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Topic: New Website goes live!
Posted By: jes@gcre
Subject: New Website goes live!
Date Posted: 17 February 2010 at 11:42am

The Shenington 24 hour race now has it's own website at http://www.shenington24.com - www.shenington24.com .

This is where news, entry lists, information and photos of the race will be posted.

There will also (technology willing) be live timing and scoring during the event although this is currently untested so no promises!



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Posted By: Paul Lowing
Date Posted: 17 February 2010 at 11:56am
Originally posted by jes@gcre jes@gcre wrote:

There will also (technology willing) be live timing and scoring during the event although this is currently untested so no promises!

 
Live timing?!  Sounds like marketing speak for a man (or woman - PC fans) with a stopwatch, clipboard and pencil...  Big smile


Posted By: jes@gcre
Date Posted: 23 February 2010 at 2:23pm
There was a time when that was all we had.
He was called Adrian Toms and he sat for 6 hours on a freezing day at Darley Moor writing down every number of every car that came past him.
 
Services way above and beyond the call of duty - it was so cold he kept his motorcycle helmet on the whole time if I remember right!
 
These days things have moved on but we can't guarantee that lap scores will magically appear on the internet in real time as there are many factors outside our control to take into account such as wireless coverage at the race tracks for a start.


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Racing is life...
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Posted By: Neil
Date Posted: 23 February 2010 at 2:27pm


Posted By: jes@gcre
Date Posted: 23 February 2010 at 2:33pm
What a star!
 
It was cold enough racing, let along sitting there.


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Racing is life...
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Posted By: jes@gcre
Date Posted: 23 February 2010 at 2:47pm

Out of interest, what are you using in the BHPC at present?

I was wondering if it is compatible with ours should we ever have a joint event.


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Racing is life...
Anything which happens before or afterwards is just standing around waiting to race....


Posted By: Paul Lowing
Date Posted: 23 February 2010 at 2:57pm
 
This is what we use.   Big smile 
 
 


Posted By: GeoffBird
Date Posted: 23 February 2010 at 6:44pm
To answer your question seriously Jes; our Technology Officer is currently developing a system so simple, it could revolutionise the way we think about sports timing (and I know I, for one, spend most of my waking hours thinking about it). It is codenamed Wolf.

In the meantime we have a system that runs on the most powerful computer known to science, but we are not just using one of these computers, we have the capacity to use anything up to twenty of them in a fully independent,  parallel-processing configuration.


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Posted By: Neil
Date Posted: 23 February 2010 at 6:52pm
Originally posted by GeoffBird GeoffBird wrote:


In the meantime we have a system that runs on the most powerful computer known to science, but we are not just using one of these computers, we have the capacity to use anything up to twenty of them in a fully independent,  parallel-processing configuration.
But only if someone remembers to bring the pencils Wink


Posted By: Paul Lowing
Date Posted: 23 February 2010 at 7:37pm
Originally posted by GeoffBird GeoffBird wrote:

To answer your question seriously Jes; our Technology Officer is currently developing a system so simple, it could revolutionise the way we think about sports timing (and I know I, for one, spend most of my waking hours thinking about it). It is codenamed Wolf.

In the meantime we have a system that runs on the most powerful computer known to science, but we are not just using one of these computers, we have the capacity to use anything up to twenty of them in a fully independent,  parallel-processing configuration.


I hear it will be available in Kit form...   Wink


Posted By: GeoffBird
Date Posted: 23 February 2010 at 8:38pm
Neil wrote: "But only if someone remembers to bring the pencils Wink"

Yeh, that's the difficult bit  Embarrassed

Paul Lowing wrote: "I hear it will be available in Kit form..."

Hey we could call that...erm...'Wolf Kit'


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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 23 February 2010 at 9:20pm
Well, you'll all just have to make sure you are all members, then you can read all about the new KITT (Kit Industries Timing Telemetry) 2010 in the next magazine !

Who need the Hoff in a Trans Am ?  Tongue


Posted By: martinbguk
Date Posted: 23 February 2010 at 9:31pm
Now, please correct me if I'm wrong, but I would have thought it helpful if the actual date(s) of the race appeared on the home page! I can't see it anywhere. (or am I blind?)
I doubt that I'll be taking part but I may have a spare hour or two to come along and cheer heartily (if only I knew the date to plan it)

very much tongue in cheek mode!!


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Posted By: GeoffBird
Date Posted: 24 February 2010 at 8:56am
Hi Martin, how's things? No, I can't see a date either, but there is a countdown to the start, which currently reads 122 days and 3 hours. I guess the actual date is left as an exercise in arithmetic, and quite right too - they don't want hoards of the innumerate turning up Wink

To save you lazy sods having to work it out for yourselves, I've calculated that it is the weekend of the 26th/27th June. (not really, I actually just looked here: http://www.pedalcars.info/events/calendar.asp - http://www.pedalcars.info/events/calendar.asp )

BTW, if you are riding there, you'll be virtually going past our door. If it's the Saturday, we could probably escort you in - we often ride out that way.


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Posted By: martinbguk
Date Posted: 24 February 2010 at 9:12am
Hi Geoff,
I'm good thanks. Looks like I might pop into see them on Saturday on my way up to Scunthorpe for the BHPC race on the Sunday. I joined BHPC a couple of weeks ago and received a welcome letter from the lovely membership secretary, so I'm going to attempt to do as many races as possible (including Jersey if I can get a weekend pass and an entry)
Let me know when you are next out on a Sunday ride as I'd like to come along.
Martin


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Posted By: jes@gcre
Date Posted: 24 February 2010 at 9:26am
This is a good point and the sort of feedback a brand new website needs because in the excitement of getting it up and running, the fundamentals can get overlooked!
 
