Rennsport - England
+ The Cat and Fiddle Road
+ 1931 race Train versus Boat versus Aeroplane north of Ely.
+ Jack Sears and the testing of the Shelby Cobra Daytona on the Autobahn M1
+ APPROACH to the CAT AND FIDDLE ROAD
- Many drivers approach the Peak District and its centerpiece, the Cat and Fiddle Road via the M1 autobahn and then head west, but these routes are subject to a heavy police presence. A better approach may be had from the west by using the M6 autobahn. This route is little used and not policed and offers plenty of good driving roads. Be aware that there is now a M6 bypass which swing north of Birmingham, but it is a toll road. The junction has been deliberately designed to fool unwary drivers into using the toll road. You have to watch for signs and keep left to access the old M6.
If you are crossing to Northern England do not forget that the Rotterdam - Hull ferry crossing or the Hook-of-Holland - Harwich can offer great advantage over the Channel crossings. There used to be ferry crossings from Danmark and from Hamburg but I do not know if they still run.
Intelligence received as 2010: The Cat and Fiddle road now has at least one average speed measurement system installed.
North England Peak District. The red shaded area is the »Cat&Fiddle Circuit«. The Western Approaches are marked in red. The yellow shaded area is the area in which the new bypass has been constructed. Two small shortcuts are marked in yellow, one at Holmes Chapel and one from Rainow to the Buxton Road east of Macclesfield.
APPROACH TO THE PEAK DISTRICT FROM THE WEST - M6 AUTOBAHN
Autobahn M6 Exit Sandbach Junction 17 (alternative Holmes Chapel Junction 18, next exit to the north of Sandbach)
Turn Right across the Autobahn then immediately left onto the A5022 heading north.
FAST - But slow down for the first corner.
At the end you join the A50 at a diagonal T-junction.
Turn left going north on the A50 direction Holmes Chapel
As you see Holmes Chapel, slow down to the speed limit because of the danger of police speed trap. Intelligence is that there has never been one here but it is a good place for one.
Continue at the limit to the traffic signal.
Continue to the second traffic signal and turn right (east) onto the A535 direction Chelford, Alderley Edge, Macclessfield. (Left takes you back to Junction 18 on the M6 Autobahn).
Continue at the speed limit until you are leaving the built up area. Then
The road descends to the left. There is a superb combination of long straights, curves and tight turns all the way to Chelford roundabout. There is nowhere to mount a speed trap nor has any one ever seen a speed trap here.
At Chelford roundabout turn right onto the A537 east direction Macclesfield.
Accelerate hard away from the roundabout along a straight stretch of road. Intelligence is that on occasion there used to be a police cruiser stationary at a gas station just before the Monks Heath traffic signal where the road crosses the A34. Not seen in recent years. Plenty of chance to spot the car from a distance. You have to slow for the traffic signal so there is no harm in slowing to check for the police cruiser.
Cross the traffic signal and continue straight on up the A537 east direction Macclesfield. The road now becomes twisty although the worst twists have been dug out in recent years. At the exit of the twists there is a long uphill straight.
As the built-up area approaches slow to the speed limit or the same speed as the traffic. No speed traps have ever been observed here but it is high risk.
(The above section or road, my opinion is that it drives slighty better from Macclesfield to Holmes Chapel, but both directions offer excellent sport).
Continue through the town of Macclesfield following signs to Buxton on the A537 the »Cat and Fiddle Road« , which is our target.
The A537 within Macclesfield is called Buxton Road and is continually subject to police speed traps
As you leave the built-up area the road curves to the left and you begin the meat of the journey over the »Cat and Fiddle Road«
Obtain current intelligence on speed controls on the Cat and Fiddle Road . Ask on webboards and USENET discussion groups.
This road and many others within the Peak District is very popular with sports motorcycles and has been the subject of continual war between the motorcyclists and the police for decades. The very straight Roman road A515 south east out of Buxton used to be very good for speed testing.
