CSCC rules decree that the race winner gets a 30-second penalty that lasts for the rest of the season, and the reason for running it that way is that it stops aspiring heroes from building overly-serious cars that could be regular winners, because all that would happen is that theyʼd get penalised to the point where theyʼre relegated to the back of the pack. As Josh says, ʻitʼs had the effect of keeping it as club racing, because all the stars who are out in the big three-day international events donʼt bother entering. Weʼve now got a 30-second penalty, but I donʼt care about that. The CSCC are going from strength to strength and they keep adding extra series; Future Classics is 40-minutes, and the Classic K is the one hour, and thereʼs also modern classics, which they call Young Timer in Germany.ʼ
In some obligatory pit stop races the driver is merely required to get out and run around the car, but in CSCC events they have to turn the engine off, get out, shut the door and get back in again: ʻthatʼs an interesting little discipline,ʼ says Josh. I venture that itʼs almost worth hanging back and coming 2nd just so as not to get the 30-second penalty winning incurs. ʻWhatʼs the point? There was another 911 out there that was fractionally quicker than us because he was getting through the corners slightly better, but then he had a 30-second penalty so we won, and now weʼve got a 30second penalty, so next time round thereʼll be a different winner, probably the chap who was about 12 seconds behind us, so it will be his turn to win next time!ʼ
The opposition? ʻThe ʻ70s category was a bit of a 911 fest, and there were three TVRS ahead of us at Castle Combe. Mark Chilternʼs 928 which has been running for a few seasons is an impressive bit of kit now. These events are great fun, and obviously a great discipline – get a car sorted, get it effective – and we are just going through the exercise at the moment. All the CSCC meets are one-day events, and it might be a full weekend, but that means itʼs two separate one-day events, so people turn up in the morning, do their race, and go back home in the afternoon.
It caters nicely for the club racer, whereas at an event like the Silverstone Classic you practice on the Friday and race on the Sunday, and youʼve probably had to get there on the Thursday, and it costs a thousand pounds for the privilege and you donʼt get any more racing; itʼs a wonderful circus, though, and I drove it this year in the Lotus Elite with Gideon Hudson whoʼs an old mate from Porsche racing back in Intermarque and Giroflex in the ʼ80s.ʼ Once a racer, always a racer.