Due to popular demand, we are going to do this drive day again with a couple of minor changes to get us there a little earlier,
Due to popular demand, we are going to do this drive day again with a couple of minor changes to get us there a little earlier,
Nine of our members braved the cold and the wet at Winton on Sunday. By all accounts they all enjoyed themselves with some good times being set, albeit hampered by the weather.
Rob Belcourt was trying out his newly acquired RS Megane 225, David Kirsa in the trusty Fuego, Adam Turner in his RS Clio 3 Gordini, David Bertuch in the RS Megane 275 Trophy R and Simon Hopkins in an RS Megane 250/265. Daniel Groszek, James Thomas, and Jason Hopkins were all in RS Clio 2’s. New member Ashey Thomas also joined un in his Ford Fiesta RS.
Whilst there were a couple of oopsys among our members, none came to grief
Myself along with Jeni Sammons and Graeme Edwards went along to have a look and support our members.
Following is the point standings up to and including the Rob Roy Interclub round 2 on 21 May 2017.
|John Elliott||18 Points||(6 events)|
|Graeme Edwards||15 Points||(7 events)|
|David Bertuch||7 Points||(2 events)|
|Geoff Rasmussen||6 Points||(4 events)|
|Colin Stark||5 Points||(2 events)|
|Paul Stewart||4 Points||(2 events)|
|Glenn Armstrong||3 Points||(3 events)|
|Rui DeLemis||3 Points||(3 events)|
|Wes Gleeson||3 Points||(3 events)|
|Peter Stathis||3 Points||(3 events)|
|Mikee Elliott||2 Points||(2 events)|
|David Kirsa||2 Points||(2 events)|
|James Moffatt||2 Points||(2 events)|
|Sanjay Singh||2 Points||(2 events)|
|Rob Belcourt||1 Point||(1 event)|
|Mike Neil||1 Point||(1 event)|
|Reg Polson||1 Point||(1 event)|
|Dev Raj||1 Point||(1 event)|
|James Thomas||1 Point||(1 event)|
|Ian Thomson||1 Point||(1 event)|
|Adam Turner||1 Point||(1 event)|
To ensure inclusion in the sporting award, members need to email details of events entered, including results to the Sporting Coordinator, Graeme Edwards at
Details about the Club Championship are here
CAMS have an article on their website about the RCCV display at this years Australian Grand Prix.
One of the highlights of our day at Round 2 of the Rob Roy Interclub challenge was Graeme Edwards cracking a PB of 25.42 on his last run for the day after edging closer and closer all day. With a grin from ear to ear he made the point that that was the fastest a Clio has ever gone up Rob Roy. He’s also decided that the money he spent on new tyres was well spent – up till now he was thinking they were a bit pricey! Given that Graeme has been a serious hillclimb competition driver for years, to get a PB is quite a bonus for his day out. That PB also earned him a 1st in class.Another highlight – David Bertuch’s tussle with a seriously kitted out Ford Focus. Fractions of seconds separated them for most of the day with the pair alternating best times as they both steadily improved their times. David’s scorching 24.90 in the last run sealed victory over the Focus for him, and 1st in class too. And David was second fastest on the day, beaten for that by a full on post-1960 racing car.
Not to take away from the skill, and courage, of Graeme and David but I suspect the magnificent weather (for this time of year) helped by keeping a little warmth in the track to the end, though it was starting to cool down quickly. Let that be a lesson to us – get the the start grid early in the later run as your competitors after you will get a cooler conditions, and go out at the end of the class in the first runs for the same reason. When there’s fractions of seconds separating cars every little bit helps.
The RCCV crew contesting Round 2 of the Rob Roy Interclub included a few new players for the club. With the exception of Ian giving his R12 a taste of competition, they all fielded Clios of one kind of another. Rui did the Come and Try at Rob Roy last September then took the first opportunity to compete whereas James T skipped the Come and Try option leaping straight into competition – either way both are new members of the club getting into motor sport right up front. Our other new Interclub contributors, James M, Wes G and Adam T, come from a familiarity with track days. Also there on the day, enjoying the Come and Try was new member Joel Joseph. So that’s seven members that Rob Roy hasn’t seen before.
All of the new drivers showed big improvements in times over the day, slicing 2 or 3, even 4 seconds off each run. Naturally, that made them feel good and they were all having a ball.
