12th October, 2014
As usual, we’re at the track bright and early for what was shaping out to be a scorcher of a day.
With the first track round of Nugget Nationals upon us, it was also a prime opportunity to size up the competition.
Ying Bot’s nugget sporting some ghetto custom numberplates.
The Nakama boys were out in full force with their aptly renamed team “Nugkama.”
These two K11’s were shared between several drivers on the day and bought a distinct Mexican flavour to the event.
I’m not sure which one of the Nugkama Nuggets this was but 1:53 was their time to beat.
Cain laying down a 1:56.
2:08 for Andrew in the crowd favourite Mira.
Despite the extreme heat, the Nuggets proved their reliability showed up in the dummy grid for every session.
1:51 for Ying.
Caught up in the excitement of hitting her PB for the day she overcooked it coming into turn one and ended up in the loving arms of the gravel trap.
Sideways and backwards.
As the day wore on and the on track temperatures soared, the higher powered cars slowly decreased in numbers as they went into preservation mode.
The only constant was the unwavering onslaught of Nuggets that were seemingly unaffected by the 32 degree heat.
1:54 for the Neverlift Civic.
Unfortunately Viv and Millsy were plagued with quite a few teething problems (like losing an entire brake pad on the track).
1:52 for the GTVI.
Pulled out of retirement at the eleventh hour, Silas was back with Ahiru who had been sitting unloved on a lawn for the last few years.
After an early morning wheel bearing change, it was still good for a 1:52.
We suspect it would’ve gone a bit faster had he had time to clean the layer of mold that had grown over parts of the car. 😛
Leading the nugget charge was Chris with a very respectable time of 1:46.
As we were out driving or flagging for most of the day, we didn’t manage to get photos of all the entrants, but here are the results for the Nugget Nationals competitors as taken from Natsoft.
All we wanted to do was share our love of little cars with people and hoped that others would see how much fun it would be to track cheap micro machines.
On Sunday when we looked out onto the track and saw Micra’s chasing Echo’s it felt as though someone had taken the picture straight out of my heads and projected it in real life.
Thank you to all the entrants and EXE crew for making this possible!