The SST Pay & Play Day…

Its NOT just any quarry, its the SST event quarry, its taken a lot of planning and hard work from an incredible team to make this happen. The logistics that have gone behind making the event happen is truly epic – On the PNP day the Crew used it as an opportunity to survey and develop their routes. It was a good idea to open the day to the public as well so we sent our resident Reporter and Videographer, PaddyRC, down for a grand day out!…

The Pay & Play day – PaddyRc’s Big Day Out…

It’s Saturday….6.30am….I’m gripping a piece of mostly burnt toast betwixt my teeth as I hastily grab my bags with a nervous excitement akin to a teenager getting his first car… It’s the SST PNP day, the RC trucks all seat-belted in….(still fresh with the scent of bovine manure of last weeks run I might add…) and off we go….!

So after the obligatory 3 point turn after missing the quarry turn off….I arrive, the air still crisp with morning chill and fog cresting the tree-line above off the steep quarry sidings… Dan’s already here! A mutual excitement belied by an ear to ear grin greets me as I pull up, shortly followed by Kevin in his funky leg attire….

Brew in hand we survey the scene, an empty quarry…a playground of lines…a plethora of terrain – the mind wanders to the hours of fun yet to come, but no time to procrastinate as hoardes of esteemed guests, rc veterans and hobby newbies will soon be upon us eager to enjoy all gurney slade has to offer!

It’s now 9 am ish, i’m wrangling my worldy goods from the deceptively awful boot of an ageing Mercedes, some of the team are setting up a few markers here. Kevin’s on his 18th litre of tea for the day, Neil’s parked his Chelsea tractor in its executive parking space – we are all set!

Soon enough, the quarry basin is alive with the sound of little tiny electric scale rc models navigating the scenery, eagerly followed by their owners keen to immerse themselves in the atmosphere, and after the living nightmare of the last year… I can’t blame them! I’m seeing every make, type and marque of rc there is to see, a veritable feast for the hobbyists eyes!

From Traxxas to CRX, portals to ifs, trucks to tanks…its all here! Half the fun is watching a truck take a line, then the inevitable approach question of “that’s cool – what is it” follows!

Many hours of rc trucking, filming and general chinwagging ensue, must stay focused though, there’s almost too much ground to cover and there’s yet more filming still to crack on with! I check my watch and 4 hours have flown by already!!!

You know the saying …”time flies when your having fun” …Well it’s certainly the case here!

Thankfully I’ve managed to browse all sections of the basin and woods, wwitnessed some amazing works of model art, collected almost 250gb of rc based video footage and drank enough coffee to sedate a large horse!!!

It’s late afternoon now and descending from atop a cliff siding, mind still buzzing and legs fatigued, I stop halfway down to enjoy the vista so I can spend a minute just taking in the day, and what a day it was. As I’m heading out the gate to leave, big smile on my face, my soul fulfilled, my brain frothing with anticipation that Septembers main SST event will be…well just EPIC!!!

See you in September ‘ya filthy animals!

PaddyRC.

Check Out PaddyRC’s Videos and Snaps from the day:

Countdown to the event in september…

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Thank you to all that have helped, Our sponsors, Trade suppliers & Raffle prize donations…

SST 2022 - Latest Event Information - IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Address: Highcroft Quarry, Gurney Slade, Somerset, BA3 4TH What 3 Words - ///burglars.darkest.rebirth

Any questions e-mail: neil.brooklyn78@gmail.com

Arrival/Parking

•Please do not arrive before 08.30. The access lane is small and the crew will need access prior to 08.30. There are plenty of large laybys on the main A37 both North and South of the turnoff. On arrival there will be parking marshals who will direct you where to park, please let them know if you are camping. If you wish to park with friends, please arrive with them. We have lots of vehicles arriving and organising group parking is beyond our capabilities.

DO NOT come through the village of Gurney Slade to access the site. Please use the turning to the South of the village. You will see an SST flag on the junction. Be aware that if using a Sat Nav when approaching from the North it is likely to take you down a dead-end road, so please look for the flag!

