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R6_Don
19-05-11, 07:59 PM
Hello all

Just thought i would let you all know that i sent an email to the school to say thanks for an awsome day. Please see bellow :)

Hi There

I would just like to say a massive thank you to all the staff involved in making my day so enjoyable. I was there on wed 18th of May and took part in the Premier course. I was introduced to my instructor for the day Joe Akroyd who was absolutely great and was getting me up to a good comfortable speed straight away so I could make the most of my time on the track.
It was all going so well in the first session until it started to get a little slippery and I touched the front brake and ended up dropping the number 2 bike going into stow and the bike ended up in the gravel, please accept my apologies and hope the damage was nothing to server but I have certainly learnt my lesson about breaking in a corner.
I would also like to thank the guys in pits firstly for checking I was ok after my off but mainly for letting me go out on the number 9 bike for my remaining 2 session as I thought that as I crashed it would be game over for me for the day. I was so pleased when he came over and told me I could go back out and im so glad he did. The 2nd session was good and I was learning to slow down a bit entering corners as instructed to do so by Joe. As for the 3rd session it all sort of fell into place and I felt so much more comfortable and confident on the bike and was getting most of the lines spot on, I even managed to get my knee down on the hairpin without even having to try to hard.
All in all it was a top day and I just wanted to say thanks to all of you, especially Joe for his instruction on and off the track.

I will be back again soon

Many thanks from all of us at Wiltshire Bikers

Cheers

Don Gillies

Bornagain
19-05-11, 08:06 PM
Well said Don. Hats off for shrugging off the slide, dusting yourself down and cracking on ;). I'm sure your off will only make you a better rider

Honda_Star
19-05-11, 10:00 PM
Thanks to Moo for organising the day..

Big thumbs up to the ladies...Jackie (Jacde) for sticking with it and turning a terrified face into a big big smile, Irene (Charleyx) for the best riding buddy ever out on track, Sharon (Bindybo) for being top of the class!!!

Thanks to Scotty and Daytona Dog for taking lots of pics (didn't need to spend 20 on the professional one after all so you saved me some cash ;D)

And last but nooooo means least, for Don for managing to slide to the gravel before I ran him/his bike over ;D the sound of a bike flashing in front of my eyes followed by a body will never leave me...those RR brakes are s*** hot lol....Seriously, mucho respect to you for getting back on the bike on the next session and cracking on with it! :) :) :)

R6_Don
19-05-11, 10:33 PM
Yeah sorry about that star, that's one advantage of doing off road riding you learn to get up, dust yourself off and get back on. Cos if you don't you will be stranded on salisbury plain :)

Honda_Star
19-05-11, 10:37 PM
Yeah sorry about that star, that's one advantage of doing off road riding you learn to get up, dust yourself off and get back on. Cos if you don't you will be stranded on salisbury plain :)
ah yes very true, maybe you were missing the gravel lol....I think my record is falling off 9 times off roading in the space of about 3 hours... ::) ::)

Bornagain
20-05-11, 09:44 AM
WHERE'S THE BLIMMIN PHOTOS
WHERE'S THE BLIMMIN PHOTOS
WHERE'S THE BLIMMIN PHOTOS
WHERE'S THE BLIMMIN PHOTOS
WHERE'S THE BLIMMIN PHOTOS
WHERE'S THE BLIMMIN PHOTOS

:-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*

Jon_W
20-05-11, 10:39 AM
Ditto!!!!

Show us the piccies!!!! :D

Jon_W
20-05-11, 10:43 AM
I must repeat thanks to Moo and all of you for a grat day!! Have never been that fast on a bike and loved it!!! Was a real buzz, especially in the final session... Am looking to go back for another session as soon as funds allow.

Thanks to the Wb press pack, have seen some of Scotty's pics and they are great!

Jacde
20-05-11, 11:13 AM
I had a look at the pics Hazel took with my little point and shoot camera, she did a good job , got about 170 which I'm in the process of putting into photobucket, (it's a blooming pain!) [s]hope to finish them tonight. more likey to be done on Monday ::)

Bornagain
20-05-11, 11:42 PM
Chris Has got some Cracking photos of the day, Seen them tonight and there's some 'keepers' in them, he just gonna get them sorted then post them up ;) ;) ;)

Bindyboo
22-05-11, 07:23 PM
I can't wait to see the photo's too! Still beaming about it :D

Ryan
23-05-11, 12:43 AM
Sounds like you had a top day, look forward to joining you on the next one :)

Scotty
23-05-11, 02:35 PM
After being nagged by Basil and inadvertently saving my bike from some gravel rash damage yesterday, I now have a little time on my hands so I'll post up a selection of pics from last week - I have literally hundreds so aside from the candid off-track shots I've limited it to one pic each of you on track...

