It's not only Cadwell Park's eightieth birthday but the eighteenth year of Ixion@Cadwell! and we've got a lurvley set of dates again (thanks as ever to Ian Berry at MSV); the 7th and 8th of August 2014.
The massed ranks of Ixies and their friends will once more assemble in the glorious confines of Cadwell Park to spit in the face of Global Recession, dare the Weather Gods to do their worst and gratuitously squander the World's hydrocarbon reserves by riding their motorcycles round and round the circuit.
In the ages old traditions of the event, new faces will be put to email addresses, acquaintances will be renewed, old chums remembered, hands shaken, bikes looked at, bikes fixed, urine extracted, beer consumed, gizago promises fulfilled, intersession bull dispensed and those much loved, even on the fourteenth telling, trackday excuses regurgitated (mainly by Orb assuming he keeps to his word and actually turns up with a motorcycle this year).
Ho Yes Indeed, Ixion@Cadwell.XVI will be the usual fantasmagorical two day funfest of first class friendship, frolicks, food and all the other bits that make Ixion@Cadwell just so good but don't begin with an 'f'.
How can you even contemplate not being there ?
These pages should tell you all you need to know about the event; if they don't then please tell me (Ruffle) what's missing. I most strongly suggest that you read all of the pages - especially the ones on times, clothing and Safety Check (previously known as scrutineering and which now includes a bit on the new noise testing regime), to avoid turning up on the day and finding that your gear isn't up to scratch, your bike is too noisey, you've missed signing on or you've forgotten something important.
As in previous years, we will run a no-extra-charge evening two-group session on the Thursday just so that you really can have your fill of tracktime; and all for the total price of £180.
On the Friday evening there will be a group meal with prize-givings, mis-givings and a whole pile of bonhomie and the NEW FROM 2012 venue of the Kings Head in Louth. Sharon did us proud so an executive decision was taken to continue at the Kings Head for 2014.
Camping Charge Change:
Campers please note: The powers-that-be at MotorSportVision increased the camping charge from 2011 to £10 per night :-(
Sorry about that but it's the circuit owners who set the rate and they say it's to cover the increasing costs of the security guard and toilet/shower maintenance. In their defence it had been the same price for a number of years now so I guess an increase was on the cards :-(
Bike Mounted Cameras:
If you're planning on using a camera to film from your bike (for personal use only) please be aware that MSV, the circuit owners, have said that they won't allow any helmet mounted cameras and if you're using a bike mounted camera then it's a) got to be bolted on (suckers just won't do) and b) not tank mounted (presumably so it doesn't remove blokes dangley bits should they 'get it all wrong').
If not being able to use your on-bike camera will make you sob'n'cry'n'sniffle then I suggest contacting Cadwell Park circuit directly to confirm that your kit is acceptable.
Driving Licence: While it's still important to bring your driving licence with you, if you should happen to forget it then it should be possible to get the circuit management to ring DVLA and get confirmation of your licence details (unless the rules get changed again).
Cadwell do make a charge for this (£10 AFAIR) a portion of which gets donated to the Air Ambulance fund.
Of course, phoning DVLA and doing all the paperwork will take a while and you will lose track time as a consequence. So, please take every effort to remember your license but don't abandon all hope if you have mislaid it or wreck your entire house searching for it <waves: Hi Katrina>.
The booking is controlled by the most excellent Mallard Booking System;
written and maintained by Adam Curtin
and Robin Szemeti to whom I
owe a great deal of thanks.
For the Thursday evening session (which won't be costing you a penny extra) the two groups will be Tiglets and Pigores - you can probably work out why ;-)
For anyone not familiar with the attributes of each group, the following explanations might, or might not, be helpful.
|Eeyores (Slowest Group) - Pleasant, Convivial, Relaxed folk who enjoy a nice ride in the Lincolnshire countryside whilst admiring the well maintained shrubberies surrounding the circuit. Often heard to say 'No, after you' on the approach to corners. Eeyores have no known predators - their survival rate and longevity being legendary.|
|Piglets (Medium Group) - have occasionally been known to be overcome by a pink mist. Not very interested in the Shrubbery surrounding the circuit... until hard on the brakes into Hall Bends; when the attraction of playing to the gallery can overcome their normal sensibilities and their sudden but consuming interest in the grassy patches can be fully appreciated. Piglets main predator is schizophrenia - they don't know if they're Piglets because they're too fast to be Eeyores or too slow to be Tiggers. Piglets are easily confused.|
|Tiggers Fast Group - Bouncy and full of fun. Tiggers are intimately familiar with the Shubbery at most race circuits; indeed they have an almost sexual attraction towards grass, trees and bushes - especially when the aforementioned vegetation is clad in an alluring layer of rubber (in the form of old tyres). Tiggers are often seen playing in sandpits or adjusting their gloves to avoid unanticipated bunching. The major predator of Tiggers is a small planet that occasionally collides with them.|
Russell's UK Trackdays Page might be worth reading if you're a newbie and need some general tips on trackdays or just want to read some, now very very outdated (it was written in the nineties), reviews of trackdays.
...and of course, there's the Team Ixion pages for the truly tarmac obsessed and generally insane.
finally... I guess my own homepage should probably appear too!