Baby Drivers

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Once the Red Rose camp was over, we headed down to Lincolnshire to visit my Mum and Dad for a couple of days. On our first day there, TBH, A and my Mum went into Lincoln to watch the second Mamma Mia film, Mamma Mia Money, Money, Money*. The DBs and I weren’t so keen. I think it was my Dad who suggested that we go karting, partly because the boys had enjoyed it so much when they tried it in the spring, and partly because I missed out on that occasion and the DBs were eager to show me how much faster than me they could drive.

There were quite a few karting tracks to choose from, but once we’d surveyed the options, we all favoured ELK Motorsport near Newark. It was the 1.2km course which enticed us…

I’ve filched this overhead shot from their website. I hope they won’t mind: I only have nice things to say about the experience. It was terrific, especially since the boys weren’t faster than me after all, although it was a close run thing. Places were allocated on the basis of a fastest lap; mine was just under a minute, which, with a bit of simple arithmetic, translates into an average speed of about 45mph. Not bad, I thought, what with all those tight hairpins, but then I noticed that times posted earlier in the day went as low as 47 seconds for a lap. More practice required, obviously.

The weather was very changeable and the squally showers made for exciting racing conditions. It’s surprisingly easy to spin a kart, I found, as you brake into, or accelerate out of, a corner.

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The rest of the photos, taken on my phone, originate from a walk I took after our karting trip. I’d had it all planned out: Dad would drop me off on our way home and I would walk back to their house. In the end, I can’t remember why, I elected not to do that, but to walk after we got back instead. It’s likely that the weather was a factor.

So, I walked from Welton, to Dunholme – the two villages have merged – and hence to the Ashing Lane Nature Reserve. Despite the photos, I actually had glorious sunshine, but I could see this ominous block of very dark cloud which was clearly heading my way and equally clearly dumping a lot of rain not too far from where I was walking.

To my relief, the cloud eventually brought rainbows rather than rain…

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Aside from a few odd drops, I had a lucky escape.

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Lincolnshire is famously flat, and whilst that isn’t the whole story, there are large parts of the maps of the county which aren’t overburdened with contours.

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Which makes for fantastic views when the skies are dramatic…

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This…

Seems apposite, plus it’s a cracking tune.

*Or was it ‘Gimme, Gimme, Gimme’?

Baby Drivers

11 thoughts on “Baby Drivers

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Well, they have had a pretty poor season. Maybe they should go for a cleansweep, get shot of Vettel, and I can drive alongside Leclerc. I’m still waiting for a call.

  1. I haven’t been on a go kart in YEARS. That sounds fun and I’m with you! The racing and walking sounds more fun than the movie. What a fun thing to do with your family! Beautiful rainbow and clouds!

  2. Why was I never invited to these karting sessions! I love it. Looks like we have an activity for bored afternoons. I also remember that after a few seconds of the mildest drizzle the karts span like tops! Not been for ages (hint!) 😀

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      I’m not at all surprised to hear that this would be right up your street. Lots of tracks in or around Blackpool (funnily enough!) Loads down near Mum and Dad too – not much use for you that though. This one near Newark was particularly good – lots of tight hairpins, but some good straight bits too. In April B wanted to try karting for his birthday treat. It was indoors, all turns and apparently the surface was very rough and gave you a real jolting. I was ill and sat out. TBH and Our Kid both drove, but sedately around the outside of the track so that the kids could frequently lap them. This time, I saw it as my duty to restore some pride to Team Old Duffer.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Yes – I had very mixed feelings: I was enjoying the drama, but a bit concerned about getting caught in a downpour. In the end, it hardly rained at all, at least on me, so I got the best of both worlds.

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