Endurance Slot Car Racing at the Manor Farm Raceway, Clanfield PO8 0RN
Bolwextric Charity Endurance Marathon
On Sunday 13th March we held our annual 12 hour race to raise money for charity at the Clanfield, Bolwextric Race Track.
Five teams entered this mammoth race on the 6 lane, 140’ long track which had been donated for the day by Tony Bolwell. We took it in turns to race on each lane and each driver had a stint in each hour driving Pioneer Ford Mustangs which had been donated by Jules Birley of Pioneer Slotcars (www. pioneerslotcars.com ). A great turn out with around 20 people competing throughout the day.
I think Steve was telling fishing tales.
This years nominated charities were the local memorial fund for the recently deceased farmer, Ian Rook and The Make A Wish Foundation UK. Teams had to pay a £30 entrance fee and there was also a raffle for a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Scalextric set kindly donated by AC Models . On the day we raised £270 which I’m sure will be gratefully accepted by both charities.
Racing started at 9.00am sharp and got off to a flying start with racers not holding back and full of enthusiasm despite it being a Sunday morning. Lots of paint rubbing and door bashing was to be seen in the early stages and a few ‘offs’ meant it was not unusual to get half way around a bend and suddenly ‘T bone’ and car that was sideways across your lane.
Lap times started off in the 12-
Pictures on the right show the score sheet and some of the cars after -
Some of the cars cooling down afterwards.
Tony struggling to stay awake.
An average hour long session would see most teams doing around 260 laps with a whopping 3216 laps were done by the winning team. The combined total lap count was 15731. The cars took a real beating and probably did more work in that one day than most slot cars would do in a lifetime, but they all made it to the finish line with minimum maintenance, such as lubricating and tyre changes, required.
A very enjoyable day was had by all and I for one can’t wait ‘til the next one. If anyone is interested either helping the charities, the car or the track please check out the websites listed above. -
Pictures left show some drivers hard at it, Jim in the naughty corner and the leading teams at the presentation. Video below is from very near the end taken by Saviour as are the pics below.