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Oulton Park

Oulton Park Circuit is a motor racing track close to the village of Little Budworth, England. It is about 5 miles from Winsford, 13 miles from Chester city centre, 8 miles from Northwich and 17 miles from Warrington, with a nearby rail connection along the Mid-Cheshire Line, it occupies much of the area, known as the Oulton Estate. The racing circuit is operated by Jonathan Palmer's MotorSport Vision organisation; the track is characterised by changing gradients, blind crests and several tight corners. The full circuit is 2.8 mi. The highest part of the course is Hill Top. Paddock facilities are reasonable in size with large areas of some power points; the race track can be adapted for shorter courses. The "Foster's" Circuit, 1.66 miles, comprises half of the "Cascades" corner followed by the "Hislop's" chicane, it heads onto Knickerbrook and up the 13% gradient of Clay Hill to work its way round to the start/finish straight. The British Touring Car Championships uses all of the Cascades Corner and Lakeside but forks off into a hairpin before Island Bend.

This hairpin cuts out all of the Island section of the circuit and takes the cars straight back over Hill Top. Beginning in 2007, all the circuit's marshalling stations were redesigned with protective cages; this was to prevent incidents similar to those seen in the 2006 season when cars had collided with marshalling posts. A cage-protected marshals station was built at the bottom of the back straight near the chicane preceding Knickerbrook; the corner is named after an event that occurred when the British demolition expert and raconteur, Blaster Bates, was removing tree stumps with dynamite close to the corner with a colleague. After the first detonation, a courting couple were seen to run off at speed and in some disarray from a nearby a bush or bank. On the closer investigation, the pair discovered some lady's underwear in the brook and this resulted in the naming of the corner. Despite its colourful name, it was a notorious corner on circuit because of accidents and racing drivers fatalities.

The death of Paul Warwick in 1991 led to a chicane being added at the entry to the corner. Prior to Warwick's death, the bend had a reputation as a "racers' corner" because it demanded a driver's full commitment and total courage, it was a fifth gear, off camber right-hand bend at the end of a downhill straight called Hilltop. Deep kerbing on the inside of the corner combined with an off camber could affect a cars' handling causing it to veer to the outside of the circuit; as an Armco barrier on the outside of the corner intersected with the grass verge, there was a significant lack of run off area for drivers forced wide on the bend. Since 1991, a right-left chicane was installed about 135 m before Knickerbrook to reduce the speed of cars coming down Hilltop. In the early 18th century the Oulton Estate comprised a manor house and a formal garden surrounded by Cheshire farmland. By the end of the century this farmland was converted into a park, which now is the site of Oulton Park; some buildings that were part of the estate still exist.

During the Second World War, Oulton Park's grounds were used as one of the staging camps for US Army units under the command of General Patton prior to the Normandy landings in 1944. American World Heavyweight Champion boxer Joe Louis put on several exhibition bouts for the troops garrisoned at Oulton Park; the fights were staged within the vicinity of the Deer Leap section of the modern circuit. After the war, much of the estate remained unused; the estate's original house had been destroyed by fire in 1926 leaving vacant parkland. By the early 1950s England had a number of motor racing tracks but the northwest was not well served; the members of the Mid-Cheshire Car Club took it on themselves to rectify the situation. The circuit they developed was on the estate of the Grey-Egerton family. With Sir Philip Gray-Egerton's permission, a circuit was mapped out starting early in 1953 and by August the new track was in existence, measuring 1.504 miles rectangular in shape. The first meeting took place on 8 August, but the RAC would not allow the public to attend, wanting an opening meeting to be run before allowing paying spectators.

The main event of the day was the 33-lap 49.6-mile Formula Two race, won by Tony Rolt driving Rob Walker's Connaught A Type. The supporting Formula III event was divided into three 10-lap heats and a 17-lap final which went to Les Leston. Oulton Park has a vast catchment area which includes Liverpool, Manchester and Crewe so it is little surprise that the second meeting and last of 1953 on 3 October, attracted a crowd of 40,000, it was a joint motorcycle and car event, the Wirral 100 Motor Club joining the Mid-Cheshire Car Club in organising it. The car side of the day was confined to three Formula III races and a final, won by Glaswegian Ninian Sanderson from Ken Tyrrell. By April 1954, the track had grown to 2.23 miles in length and within a year of the opening meeting had grown again, to 2.761 miles. On Easter 1975, another circuit layout, measuring 1.654 miles, came into use. Oulton Park is unique amongst the new post-World War II circuits in that it is a true road circuit whilst its contemporaries were, with one exception, converted airfields.