John turned in his usual enviable performance, maybe that’s just me envying his Alpine! It’s a tough class for the 3000cc and over and that might have kept him out of the points. It was good to see Glenn getting his times back up again in his Megane, at least as far as it seems his tyres will let him. Peter, also in a Megane, was getting similar times to Glenn.
The introduction of the under 1000cc class this round gave me, I thought, the best opportunity I was ever going to get of winning a class. Various circumstances had conspired to keep other potential candidates from our club from entering this round. But, would you believe it, a VW Up entered – 999cc of sophisticated modern engine up against my 50yr old 845cc design engine. I wasn’t so much disappointed by not having a chance at getting first in class as I was at not being able to claim I was ‘in a class of my own’ and pointing out that a first in class was also the slowest car up the hill!
More pictures are available from our friend David Branch.
It was a busy day with 80 competitors plus the come and try class. A usual it was slickly run by the MGCC – our thanks to them – and only one incident requiring the recovery vehicle, with no real damage to the driver, to mar the smooth running.
After Round 1, we were tied with the MGCC and we hoped to take a bit of a lead in Round 2. While the results are not out yet, from our informal count it looks like the MGCC have done somewhat better than us.
There were four classes in which we didn’t have anybody and the MGCC did well in each of those. Three of the classes – Clubman and pre & post 160 racing – we aren’t ever going to have a candidate in and as they are all small classes (3, 4 entrants) whichever club is in them gets easy points. Which is just an added challenge for us.
full scores are available from the Rob Roy website here
The third and final round is on October 1st – put it in your calendar, and I’ll see you there.
by Geoff Rasmussen
The Good Folk* of Gisborne came out to welcome the cavalcade of Renaults as the club came to town for market day. RCCV members and friends spent a nice part of the morning of May 7th having a wander through the 250+ stalls on the social drive day. The Gisborne market is great and not just because it is part of GREAT – Gisborne Region Events, Activities and Tourism. The market connoisseurs among us pronounced it ‘one of the great markets’ and ‘well worth going to the far / near (delete as appropriate) side of Melbourne to get to’.
* Jackie and Charlie Stewart
Having had our fill of the market and coffee from the fine coffee dispensing places, Paul led us off to Lancefield for lunch. 15 Renaults might have tripled the car population of Lancefield but it didn’t stop the pub serving up some very classy nosh.
An iconic vehicle – one of the few remaining factory R8 Gordinis – had made its way into the hands of club member Dave Cavanagh recently and he queried the lunch crowd if we’d like to check it out. An offer we couldn’t refuse so it was off to Romsey we went to check out Dave’s new project, and his others while we were at it.
That R8 is certainly a great get, but I have to say his Dacia 4-wheel drive utility is too. What a very strange sight: the front of an R12 and the back of a very different creature indeed! I don’t know when Dave’s going to find time to restore the R8 but I’m looking forward to it.
It must have been a strange experience for Dave’s place – more going Renaults in attendance at one time than non-going ones! And if you look closely at the picture, centre just above Ken’s shoulder, you can see a signature piece of garden art – Dave’s father’s 750.
The next leg of the drive promised to be exciting with some hilly twisty bits of road heading up to Mt Macedon Memorial Cross. After brief regroup while Paul let the feistier members (you know who you are) go first, it was into the fun bit – but just for a bit. Nothing like a slow FORD to suck all the joy out of a good skein of road.
And good it was. I can’t recall the last time I saw a hairpin with a mere 10kph advisory and I’ve been around Tassie recently. Paul did what he could, allowing a gap to build and then having a bit of a run but the Ford was just too damn slow. I did get to hear the sweet note of his R17 Gordini off and on though.
Anyway, we gets to the top to find it absolutely ram packed tight with other folk up there. Even the overflow carpark overflowed! Clearly we weren’t the only ones to think Macedon in Autumn would be a sight to see. Didn’t stop us from enjoying a coffee and the spectacular view.
A run down the hill through Macedon via the autumn leaves of the spectacular Avenue of Honour and it was off home after another enjoyable RCCV drive day. Our thanks to Paul Stewart for organising the run.
Long-time club supporter, Berwick Tyrepower has just won Tyrepower’s International Dealer of the Year for 2017. A terrific achievement and huge congratulations from the RCCV.
Club members who have been to Peter and his team at Berwick well know the quality of the service and advice we’ve received for many years on tyres, wheels, etc. Now it appears the rest of the Tyrepower world does too!
