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1985

Postby Bob Bull » Sun Mar 04, 2018 7:24 pm

Dear All,
I am planning to write a piece about the very first Challenge in 1985, I intend (at this stage) to write it as a Review of the season much like 2017. Despite my great age and vast knowledge of motor sport, I have to confess as to knowing only what can be found on Mary's (excellent) web site about the start of the series.
Should anyone have results/entry lists/photos from that season they would be willing to share I would be most grateful, also if the opportunity arises in the coming weeks to have a chat that would be most helpful.

I do not know if anyone has ever recorded the initial season before, so if I am wasting my time - that would also be good to know.

Thank you, in advance,

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Re: 1985

Postby john bevan » Mon Mar 05, 2018 6:18 pm

Try Mike Hughes the MSCC archivist, I'm sure there will be a report in Miscellany from the season
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Re: 1985

Postby Andy Downes » Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:54 pm

Hello Bob,

How much do you want ?

Being in at the begining as a founder and as the Series Administrator, I have the early season's results and plenty of background !

Where are you planning to publish ?

Have Fun and let me know.
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Re: 1985

Postby Mary Lindsay » Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:58 pm

I have some photos from that first season and all of the results too. I have also given Bob the article written by Richard Casswell for Miscellany.
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Re: 1985

Postby Bob Bull » Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:49 pm

Many thanks for your replies, is good to know that a wealth of information is available, it make my idea look a little more realistic. Having little knowledge concerning the start of the Challenge, it occurred to me that there must be many in a similar position, my original concept was a 'Season Review' briefly touching on the races, however, maybe something more like a complete history of the birth of the Challenge might be possible and preferable. This might be of interest to a wider audience than just a short article in a magazine, The pioneers deserve nothing less - surely?

With that in mind I look forward to viewing the material and interviewing the survivors over the coming months.

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Re: 1985

Postby SimonScott » Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:04 pm

Can I place my advance order? Having finally met the legendary Andy Downes at Race Retro (good to meet you Andy), I am sure there are many tales to tell - so please get writing Bob! :OO:
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Re: 1985

Postby Mark Shears » Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:57 pm

...and plenty of period photos to illustrate please...!

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Re: 1985

Postby Bob Bull » Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:36 pm

Following discussions with Mary I have concluded that I should take a more detailed look at 1985, so rather than a short 'seasons review' I have decided to try and write a history of the complete initial season. Mary advises me that she is not aware of this being done before. I think it a worthwhile project even though it might never get published, but copies could be provided on a CD if wanted.

With this in mind I would ask anyone who has material or memories of the races to let me know and arrange to obtain copies and where possible record them for use in the article.

Mary (God Bless her) has sent me copies of photos recording some of her glorious past, and I would love to have more, at least to keep Mark happy.

All contributions will be acknowledged and due credit given.
Obviously race meetings would be an ideal time to talk about things so if you can help and will be at a race do let me know.

Andy, you sound as if you could virtually write this yourself, do you live in Tring? If maybe we could meet up sometime and sort things out.

Many thanks for your interest,

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Re: 1985

Postby Mary Lindsay » Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:11 pm

Bob, I have just shared with you via Dropbox scans of the all the programmes, entry lists, practice times and results plus the Spencer Formula.

That should keep you going for a while!
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Re: 1985

Postby jack bellinger » Sun Mar 25, 2018 1:02 pm

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Re: 1985

Postby Kelvin Laidlaw » Tue Mar 27, 2018 11:17 pm

Bob
This is a brilliant idea. I too am 'a survivor' of the 1985 season. My life really did change from the day I arrived at Castle Combe for my first race. I would be happy to ransack my memory to help.

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Re: 1985

Postby Bob Bull » Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:32 pm

Thanks Kelvin, I look forward to interviewing you in true BBC style.
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Re: 1985

Postby Leigh Sebba » Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:14 am

Have had a rummage and will bring file of programmes and results from 1985 and also from 1984 so you can see what it arose from. 1984 did many roadsports races which used to include half a dozen or so Morgan cars. Big differences from today are that most drove to the circuit, very little testing or preparers back up at track, and that I was quite near the front !

I stopped racing for a few years In the 1990s and one of the jobs to the car when I restarted was to remove the baby seat straps from the passenger seat as I used to drive with very young son to races and then give him to someone to hold while I was out on track. Probably one reason why he isn’t an enthusiastic car racer today !
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