Got my car all back togetrher with its new Lotus Motorsport clutch and everything was looking good for the Oulton race at the weekend. I had never done Oulton before, so booked myself onto the LoT track day there today as it was Open Pit Lane and I was also booked onto the Test Day on Friday.
Rolled up this morning, unloaded the car, did about an hour and ten minutes driving (over two sessions), was loving the track and starting to get to grips with it, when at about 7,500RPM in 6th gear, accelerating hard, KABOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMM
My trusty old standard VHPD threw a rod.
It was quite scarey actually there is a big hole in the front of the engine, so all the oil sprayed over the exhaust and the whole car went up in flames. I was suprised that after only two or three seconds I couldn’t see in the cockpit and could hardly breath due to the oil smoke. THANK GOD, my fire extinguisher worked, covering me and the engine bay in foamy watery stuff, and putting the fire out.
I did manage to get out of the car pretty sharpish only to hear the fire marshal say “bloody hell mate, I aint seen one go up like that for a while”, yeah cheers bud!! lol
I actually thought the gearbox had gone bang, it wasn’t until I was back in the pits, that EVOSAL noticed the big hole in my block. To be honest I was relieved that it was only the engine.
Big thanks to all of the people that have offered me an engine for the weekend, EVOSAL, Steve Hibbert, Maddog, Simon Erland, Plans. But unfortunatly a load of the wiring has melted and I don’t want to just bodge it back together.
Will still be going along on Saturday, but just to help out and have a watch.