I'm just back from a great weekend at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium, for the Spa Classic.
. What a great event! And a fun time with the 4C
. The weather forecast had been poor (rain, and more rain) so I nearly took my 939 Spider, which is 4 wheel drive and much more of a Grand Tourer. So glad I didn't, I enjoyed all 700 miles in the 4C (luckily it only rained lightly and occasionally). It works well as a one person tourer, and I had room for all my gear including basic tool kit, folding chair etc. I wouldn't have been so keen to take a passenger, it would have been crowded in there.
The little car coped well with the sometimes atrocious road surfaces, and I find it very comfortable - no back ache.
I cross the channel via Eurotunnel and it amuses me that the 4C is automatically put in the large vehicles carriages, dwarfed by big SUVs, motor homes and coaches. It's because it's wide, and has low ground clearance - the standard carriages are a bit trickier to get in and out of, especially the upper deck which has steep access ramps.
There were a huge variety of cars at the circuit, ca. 400 actually competing, plus the various visitors. I really felt that the 4C captures some of the best elements of the classic race cars. For example, there were two Alfa TZs there, and they are small, lightweight, with small (1600cc) 4 cylinder engines. And they are fantastic, it was a joy to watch them racing! Despite the other exotica around, the 4C still draws attention, from the guy that waved and gave a thumbs up as I parked up, to the group in a cafe I stopped at who I could hear talking about carbon fibre and Alfa Romeo as I drank my beer.
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The GTAs are similar:
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That's not to say that I didn't enjoy the sounds of the big engined Group C cars, or the fantastic noise of a couple of visitor Lamborghinis that took part in a club session on track, along with a few Porsche GT3s and GT4s and other expensive machinery.
If anyone is thinking of going next year, just do it. It's a really relaxed meeting, you can stroll round the cars in the paddocks, look at the various stalls, and walk all around the periphery of the track to get different vantage points. You need to be mobile for the walk, though as it is about 4.5miles and quite steep hills in parts. The bargain ticket price of €41 for the weekend gives access to any of the grandstands, none of which had many people in them so its easy to get a seat.
The location is spectacular too, set in woods. This is a view from Raidillon seating area, with the track heading up the famous Eau Rouge corner.
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I'm still buzzing, and am about to treat the little car to some Koshi interior presents as a reward for good service