Luke Rainbird

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  1. Maybe if you tried harder you could pass with under 200k next time.
  2. I bought a cheap car this week too (well, actually it was 8 days ago but I'm counting it anyway). It's the heaviest car I've ever owned, and is probably in the worst state too. Number plate is entirely appropriate. Going to stick the stroker in it, should be a bit of fun. Either the faux-wheel-drive will help with traction at ~500bhp+ or it'll be dead weight, in which case I'll rip it all out and go fwd with the benefit of the IRS.
  3. #MunterTheWorld!
  4. Just look at Prawn - there are only 3 races this season in 750MC Roadsports, so things look a little disproportionate since things like safety gear are time-led rather than number-of-races, but the outlay even to do this year is pretty mad. Full new certified safety gear, race licence, race entry, transport, accommodation for race weekends, spares, fresh tyres, brakes, fluids etc. That's not including building the car at all, which is a feat in itself. Sure, you could do the bare minimum and rock up in a questionable heap with the mandatory bits in place and little else, but you want to get at least a baseline of functionality and reliability so to cheap out entirely would be false economy, and what's the point in going if you're not looking to be remotely competitive so you need to reach a certain point. The step from track days to racing seems pretty small at first glance, but if we've learned nothing else this year it's that there's actually a f**king chasm between the two, even for pretty grass roots series. I suppose hillclimbing/other time-judged series might be a little less severe, and are often touted as being a more accessible/affordable way into it, but even then it's not going to be cheap to do it right. @Rob Brodie can probably give a better insight into that than I can though.
  5. Drop the sump and check the oil pickup as those are known to clog and kill things. Breathers/vac hoses can be a bit of a nightmare for splitting, most people just rip out a load of the factory system and replace with a simple catch can setup. Otherwise mostly pretty normal stuff. I haven't had a longitudinal 1.8t but mod options are a little more hard to come by (in that it's not so easy to pick up manifolds, turbos etc as a bolt on) but by the sounds of it you don't want too much from it, so a decent map (nothing peaky on torque, rods lottery above ~300ftlb, but harsh torque spikes are what kills things so can happen below), coupled with a free flowing intake/exhaust and a FMIC will probably get you where you want to be.
  6. I'm with Mike. If there's nothing for you where you are, why stay? I understand there can be plenty of reasons that you might be tied to a place, but from what you've said so far it doesn't seem to be the case other than the finances of relocating?
  7. Oh that's great, very handy in that case!
  8. Great stuff mate, very pleased to see that. What was the process to get YT on top of it in the end? Big effort involved from you and RIcky?
  9. Certainly appears to be an earlier BB7. Decent brake (far better than the later grey ones) Disc appears to be a Hope Mono Trial, maybe 180mm from the photo but obviously easy to check that!
  10. Ah cool. I'll ask around for you, although think the couple I knew of for sale recently are now sold.
  11. For a TFSI, or are you planning to fit it to a 1.8t?
  12. Happy days!
  13. Oh that's a shitter, sorry to hear that mate If it's any consolation, your fab stuff has been looking, er, fab, so provided you can get the word out it should be a relatively easy sell. Might be able to find a few bits I need knocking up and have neither the time nor the skills for, shall start scratching my head!
  14. I never like to assume - the UK is a bit odd compared to some places and it's often considered rude to expect anyone to disclose figures That's properly awesome though man, really nice to hear you're doing well from it and fingers crossed it keeps going! As some comparison from the bottom end of things (our channel only just hit 2k subs during lockdown) we've gone from a couple of quid a month to about £20. Hopefully we can keep putting out some regular content and once race season starts it'll be some (hopefully!) engaging content and keep the momentum up.
  15. That's cool Ali. What sort of figures have you seen (in terms of viewing hours etc, not expecting you to get into financials!) since all this kicked off? Prawn and I have been churning out some more vids through lockdown and even our tiny little channel has done well over the past couple of months (relatively speaking, not nearly so much as yours Ali!) which has been cool to see. Need to try and keep up some momentum and get some interesting bits done once the world reopens (including hopefully catching up with @Adam@TartyBikes later in the year, all being well!) Lockdown for me has been a very strange one. I became a Director at work at the start of April, so have had to try and adapt to much increased workload as a result, whilst still working my old role full time and having to run a team through the whole C19 ordeal. Not quite what I'd envisioned, but still. Throw in having a baby at the end of April and a toddler running wild (who doesn't understand that although I'm at home, I need to do some work - similar can be said of wife!), and it's been utter, UTTER madness for me really. I'm aware that I'm very fortunate compared to a lot of folk though, so just trying to grin and bear it really.