TG Speed Week: The Skeleton Crew
Radical SR3 SL. BAC Mono. Caterham SP/300.R. Morgan 3Wheeler. Time to clear the track...
Posted: 23 Aug 2012
The cabin is all bare metal and dangly wiring looms, with half-seats that come up to the base of your shoulder blades, the angle of which is roughly modelled on that of a sunlounger. The man from Caterham slots in a booster pad, so I can see through the slither of windscreen. I toggle the ignition switch, and the supercharged 2.0-litre engine fires into a frantic idle. Grasp the oblong steering wheel... grab first gear with the paddle... ease out the clutch... stall. Repeat until successful. Going slowly makes this thing grumpy. The slicks are cold and slippery and the aero doesn't really work until 70mph. My first few laps are muddled. Someone goes past in a Suzuki. I weave a bit and squirt the throttle in straight lines.