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  1. Thanks Steve, Cadwell really is very special isn't it and our new GoPro mount really did capture the action well, roll on Donington.
  2. Thanks Pete, helps being in such a stunning location.
  3. Thanks mate, yeah I screwed up Qualy so started way out of position 🙄 but was so hard to pass.
  4. Just a quick onboard from the weekends racing at Cadwell Park in our Lotus Formula Junior with the last lap pass which got me third in class and my first FJ Trophy, more though to show off our new GoPro mount really which gives a much better view of what is going on. Really shows what a stunning track Cadwell Park is too Will do a full race weekend write up shortly as was certainly eventful.
  5. Just a quick onboard from the weekends racing at Cadwell Park in our Lotus Formula Junior with the last lap pass which got me third in class and my first FJ Trophy, more though to show off our new GoPro mount really which gives a much better view of what is going on. Really shows what a stunning track Cadwell Park is too Will do a full race weekend write up shortly as was certainly eventful.
  6. Thanks Mate, Yeah I love this car, the ultimate Lotus, well till I can afford an Eleven or Fifteen one day.
  7. Hey Chris, As it was so cold that was to help keep the engine temps up 👍 Hopefully for the rest of the year we won't need it. Thanks Andy, yeah Snett isn't my favourite but any track is good fun isn't it, Cadwell Next, then Donington and Silverstone, I'm missing Spa and Oulton unfortunately as got a couple of Springsteen gigs lined up.
  8. Our First Formula Junior Season Is Go, Snetterton Race Report! Hi All, So here we go, our first season in our 1961 Lotus Formula Junior, this has certainly been quite a while coming as we bought the car around 3 years ago now but its restoration was much more involved than I could have ever imagined but that is all behind us now and we can look forward to seasons of amazing racing ahead of us. We did a couple of events at Silverstone towards the end of last year to really just shake the car down which it passed with flying colours so now it is time to get stuck in and see what we can achieve in this amazing little single seater, it still blows my mind that it has been racing for over 60 years, this car really has seen time change through the decades. Friday Testing So our first event of 2024 is at Snetterton in Norfolk, the home of Lotus, so a home race for our 20/22, I have to say I have never been a big fan of Snetterton, it always seems to be wet and cold there, in fact I first went to Snett to test the Radical SR1 we had just got in 2018 and the day was snowed off and it hasn’t got much better over the years to be honest. I was certainly keen to get back in the groove asap on Friday though, our first run was around 10am and as soon as I sat in the car it started to pour with rain, with the afternoon and Saturday race day looking dry I decided to sit out the 2 morning session as I felt I wasn’t going to learn much and didn’t want to damage the car in anyway. So I had lunch and by the afternoon it was dry and the sun way out but it was still really cold and windy but I jumped in our Lotus and drove down the pit lane for my first test session of 2024. Now to my surprise I really didn’t enjoy this session at all, it was like I’d forgotten how to drive, this really surprised me as I was pretty happy with my pace for the Silverstone races but here I really felt like a duck out of water, all I could put it down to is that I have only driven a van for the last few months so it was a bit of a shock to be sat in a lightweight, super responsive and fast race car , another contributing factor was the really strong winds, with gust up to 80kph the car felt like it was about to take off, it only weight 400kg’s so when a gust of wind hits it you really feel it and it was at its worst down the back straight where you are going the fastest, it was so scary I was afraid to take my hands of the steering wheel to change gear as the car was darting left and right when the wind hit it, not a pleasurable experience at all, I was so glad when I saw the chequered flag and the session was over. So I came in after the 1st session really disappointed in myself and my severe lack of pace, I was even wondering if it was time to hang up my helmet, had I lost it, you do hear about it being like a switch and you know when that time comes, but I gave myself a good talking too in-between sessions and went out again for the last session of the day, what a transformation, the wind had died down slightly and I knew to expect it which helped a little, in the end I went 15 secs a lap quicker than the session before and started to feel comfortable in the car again, maybe there is still life in the old dog yet. Saturday Qualifying and Race Day! So today was predicted to