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Our Original Driver Journal Entry - Posted 19/08/2020
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First test day at Bayford Meadows after 13 years. The old man and my best mate ☝

In a bid to give everbody a bit of insight about myself, guess I'll get involved! 😁

The Beginning....
First name James (After the old man), but everybody calls me by my middle name...Adam (Long story). Where did it all start? Growing up around Motorsport as kid I was either Karting, short oval racing with family, glued to the TV watching F1 or Touring Cars. Thinking about it, playing various kinds of racing games too. I remember as a kid having a go in a Kart on holiday, done pretty well and the bug bit. We started Karting around 1998 quite religiously, spending most weekends getting track time in. Starting off in rental Karts at 'Brentwood Karting' and then progressing onto being an owner driver, in a Zip Cadet some time later. Brentwood was great, though the 'old' track is now gone and has been replaced/upgraded. Here's my short and probably boring story πŸ€ͺ

The Test Day?!
I got the opportunity to go for a test session in a Comer Cadet, at the time with a 2 stroke W60 engine. It was at Rye House, dark...raining..never driven the track before or the class of Kart on offer. Things were nearly called off but the old man assured the fella all will be fine. He was thankfully correct and both myself and Kart left the track in one piece. Great fun and I would imagine a big smile from ear to ear, from myself and the old man.

ZIP Kart, Thanks Mr Karting!
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Circa 1998 I would think - 7/8 years old - What's HD?☝
'Mum & Dad' financed the first Kart and got me into the seat. We bought the ZIP Kart from the late and great Martin Hines, Mr Karting! I remember the day very well still. Such a great fella and really made us feel at home around the shop, nothing was too much bother. A few hand shakes later and a "Enjoy the Kart kid" from Martin, we picked up our first proper taste of Karting. The memories started being created and the legacy began! We was regulars at local tracks such at Rye House and Bayford Meadows. Ended up completing my ARKS test and getting a club license.

The Search For Power!
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Circa 2001/2002 - 10 / 11 years old ☝
I remember Cadets was great, but I was always heavy. The search for more power a new buzz began! We skipped Mini Max and progressed into Junior Rotax. I remember it was a time where TKM was very much in the forefront of Karting classes and the 'new' Rotax classes were very much up and coming. Being quite young and going out in a Junior Rotax was quite an eye opener, the power felt very much alive and kicking. Again, a great opportunity came up and I test drove a Junior Rotax on an Eglem chassis from the late 'Trackside Karting' at Bayford Meadows. Same again, very apprehensive attitude from all parties involved due to my age. All went well and we ended up getting a new Eglem Chassis and Junior engine. Still no racing? Nope still not entered any races yet. I was always ahead of my classed due to size/weight. Cost was a major issue. And in all honesty I used to love going open practice the day before a race meeting and having such a masterclass in driving from other kids on track. We held our own, good times!

Still Got A Bit Of It :sneaky:
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I still have a caliper from the Eglem Chassis with a picture in it. A great photo frame if you every find the need for one....

Senior Time...
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Circa 2003/2004 - 12 / 13 years old ☝
Again we jumped a class early, really early! This time I was getting a few coaching sessions from a fella (I can't remember the name, so sorry) and we opted to go for one of their ex race engines and a new 'Go Kart' chassis. They had a workshop in Leyton, East London which was right on our doorstep. It was a nice Kart, but I did prefer the Eglem. Anyways, another learning curve with the Rotax Senior. Still not racing due to being too young for the class and financial restrictions. But still holding our own and having a blast! Turning a few heads and up turning some eyebrows for all the right reasons on occasion.

Sold Up!
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Circa 2006 / 2007 - 15 / 16 years old ☝
Sold. As I got older I found myself getting a part time job, going out with 'mates' and in general not having time for Karting. We had a good run and it was time to move on. Karting kept me on the straight and narrow as kid. Some of my best memories was from the days of Karting.

Fast Forward >> 2019
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2019 - Old :( ☝
At 17 life moves on and I really got into my cars, owning various things over the years. Fast forward a few years and I bought my dream car around 2012, a Ford Focus ST225. I loved it, it was my pride and joy. After 7 years of owning it and making some great friends and going to many many shows and meets. The time had come, back to Karting we go. I can confirm 300bhp and Karting are very different, but once you get the Karting bug you will NOT loose it. It's their for life. Car got sold. Tears all round.

Snapped!
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2019 - Bayford ☝
What made me go back to Karting? The smell, the buzz, the memories....my little ones. Oh and Paul Babington's snap above . We went to a few meetings at Bayford to watch...it all come flooding back. Long story short; I got home and Paul snapped my little one looking over at another little one in a Bambino. I wanted to make the some memories I had as a kid, with my kids. Car sold. Workshop built with the old man. Kart bought. Soon we swap the scooter for a Bambino too kid!

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2019 - The internet ☝
Upon trying to get back into Karting I noticed there was a void for something new, fresh and unique. KartingForum.co.uk was born! You get what that's all about, you're here right?!

