Delta Wing Racing Car

Delta Wing Racing Car

I have always like the unusual, and really love the Delta Wing Concept. I have followed the designer Ben Bowlby since watching a UK Channel Four equinox documentary called “The nuts and bolts of Ben Bowlby”. In that programme he was designing a clubmans car, a class that I later raced a car in.

Delta Wing car
Delta Wing

Originally designed by Ganassi Racing Technical Director Ben Bowlby as a successor to the outdated IndyCar chassis, the DeltaWing is not just about looking different – it is about transforming the motor sports and automotive industries with radical innovation. Racer magazine called it a “game changer”.

As he watched motor sports viewership decline worldwide, Bowlby looked at the smaller format engine technology that was entering the forefront of the automotive industry.

He realized that this technology was eminently relatable to racing fans. There had to be a way to use a small engine to create an entirely new package-one that would be more efficient and still give the performance that a premier race car demands.

Currently the car is racing in IMSA in the US and was this weekend going extremely well at The Daytona 24 Hours with the UK driver Katherine Legge at the wheel, until an accident whilst driven by one of her team mates put the car out of contention whilst competing for the race lead.

The Press release from the team is below:

Panoz DeltaWing Racing made history today with Katherine Legge taking the coupe to the front within the first hour of the race. “We’re really at a stage now where we’re showcasing what it’s got,” said Legge when talking about the car. “I’m proud of the team, I’m proud that they gave me a really good car, and I’m proud of the job that I did, as well.”

The coupe consistently ran at an impressive pace, at first chasing then passing the leaders. Both Legge and Andy Meyrick led a combined total of 29 laps out of the 119 completed before disaster struck when the coupe made contact with a PC car sitting stationary on the track.

“It was very unfortunate. The car was in a blind spot with no lights on and it was unavoidable,” said Meyrick. “The radio was intermittent and unfortunately the combined situation resulted in an accident that caused a very successful day to end too soon. I was catching back up with the leader and it’s a real shame we weren’t able to get back up there and enjoy the result we should have had.”

Specialized Rockhopper bike in the workshop today

Specialized Rockhopper my Old School favourite hardtail bike.

Specialized rockhopper bike
Specialized rockhopper bike

Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc., more commonly known simply as Specialized, is a major American brand of bicycles and related products. It was founded in 1974 by Mike Sinyard and is based in Morgan Hill, California. Their UK website is here.

The rockhopper model has been in production for over 20 years and has been constantly evolving into the model below which is the 2015 version.

Rockhopper Expert 29
Rockhopper Expert 29

The version we are working on today has really good rim brakes and twistgrip shifting, of which I am not a great fan.

The bike has a problem on the front derailleur that has not been cured by the fitting of a new chain and twistgrip.

So today we are upgrading by fitting a new Shimano Deore LX front mech.

Also a side stand, rack, panniers and bags to enable the cycle to be used as a daily commuter bike are being fitted.

I will be removing the old Shimano front mech by drilling a rivet out of the cage on the shifter mechanism, to avoid the need to split the new chain. The new mech already has a removable bolt to allow this.

Specialized Rockhopper front mech
Starting to setup Specialized Rockhopper front mech

The new mech has made shifting much easier and smoother, with less effort needed at the twistgrip.

It did take quite a bit of setting up, as what felt right in the workshop needed a slight tweak  after a road test and lubrication of the chain and gear set.

Fitting the rack and panniers has added weight but as the bike is being used mainly on the daily commute this is fine as the space to carry equipment to and from is essential.

Not a bad half hours work and it is only 8am now !

Artisans Collective of Prestatyn Information

Many people have been asking me about Artisans Collective of Prestatyn recently here is an update.

Artisans, Artists and Craftspeople display and sell their handmade art and craft items on the Old Library shelves alongside displays of local interest, heritage items and local information including walking resources provided by Walkers are Welcome and the Prestatyn & Clwydian Range Walking Festival.

Artisans at the Prestatyn Old Library
Home of the Artisans. The Old Library Art Craft and Heritage Centre in Prestatyn

Featuring Ceramics, Needlework, knitted crocheted items, Pure Natural Bath, body & pamper products, Leathercraft, Art, Handcrafted Wood and Acrylic, Clocks, Papercraft, Upcycled, recycled, and repurposed gifts, Bags and accessories, Jewellery, and lots more.

We are open for retail sales Tuesday to Saturday 10am until 5pm.

We also run art and craft clubs and workshops and continue to participate in local community events, at this location and others in the area.

Our Current list of weekly activities,

Prestatyn Men’s Shed each Tuesday morning from 10-30am

Stop Smoking Wales from 5pm until 7pm each Tuesday evening.

Aimee’s Art Group each Friday Morning.

Jayne’ Children’s art and craft workshops  from 10am and Yvette’s Crochet sessions  each Saturday morning.

During 2015 we also participated in many local and national initiatives to help benefit our community and improve our locality including:

  • Voluntary Arts week
  • Wales in Bloom
  • Incredible Edible
  • Grow Wild
  • Treasure Chest Breast Cancer Support Group
  • Ehlers-Danlos Support UK
  • Healthy High streets
  • The Great British High Street awards
  • Prestatyn Town Council Events including facilitating the Christmas grotto and lights turn on and DCC reopening of the Nova event.
  • The “Romans Return” heritage event at Prestatyn Town Football Club
  • Prestatyn flower show
  • Prestatyn classic car show
  • Denbighshire County Council, Ty Nant Development Consultations.
  • St David’s Day drop in art and craft sessions supported by Principality Building Society.
  • Working with Coleg Llandrillo facilitating  “Traineeships” sessions.

We also have a collection point for the Calgary Church foodbank. Flexible room hire is available for a variety of uses during the week.

Please let us know if you require any further details.

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