be dry and less windy and even though when driving to the circuit it was pouring down once there it did remain dry all day which was a real bonus. So now it was time to qualify, my best time yesterday was a 1 min 35 second lap so in my head I wanted to get down to a 1:33 or so, in the end my very last lap was a 1:31.369 which put me 11th on the grid out of 22 cars, so bang in the middle of the pack but I was delighted with that time, the funny thing is the faster you go doesn’t feel any harder than when going 5 seconds a lap slower, all very strange. Fastest Lap of the weekend Please find my last Qualy lap below and fastest lap of the weekend, it still amazes me how slow it looks on camera, in the car it really does feel much faster, watching it back I'm thinking to myself what are you doing, looks like you can walk faster. The Race So after sitting around for 4 hours it is time to jump in the car and perform, now I was a bit worried about getting of the line as we have standing starts and that is not something you can really practice so we took our positions up on the grid and I sat and waited for the red lights to come on, I then upped the revs to 5000, the lights went out out and I lifted the clutch and we were off, so job one was complete, I didn’t stall, then I realised it was actually a rubbish start and I dropped from 11th to 14th by the 1st corner but I fought back to 10th but I stupidly let the car behind me through towards the end thinking it was the leader lapping me but it wasn’t and I could get back passed him, I was so annoyed with myself as I felt 10th was were I deserved to finish but if someone had told me at the start of the weekend I would finish 11th I really would have taken that, especially after the awful start on Friday. So that was weekend 1 complete and I felt it was a great success as still so much to learn with this car, it is such a different animal to anything I have driven before but when you are in the groove it really is an amazing experience, so responsive and you are just a few CM’s off the ground to the sense of speed is great, such an intense experience, I really love it and can see me racing Formula Juniors for years to come, especially as everyone in the FJ paddock are so lovely and friendly, historic racing really is very special. Next race is a Cadwell Park in a months time, that should be a brilliant track for these cars as very tight and twisty, can’t wait. Cheers, Paul. Professional Pics taken by Charlie Wooding - https://www.charliewooding.co.uk/
  9. Hi All, So here we go, our first season in our 1961 Lotus Formula Junior, this has certainly been quite a while coming as we bought the car around 3 years ago now but its restoration was much more involved than I could have ever imagined but that is all behind us now and we can look forward to seasons of amazing racing ahead of us. We did a couple of events at Silverstone towards the end of last year to really just shake the car down which it passed with flying colours so now it is time to get stuck in and see what we can achieve in this amazing little single seater, it still blows my mind that it has been racing for over 60 years, this car really has seen time change through the decades. Friday Testing So our first event of 2024 is at Snetterton in Norfolk, the home of Lotus, so a home race for our 20/22, I have to say I have never been a big fan of Snetterton, it always seems to be wet and cold there, in fact I first went to Snett to test the Radical SR1 we had just got in 2018 and the day was snowed off and it hasn’t got much better over the years to be honest. I was certainly keen to get back in the groove asap on Friday though, our first run was around 10am and as soon as I sat in the car it started to pour with rain, with the afternoon and Saturday race day looking dry I decided to sit out the 2 morning session as I felt I wasn’t going to learn much and didn’t want to damage the car in anyway. So I had lunch and by the afternoon it was dry and the sun way out but it was still really cold and windy but I jumped in our Lotus and drove down the pit lane for my first test session of 2024. Now to my surprise I really didn’t enjoy this session at all, it was like I’d forgotten how to drive, this really surprised me as I was pretty happy with my pace for the Silverstone races but here I really felt like a duck out of water, all I could put it down to is that I have only driven a van for the last few months so it was a bit of a shock to be sat in a lightweight, super responsive and fast race car , another contributing factor was the really strong winds, with gust up to 80kph the car felt like it was about to take off, it only weight 400kg’s so when a gust of wind hits it you really feel it and it was at its worst down the back straight where you are going the fastest, it was so scary I was afraid to take my hands of the