This award is on top of being Tyrepower Dealer of the Year for the Region back in November. So now they’re the best out of 275 stores – that’s got to be some tough competition!
A pleased Rowena and Peter with the trophy – bet that’s going straight to the pool room!
Twenty intrepid members braved the cold and rain at Bunnings Keysborough as we met up for April’s drive day. Fortunately the skies cleared as we headed south down the Mornington Peninsula.
Taking the roads less travelled, our first stop was the village of Mt Eliza for coffee at the Cafe on the Mount. It constantly surprises me how you can live around Melbourne for most of your life and still find yourself standing in delightful little corners that you never knew about. I mean, I knew about Mt Eliza, just not how sweet the ‘village’ is.
More roads less travelled saw us wend our way down past Balnarring and Shoreham to Flinders where clear skies and a chill wind awaited us.
See, even on an overcast day a line of Renaults is a pretty site. And in case you were try to figure out what model Renault the fourth from left is you can stop. It’s not one, it’s an interloper from another marque trying to bask in our glory as we enjoy the view from above Flinders.
Back into the cars before we froze and up the spine of the peninsular to to Arthurs Seat. That new chair lift looks pretty swish but unfortunately we didn’t have time on the day for a ride as lunch awaited us at Dee’s Kitchen in Dromana.
We took the Arthurs Seat Road down to Dromana of course. Now there’s a fun road, spoiled a little by having to be responsible and obey the speed limits and watching out for other traffic! Would be a fine spot for a hill-climb event!
Dee’s Kitchen was a lovely pick by run organiser Mike – one of those modest little eateries with really great food and good friendly service. And not your standard menu, Dee was clearly charting her own course, and with some considerable success.
After lunch it was back to wending, this time for our way home after another enjoyable club drive day.
Our second track day for the year was on April 1st – is that for real was the question asked more than once during the announcement and entry period. But, yes, it was real. Thanks to the Maserati Club again who were the organisers of the day, nearly a dozen club members had an excellent time at Sandown. And, Welcome to Dev who joined us on the day.
For most of us, a full-blooded run around Sandown was something new and this was reflected in the times. Experienced drivers were posting more consistent times that were a few seconds faster than the majority. No surprise there. There was surprisingly little spread among the times for most, with Paul’s R17, David’s Fuego (both around 40 years old) and Geoff’s non-Sport Megane with barely a second difference among them bringing up the tail end.
That small difference made for an engrossing tussle as the dynamics of the three different vehicles favoured their cornering, acceleration out of a corner, or braking into the corner. In the last session, the R17, Fuego and Megane were in a bunch with none being able to get enough up to get ahead. For me in the Megane, the other two would open up a gap getting around the corners faster – both with race tyres – which I would close down heading into the next corner because, I guess, of the more modern brakes.
The day was run with the relaxed slickness we’re coming to expect of the MCA who were very welcoming. We did note that close to half the runners were in Renaults, though not all were from our club. Fair to say too, that Renaults were not the fastest runners on the day. But . . . the real question is ‘who had the most fun?’. As a measure of ‘event satisfaction’, most of us decided to sit out the last session as ‘we’d had enough’. Had enough in a good way, as in not wanting any more, fully satisfied and well pleased with ourselves and the event.
Well, most of us had a really excellent time but some not so. Dramas, such as they were, were fairly minor but enough to rob some of a portion of their track time.
Mikee posted a sharp time in the first session. But with flaming brakes – and I’m not just using slang here – I mean flaming! – the wiser course of action was to sit out the rest and get his brakes properly checked out.
Peter limped home in the last session with cut side-wall in one very flat tyre but nothing particularly scary happening as a consequence; just adding to his costs for the day! David’s Fuego had the good graces to wait until the last cool-down lap before belching clouds of smoke from the power steering fluid pumping over the exhaust. Now that could have been ‘exciting’ had it happened earlier.
A dropped adjustment bolt saw James take the wisdom over valour course late in the day. And Graeme was aggrieved that his Clio became reluctant to go above 5,500 revs. I think it was just because he struggled to get past me – the competitive force is strong in that one!
Next track day is Winton in July – another one of the classic Victorian motorsport tracks.
Honestly, he’s reading something, not putting in a fuel additive! And check out the new club sport shirt – our ‘uniform’ drew some attention on the day.