheap, powerful, reliable. You can only have two, so which do you choose? I know what it would be for me, which is why I went with an expensive rebuild that has so far failed to explode. If my engine lets go in future, I plan to spend big money on doing something silly with it. So long ...
by SeriousSam
Tue Oct 09, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: The Vault
Topic: Dyno Day Horsham Developments **21/10**
Replies: 259
Views: 7814

Re: Dyno Day Eurospec (Basingstoke) **BACK ON**

I know this is my local spot, but we'll be out of the country that weekend, and also I don't yet have the car back from Black Sheep with the new rust-free sills. Sadly I won't be on hand to pick up a spare place, so I'm out :(
by SeriousSam
Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: RX-8 Discussion
Topic: Be quick!
Replies: 7
Views: 519

Re: Be quick!

Yep. The beauty with the big distributors is that they hold stock. Ever tried getting a set of rotary spark plugs from Halfords? Custom order only, where ECP have them on the shelf. Sure they aren't always the cheapest, but sometimes if you need a set of plugs or brake discs and only today will do, ...

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