Life of Ben (Blog)

47th Scalextric Club (3rd December 2013)

The frankly bonkers turbocharged prototypes from the classic Can-Am series tore up the London Scalextric Club in a festival of short wheelbases, absurd wings and off-the-scale horsepower.

It was another good turnout so we ran all 6 lanes for 2.5 minutes per race.

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Bow Roundabout Cyclist Protest (13th November 2013)

After a string of serious injuries and fatalities, London Cycling Campaign organised a 1,000 rider protest at Bow roundabout this evening.

I wish I had attended. Then again, it was 7 cold miles away on busy roads during a dark evening rush-hour.

46th Scalextric Club (5th November 2013)

One of my favourite classes, Rally & Touring Cars, take to the track at London Scalextric Club tonight.

It was a good turn-out so we used all 6 lanes and ran for 2.5 minutes each race.

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Fireworks at Alexandra Palace (1st November 2013)

Fiona navigated us to a perfectly placed cycle hoop, just outside of the nearest entrance. Steep hills to ride there but the 8-speed hub on her Globe and the middle ring on my Secteur got us up, slowly but surely.

The display lasted about 20 minutes and was great! Many displays focus solely on the visuals but this had a lot of sound, with whooshing rockets and crackling sparkles.

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Goldfrapp Concert with Lazers! (1st November 2013)

Extraordinary experience, seated in relative comfort on the upper deck of the Hammersmith Apollo. Wasn’t sure what the expect and was amazed by the music, the light show and the melifluous voice of Goldfrapp herself.

They started with songs from the new album. Fiona and I think we’ve heard one or two on BBC Radio 6 Music recently. They seamlessly blend electronica with almost classical music to create a truly unique sound. It takes the style of my favourite Goldfrapp albums to a new level so might be suggested as an Xmas present!

(Photos to follow.)

45th Scalextric Club (22nd October 2013)

NASCAR models are supplied and prepared by London Scalextric Club this evening.

It looks like I didn’t take notes during this evening, so I don’t know what happened. Not sure I attended! But as everyone cycles through the same vehicles it’s a meeting I try to attend as it ensures a level playing field.

44th Scalextric Club (15th October 2013)

Grand Touring cars are nearing the pace of Le Mans prototypes at the London Scalextric Club. Fastest laps near the 8.5s mark were achieved in a few races!

We were able to use all 6 lanes thanks to a good turn-out for this popular class. At just 2.5 minutes per race with short changes between races it made for a busy and action-packed evening.

Used the NSR Mosler I bought from Tony the other month. It has air tyres which aren’t legal but I’m allowed since I’m not in the championship.

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43rd Scalextric Club (8th October 2013)

Can-Am prototypes bringing the noise to the London Scalextric Club tonight. All 6 lanes were in use so we ran 2.5 minutes per race.

Used the short Porsche which Steve lends me for this class. Great little machine.

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Rush Movie (No Spoilers) (25th September 2013)

Brilliantly well-made, a must-see film for any motorsports fan. You could draw parallels between it and Grand Prix but Rush is leagues ahead in every way.

I knew both had been world champions but wasn’t sure who won it during the year in the movie. Even if you do know, it’s far more about the extraordinary human stories in the spectacular life of Formula 1 and motorsport in general.

Fiona enjoyed it so you don’t have to be a petrolhead!

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Treated Myself to a PS3 (23rd September 2013)

Have decided to treat myself as Autumn is arriving!

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