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Re: [TrackChasers] 2013 TrackChaser Report #46--Millbrook, Jersey, Channel Islands

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  • colin herridge
    BTW the tides in Jersey nearly double the area of the island when they are out at there furthest and there is a rise and fall of approx 12 feet at the docks
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      BTW the tides in Jersey nearly double the area of the island when they are out at there furthest and there is a rise and fall of approx 12 feet at the docks




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      From: "RTRYFBAR@..." <RTRYFBAR@...>
      To: TrackChasers@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Wednesday, 26 June 2013, 2:02
      Subject: Re: [TrackChasers] 2013 TrackChaser Report #46--Millbrook, Jersey, Channel Islands


      Roland did tell us the pizza's in Poland are excellent.






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      From: colin herridge <cawh2000@...>
      To: TrackChasers <TrackChasers@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Tue, Jun 25, 2013 8:46 pm
      Subject: Re: [TrackChasers] 2013 TrackChaser Report #46--Millbrook, Jersey, Channel Islands




      There goes my 1 and only unique track a record i'd held for 46 years which is
      probably a record in itself lol,Roland eating pizza you americans are destroying
      his gourmet diet


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      From: "RTRYFBAR@..." <RTRYFBAR@...>
      To: TrackChasers@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Tuesday, 25 June 2013, 21:22
      Subject: [TrackChasers] 2013 TrackChaser Report #46--Millbrook, Jersey, Channel
      Islands


      TrackChasers:

      Back on August 10, 1967; long before the hobby of TrackChasing was organized in
      any way, Colin Herridge went to a race on the Channel Island of Jersey at Saint
      Ouens Bay.  Fast forward over 45 years later, to 2013.  My database of
      first-time race track visits compiled by our group has over 36,000 entries.  Yet
      Colin Herridge still had the lone race amongst our group on the Balliwick of
      Jersey.  One visit out of over 36,000.  We figured Colin might be getting lonely
      on the Jersey Region list, so Pam, Roland, and myself made plans to join him.

      After spending Tuesday through Thursday in Paris, enjoying all the sights and
      sounds, we headed to Saint Malo on Friday.  On the way we stopped in Normandy at
      the invasion beaches.  My father was in the US Navy and had been at Omaha beach
      on D-Day.  He would have been very pleased that we got to see in person where
      the invasion took place.  We even found a postcard with a picture showing his
      ship (LST 310).  I wish he was around so I could ask him some questions.  I know
      it made my mom happy that Pam and I could go there.  Saturday morning we would
      board a ferry for the United Kingdom, specifically, the Balliwick of Jersey, one
      of the Channel Islands.  Jersey has a weird relationship with the UK.  It's not
      really part of the UK, and not really independent.  It's called a British Crown
      Dependency.  For our TrackChaser group, we list it as a UK region.  On tap would
      be sand racing sanctioned by the Jersey Motorcycle and Light Car Club.  The
      group has been promoting motorsports since 1920, and their events include
      Motocross, Hill Climb, Sprint, Grasstrack, Trials, Rally, Auto Test, and what we
      had come to see: Sand Racing.

      Sand Racing usually includes both the bikes and cars, but for the first time the
      meeting was a car-only event, as there was a big motorcycle event being held on
      Guernsey, one of the other Channel Islands.  The group has raced on at least
      five locations, with three being active in 2013.  This was the first of two
      races to be held at Millbrook.

      I had been in contact with the club secretary, who told me that Millbrook was
      the best of the three for spectators, because there were two snack bars located
      there, and also there were public toilets.  She confirmed that this would be the
      perfect meeting for us to attend.

      As the islands are considered part of the United Kingdom, we had to clear
      customs as we were coming from France.  After clearing and exiting the boat, we
      picked up our hire car and were off.  We had a general idea where the track
      should be, and headed in that direction.  After two stops where I asked
      directions (first time in nine days we were in English speaking territory), we
      located the track.  Although we were two hours early, cars were already arriving
      and parking down on the beach.  The bad news was that it was raining, windy, and
      quite foggy.  I headed down to the sand and talked to the person registering the
      cars, who told me that if the weather stayed the same they should race, but if
      visibility got any worse they may cancel.  Yikes!  But another chap told me the
      weather was supposed to improve at 11:00, and the races were not scheduled until
      11:30.

