Powerstation Meet - 1/9/2001
This was another opportunity to meet more owners and have a run on the famous Powerstation 4WD rolling road.
I traveled down on Saturday morning, leaving Chester at around 8:00 pm. My dyno run wasn't scheduled till 12 so I was in not hurry.
The traffic down the M6 was light and I made good headway. During the journey I met up with Paul Wigzell and Marc Farr in Marcs ST185. Following in convoy was Chris McKenna, in his smart black ST185, who had traveled down from Scotland the previous day.
We got to junction 9 on the M6 around 11:00 am. The other two cars decided to travel down the A46 to Cheltenham while I decided to try my luck at junction 10.
The traffic through Cheltenham was pretty busy but, after some help from the locals, I managed to get to powerstation around 11:30 am. I knew I had found the right place as there were GT4's everywhere :-)
Simon Dawes greeted me with the news that many cars had already run and I wouldn't have long to wait. John Wilcott had been recording the car details and power figures. Both were doing an excellent job of making the day run smoothly.
I met quite a few old faces, most of whom I had met at the Castle Combe meet , and some new ones along with two of my mates from work - Mark Moss and Phil Jelley.
My power run went OK with a respectable 230 hp and 240 ft/lb of torque. Time to get rid of my CAT I think for an extra 10 - 15 hp.
The power figures ranged from 164 hp to 278 hp with the exceptional Fensport Corrola dispatching 315 hp to the rollers through its front wheels. Modifications ranged from none at all to hybrid turbos and forged pistons. One ST185 even had a front mount intercooler conversion.
Many of the cars were running rich which seems to be a characteristic of the GT4 however one or two cars were running Unichip and Motech ECU's with excellent fueling.
The day passed without real incident, in terms of engine gremlins, apart from Mos car being afflicted with a lean mixture causing some misfiring, Marc Farrs car suffering from water logged plug leads causing a misfire and Steve Munros car suffering from some dodgy LRP petrol.
Towards the end of the day we were treated to a few power runs from the Fensport Corrola with its ST205 engine and Motech ECU. The car was struggling to break the 320 hp barrier due to some timing issues which were holding it back from a potential 350+ hp figure.
Myself, Wiggy and Marc Farr left for a beer around 4:00 pm and I was watching the stonking England v Germany match by around 7:00 pm. Fortunately for me my drive home went without incident which is more that I can say for Simon Dawes who was unfortunately picked up by the feds whilst validating his 243 hp figure with a couple of other owners.
Another great day, and here are the figures ...
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