• We will endeavour to park you sensibly for exit/access as required or in case of emergencies, however if the parking area is busy blockages may occur

Camping/ Site Information

• Camping is only available for those who have pre booked. Absolutely no unauthorised camping.

• Do use a proper campsite. DO NOT think you can go around the corner and kip in your car. This will upset locals which will impact our ability to use this site in the future.

• Please keep the site tidy, you are responsible for disposal/recycling of your own rubbish

• There is no electricity or running water on site so please make allowances for this.

• The site is a disused quarry. The ground is very hard, mostly rock. It is ideal for camper vans, but you will struggle to pitch a tent.

• You are responsible for your own safety and any minors in your care. There are steep drops and uneven surfaces, please take care.

• There are separate male and female luxury cabin toilets on site. Please ensure they are kept clean. A pump out is scheduled for late Saturday Afternoon.

• BBQ's can be used but they (and any fires) must be kept off the ground

On-site Catering/Trade Stalls

• There will be a catering van serving hot food and drinks over the weekend and a Pizza company, for those camping on the Saturday night the Pizza van will be serving until about 19.00 but let them know during the day if you are planning an evening Pizza. Both the food van and Pizza company take cards.

• The following traders will also be with us,

  • RED Winches
  • Gareth Curtis GCRC with Jawlz Trueman (G Speed)
  • Noahs RC Ark
  • Overland RC
  • Ant Scale Designs

• Not all accept cards so bring plenty of cash.

Please also be aware that Social Distancing will need to be in place, as we are just coming out of Covid restrictions; and be courteous to other drivers.

• The event is open to all land based electric RC. Please NO nitro, petrol, or anything that flies. The organisers may use a drone for promotional filming.

The Raffle

 • This year we have an amazing prize raffle with the draw being held on the Sunday. Tickets can be purchased from HQ and any of the SST Crew, look out for them in their red shirts. All profits will be donated to the Friends of Ditcheat School

Booking-in

• On arrival, please report to HQ (Red Gazebo) to collect your drivers packs and wristbands.

• It is important that you wear your wristband. The SST Crew will be checking them. Anyone not in wearing a wristband and found driving will be escorted off the site.

• We will be opening the booking-in desk on Friday for the people who are camping, please ensure you get booked in as this will save time for the Saturday morning.

• Booking-in on Saturday and Sunday mornings will open with the gates at 08.30

• The trails are open from 08.30

Itinerary: (times are subject to change)

Saturday

• 8:30 AM         Gates and Trails open (see booking in notes above)

• 11:00 AM       KOM – Meet at HQ

• 2:00 PM         Show and Shine – Line up entries outside HQ

• 3:00 PM         Show and shine Prize giving & KOM end of day results

• 5.30 PM         Trails Close

• 6:00 PM         All day visitors to be off site

Sunday

• 8:30 AM         Gates and Trails open

• 09.30 AM       KOM – Meet at HQ

• 10.30 AM       Show and Shine – Line up entries outside HQ

• 1.30 PM         KOM + Show and Shine Prize Giving and raffle draw

• 4.30 PM         Trails Close

Activities running throughout both days

• Dino Hunt, collect your quiz card from HQ

• Basher Area

The Trails

The trails will be marked by ascending numbered gates 1,2,3,4 etc.,

• Left gate marker is numbered

• Right marker will have a sponsor Logo on it

• Please keep the numbered gate on the left-hand side of your rig to ensure you are going in the correct direction

• If you knock over or damage a gate-marker please ensure you reinstate it before moving to the next gate

• Allow space between yourselves and other drivers, especially groups as they may take longer to complete a gate/section

• If you are struggling with a section or your group size is causing delays to other drivers allow them to pass before re-commencing.

• Irresponsible driving, endangering others or their property will result in you being removed from the event.

FIRST AID & the boring stuff

A qualified first aider will be on site while the trails are open.

• First Aid kit will be stored at HQ

• If you need first aid let any of the crew know and they will radio for assistance.

• A copy of the Risk assessment and event Insurance certificate are available to be viewed at HQ

• If you need a refresher of the disclaimer that you signed up to when you entered it can be viewed at https://southernscaletrail.co.uk/

• Any issues please speak to an SST team member at HQ