steering wheel to change gear as the car was darting left and right when the wind hit it, not a pleasurable experience at all, I was so glad when I saw the chequered flag and the session was over. So I came in after the 1st session really disappointed in myself and my severe lack of pace, I was even wondering if it was time to hang up my helmet, had I lost it, you do hear about it being like a switch and you know when that time comes, but I gave myself a good talking too in-between sessions and went out again for the last session of the day, what a transformation, the wind had died down slightly and I knew to expect it which helped a little, in the end I went 15 secs a lap quicker than the session before and started to feel comfortable in the car again, maybe there is still life in the old dog yet. Saturday Qualifying and Race Day! So today was predicted to be dry and less windy and even though when driving to the circuit it was pouring down once there it did remain dry all day which was a real bonus. So now it was time to qualify, my best time yesterday was a 1 min 35 second lap so in my head I wanted to get down to a 1:33 or so, in the end my very last lap was a 1:31.369 which put me 11th on the grid out of 22 cars, so bang in the middle of the pack but I was delighted with that time, the funny thing is the faster you go doesn’t feel any harder than when going 5 seconds a lap slower, all very strange. Fastest Lap of the weekend Please find my last Qualy lap below and fastest lap of the weekend, it still amazes me how slow it looks on camera, in the car it really does feel much faster, watching it back I'm thinking to myself what are you doing, looks like you can walk faster. The Race So after sitting around for 4 hours it is time to jump in the car and perform, now I was a bit worried about getting of the line as we have standing starts and that is not something you can really practice so we took our positions up on the grid and I sat and waited for the red lights to come on, I then upped the revs to 5000, the lights went out out and I lifted the clutch and we were off, so job one was complete, I didn’t stall, then I realised it was actually a rubbish start and I dropped from 11th to 14th by the 1st corner but I fought back to 10th but I stupidly let the car behind me through towards the end thinking it was the leader lapping me but it wasn’t and I could get back passed him, I was so annoyed with myself as I felt 10th was were I deserved to finish but if someone had told me at the start of the weekend I would finish 11th I really would have taken that, especially after the awful start on Friday. So that was weekend 1 complete and I felt it was a great success as still so much to learn with this car, it is such a different animal to anything I have driven before but when you are in the groove it really is an amazing experience, so responsive and you are just a few CM’s off the ground to the sense of speed is great, such an intense experience, I really love it and can see me racing Formula Juniors for years to come, especially as everyone in the FJ paddock are so lovely and friendly, historic racing really is very special. Next race is a Cadwell Park in a months time, that should be a brilliant track for these cars as very tight and twisty, can’t wait. Cheers, Paul. Professional Pics taken by Charlie Wooding - https://www.charliewooding.co.uk/
  10. All Set For Our German Physiks Open Day Today! Hi Everyone, Just a quick post to say that we are all ready for our German Physiks open day today, have to say both rooms sound really, really good, I think these speakers, although different from the norm, will really surprise people, I was listening to the Borderlands yesterday and the tonal balance is really hard to fault, gorgeous top end, open mid and really well defined bass weight, all very impressive. To keep the German theme we will be serving Bratwurst Hot Dogs for lunch, now that I can't wait for. We have had a great response to this open day with 40+ people register which has been a real suprise for a speaker brand that isn't really mainstream. Looking forward to seeing everyone later. Regards, Paul.
  11. Hi Everyone, Just a quick post to say that we are all ready for our German Physiks open day today, have to say both rooms sound really, really good, I think these speakers, although different from the norm, will really surprise people, I was listening to the Borderlands yesterday and the tonal balance is really hard to fault, gorgeous top end, open mid and really well defined bass weight, all very impressive. To keep the German theme we will be serving Bratwurst Hot Dogs for lunch, now that I can't wait for. We have had a great response to this open day with 40+ people register which has been a real suprise for a speaker brand that isn't really mainstream. Looking forward to seeing everyone later. Regards, Paul.