The Return!
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2020 - Super secret headquaters ☝
Started off again where we left off! With the car gone it allowed me to go ahead and own a fantastic example of a Tony Kart with a Senior Rotax from NextKarting (Great firm, highly recommended). J. A. Pell & Son Motorsport was born! Since we have been out on the track for a few sessions and getting back into the swing of things. If I can get into some club racing next year at Bayford and Lydd, I'd be over the moon! For now we (I lol) concentrate on dropping some timber and getting some consistant times. Race craft is still back there somewhere, but I have so much to forget in terms of bad habits. It seems to hurt more now at 29 than it did as a kid too? πŸ€”

Where From Here...The Legacy
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2020 - Happy place, Bayford ☝
Well as far as I'm concerned KartingForum.co.uk is here to stay and help people and the industry where possible. Maybe in 5 years I'm going to look back and say 'Good effort, but no trophy'. But as I have proven, you can make some wicked memories without winning a trophy, it just depends on who you wish to share that journey with. I'm here to help anybody where I can, so please contact me/the forum if that's possible. We'll see how things go and I thank you all for getting onboard with this little project.

Karting wise, I intend to get in shape and become some what competitive again. Club races next year? I hope so. I also want to get my little ones into Karting if they wish to, we'll see when the time comes.

Well, that's my journey spanning the last 20 years and with loads more to come! Big thanks to all that was a good influence and assistance over the years, great times! I'll keep this thread updated with all the latest happenings and goals. I'm sure I will update this post at some point, bound to be a typo or something I have missed.

Welcome to my Driver Journal......

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Despite the hick ups what a day for wheel to wheel racing. Well done @Adam again, faultless driving all day. Now onto the same next month hopefully πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ
Thankyou, back at ya!! Wish I could find a few more tenths though :rolleyes: Indeed mate, great days racing! Hopefully you got some reliability issues sorted out now and you'll get a good day under your belt next month.

I just about finished last meeting with brake issues which I was nursing. So took the jump and got the master and caliper rebuilt for the next round. So need a test day really to make sure all is well. Other than that, few little bits replaced here and there and a clean up, we ready!

Reminds me, the rule on the rear width/side pods and tyre depth is apparently in the the Bluebook. I'll try find it later and get it posted.

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Great write up Adam, looks like you had a good bit of close racing...Can't say I wasn't jealous not being there!! All booked in for July, Hoping to get half days testing and the Saturday before the next round.
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Great write up Adam, looks like you had a good bit of close racing...Can't say I wasn't jealous not being there!! All booked in for July, Hoping to get half days testing and the Saturday before the next round.
Are you racing in July?
Brilliant day for sure fella, you missed all the fun and games! I still need to book for July tbh, will get that done today/tomorrow.

I think if I tested the Saturday before race day I'd be in bits for race day :LOL: Gona try book a test day before hand and get some seat time in then I can recover in time!
 

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A nice snap as always from Paul Babington!

Big thanks to Paul Babington Photography for the snaps as always! Paul's fantastic write up in Kent Sports News can be found here. Thanks to my best mate Joe and Dad for all the help on the tools. Thanks to the Mrs and Kids for coming to support. Thanks to everybody at Bayford Meadows for what they do as always. You lot standing out in the heat all day, marshalls, officials, medics etc etc, hats off to ya, thank you!

We had a another good test day a week prior, but was quite disappointed with lap times. Can't blame anybody but myself I guess, Kart felt really good in general. Still learning alot about tyre pressures and general setup but we are for sure getting there. Getting lighter too....;)

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Quali showed up loads of my flaws driving wise, I struggled in the soaring temps with too much grip in places, not enough in others. Mainly due to me tbh, adapting lines and getting my eye in helped later in the day. Quali ended with disappointment knowing I didn't do too great at all. Quali put us in 8th behind @97Lewis by over as tenth (Well done fella!). Andy didn't quali due to a faulty transponder. So we would of been dead last based on performance :poop:

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The Heat and the Pre Final showed good racing and our pace increased. Had some great battles with @97Lewis and Andy Parish. A few hickups from myself prompted me to throw some apologies out, but hey we live and learn! I'm always there for the fun and the chase, never to do anybody an injustice intentional. The Heat saw us finish 6th but get docked 5 seconds for a dropped nose due to a coming together with Andy (Sorry fella). But, very fun racing and good competition!

The final....well I had high hopes for the final and was confident I could make a respectable battle to 5th or 6th based on pace, maybe a bit better with some good luck our way. We managed 1 lap and bang no drive, snapped a brand new chain! Chain and sprocket was inspected after the Pre Final with no damage, so I have no clue what happend. Disappointment....disappointment. But ah well, we had a good day.

Bad luck followed @Billywatts too with issues. Mate....your luck has to change soon. Great racing with all you lads in 177 again, thanks for the day of schooling again. Tom and Michael are flying. And it's great to see even more drivers jumping in 177. Roll on more rain I reckon.....;) Looking forward to the next one!

Quali P8 - Pre Final 1 P7 - Pre Final 2 P7 - Grand Final DNF!

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@Gibby I can take you now that you joined up ;) (y)
 
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Haha! Thought I see what it's all about. Good website πŸ‘
 
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Cheers fella! Any feedback on what you want to see added/removed/changed much appreciated!

Thanks for joining up (y) 😁 Time to get your Driver Journal started ;)
 

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A full engine refresh and fiche from Grice Racing Engines and some new parts from NextKarting. Ready for Bayford Meadows Round 5 I guess! Been running an out the box engine and carb since new, so we'll see what this upgrade brings!
 

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