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Newbie Alert

Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 4:22 pm
by petebee
Hi all

I've been thinking about racing for a few years and never really got around to it but the time for me is now (or next season which seems more sensible...). After much saving and squirrelling I think I have enough to sort myself out with a car and the other essentials and having read through the forums I "think" ive got a good season covered (if I dont break something). Half way through sorting out the license and I've been think that mono is going to be the best place for me. I first checked out mono back in 97 and it seems a friendly and fun series then so I'm hoping it hasnt changed much. Can't remember the name of the lady who I had long phone chats with although I remember she lived on a canal boat and gave me lots to think about back then.

I am hoping to get along to Oulton next month (rather close, only a few miles aways) so was wondering if anyone would mind me asking them daft questions and getting pointers on getting started. I think the 1600's might be a great starting point but I know my old man hankers after the F3 cars and would love to talk me into the 2000's...

See you all soon

Peter

Re: Newbie Alert

Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 4:46 pm
by andrewcliffe
No-one will mind you asking questions.

Buy the best car that falls in your budget (both to buy and to run) unless you are specifically after a project, be it a Mono2000 car, a Mono Classic car, an 1800, 1600 or bike engined car. There will always be someone to have a race against. Novices have jumped into all classes and done well - the cars with aero have an added layer of complexity but fairly easy to pick up.

Re: Newbie Alert

Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 12:44 pm
by triple j motorsport
Have a look at Mono1800

Get a modern single seater year do you really want a 23 year old car and a 45 year old unreliable engine?

Have a look at our website http://formulafordzetec.co.uk/

I have a list of complete and rolling chassis forsale from £6K to £10K

Re: Newbie Alert

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 6:14 am
by petebee
Thanks for the offers, im looking forward to meeting you all at Oulton. Still undecided as to the class although the 1800 has it's appeal as I am familiar with the engine and im not a small person so something with a bit more umph will stop me being lapped by everyone else :lol:

Medical booked for tomorrow and then it'll be a quick call to the school to sort out the test and then im good to go (and sit at the back of the grid ).

Re: Newbie Alert

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:43 pm
by triple j motorsport
If you need some unbias information regarding the FFZetecs for sale for mono1800 conact myself james or mark via the Formula Ford Zetec webiste http://formulafordzetec.co.uk/

We might know of other cars and engines for sale too.....

Re: Newbie Alert

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 2:40 pm
by foggy
Hi Peter,
We're doing our first year in mono 1600 with a bog standard 1996 Ray FF kent, we're not on slicks, no idea how old the engine is, car cost roughly £6500 plus a trailer and doesn't look like a shed, we turn up and have a great weekends racing for little money (Compared to some series) everyone's very friendly and always there to help and give advice.
Get yourself along.
Tony. #47
oh, and i know where there is a very nice 1600 for sale for similar money with a better engine than our's. :)

Re: Newbie Alert

Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 4:32 pm
by driftwood
I have the other Ray 92 FFord kent for sale ideal starter car £7k ideal for mono racing plus do the FFord events at Oulton FFord festival at Brands WHT end of season
If you want newer Fford I have RF200 Van Diemen i race at Brands i can sell new £4k motor 2 races only

IF you want F3 car my dallara 397 is for sale new everything the best car in paddock
only selling as I am getting my 2000 Dallara ready to race plus i want to buy pre 72 FFord

Re: Newbie Alert

Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 9:37 pm
by petebee
Damn Driftwood, how big is your garage? Ive convinced the wife to let me use all our double garage, but i think I could only get one car in there...

Re: Newbie Alert

Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:09 pm
by petebee
A very happy day, passed the ARDS. :)

Re: Newbie Alert

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:51 am
by foggy
well done! have you got yourself a car yet?

Re: Newbie Alert

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 6:52 pm
by petebee
I am such a happy camper now. Have License, Car, Trailor, various things i need like jacks etc. Really looking forward to my first race, but quite scared of it too. Still going to come to Oulten to see how a race day runs then next outing will be with the car.

Almost forgot to say what I got. Its a 97 Ray 1800 zetec. Well chuffed.

Re: Newbie Alert

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:07 pm
by foggy
Nice one, Ray Zetec will be fast, John W has a beautiful Ray zetec now with wings, come and say hello to us, we're #47 1600 in a 96 Ray.
Tony.

Re: Newbie Alert

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:52 pm
by petebee
Cheers Foggy

I will come say hello. See you in Oulten.