  12. German Physiks Omnidirectional Speaker Open Day - 27th April! Hi Everyone, It's time for our first Open day of 2024 and this one is something a little different as it is for a speaker brand we do that I have always loved but I'm sure a lot of people have actually never sat down and listened to, German Physiks, who are the world leaders in Omnidirectional Loudspeakers giving a very different presentation to a conventional speaker. For those who don't know what an Omnidirectional speaker is, basically they present the music in 360 degrees. Not only are they very musical but be being an Omnidirectional design they give a huge soundstage recreating that music hall live sound, they really are quite special and well worth a listen so if you are around on April 27th please do come in for a listen. We will have both of our 2 downstairs demo rooms running, the first room with have the £19,500 HRS-130 speakers in and the next room will have the next model up, the Borderland MK IV playing, this was German Physiks first speaker back in 1992 and is their most popular speaker. Designed and manufactured in Germany the full range of German Physiks loudspeakers embody the same DDD driver which eliminates the crossover point in the very important mid-range. The DDD driver also has a wide frequency range typically, from 200Hz to 24Khz and is phase linear across this bandwidth. All frequencies in its operating range radiate evenly through 360 degrees around the loudspeaker in a horizontal plane producing a stereo image you can enjoy from a wide range of positions in the listening room. Over the years Omnidirectional loudspeakers have gone from a curiosity that few people were aware of and even fewer had heard to a class of loudspeakers that you will find at almost any audio show and offer a different approach to the traditional speaker design so for something truly different please feel free to join us. Please find a very enthusiastic review from Terry Ellis below, as you can see he was extremely impressed, these are the actual speakers we will have at our open day much to Terry's disappointment as he would have loved to have kept them longer. HiFi+ Editors Choice Award for Borderland MK IV's Over the years German Physiks have won countless awards and the latest addition to these is from HiFi+ who have just awarded the Borderland MK IV's their Editors Choice award, please see below - RSVP Please! We will have food and drink available on the day as well as representatives along from German Physiks to help run the day and answer any questions you may have. It would be great if you'd like to come along to experience something a little different, I think you will be very surprised just how good these speakers sound, if you can make it along can you please fire me a quick mail to the below, thanks - paul@hifilounge.co.uk Please also find a link below to the full German Physiks range of speakers on our website below and a few pictures - https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/german-physiks/ Hope to see you on April 27th, All the best, Regards, Paul.
  13. Hi Everyone, It's time for our first Open day of 2024 and this one is something a little different as it is for a speaker brand we do that I have always loved but I'm sure a lot of people have actually never sat down and listened to, German Physiks, who are the world leaders in Omnidirectional Loudspeakers giving a very different presentation to a conventional speaker, not only are they very musical but be being an Omnidirectional design they give a huge soundstage recreating that music hall live sound, they really are quite special and well worth a listen so if you are around on April 27th please do come in for a listen. We will have both of our 2 downstairs demo rooms running, the first room with have the £19,500 HRS-130 speakers in and the next room will have the next model up, the Borderland MK IV playing, this was German Physiks first speaker back in 1992 and is their most popular speaker. Designed and manufactured in Germany the full range of German Physiks loudspeakers embody the same DDD driver which eliminates the crossover point in the very important mid-range. The DDD driver also has a wide frequency range typically, from 200Hz to 24Khz and is phase linear across this bandwidth. All frequencies in its operating range radiate evenly through 360 degrees around the loudspeaker in a horizontal plane producing a stereo image you can enjoy from a wide range of positions in the listening room. Over the years Omnidirectional loudspeakers have gone from a curiosity that few people were aware of and even fewer had heard to a class of loudspeakers that you will find at almost any audio show and offer a different approach to the traditional speaker design so for something truly different please feel free to join us. Please find a very enthusiastic review from Terry Ellis below, as you can see he was extremely impressed, these are the actual speakers we will have at our open day much to Terry's disappointment as he would have loved to have kept them longer. HiFi+ Editors Choice Award for Borderland MK IV's Over the years German Physiks have won countless awards and the latest addition to these is from HiFi+ who have just awarded the Borderland MK IV's their Editors Choice award, please see below - RSVP Please! We will have food and drink available on the day as well as representatives along from German Physiks to help run the day and answer any questions you may have. It would be great if you'd like to come along to experience something a little different, I think you will be very surprised just how good these speakers sound, if you can make it along can you please fire me a quick mail to the below, thanks - paul@hifilounge.co.uk Please also find a link below to the full German Physiks range of speakers on our website below and a few pictures - https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/german-physiks/ Hope to see you on April 27th, All the best, Regards, Paul.
