If you grew up in the late 80s or early 90s like myself and had either a self-discovered or family member influenced interest in motorsport from a young age, you’ll need no introduction to the Super Touring era of the BTCC and, in particular, the later generation of cars that competed towards the end of the decade. You’ll more than likely have a favourite car that sticks in your mind from playing TOCA games on Playstation back in the day; perhaps it was the green & gold Nescafe-liveried Renault Lagunas, the silver & blue Volvo S40s or the red and white Vauxhall Vectras. For me though, the Vodafone-liveried Nissan Primera was always my favourite and I don’t really know why.
Following on from my post about Jason Plato’s 1999 Renault Laguna BTCC car, here are some photos I took on the same day of Anthony Reid’s 1999 Ford Mondeo that was originally prepared by Prodrive.
Last weekend I drove the short distance down the road from STL HQ to Oulton Park for one of their open pit lane track days. I had been hoping to be taking part in my P10 Primera but I never got round to preparing the car in time, so instead I went down to support Mat in his Primera.
Drifting was once known as a budget form of motorsport but, with the current way the sport is changing and after recently discovering the simple joys of a regular circuit day, I’m beginning to see that a more conventional track event can be enjoyed on a shoestring budget.
I’ll go into more detail in my upcoming blog post regarding the day in question but, for now, here is some on-board footage from my friend Mat’s P10 Primera during Saturday’s track day at Oulton Park.
You may remember that in my earlier posts about the VTEC Challenge round at Oulton Park I mentioned I was working on a short video that I filmed throughout the day. I finally got round to editing everything and uploading it so enjoy! It’s a little rough around the edges but the most important thing is that you get to listen to lots of VTEC!
(If you’d prefer to watch the video on YouTube, click here)
Due to Oulton Park being the local track for most members of the MCR-VTEC forum it was decided to hold a mini-meet in the track paddock on the day of the VTEC Challenge round. The turnout wasn’t massive due to the relatively high ticket price to get into the track for the day but nevertheless there were some sweet cars on display.