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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Brucey Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 September 2019 at 4:51pm
sorry, slip of the brain; the track I was thinking of is Millbrook, not MIRA.  Not sure what the high speed track is like at MIRA; I don't think it is a banked track like at Millbrook.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote legs_larry Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 September 2019 at 7:56am
Scrutiny of Google maps shows some kind of circuit here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunton_Technical_Centre.  I think there might be something at the Jaguar Land-Rover facility at Gaydon, Warkwickshire, but I ate'nt sure.  Perchance Geoff or Twed might know?

Edit:  the banked high-speed track at MIRA has been used for at least one HPV hour attempt in the the dim and distant.  The motorised types have lapped it at speeds in excess of 160 mph.


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I've just caught up with Mr Larringtons scribblings and would like to thank Dave for all his words. I think you are getting even better at ritting and I enjoyed every entry. Great stuff. Russ, your patience must be tested. Well done to all.
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To be fair I really enjoyed the week. Yes it was frustrating not to run at the speed the bike was capable of, but we did a good job to turn the bike round in four days and get it ride-able by Saturday - the windy run on Saturday (when all other teams scratched or crashed) was testament that we were going in the right direction with the re-design.  We were up to 47mph on this run but I got a bit flustered due to wind/terror/wobbly-screens/other-excuses and braked at the wrong flags (start of traps vs end of traps - der) so the official speed was 42mph - for reference Andrea (Italian male rider) only went through at 48mph in the slightly less windy following session. The 8 uni students who came with us got far far more out of the week that if we'd have bought a fully working bike, and they all seemed thoroughly happy/exhausted/tested/exhilarated by Sunday...

The only time my patience was really tested was during the hour long tat give-away in the Saturday night dinner - you don't get that at the Olympics! I was bored so I drew a sketch of Dave looking bored - I suspect he was writing something about a unicorn horn...


Agreed re the automatic musings, very enjoyable LOL


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shows the MIRA facility.  Are the corners on the high speed track banked, in an HPV friendly way, I wonder?   This photo shows the facility but it isn't clear if the high speed track is banked or not


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Yes, it is banked - I've seen pictures. The motoring comics used to use it for testing before Millbrook was built, though they tended to go to Germany to max anything faster than 150 mph. IIRC Jaguar test driver Norman Dewis still holds the lap record at ~161 mph in the XJ13 prototype.

One of the Crane cousins set an hour record there in one of the later iterations of Bluebell. Latterly they became very paranoid about security and feared that visitors would snap pictures of top-SEEKRIT prototypes and flog them to the said motoring comics.
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