Directed to the canteen for a coffee I met up with another PCGB member (with a 944 Turbo)
there for the same reason.
Don turned up, introduced himself and started a day long dialogue about what we wanted
out the day, what we knew and the whole thing interspersed with various anecdotes about
F40's, Caterham's and like.
The format of the day was to negotiate a course of lane changes and slalom on what I suppose
was (is?) the main runway. This at progressively increasing speeds. Each run resulted in another
series of questions, why did this happen? What was the cause of that? This was then followed by
suggestions for the next run – with occasional demos from the man himself. After familiarisation
runs I started to go a bit quicker, at the end of the run I'm knackered - so a demo of how it
should be done from Don.
Sadly this was my undoing. After a couple of runs driven by Don my stomach was about 100yds
or 2 secs behind me. However what was equally obvious was that he'd gone quicker and with much
less effort. So while the 944 Turbo and pilot got the treatment I had time to try and get my
stomach together and to ponder the first runs.
This process repeated, the questions supplemented by information about tyres and slip angles
sometimes there was a gradual dawning of understanding, once a revelation about the effect of
taking lock off to turn tighter!
Somewhere in there we went to the pub for lunch – good food no alcohol. Back to work.
Gradually the times came down and it got easier, the cones were moved apart and the speeds
rose this had most effect going through the lane changes – one big spin and the realisation
lunch had been a bad idea –any more of that and it would re-appear!
We rounded the afternoon off with a tour of some the workshops at Bruntingthorpe, Ferraris
being restored, a totally rebuilt Aston Vantage. Shame about the car sickness but a lot of
information gained and in Don's words I now 'own' that information having learned (and
understood) from doing.
It's not cheap - but it's a better return on your money than tuning the car – and more
satisfying. I need to do more, I will do more, - and I will buy some Dramamine!