ALTERNATIVE ROUTE THROUGH MACCLESFIELD
As you enter Macclesfield, following signs for the B5470 to Whaley Bridge. The exit from Macclesfield takes you up Hurdsfield road. Hurdsfield road is not subject to police presence but has vehicles parked along its length which restricts speed due to the necessity to pass other vehicles. As you pass the Rising Sun public house
you leave the built up area and the road starts with a swinging right hand turn followed by a fast climbing straight.
As you drop down the gradient down a long straight, the turning is to the right as the road bottoms out and bears left (marked by a small grass triangle). The junction takes you back on yourself in a »U«. This road (Bull Lane) takes you up a narrow lane 1000m to rejoin the Buxton Road. Turn left at the top to continue to the Cat and Fiddle public house.
CIRCUIT - MACCLESFIELD - WHALEY BRIDGE - BUXTON - CAT AND FIDDLE - MACCLESFIELD -
You can form a circuit which takes the the B5470 from Macclesfield to Whaley Bridge, the A5004 (»Long Hill«) from Whaley Bridge to Buxton, the A54 out of Buxton then right onto the A537 Cat and Fiddle Road.
As you enter Macclesfield, following signs for the B5470 to Whaley Bridge. The exit from Macclesfield takes you up Hurdsfield Road. Hurdsfield road is not subject to police presence but has vehicles parked along its length which restricts speed due to the necessity to pass other vehicles. As you pass the Rising Sun public house you leave the built up area and the road starts with a swinging right hand turn followed by a fast climbing straight.
The fast road through Rainow village with its difficult descending and twisting dip now has a speed limit but the road is not policed and there are no opportunities for speed traps.
The road climbs until the Highwayman public house and enters a flat out straight with a short left half way along its length.
The straight ends in a tight descending right hander which needs to be treated with respect especially in slippery conditions.
As you leave the long tight right hander the road sweeps in a huge flat-out curving bowl left-hander and climbs a fast straight to the crest of a hill.
Correct technique for this section involves going flat out past the Highwayman public house and cautiously into the tight descending right hander at the end of the straight. As you come half way through the right hander the entire bowl is visible to your center left. If the road is clear you can pull through the long descending left hander dragging the pegs and flat out. Be aware as you enter the straight and climb the hill the two rises on the straight are enough to make a low car bottom out as the front suspension is compressed by the sudden rise. Use the right hand side of the road on the two rises, which has a flatter profile. When descending this road on a fast motorcycle, be aware that the motorcycle may leave the ground as it goes over the rises.
If you are following traffic and wish to overtake on the exit of the tight right hander as you enter the bowl, have your co-driver observing the bowl as you come around the tight right hander. If there is no traffic anywhere on the bowl then the road is empty and you can overtake flat out around the outside of the long left hander.
At the crest of the hill the road becomes narrower and descends through many twists. The road rises through Kettleshulme and descends a long wide straight which ends in a sharp right hander backed by a wall. About two autos per week come off this corner according to the farmer who owns it.
The road now enters the built-up descending approach to Whaley Bridge
At the traffic signal in Whaley Bridge turn right along the A5004 »Long Hill« which descends into Buxton. This road is popular with motorcyclists also.
On entering Buxton turn right onto the A52 proceeding south. Turn right onto the A537 Cat and Fiddle Road direction Macclesfield.
ALTERNATIVE APPROACH VIA ALDERLEY EDGE AND ADLINGTON
LEFT AT MONKS HEATH TRAFFIC LIGHT NORTH ON THE A34
Off the route described above, turn left at the Monks Heath traffic lights onto the A34.
The first section of the road used to be fast but I have heard there has been recent bypass construction with some road re-routing.
You now enter Alderley Edge in a descending straight.
CAUTION: This road has now been altered by the construction of a bypass for Alderley Edge. I will investigate via Google Earth and report back on route changes.