Thanks, I will pass it on to the web team.


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Racing is life...
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Posted By: GeoffBird
Date Posted: 24 February 2010 at 9:59am
Jes, I guess in a sport that has so many kids involved, a generation that seems to always be glued to a laptop or web-enabled phone, something like live timing must be a lot of fun and a good educational tool. Do you see many of the kids that race pedal cars go onto study engineering etc. as a result? It's something the BHPC ought to get more involved with (as long as I'm not the one who has to deal with the little blighters face-to-face Smile), it seems to work very well in Australia, for instance.

I guess you realise that Shenington is in the heart of Motorsport Country - would it be worth looking at tie-ins with people like Oxford Brookes University, who run motorsport and envionmental engineering courses?

Incidentally, Martin has many years of service to Motorsport, maybe you could give the kids the benefit of your experience while you are there Martin?!


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Posted By: martinbguk
Date Posted: 24 February 2010 at 10:07am
I'd be up for that.

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Posted By: GeoffBird
Date Posted: 24 February 2010 at 10:08am
Martin, good to hear you are a member now and plan to do most the races. You missed a good ride last Sunday - quite hilly route, but sunshine and a stop-off at the Falkland Arms for a swift couple.

I didn't know we were stopping at the pub mind - we were steamin' down the hill through Great Tew when The Twed suddenly indicated right - I had to slow down very quickly from 35mph on an extremely greasy road!

Probably be out this Sunday - I'll keep you in the loop.


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Posted By: jes@gcre
Date Posted: 24 February 2010 at 11:05am

Yes, I already have some irons in the fire but would be willing to hook up with anyone who could further the cause.

What the BPCC has in abundance is enthusiastic teenagers and it is striking that grass roots engineering is no longer taught in many schools.


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Racing is life...
Anything which happens before or afterwards is just standing around waiting to race....


Posted By: martinbguk
Date Posted: 24 February 2010 at 11:27am
You're lucky if you get taught "Engineering" in any school. In the UK people still associate "Engineer" with "Oh you can fix my car then!" Wall
Certainly very few schools teach engineering design or even hint at the (ahem geek alert) beauty of it.


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Posted By: jes@gcre
Date Posted: 24 February 2010 at 11:32am
It gives me a small amount of satisfaction that kids leaving my scout unit go away knowing things such as what a nylock nut is, that the world works in millimetres what a rose joint does.
 
There is a total lack of what the Americans call "shop" being taught.


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Racing is life...
Anything which happens before or afterwards is just standing around waiting to race....


Posted By: Neil
Date Posted: 24 February 2010 at 12:18pm
Interesting comments about engineering in schools.
 
Next month there will be a couple of programs on Teachers TV, commisioned by the BBC that will have footage showing how our pedalcar was designed and built, together with it being driven round Hog Hill and then being raced at Curby.
 
Last year a number of us also took cars to the Learning Grid event at Rockingham which also caused lots of interest.
 
Neil


Posted By: GeoffBird
Date Posted: 24 February 2010 at 12:46pm
I was quite lucky, in that I went to a "Technical High School", presumably the result of some government initiative in the 60s. I remember well that there was a jet engine and a massive diesel motor in the foyer, both sectioned to reveal the workings, and we were taught engineering drawing.

It's now called a Grammar School, in order to confer status on the parents of the kids who go there, I guess.


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Posted By: graydog
Date Posted: 24 February 2010 at 1:03pm

it is an interesting world, from the point of view of someone who runs a 'performance car technology' course at uni. I tend to find that student gravitate to the course as a result of being 'petrol head' and that in the main cycle or eco technology is a pointless waste of time, or rather 'don't go fast' or 'make noise'...........

 

that being said the student who come in from mainland EU or further a field tend to be more open minded.

I spend quite a bit of time talking with primary to collage children, regarding future vehicle technology and engineering mech and elec, once they see the building blocks of life, so things like cycles and eco car look more interesting.

 

As a team, we have just returned from two trips to India, during our tour we spoke with or had access to 20,000 people at the different events, ranging form junior school to final year of uni. We gave 12 TV interviews and don’t know how many radio/paper.

What struck us was how open to new ideas every one was…….. We where taking about the solar car, but still if you can find that spark the kids will really enjoy their future and it is the advertising that is the hard bit but generally what makes it happen.

 

Often, as engineering we keep our doors closed till we can roll the produce out, there are many reasons for this.  This is followed by us being very modest, generally because we know someone may or will make a better one tomorrow. Some times it is worth putting it out there and making your mark, this to encourages the generations to follow.

I have a science festival talk thing to sort for the two weeks following 3rd July. Could be interesting to get some pimp rides up for that.

regards (hope you don't mind my rambles)

gd


Posted By: tosgh
Date Posted: 24 February 2010 at 1:12pm
Fortunately, I have the responsibility of teaching 14-16 groups at my college (mechanical engineering) we also have aero/auto engineering here too, (one of our campus' is on an airport). It is not long into the course before I 'induct' the little ones in the truth that is the 'enlightenment of human power'Thumbs Up.

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Posted By: GeoffBird
Date Posted: 24 February 2010 at 1:18pm
I've heard about you 'Left-Wing' teachers indoctrinating our youth, Glyn!

Keep up the good work.


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Posted By: jes@gcre
Date Posted: 24 February 2010 at 1:46pm
The date is now on the homepage!
 
Clap


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Racing is life...
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