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Had one of those impetuous moments (as usual) so last night I went to Halfords to buy some more primer and tools to start on the bonnet. Sadly they don't mix colours any more in store, but just as well as it's given me more time to prime the bonnet some more and smooth it down. Parts of it feel like a baby's bum!
I also worked out that my angle grinder is extremely versatile. Considering I only bought this to cut free a rotten exhaust back box from an S-Max it's become a very useful tool.I'll get some hot pink spray this week and lacquer so I can at least see it start to take shape. May take the wings off and do those too. The bonnet has to come into the kitchen after spraying as it's nice and warm. That said, while the kids are away / in bed I may get newspaper down and spray it there for a nicer finish.
The off season sucks
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We built up a bit of momentum at the end of the summer. Two races in 3 months! But also we acquired a trailer, new tyres, didn't finish last (not including retirements!), stayed at the circuits and generally got more comfortable. If last year's trip to Oulton was a toe in the water, (and 2014's Brands appearance was the rehearsal!), this year we were properly assimilated.
Which means now we're raring to go for next year, hoping to compete in more of the season. But, the winter break is in the way! Racing season is typically off from November to March, and it's depressing. But it does provide some planning time. So, a shopping list is emerging!
Rather than leaving the tools as neatly piles up in boxes as possible, we could really do with an awning. Plus we've got somewhere for us all including the kids to chill in the paddock, usually with electric hook up. Any tent or hotel is often a good walk or drive way. Plus it could even take over from the tent - maybe. See Rock awnings who seem to be recommended.
Yep, it's bright! Which leads me to the next subject... The car is pretty dull so we're talking colours. Mrs Cookracing is a good sounding board having a better appreciation of colours, but we've also given our family and friends (and random followers) a say, in a poll vote off on Twitter and Facebook
A more appealing colour palette will help no end if we try to get some local sponsorship. I'm trying to weigh up photography advice, which is now contradicting the popular vote currently. I personally like the acid Magenta, though it's pretty polarising! I've also had some advice on branding and there's more thinking to do before then.
Until next time...
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Lastly, last week we heard a family friend Gavin 'Luppy' Lupton had come off his bike at a race in Country Antrim and it was serious. Sadly he succumbed to his injuries earlier this week and we're devastated, especially for his wife, daughter, family and close friends. Lots of love to you all. RIP Gav. x