The road from the Monks Heath traffic signal to Alderley Edge is fast with plenty of opportunities for overtaking. As you reach the built up area you come to a junction at the Trafford Arms pub which has a traffic circle opposite the pub. Turn to your right (east) up a long hill on the B5087.
THE EDGE B5087 The climb0out of Alderley Edge over the edge itself is fast and broad, and can be taken flat out to the top of the hill and beyond. Once on the Edge itself, the road is fast and staight but is marked by a difficult high-speed bend at its mid point.
At the end of the fast straight upper section across the back of the Edge, there is a fork off to the left onto Prestbury Road. Do not turn down the fork, nor the second left, which also joins Prestbury Road, but the third turning left which is Greyhound Road.
This is a short narrow lane at the end of which you join the parallel Prestbury Road and turn right (east) in the direction of Prestbury along Chelford road. Beware of pheasants.
A fast but twisty lane. At the foot of the road turn right (east) into Prestbury Village. You meet what is now a small traffic circle at which you turn left into the main drag of the village.
Continue through the village onto Heybridge Lane.
As the road climbs up out of the village to the sharp right hand corner at the railway station you can get back on the throttle.
At the end of Heybridge Lane, turn left onto the A523 going north in the direction of Poynton, Stockport, Manchester. Most of the sections of the A523 are fast.
This is a fast swooping road with plenty of opportunities for overtaking which should be taken flat out. There are no speed cameras or speed traps. The fast curve where the road goes under a railway bridge requires caution.
ADLINGTON - The Leigh Arms Pub - direction Pott Shrigley
There are now traffic lights at the crossroad in front of the Leigh Arms at Adlington at the end of the very fast straight. Turn right (east).
This is a narrower B-class country road which is fast and climbs into the hills. No police presence.
After several minutes of climbing eventually you cross over a railway bridge and a canal bridge in quick succession. The next section is wider and faster featuring some excellent ninety degree corners.
POTT SHRIGLEY direction Bollington
Long fast straight into the hamlet of Pott Shrigley ending in a sharp right hand corner in front of the church.
There is a fast descending straight into the northern end of the village of Bollington. As you reach the crossroads junction at the foot of the hill in front of the Turners Arms pub turn left (north) to head into the hills again
BOLLINGTON direction Whaley Bridge
First section narrow because of automobiles parked on one side, but this section ends in a sharp left turn at the Poachers Arms pub and climbs immediately a steep hill. You need to be on the power early and stay on the power all the way to the crest of the hill.
At the half way point on the hill, at a junction with a house in the middle of the road, there is a sharp kink to the right which you cannot see around. You need to position yourself to avoid descending vehicles. Immediatly after the kink it is clear and having throttled back you need to get back on the throttle. At the top there is a rise over which you can take air but the road bends to the right and narrows at a point where you may have to squeeze past descending vehicles. Caution is required here also.
The good thing about steep uphill acceleration is that in cars which are powerful enough that they habitually break traction, the weight is thrown over the rear wheels giving real bight to the grip of the tires which you can feel as you open the throttle.
The road now follows the contour and is fast but caution is required on this contour because you may have to squeeze past other vehicles. This is a rally drivers road rather than a sports car road.
There is a hump toward the end of the contour where you will take air.
This is followed by a fast right hand bend bounded by a wood then fast uphill section to the junction with the B5470 Macclesfield to Whaley Bridge road at the Highwayman Pub.
Turn left to rejoin the route from Macclesfield to Buxton via Whaley Bridge described earlier in the text.
I did a lot of these routes with professional rally drivers decades ago and I have done my best to check for changes in roads and conditions.
For all driving on Peak District Roads, obtain up-to-date intelligence on speed traps while planning a drive.
