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Scimitar circuit racing

Post by BigBobPilot » Thu Aug 29, 2013 11:14 pm

Is the Scimitar any good for circuit racing? Of course it is...

In 2008, 3 SSSC (Scimitar & Sabre Speed Championship) competitors made the jump to circuit racing: Ben Gough (SE5A); Gareth (Raz) Nutley (SS1 Turbo) and Paul Turnbull (SE5). Paul was the 2006 (?) SSSC Champion, Raz was the 2007 Modified class winner, Ben went on to be the 2009 SSSC Championship.

Paul was first out and had some cracking results in his orange "Tango" car in the CSCC (Classic Sports Car Club) Swinging 60's series. Here he is at Mallory in 2008:

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and here with his class award

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Raz was next out, and had a pretty good season with the RAF race series, he finished the year off as part of the winning Birkett team in 2008, which is chronicled here:

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This is him earlier in the year at Rockingham

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Ben also ran in the CSCC Swinging 60's series, starting slightly later than Paul. It was a steady year with highlights of 2nd in class at his 2nd race in Anglesey and taking fastest lap at a wet Castle Coombe in his last race as a novice. Here are Paul - 14 (1st in class), Ben - 75 (2nd in class) and Danny - 54 (Iain Daniels) 3rd in class in his Sabre 6 at Anglesey – a Reliant clean-sweep of class D (2 – 3 litres engine capacity).

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Ben at Castle Coombe

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All 3 got their licences signed-off in in 2008 to get rid of the novice cross (6 races have to be completed without incident to get the licence signed off:

Raz:
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Ben:
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It was quiet an eventful circuit racing year!


Ben

SS1 CA18DET race car in build, see: "551 a race oddity" in Project Progress
SSSC Champion 2009, driving "Big Bob"
CSCC "Swinging 60s" race series, Champion in 2011, 2014 & 2015 (Group 2) sharing a Marcos with Iain Daniels

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Re: Scimitar circuit racing

Post by BigBobPilot » Thu Aug 29, 2013 11:15 pm

Whatever happened to them & the cars?

Paul had another great year in 2009 in the Swinging 60's, but then sold the car at the end of the season. It is still raced in the Swinging 60's.

Paul built a TVR which he raced and won, then sold. At this point (Aug 2013) he is rebuilding a Scimitar Coupe to race in the the Swinging 60's. His build is chronicled here:

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Ben Sold the SE5a at the end of 2008 to Colin Swinnerton (race no.71) who currently races it in the CSCC Swinging 60's, it's been resprayed yellow (instead of British Racing Mustard). Ben built a Marcos 3 litre along with Iain Daniels (Danny) which they still (Aug. 2013) race in the Swinging 60's, having won the series in 2011:

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Danny and Ben also raced Big Bob in a then one-off Mod Sport race at Mallory in 2011:

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It has been planned to bring Big Bob out again, but it not quite worked out, yet.

Raz had a troubled 2009 with lots of mods tried in not enough time, which lead to reliability issues. Plans were afoot to get it all sorted, but time and family have overtaken him...


Ben

SS1 CA18DET race car in build, see: "551 a race oddity" in Project Progress
SSSC Champion 2009, driving "Big Bob"
CSCC "Swinging 60s" race series, Champion in 2011, 2014 & 2015 (Group 2) sharing a Marcos with Iain Daniels

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