three drivers, one very hot day and some very hot laps. That
was The Eastern Region at Curbourough Sprint 2006.
Curborough Sprint course is described as “the Premier Speed
Event venue in the UK” We’re not talking wide track flowing
bends here but a short, tight, narrow “go kart” track where a
“lap” takes about 30 seconds!
Robbie, Jon and Ken signed on to drive in the
MX-5 Owners Club annual Curborough event, and yours truly went
along to spectate. A couple of different track configurations
were used during the day with the first an anticlockwise lap
followed by a clockwise lap. This initially proved tricky for
one unnamed driver so on his second attempt I donned a spare
crash helmet and helped with the navigation. Ken made a fairly
slow and steady start but by the end of the day he was squealing
the tyres around the tight bends with the best of them.
Jon despite only having had a replacement engine
and new suspension finished a day or so before decided his car
had been run in long enough on the way up and then really went
for it on the track. Jon’s first run saw the tail of the car
squirming as he came out of the cone chicane which was pretty
spectacular but his best (or worst) moment came late in the day
when he lost the back end and went straight up the grass bank at
The Molehill Bend, with the car then landing back on the track
on two wheels, at which point the boot popped open! Very
spectacular and it got several of us rushing back to the pits to
see what the damage was and to offer Jon a lift home!. Well
apart from some very minor damage to the lip spoiler the car
survived unscathed, much to everyone’s relief.
Owning a sports car is about driving and this was
what the day at Curborough was all about. The chance to unleash
your car and go play…. Will I be going again? Oh yes, will I
be actually driving next year? Oh yes, yes… bring it on….
For a slightly chilled out look at some of the
action check out the video here;
Martin Curtis ©
Many thanks to the contributors
of the above photographs.