- Speedtrap dicussion on Zroadster
- Speedtrap discussion on BikeChatForums
- Speedstrap discussion in local press
1931 - THE RACE BETWEEN LOCOMOTIVE, BOAT AND AEROPLANE
This race took place between LNER Gresley Pacific no. 2549 Persimmon on the River Ouse between Ely and King's Lynn on Ten Mile Bank . There is conjecture that the race was staged for the cameras rather than to determine scientifically the relative performance of the three forms of locomotion. Remember that at the turn of the century when the internal combustion engine was developed, the steam locomotive was the fastest machine in the world. By the 1920s that dominance was being challen ged by motor racing cars, which would take the crown from the steam locomotive in the 1930s.
Image copyright Wandley's
AA Road Atlas c1950
AA Road Atlas c1950 showing Ely to Ten Mile Bank. The photograph would have been taken on the section of the River Ouse just south of Littleport. The locomotive would have been driving south toward Ely and would have reached its top speed on this section just as the river flows along side. Toward the end of this section the train would have to brake sharply in order to negotiate the junction outside Ely.
The land here is very flat and close to sea level. The level of the land drops gently to the sea to the east and north and shelves at the same rate once under water. This northern area of the channel is only twenty-five meters deep, the same depth as the Straits of Malacca at Singapore. The largest oil tankers have a deeper draught than twenty-five meters and must use alternative, longer routes to avoid these shallows. Sometimes sailing vessels which sank in the sea in this area of the channel would touch the sea bed and still have their masts sticking out of the sea.
+ At Google Earth
+ JACK SEARS AND THE TESTING OF THE SHELBY COBRA DAYTONA ON THE M1
- Jack Sears and his 185mph run on the M1 in a Shelby Cobra. This run started at Scratchwood Services on the M1 (now the London Gateway Services) and ran a few junctions north then back south again.
Shelby Cobra license plate "COB 81 E" now contains the Ford 289 engine which Jack Sears factory Cobra Daytona coupe used during testing and racing.
The Shelby Cobra Coupe ran at Le Mans in 1964 but crashed out after a tire blew out.
At the Le Mans weigh-in
At the Le Mans start
A Hawk Kirkham reproduction Shelby Cobra, which now has the Ford 289ci engine from BPH 4 B
- Classic and Driver on Jack Sears' run up the M1 in the Cobra
- https://aipetcher.wordpress.com/ Jack Sears
! AVOID EUROTUNNEL !
I highly recommend to you use of the Ferry Service, as as the Eurotunnel company are one of worst companies I have ever dealt with in terms of deceitfulness and exploitation of customers, a view shared by all I have spoken to.
+ SEE ALSO
+ Grave of Richard Seaman at Putney Vale Cemetery, West London.
+ T.E. Lawrence and the Great Motorcycle-Aircraft race Salisbury-Winchester
+ The Trafalgar Way - The route which the courier bringing news of Nelson's victory at the Battle of Trafalgar rode.
+ Border Crossings
+ EXTERNAL LINKS
- S.A.B.R.E The Society for All British and Irish Road Enthusiasts
- Speedtraps in England
- Captain Gatso
- Speedtraps Worldwide
- http://www.phantomplate.com/ - License plate coatings.
- www.pistonheads.com - Useful source of intelligence of routes, speedtraps, events
- http://www.cbrd.co.uk - UK Highways
- Speedtrap iPhone APP
2014-DEC-14: At last, a "cop detector": The Target "Blu Eye" I was discussion this with other interested parties last year, but using a different approach involving the GPS transmissions which are used to track cop cars. This system listens for the blip signal of the encrypted radio links used by cop cars and cop radios. Unlike radar detectors, it is fool proof. Get yours before they ban them. Anything this good must be banned.
- http://www.rdforum.org/ - Thread at Radar Detector Forum
- http://www.target-automotive.nl/en/target-blu-eye/ - Target
- Ideally, this machine should have a link via bluetooth or USB to your iPhone, which would then have an APP which transmitted the GPS location to a database in the same way the DUI roadblock reporting APP works. Then the position of all cops would be marked on the map. That's the trouble with 1984 level surveillance: It shoots both ways.
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