The assembling throng, nerves jangling..
http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx244/Barking_Toad/Ron%20Haslam%20Race%20School/IMG_0919.jpg

What is it about women and shoes, even here of all places... ::)
http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx244/Barking_Toad/Ron%20Haslam%20Race%20School/IMG_0918.jpg

Just like Ryan Air only the staff are friendlier
http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx244/Barking_Toad/Ron%20Haslam%20Race%20School/IMG_0920.jpg

The bravado flows...
http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx244/Barking_Toad/Ron%20Haslam%20Race%20School/IMG_0922.jpg

Anyone seen my Tardis? ;)
http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx244/Barking_Toad/Ron%20Haslam%20Race%20School/IMG_6030.jpg

Blonde moment for this instructor...
http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx244/Barking_Toad/Ron%20Haslam%20Race%20School/IMG_6029.jpg

"It's this big..." Irene shudders at the thought... ;)
http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx244/Barking_Toad/Ron%20Haslam%20Race%20School/IMG_6031.jpg

Getting kitted up...
http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx244/Barking_Toad/Ron%20Haslam%20Race%20School/IMG_6034.jpg

Jackie hasn't tried sitting on that RR yet.... :o
http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx244/Barking_Toad/Ron%20Haslam%20Race%20School/IMG_6090.jpg

After failing to negotiate the RR, Jackie's much more comfortable aboard a CB500
http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx244/Barking_Toad/Ron%20Haslam%20Race%20School/IMG_6223.jpg

Squashed Fly getting on with it..
http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx244/Barking_Toad/Ron%20Haslam%20Race%20School/IMG_6222.jpg

Jon W was one of the big improvers
http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx244/Barking_Toad/Ron%20Haslam%20Race%20School/IMG_6195.jpg

Unable to locate the Tardis, Country Gent travels time on an RR instead ;)
http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx244/Barking_Toad/Ron%20Haslam%20Race%20School/IMG_6179.jpg

Irene carves under the instructor...
http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx244/Barking_Toad/Ron%20Haslam%20Race%20School/IMG_6134.jpg

Gerry, steadily improving...
http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx244/Barking_Toad/Ron%20Haslam%20Race%20School/IMG_6133.jpg

Sharon, obviously having fun, congrats on the top marks (bloody teacher's pet!) ;D
http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx244/Barking_Toad/Ron%20Haslam%20Race%20School/IMG_6080.jpg

Meanwhile, Don brings the first session to a close with his walk of shame :'(
http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx244/Barking_Toad/Ron%20Haslam%20Race%20School/IMG_6045.jpg

See, I told you she was happy... 8-)
http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx244/Barking_Toad/Ron%20Haslam%20Race%20School/IMG_6093.jpg

"Well I'd just stuffed it under Lorenzo like this..." Don comes out with the racing excuses ;D
http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx244/Barking_Toad/Ron%20Haslam%20Race%20School/IMG_0925.jpg

More contortions...
http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx244/Barking_Toad/Ron%20Haslam%20Race%20School/IMG_0926.jpg

Classroom time before the final track session
http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx244/Barking_Toad/Ron%20Haslam%20Race%20School/IMG_0924.jpg

Don again, back on two wheels
http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx244/Barking_Toad/Ron%20Haslam%20Race%20School/IMG_6109.jpg

Star out there...
http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx244/Barking_Toad/Ron%20Haslam%20Race%20School/IMG_6266.jpg

And Moo too
http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx244/Barking_Toad/Ron%20Haslam%20Race%20School/IMG_6265.jpg

Nick getting it on
http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx244/Barking_Toad/Ron%20Haslam%20Race%20School/IMG_6254.jpg

Chris going about his business
http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx244/Barking_Toad/Ron%20Haslam%20Race%20School/IMG_6189.jpg

Dabz, sadly a bit subdued...
http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx244/Barking_Toad/Ron%20Haslam%20Race%20School/IMG_6239.jpg

Basil allegedly got his knee down, you may have heard... ::) but not in this photo ;D
http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx244/Barking_Toad/Ron%20Haslam%20Race%20School/IMG_6228.jpg

And finally, they think it's all over....
http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx244/Barking_Toad/Ron%20Haslam%20Race%20School/IMG_0928.jpg

I don't think I've missed anyone out.... just yell if I have :)

Jon_W
23-05-11, 02:56 PM
Excellent!!! great collection there Scotty!!!

Viking
23-05-11, 02:58 PM
hi Scotty, hows the knee today? thanks for the pictures

regards,
Nick

Bornagain
23-05-11, 04:43 PM
Ha....where's the one where i'm getting my elbow down ;D ;D ;D :P

R6_Don
23-05-11, 07:20 PM
I think you will find it was me that got my ellbow down, along with my arse and back :D

Bornagain
23-05-11, 07:22 PM
Could've been me....we both had the same leathers on (....though yours were slightly scuffed on departure ;D ;D)
You got that track bike yet Don? ;)

Bindyboo
23-05-11, 07:23 PM
Fantastic photo's, many thanks
Teachers pet ;D and yes, I was very happy xx

Last Train
23-05-11, 07:24 PM
Cool pics

R6_Don
23-05-11, 07:26 PM
No not yet i have to sell the Tuono first but cant quite bring myself to do it. I could always sell my Kart but i have only owned it for 2 weeks and have not had enough time to play on it. :)
Thanks for the pics Scotty. Hope all is ok with your leg after yeterday.

