I found 10.01/10ths on Sunday.
Sideways at 160 kph (100mph) then with two wheels on the wet grass and two
on the road circuit.
Maybe my decision in the qualifying session to keep it flat until I hit the
start finish line then think about slowing in the permanently yellow
flagged area (where a 2 inch deep 15 yard wide stream was running across
the track) was not the best judgement. As I got it back on the road
circuit (again not so tidily), friends said that the sheet of water lifted
was two or three times as tall as the car.
A Porche in the following session was not so lucky as it got all four paws
on the grass and successfully attempted to integrate with the wall, (driver
OK, car not)
About then they red flagged qualifying for the 10th time and with half the
day over, cancelled the race meeting. An hour later the sun broke through.
With my 4 inch windscreen (see Gordon's web site) it was a thoroughly
miserable race day with my backside sitting in 1/2 inch of cold water in
the Driver's seat, (that part of the seat floor mounted and consisting of
1/2 inch of sponge rubber when not compressed).
Still, back to work and no car damage, no flu, my adrenalin fix for the
month, brake pads worn in, new tyres heat cycled, and a tale to tell, no
trophy, but all is well for the next time.
Datsun 2000 67.5 RHD Solex (50mm)
From: Toby B [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, 21 October 1999 4:18
To: a roadster list
Subject: Re: Wheels
Gordon, tsk, tsk,
10/10ths on the street? Jenks would not be pleased! <grin>
(the "tenths" scale was formalized by Denis Jenkinson- basically, 10/10
is that hairy moment right before you crash, when you have no real
control but save it anyway, and found you've just gone faster than is
physically possible. Pushing the envelope by going over the edge.
Berzerker mode, if you will. 8/10ths was really his limit for
Gordon Glasgow wrote:
> It sure was fun in the
> corners, but the fun would have evaporated real fast if one of them had
> disintegrated at 10/10ths driving.