Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24Chairman’s Chat Dear Members, We are now on our ‘summer break’ following other top sports such as Formula One and the Premier League, to name but two.But for me,who loves the big sporting occasion I have the Olympics to fill my leisure time, however for many of you ‘racers’the 5 or 6 weeks between Brands Hatch and Snetterton will literally give you time to re-charge your batteries and tweak (not twerk) your finely honed machines ready to do battle again at our last two rounds of the year.Yes you read that correctly,we are way past our half way mark in the season and there really are only two meetings left for the club.I don’t know where the time has gone either! So if you haven’t managed to get out with us yet,for whatever reason,busy lives,bank balances (or lack thereof),or perhaps simply that your car still isn’t ready.....then get cracking as time is running out for 2016. Whilst I hope you have enjoyed our race meetings so far and there has been some epic racing,there is still plenty more excitement to come as the season comes to a crescendo and championships are decided.The club will again hold B-B-Qs at Snetterton and the season finale at Silverstone.I hope many of you noticed the new Club marquee/Awning at Brands Hatch and are also benefitting from the new tea urn,ably manned by Simon Coombes who has kindly offered his time and energy to make sure you have refreshments and shelter,not to mention burgers,at our race meetings. One final comment,whilst you push for those extra points in the next two rounds,please be considerate to your fellow racers in their precious machinery.We are all amateurs with different depths of pockets,please give each other space on track.We do not want to see avoidable incidents a la Messrs Hamilton and Roseberg - they are fighting for World Championships and have multimillion pound corporations to rebuild their cars! See you all at Snetterton Tony Palmer, Chairman Competition Secretary’s Notes With only two events to go until the end of the season it’s time to take a moment to reflect on the first half of the year. And may I be the first to say“ What a year”.We have seen the club go from strength to strength,race entry numbers and overall membership is up on the last two years,so well done to all the committee for their hard work in breathing new life in to the club. From a competition secretary’s perspective,the combined grids have worked well and people seem to be respecting each other.However, I would like to take this moment to remind you all that this is club racing.If you see someone up ahead making a mistake you back off and let them correct themselves. With two extremely exciting rounds coming up (Snetterton,truck racing support and Motors TV race day at Silverstone) I expect to continue to see large grids and some great racing for the remainder of the year. Thank you all for your continued support. Andy Johnson. Rule Changes 2017 There appears to be some confusion about Towing Eyes for 2017. The proposed revised towing eye regulation is just that at the moment,“proposed” . If it is implemented for 2017 and we see no reason why it won’t be, the new wording will be “strongly recommended” and not mandatory. As long as your existing towing eye complies with (Q)19.1.3. and (Q)19.1.3 a) in 2017 then you have no need to upgrade to 4 towing eyes. 5.5.9 Towing eyes / straps a. Must be a contrasting colour to the surrounding area (usually either Day-Glo red or yellow) and must respect the requirements of MSA Yearbook 2017 (Q19.1.3). b. In addition to 5.5.9 a. it is strongly recommended that all cars must, wherever possible, be equipped with two front and two rear towing eyes positioned equally either side of the longitudinal centre-line. They must be clearly visible, marked with an arrow and the word “tow” and the wire painted in yellow, red or orange to contrast with the vehicle colour scheme. The towing eyes must be made of at least 6mm diameter steel wire rope with a 6x19 wire core, each which must have a breaking-strain of at least 2 tons. Each towing eye must allow the passage of a cylinder with a diameter of 60 mm, situated 25mm forward of the adjacent bodywork - 100 mm above and below this hole must retain clearance to enable the recovery crews to attach straps and shackles. The towing eye must be fixed to a structural part of the chassis with a minimum of M12 fixings, the inner part must be flexible in order for the towing eye to be retracted inside the bodywork profile. A “pull-cord” must be attached to the towing eye to enable the marshals to access the wire loop. The end attached to the chassis may be either ‘thimble’ or ‘open-loop’ style. Kevin Wendt It is with great sadness that we hear of the passing of Kevin Wendt, a regular in Classic Thunder, harvest permitting, over the last few seasons. Always friendly and approachable in the paddock Kevin was an experienced and successful racer over many years and will be greatly missed by his fellow competitors and club members. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family at this sad time. 3 The Flyer