  14. Wilson Audio Sasha V Loudspeakers Now On Permanent Demo! Hi Everyone, So when it comes to Wilson Audio there isn't much to say really that hasn't already been said but it is always big news when we get a new pair of Wilsons in for demo and this time we are delighted to now have the new Sasha V's on permanent demo in the stunning Medio Grigio finish, grey to you and me, it goes without saying that they look and sound stunning. The Sasha DAW's were such a popular speaker for us and Wilson that I am sure when it came time to update them it must have been quite tricky for Wilson as they really were the perfect speaker, the right size, expensive yes but not silly money and sounded so good but things march on and as Wilson had not so long ago updated their Alexx V's with trickle down technology from the incredible XVX's it was time to upgrade the Sasha's with the same tech resulting in a speaker that really has moved the game on from where the DAW was, not small feat I have to say. If you haven't heard a Wilson speaker you really do owe it to yourself to come in and choose some of your favourite tracks to play on our new Sasha's, the dynamics, mid and solidity to the bass is just perfect, Wilson Audio really are the masters of speaker design that just pulls you into the heart of the music, when I listen to a Wilson it is very difficult to find any faults with their presentation, well for me they are as perfect as a speaker gets, I know that comes at a price but if you are one of the lucky ones who can go to the Wilson level then I know you will enjoy your music like never before, generally once people become Wilson Audio customers they are for life as nothing else comes close to the balance of honesty, accuracy and musicality. Please find a link to Wilson Audio on our website and if you'd like to come in for a demo anytime please feel free. https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/wilson-audio/ Cheers, Paul.
  15. Hi Everyone, So when it comes to Wilson Audio there isn't much to say really that hasn't already been said but it is always big news when we get a new pair of Wilsons in for demo and this time we are delighted to now have the new Sasha V's on permanent demo in the stunning Medio Grigio finish, grey to you and me, it goes without saying that they look and sound stunning. The Sasha DAW's were such a popular speaker for us and Wilson that I am sure when it came time to update them it must have been quite tricky for Wilson as they really were the perfect speaker, the right size, expensive yes but not silly money and sounded so good but things march on and as Wilson had not so long ago updated their Alexx V's with trickle down technology from the incredible XVX's it was time to upgrade the Sasha's with the same tech resulting in a speaker that really has moved the game on from where the DAW was, not small feat I have to say. If you haven't heard a Wilson speaker you really do owe it to yourself to come in and choose some of your favourite tracks to play on our new Sasha's, the dynamics, mid and solidity to the bass is just perfect, Wilson Audio really are the masters of speaker design that just pulls you into the heart of the music, when I listen to a Wilson it is very difficult to find any faults with their presentation, well for me they are as perfect as a speaker gets, I know that comes at a price but if you are one of the lucky ones who can go to the Wilson level then I know you will enjoy your music like never before, generally once people become Wilson Audio customers they are for life as nothing else comes close to the balance of honesty, accuracy and musicality. Please find a link to Wilson Audio on our website and if you'd like to come in for a demo anytime please feel free. https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/wilson-audio/ Cheers, Paul.
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