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    Yes Folks! What it says is correct. A Citroen DS (mine in fact, the legendary Moby Dick) won a motorsport event at Phillip Island race track on Sunday the 4th September.

    The event was in fact the Official's Regularity. But I won!

    A regularity is a means of relatively ordinary blokes like myself actually getting onto the track and having a bit of fun. You nominate a time that you reckon you can safely maintain, then go out there for 15 minutes or so and try to stay as close as possible to the nominated time. You start with 1000 points. If you go faster than your nominated time you lose points at a more rapid rate than if you lap slower. Either way, unless you are a machine, nominate a Sunday Cruise time or maybe use a cruise control, you lose some points each lap.

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    Moby Dick ended four exciting laps with 937 points left, 1 more than the second placed car!

    So I won!

    The regularity is put on at the end of the day's racing as a reward for us poor sods who spent the day out on corners, marshalling the racing lemmings or otherwise helping to run the State Race Meeting. The cost was zero, not bad for 15 odd minutes of track time!

    For reference you need to have the car set up to CAMS "speed event" specs, with a fire extinguisher, coated glass lenses and a few other things like duplicated throttle springs and bonnet latches (easy on the DS!). The driver must wear an approved helmet and hold a CAMS license of level 2S or above.

    You don't pass in corners, you don't "race" and you have an absolute ball!

    Moby reached a blistering 150 odd Kmh on Gardner straight, and lapped around the 2 minutes 45 second mark. Definitely not in race car territory, but nonetheless exhilarating. I actually passed a Mini on my last lap! (And that'll probably earn me a Mongrel of the Month nomination from my alter ego Club, the Victorian Mini Club Inc!)

    The comments from all and sundry were somewhat predictable, mostly concerning the undulatory progress MD made under acceleration. I must look into that! It was, however, an ideal opportunity to try the whale out in stressful conditions, given that the 2006 Re-run next year will see the beast doing a whole lot of hillclimb and track work, as well as motorkhana and autocross. Temperature and oil pressure never wavered, even at a healthy 5000 rpm in third coming onto the straight. Can't wait for 2006!

    Here's a photo taken by the VMCI Club President of the momentous occasion. I reckon that taking a DS around PI in the 50th birthday year is cause for celebration in itself. I believe that a DS hasn't "raced" there since about 1965!
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    Well done! I hope MD proves to be just as reliable and as much fun on the Redex rerun
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    Ahhhh, nice one pottsy...

    Anymore pics, love to see one of you leaning into a corner, tyres howling...

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenBlood
    Ahhhh, nice one pottsy...

    Anymore pics, love to see one of you leaning into a corner, tyres howling...

    Cheers
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    More pics will hopefully be forthcoming in due course, once the photographers recover from their painful paroxysms of mirth. But the tyres didn't howl! (OK, we did lean, however!)
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    The Fleet:

    2018 C3 Shine ("Oscar" Mrs P's) Grandma's Taxi
    1974 D Special Manual Sedan ("Moby Dick") Weekend Warrior
    2015 C4 Grand Picasso ("Pablo") Workhorse & Grandpa's Taxi
    1982 2CV6 ("Gaston") Seasoned Traveller
    1975 GS Pallas ("GiSelle") Bonsai CX
    And for Fun, 1968 Mini Deluxe ("The R & D'luxe" 1078cc, Grin Factor 100!)

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