Go Fast Speed Days
Eastbourne is a quiet seaside resort on the southern coast of England.
The beach is lined with hotels.
Beachy Head is a chalk cliff rising 162 meters above the ocean. Not far from the top of the cliff is the Beachy Head Pub.
Friday, August 31
I got to Eastbourne a bit early, I figured I would spend some time on the beach, catch some rays. The sun was cooperating, and instead I went and visited a nearby 2000 year old castle.
I wanted to check out the road, and see who was in town, so I went up to the course late in the afternoon. I knew there wasn't going to be tech tonight, so I left my equipment at the hotel. I got up to the course and discovered a half dozen people were riding!
Saturday, September 1
We started with registration early in the morning.
As usual we stood around for a bit,
Looks like we will be sharing the race with some "soap box" derby style cars.
We will run practice in the morning, and qualifying in the afternoon. The road is real rough, looks like it was chip sealed, but the speeds are low and you don't need to break in the turns.The pub is fairly large, and was completely packed. Apparently it is a popular weekend getaway.
After lunch we got another practice run as they tested the timing system
Just before the two turns was a small parking lot. The lot was turned into vendors row.
I watched a few of the skateboarders, but it wasn't long before I had to head to the top for buttboard qualifying. On my way, I wandered by the cliffs.
Street luge was next.
Apparently the road we were using has road turtles
Qualifying was over, time to get ready for Saturday night's party. Go Fast was hosting a party for us at Bolton's
Sunday, September 2
Today is race day, but the weather hasn't improved any. It doesn't look like it will rain, but it was very windy.
Eimer, who was the race director wanted to try something new. So next up we ran part of the standup race.
After the standup was about half way finished, it was time for street luge.
In my semi heat I got a bad start and was in the wrong place entering the first turn, I had to burn off too much speed to avoid a collision, and didn't make it into the finals. In my consolation heat, I was the last place qualifier, so I had the worst position. I wasn't getting good pushes in, couple with a bad start I started in last place. But coming through the turns I second and third were battling it out side by side, giving me a large wall to draft behind. I flew by them like they were standing still. Will was WAY out in front, and I managed to track him down and pass him at the finish line, by inches. I beat him by 2 hundredths of a second! But we weren't the closest photo finish.
I was starving. I ran back to my car to get out of my leathers, and to pick up a bite to eat from the snack bar at the pub. Unfortunately the pub was out of hot dogs. I thought maybe I could grab some fries (err chips) from one of the vendors. And then I can always watch the last couple rounds of standup.
The award ceremony was held almost immediately, and the wind was still blowing hard. .
The award was a small podium, with first place getting a check for £150. Third place got a case of Go Fast. Second place got a skateboard.
The race was over and most people were in a hurry to try and get home.
Speed Days was a very fun little race, although the course was slow and not technical. The countryside was gorgeous and is a great place to hold a race.
I don't think anyone got injured.