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  • colin herridge
    Jul 3, 2012
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      Guy,
      i thought it was clear enough but i will try and break it down you claimed your 19th and Pams 17th country by seeing a track in Eire but Great Britain that is England,Scotland,Wales,N.Ireland and Eire all count as 1 country unless i have misunderstood the rules.
      Colin



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      From: "RTRYFBAR@..." <RTRYFBAR@...>
      To: TrackChasers@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Tuesday, 3 July 2012, 17:58
      Subject: [TrackChasers] Waterford Raceway, Ireland


      Colin:

      I am always more than happy to try to answer your questions, but I don't understand what you are asking me on this one?  Please clarify and maybe I can help you.

      Guy





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      From: colin herridge <cawh2000@...>
      To: TrackChasers <TrackChasers@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Mon, Jul 2, 2012 4:15 am
      Subject: Re: [TrackChasers] 2012 TrackChaser Report #47--Waterford Raceway, Ireland


      Guy,
      when did we start splitting great britain up into different countries ?
      colin



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      From: "RTRYFBAR@..." <RTRYFBAR@...>
      To: TrackChasers@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Monday, 2 July 2012, 11:03
      Subject: [TrackChasers] 2012 TrackChaser Report #47--Waterford Raceway, Ireland

      TrackChasers:

      Greetings from the Dublin Airport.  After Pam finished her conference at the
      University College of Cork, we returned to touring and racing in Ireland on the
      weekend.

      On Saturday we visited the Blarney Castle and the infamous Blarney Stone.  We
      had hoped for an autograss race from the Mallow Autograss Club, but neither
      Roland nor I ever did figure out exactly in which town it was supposed to be or
      even if the meeting was on or canceled, so we didn't do that.

      On Sunday Pam and I did finally add a new country to our TrackChasing resumes. 
      As we left Cork for the last time and headed north towards Dublin, we made a
      slight detour for the Sunday races at the Waterford Raceway.  Will has Waterford
      listed as a paved oval on ARR, but this one stretches the bounds of the
      definition of oval track to the limit.  After seeing it, I would probably
      consider it a road circuit, but for now I'll stick with Will's ruling to keep
      consistent with ARR.  I did take pictures of the track which I will send to will
      and perhaps he will decide to reclassify the track.  If he does, I'll change it
      on RTR to remain consistent.  My guess is that it will remain catagorized as an
      oval with a note as to its shape, as did Mothar Mountain in Queensland,
      Australia after I also sent Will photos for analysis. 

      The track website said the meeting started at 12:00 noon, sharp!  We found that
      this was not the case at all.  We arrived quite early, before 11:00.  Unlike the
      NI tracks visited last week, there was no program with a schedule of events. 
      Roland visited the sign-in building to inquire, but they said they wait to see
      how many cars show up before deciding on the race schedule.  Oh dear.  We were
      in the southeast, but that was the southeast of Ireland, not the US where this
      type of confusion is the norm.  The website also advertised Demo Derby,
      Drifting, Van Racing, and Caravan Racing, but I saw no signs of any cars for
      that.

      There were seven or eight classes on hand.  They were rather blandly named Class
      1 through Class 6, as well as Juniors.  There was only one entry in the Ladies
      class, so she ran with the Class 1.  Some other classes were combined, which was
      a good thing.  There were a pair of races for each grouping of classes with all
      cars in the class competing in both.  The track itself is very challenging. 
      It's 0.3 miles in length and paved, with some interesting elevation changes. 
      There are a couple of turns in the frontstretch, and they go downhill into the
      very tight first turn.  Other than the top Class 5 and 6 cars, the others hop
      and even lift the right rear when going through that turn.

      If they would have started sharply at noon, we could have seen the racing in dry
      weather, as all the warmups were run in sunshine.  But they were not ready to go
      until 12:30, then spent ten minutes more trying to find all the corner
      officials, resulting in a 40 minute late start, the latest of our trip.  By then
      it was raining.  Class 1 raced alone with eight cars, including one of the
      greatest names in oval track racing:  Arkaduisz Konieczuy.  Not many drivers
      that I have seen can boast of a "Z" in both names.  Class 2 and 3 ran together
      with nine cars.  Class 4-6 was originally announced as racing together, but at
      the last minute they split Class 4 off on their own and they had 4 cars.  Class
      5 and 6 were combined.  These were the top cars, the ones usually called Hot
      Rods.  They had seven cars.  The Junior 1 class had nine.  There were a total of
      32 cars in the pits, but some cars were used in both the class races and the
      junior races with
      different drivers.

      Once the races began, they moved the program along very quickly.  Once again
      there was no seating, but there was a dirt mound all the way along the
      frontstretch for viewing.  There were not many spectators on hand.  I found two
      really good spots to watch.  By standing in the last turn you could see the
      entire track better than from anywhere else, although the high infield still
      block the view a bit.  And by standing down in turn one you could see the best
      turn really well, and also see them coming down the "road course" part on the
      frontstretch really well, although there were other parts of the track that
      could not be seen as well as from higher up by the last turn.

      Overall, I liked the track and the racing a lot, although they didn't have a
      large number of cars and were a little laid back in the organization, at least
      until they got started (or was it because it started raining?).  It was great to
      see racing in my 19th different country.  For Pam, it was her 17th different
      country as she did not go to the races with Will and I in Jamaica, and she did
      not go with Will and I to Mexico at all.  Pam did point out that for the first
      race in 12 of her 17 different countries, we were with Roland, and that she had
      seen racing with Roland in three additional countries as well for a total of 15
      of her 17, all except Australia and New Zealand.  Overall, a delightful little
      speedway.


      Guy & Pam Smith 2012 Summary

      2012 Events--Guy 47 / Pam 26
      2012 New Tracks--Guy 30 / Pam 24
      2012 Total Tracks--Guy 47 / Pam 26
      2012 Additional Non Classified Tracks--Guy 6 /
      Lifetime Total Tracks--Guy 1,448 / Pam 811


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