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Quad Cities Silverbacks

The Quad Cities Silverbacks are an International Fight League team based in the Quad Cities region of the United States. Coached by former UFC Welterweight Champion and founder of the successful Miletich Fighting Systems camp, Pat Miletich, the Silverbacks were one of four teams competing in the IFL's inaugural season; the Silverbacks are two time IFL World Team Champions. In the 2007 season the Silverbacks suffered their first lost and had to struggle to get the final spot in the 2007 playoffs. After defeating the Anacondas in the semi-finals the Silverbacks were defeated by the New York Pitbulls in the 2007 finals; the Silverbacks are 33-17 as of September 2007 in team competition.. A= fought as an alternate bout, that does not go towards team record o= fought as an opening bout, that does not go towards team record GP= fought during the individual Grand Prix, that does not go towards team record Bart Palaszewski def. John Shackelford by TKO in the 2nd round def Steve Bruno by KO in the first round def Marcio Feitosa by decision def Ivan Menjivar by decision def Ryan Schultz by KO in the third round lost to Chris Horodecki by decision def John Gunderson by decision def John Strawn by KO in the first round def Harris Sarmiento by submission in the third round lost to Deividas Taurosevicius by submission in the second round lost to Chris Horodecki by decision GP LC Davis ALTERNATEdef Jay Estrada by submission in the second round odef Conor Heun by decision olost to Wagney Fabiano by submission in the first round GP Rory Markham def Mike Pyle by KO in the first round def Brad Blackburn by KO in the second round def Marcelo Azevedo by TKO in the first round def Keith Wisniewski by TKO in the third round lost to Chris Wilson by TKO in the first round was supposed to face Jay Hieron on 2/02/07 but underwent eye surgery, alternate Victor Moreno fought instead def Pat Healy by TKO in the third round was supposed to face Mark Miller on 5/19/07 but was injured during training, alternate Josh Neer fought instead def Chris Clements by TKO in the first round was supposed to face Delson Heleno in the IFL Finals but suffered an injury from his last fight, thus alternate Jake Ellenberger fought instead lost to Brett Cooper by TKO in the second round GP Josh Neer ALTERNATElost to Mark Miller by KO in the first round Victor Moreno ALTERNATElost to Jay Hieron by submission in the first round Jake Ellenberger ALTERNATElost to Deleson Heleno by submission in the second round Ryan McGivern def.

Amir Rahnavardi by unanimous decision def Dennis Hallman by unanimous decision lost to Fabio Leopoldo by submission in the second round lost to Joe Doerksen by submission in the first round def Matt Horwhich by unanimous decision lost to Benji Radach by TKO in the second round def Daniel Molina by unanimous decision lost to Tim Kennedy by submission in the second round was supposed to face Benji Radach in the IFL 2007 semi finals but was on his honeymoon, thus Gerald Harris who fights for the Portland Wolfpack fought instead def Fabio Leopoldo by TKO in the second round Luke Johnson ALTERNATElost to Rick Reeves by submission in the first round a Mike Ciesnolevicz lost to Reese Andy by split decision lost to Andre Gusmão by TKO in the second round def Brent Beauparlant by submission in the first round def Aaron Stark by TKO in the third round def Alex Schoenauer by decision was supposed to face Vernon "Tiger" White on 4/07/07 but suffered a broken nose from his bout with Schoenauer. Thus alternate Sam Hoger fought instead.

Def Adam Maciejewski by TKO in the second round def Alex Schoenauer by decision lost to Andre Gusmão by KO in the first round Sam Hoger ALTERNATElost to Vernon White by submission in the second round Ben Uker def Travis Doerge by submission in the first round alost to Delson Heleno by TKO in the first round alost to Jake Ellenberger by TKO in the second round a Travis Wiuff lost to Alex Schoenauer by submission in the 2nd round lost to Devin Cole by unanimous decision Left to join San Jose Razorclaws Ben Rothwell def Krysztof Soszynski by TKO in the first round def Bryan Vetell by KO in the first round def Wojtek Kaszowski by submission in the first round def Devin Cole by KO in the first round def Matt Thompson by TKO def Roy Nelson by split decision def Travis Fulton by submission in the second round def Krysztof Soszynski by TKO in the first round def Ricco Rodriguez by decision left due to contract dispute Quad City Silverbacks Team Page International Fight League

CPL Gang

The CPL Gang was a group of comic book enthusiasts who published a number of fanzines in the mid-1970s, including Contemporary Pictorial Literature and Charlton Bullseye. Founded by Roger Stern and Bob Layton, the CPL Gang included Roger Slifer, Duffy Vohland, Tony Isabella, Don Maitz, Michael Uslan, Steven Grant, John Byrne, all of whom became comics professionals. Layton and Stern began publishing the CPL fanzine out of Layton's Indianapolis apartment. Stern recalls. Bob was drawing the covers and including little reviews written by some of his customers."By issue #5, CPL "... turned into a small'zine with a catalog insert, started writing short articles for it. Eventually became an editor of sorts." CPL featured a mix of articles, columns and comics strips. In addition to CPL Gang members, contributors included established industry professionals like Gil Kane, Alex Toth, Paul Gulacy, Mike Vosburg, Dan Adkins, P. Craig Russell, Joe Sinnott. Rog-2000, the John Byrne-created CPL "mascot," went on to become a character in the Charlton Comics universe.

CPL became a popular fan publication, led to Layton and Stern forming an alliance with Charlton Comics to produce and publish a one-shot called Charlton Portfolio in 1974, which included the unpublished sixth issue of Blue Beetle vol. 5. Twelve issues of CPL were published. An issue # 13 was never published; the success of Charlton Portfolio convinced Charlton of the merits of a "fan" publication. During the mid-1970s, both Marvel and DC were publishing in-house fan publications, Charlton wished to make inroads into the superhero market, as well as "establish a fan presence."Charlton gave Layton and Stern "access to unpublished material from their vaults by the likes of Steve Ditko, Jeff Jones and a host of others" for use in Charlton Bullseye, which published five issues from 1975–1976. Layton's association with Charlton in turn led to him becoming acquainted with the legendary Wally Wood, with whom he apprenticed; this apprenticeship led to work for Charlton, Marvel Comics and DC Comics, while still publishing fanzines.

Along with Bill Pearson's Wonderful Publishing Company, the CPL Gang co-published issue #10 of the Wally Wood-founded witzend comics anthology in 1976. By 1976, Layton and most of the other members were full-fledged comics professionals, the CPL Gang disbanded to pursue their burgeoning careers. Contemporary Pictorial Literature #1–12 Charlton Bullseye #1–5 Heroes, Inc. Presents Cannon #2 witzend #10 Contemporary Pictorial Literature: A Look Back Contemporary Pictorial Literature #8 Retrospective, BobLayton.com CPL #11 CPL #12