Ryan
23-05-11, 09:17 PM
No not yet i have to sell the Tuono first but cant quite bring myself to do it. I could always sell my Kart but i have only owned it for 2 weeks and have not had enough time to play on it. :)
Thanks for the pics Scotty. Hope all is ok with your leg after yeterday.

lol don, what are you like, you will get a letter from the DVLA saying if your buy or sell anymore bikes you will have to register as a trader ;D

CharleyX
23-05-11, 09:57 PM
Cheers Scotty !! ;)

Col
24-05-11, 07:48 AM
Great pics and seems like y'all had a great time ,grate for Don too.

I take it everyone uses a 'school' bike and there are 3 sessions in the day ?

What was the cost each as you were a group [bulk discount ? ] as a matter off interest ?

CountryGent
24-05-11, 02:58 PM
knock knock

Who's there?

Doctor

Doctor who?

Exactly now which one of you scallywags nicked my Tardis?

;D

Great day.

Great Pics.

Thanks :)

Squashed_Fly
24-05-11, 03:54 PM
Fantastic photo's, many thanks
Teachers pet ;D and yes, I was very happy xx

I thought it was all lies? lol ;D

Bindyboo
24-05-11, 04:26 PM
Yours so funny squashed fly, everything that was said was totally true!! ;D

Squashed_Fly
24-05-11, 04:40 PM
Funny is my middle name. Shame my other names are in, pain, the & arse!

DaytonaDog
31-05-11, 10:56 PM
Sorry for the delay, but I have finally sorted out my photos from the track day. Below are some links to the albums on photobucket.

One is for the original uncropped version and the other I have cropped. Some are a bit blurred but I'd thought I'd leave them all on there for you all to view.

I happy to burn them onto disc for anyone who wants a copy of them. Don, I'll sort your disc this week I hope:

Uncropped

http://s892.photobucket.com/albums/ac122/Sauners/Silverstone%2018-05-2011%20Uncropped/

Cropped

http://s892.photobucket.com/albums/ac122/Sauners/Silverstone%2018-05-2011%20Cropped/

Enjoy

DaytonaDog
31-05-11, 11:00 PM
A couple of the better ones to be going along with:

http://i892.photobucket.com/albums/ac122/Sauners/Silverstone%2018-05-2011%20Cropped/P5180078.jpg

http://i892.photobucket.com/albums/ac122/Sauners/Silverstone%2018-05-2011%20Cropped/P5180053.jpg

http://i892.photobucket.com/albums/ac122/Sauners/Silverstone%2018-05-2011%20Cropped/P5180058.jpg

http://i892.photobucket.com/albums/ac122/Sauners/Silverstone%2018-05-2011%20Cropped/P5180070.jpg

http://i892.photobucket.com/albums/ac122/Sauners/Silverstone%2018-05-2011%20Cropped/P5180072.jpg

http://i892.photobucket.com/albums/ac122/Sauners/Silverstone%2018-05-2011%20Cropped/P5180083.jpg

http://i892.photobucket.com/albums/ac122/Sauners/Silverstone%2018-05-2011%20Cropped/P5180110.jpg

http://i892.photobucket.com/albums/ac122/Sauners/Silverstone%2018-05-2011%20Cropped/P5180184.jpg

Gerry
31-05-11, 11:12 PM
Great pics Chris [smiley=thumbup.gif]

Pleased I finally got my knee sliders down (OK, Basil was wearing them at the time I admit it) ;D

Gerry :)

R1CH
20-06-11, 10:04 PM
Looks like a great day! Can I ask what happens when you crash one of their bikes? Do you get billed for it, lose a deposit or what?

R6_Don
20-06-11, 10:15 PM
No there is no extra cost, it usually means that your day is finished but if your a really nice guy like me they just give you another bike and let you out again. I also ruined there leathers and had no extra cost for them either. Lucky for me or it would have been an expensive day.

Bornagain
20-06-11, 11:19 PM
No there is no extra cost, it usually means that your day is finished but if your a really nice guy like me they just give you another bike and let you out again. I also ruined there leathers and had no extra cost for them either. Lucky for me or it would have been an expensive day.


Ha ha....It was an expensive day :-/ :-/

You subsequently went out and bought a track bike yeah baby ;D ;D ;D ;D

R1CH
21-06-11, 05:58 PM
That is quite cool actually thought there would be some huge costs involved! Looks great I really want to try a track day just to boost my confidence just the fear of wrecking my bike is quite strong :p