2018.......a year of learning

So, not 100% sure how all this works, but thought I'd give it a go anyways!

New Year, new car, new excitement to come. Thought I'd start to keep a bit of a diary of my year so to speak. So here we are in January, having had the 7 tucked up over winter. Going to try and get out as often as possible when weather permits. Spent the last few weeks with the car tucked up, on stands, trying to get to know her a little better. Nothing really done other than checking nuts and bolts, levels, adding a little grease and copperslip to where I thought it needed to be...........and maybe a little bit of polishing too. All seems as it should be.

First run out at the weekend, nowhere in particular, just some time behind the wheel - fairly short (30 mins or so) as it was COLD and still a little slippery as a result. Haven't got used to the point where power overcomes traction and the rear wheels light up. Not something I particularly enjoy as yet to be honest (hoping to do some track days to get accustomed to that). Track day tyres, light car, decent power are new to me.....want to drive within my capability (which will be far below that of the car) and slowly work up to what the car can do (appreciative of the fact that I'll never do that until on a track) so meaning spirited but sensible driving on the roads.

Couple of bits I have done and am pleased with (and thanks to the forum for the advice) is sorted a leak on the collector from the exhaust primary and tweaked the settings on my dampers - seemingly successful on both counts, though am going to experiment with the suspension to get a feel for different settings (25 settings on rears and 23 on front and I've started bang in the middle).

Planning on more trips out as often as possible, going to try to get a go pro or similar to record some and also planning on a local club blat in March and Rockingham Novice Track Day in April.

Comments

Not sure today was the day to continue my learning in 2018.......

New hobbies include:

1) Learning to develop a lighter right foot.  2) Learning the location of all local tunnels.  3) Learning to feed a family on the cheap as I've spent all the money on a plaything

Just found this Paul.    Still not got the hang of  I pad  looks nice even.  Like the  colour And.  Nice set of wheels.          Derek

Thanks Derek Thumb Up

Its odd as I'm not usually a fan of red cars, but there was just something about the look of this which I fell in love with (I think its the red/black combo with dark wings). And the wheels too, loved those from the very first time I saw them. Handily for me, the car seems to have had lots of time, money and effort lavished on it prior to me owning it.

New hobbies include:

1) Learning to develop a lighter right foot.  2) Learning the location of all local tunnels.  3) Learning to feed a family on the cheap as I've spent all the money on a plaything

Don’t no if you went to  donnington Paul if you did there was a pink  Seven there just as you went into the trade stands on the right hand side.  It’s been for sale on piston heads think around £25 000 bright pink absolutely loaded.  Not. sure which  engine   But total beast of machine kay said that looks nice you could get that for me.        Instead put price of that to her car bought a new Honda CR-V.    Could just se her picking up grandkids from school in pink  seven           Ps may be up your part of the world.      Later this year        Derek

Hi Paul.   What’s the unit. Under the  mirror.    Did you fit the change up lights or were they on when you bought it       Derek

Hi Derek, wasn't at Donnington, but I know of the pink R500, and it's now actually very local to me (met the new owner at the local area meet a couple of weeks ago). Saw it on pistonheads too but out of my budget mores the pity. But will be out for a run with the pink one next month. The change lights were already fitted and its great fun to makes them dance! Think what you can see under the mirror is an optical illusion from a combination of the wiper and stripe (but I did go and look as there does look like there's something there in the photo!)

New hobbies include:

1) Learning to develop a lighter right foot.  2) Learning the location of all local tunnels.  3) Learning to feed a family on the cheap as I've spent all the money on a plaything

Paul look forward to meeting you at Rockingham Novices Day.....drop me a line if you’ve any questions or concerns

Dave Rothwell

Joint Trackday Organiser 

Dave

Joint Trackday Organiser

​Tours Organiser

Thanks Dave, looking forward to it. Have everything sorted bar some rims to put my tyres on, but have a while to get them sorted so all will be good

New hobbies include:

1) Learning to develop a lighter right foot.  2) Learning the location of all local tunnels.  3) Learning to feed a family on the cheap as I've spent all the money on a plaything