      The three of us walked along the pits and I talked to one of the drivers to find
      out the format for the event.  There would be class championship races, followed
      by a 40 lap final that would start all the cars except the three Juniors.  I was
      pleasantly surprised to see a very nice 18-car field on the beach.  Everyone we
      talked to was enthusiastic and friendly.  A very nice group to be sure.

      At 10:30, my worries were over and the weather cleared and the tide had receded
      to its farthest point.  The head marshall inspected the beach to find the spot
      he felt the sand was the most firm, and they set up two tracks on the beach
      using cones.  Further down the beach on either side they drove in stakes to
      indicate the beach was closed from that point on.  The larger oval was nearly a
      half mile in length according to the head official who ran the driver's
      meeting.  The smaller oval was only used for the Juniors, ages 14-15, and thus
      not a countable TrackChaser track.  They announced during one of the Junior
      events that their course was as large as the sanctioning body rules would allow.

      The three of us got to meet a few different people from the group, and made some
      new friends.  When it was time for the races to start, we moved up along the
      seawall with the other spectators.  Admission to watch was free and the event
      attracted a lot of people who stopped and watched, as there was a jogging and
      biking path running along the top of the wall.

      They race wheel-to-wheel, but also race against the tide so they can't fool
      around.  There were three rounds of class championship races.  They were for
      Juniors, Class 1 & 2, and Unlimited (including four wheel drive).  The Juniors
      ran the small track, while the other two groups ran the big track.  Each of
      those nine races were six laps.  At that time, there was a very short break and
      I headed up to one of the refreshment stands to get chips, while Roland headed
      to the other to get pizza for he and Pam.  Although Jersey prints its own money
      (Jersey Pounds), like they do in Scotland and the Isle of Man, they also accept
      Bank of England Pounds since they are loosly part of the United Kingdom.  By the
      time I got back, I had missed most of the Junior 20-lap main.  The final race
      was the 40-lap final, and 14 cars started that one.  By the time that race ended
      at 1:45, the tide was clearly on its way back in.

      The Channel Islands were the only part of the UK that was occupied by the Nazi's
      during World War II.  It was very surreal that I stood on top of an old German
      bunker, filled with concrete, to take some pictures of the racing.  I later
      bought a book about the occupation years on Jersey to learn more about this
      interesting time on the island.

      We spent the next several hours driving around Jersey and doing a bit of touring
      on this wonderful island.  Before heading back to the ferry, we returned to the
      site of the races in Millbrook and the track was gone, completely under the
      ocean.  It's an amazing site to see how fast the tide recedes and then comes
      back in.

      It was a special TrackChasing day for Roland, as he had tried once before to
      score a Jersey track and attempted to get to the island by air.  Three times the
      pilot had tried to land but the weather was so bad that they had to turn back. 
      And they did race that day.  Roland pronounced the day so nice he may return
      with his Aline and try to see racing at one of the other two beaches.

      It was a special TrackChasing day for me, as I saw racing in my fifth different
      UK region: England (first with Gordy), Scotland and Wales (with Pam), Northern
      Irleand (with Roland and Pam), and now Jersey (again with Roland and Pam).  It
      also reminds me of one of my worst TrackChasing days, being rained out on the
      Isle of Man.  However, that rainout and the wonderful time had on Jersey makes
      me want to see racing on IOM and Guernsey in the future, even more.

      Pam surprised me by pronouncing this day her very favorite of the entire trip,
      even though it was a race day.  She just adored Jersey and wants to return for a
      long weekend sometime.  So maybe we will also be able to see the club race at
      one of their other locations as well sometime in the future.

      This was my fifth visit to the UK: Three by air and the second by boat.  As Pam
      and I both love the UK and the racing there, I'm planning on many more in the
      future, probably using both means of transportation.  In the evening we took the
      ferry back to Saint Malo, France to end a nearly perfect day of enjoying the
      TrackChasing hobby.


      Guy & Pam Smith 2013 Summary

      2013 New Tracks--Guy 31 / Pam 19
      2013 Events-- Guy 44 / Pam 23
      2013 Total Tracks-- Guy 45 / Pam 24
      2013 Additional new Non TC Tracks--Guy 3 / Pam NA

      Lifetime Total Tracks--Guy 1,508 / Pam 856

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