I took a trip up to Autosport International yesterday. This was my second visit to the show as I went last year with the aim of finally making my mind up on whether I should go racing, whether I could afford it and, if so, what series to enter with.
This year, I went on a trade day and for sheer joy of being able to move, see things and chat to people, it was definitely worth it.
I also turned up with a shopping list. I wasn’t sure whether it was going to be practical to actually buy anything at the show and also whether it was sensible with relatively limited stock or chances to try things on. However, Demon Tweeks have a great setup at the show that includes most of their main stock and also have chancing room facilities. Anything they don’t have, they can order and will ship for free.
They also honoured the 10% discount for Caterham Academy entrants and, being face to face also meant I could be cheeky and see if I could get any more deals!
I spoke with Chris on the stand and spent what must have been a good hour trying things on etc and here’s what I came away with in the end:
|Arai GP-6S||Schroth HANS posts||Schroth Sport HANS (20 degree)|
|OMP First S Race Suit||OMP First S Gloves||OMP First S Race Boots|
|OMP Nomex Socks||OMP Clubman Balaclava / Long Sleeve Top / Long Johns||Longacre 14″ Rear View Mirror|
|Racetech F1 Wing Mirror||Racetech Single Seater Mirror|
I spent the money on a helmet that fitted and I love! But it did cost a chunk of cash. The HANS is also another large dent in the budget but seems sensible and I think the majority will now race with these nowadays. The rest of the kit was the budget end of the market. I did actually try several different brands and price range products but I preferred the cheaper boots and gloves in any case.
I also ticked off the two mirrors that I want to race with.
UPDATE: The correct mirror to buy is in fact the Racetech Single Seater mirror (convex is normal choice). The ‘F1’ version shown above will attach to the car but it’s not quite adjustable enough to make it sit 90 degrees out to the side and so it’s visually and practically not as good.
It feels good that I’ve now pretty much got everything I need for the year ahead. I just need to get the car out on track and on the road now. The weathers not helping that though!