The Parkinson Line............. at Anglesey
The Anglesey round has always been one of my favourite weekends, even when we raced on the old circuit. It’s always been a double header and I’ve always found all connected with the place to be friendly. Testing, among other things, was always substantially cheaper then most circuits although it has increased since the new track came into operation.
I also won my first trophy there for the most improved lap time from qualifying to race. It was actually a bit of a cheat as in qualifying I pulled in after only three laps with an upside down mirror. Consequently I was much faster in the race and won the trophy for most improved lap time. I also got my first podium at this circuit. It was very nice as they had the little podium presentation immediately after the race for each of the different classes. I shared the podium with Geoff Fern and Jim Timms and was delighted, particularly as Joannie H. F. took a photograph and sent it to me.
I also got my first win at Anglesey. Something that is quite special.
Over the years the weather has played a part but like school holidays of yesteryear, which are always remembered as being better than they actually were, the tendency is only to remember the better times. My first couple of visits there, both in the midst of summer were glorious and swimming in the sea after the Saturday race was something to look forward to. A few years ago however we had terrible weather and all those who parked at the bottom of the paddock woke up under water on the Sunday morning. In order to get some racing in all grids completed three laps behind the safety car to complete qualifying. This year was substantially better then many of the previous ones.
The 1600 class got a new member in Ken Parkinson (no relation) for Anglesey though he is not new to racing and has known Simon for many years. He got off to a good start as he won the class on Saturday when I made a right pigs ear of it and spun the car whilst holding a five second lead. He was closely pursued by Nigel Davers who clinched second with, I understand, front tyres that had seen better days. Third was Richard Evans who gained his first ever podium. Which will make him another lifelong Anglesey fan.
Tony Davies once again had engine problems and retired. He would also miss the Sunday race through connected problems. Michael Wilkinson showing steady improvement took fourth with Henry Fryer and Sara Hughes completing the finishers.
Sunday saw Ian Hughes, who’d got engine problems with his 2 litre machine, take over the 1600 of Sara. At the start he was in the lead followed by yours truly until Nigel Davers, with replaced front tyres, passed us both to record his first win in only his fourth race.
Ian and myself kept the status quo and finished second and third respectively with Ken Parkinson, Richard Evans, Michael Wilkinson and Henry Fryer following us in.
There have been various tales circulating the paddock regarding the racing incident between myself and Sara Hughes during Saturday qualifying. Many of the stories are stupid and others impossible. Let me just say that Sara and I are still good friends and further, we are not getting engaged in the near future.
The photographs are a selection of those sent in by Geoff Pashley, who awoke at around 5.30 and took these rather tranquil images of sleeping cars in a sleeping paddock (apart from the owner of the last Triumph Herald Coupe in the world who was quite reasonably spending the night with it.). We make no apology for showing some rather nice 1950's/1960's British sports cars, from an era when stringback gloves, a check cap and an ability to say "well, hello" were de rigeur. Somebody's anorak escaped during the captioning process.
This will not be required - to the relief of Ian Hughes and Mrs P
The Hughes Horsebox aka Curry Wagon
Team Avit Workshop
Russ Giles's' Reynard
An Triumph Herald Coupe and (presumably) driver Ian Percival
TVR Grantura. Much of the style of the 1958 car lasted in updated form to the end of this idiosyncratic marque. "Interestingly" this is a 1965-reg car but the TVR went to mk1 Cortina (GT40) rear lights in 1964