Grand Prix Circuits in 1 Year?
I wonder how many clubs are lucky enough to be able to offer 2
of the world's favourite current grand prix circuits (Spa and Silverstone)
and one of the best loved GP circuits of yesteryear (Brands), held
in great affection for its challenges and its attractive setting.
Entries are coming in for both Silverstone and Brands, but time
is running out to enter Brands as it's on 18 and 19 August. With
a great driver's circuit, the Lotus Festival to look at (and to
increase the number of eyes looking at you) and best of all The
Baking Grand Prix and BBQ, it's one not to miss.
As for Silverstone, although it's a big grid, it's filling very
fast, and as it's being shared with the F3 Cup places are limited.
Simon had to beat off a crowd at Oulton (see pic) forcing onto him
completed entry forms and (almost unheard of in racing) signed cheques.
So another one to get signed up for.
Union 3rd Directive - Driving Licences
I'm immensly grateful to the SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers
and Traders), of whom we are members at work, for sending
a DVLA summary of changes to the driving licence rules because
it makes me realise what a relatively exciting life I lead
as a Chartered Accountant.
However, whilst it's unlikely to outsell that new book about
McLaren ("50 Shades of Grey"), this pdf from DVLA
does explain the changes quite well and if you have any towing
combination heavier than a hatchback and a 2 wheel trailer
it's probably worth reading to make sure you don't become
here to download.
the many people who welcomed our guest at Oulton, David Taylor
(right), and showed him their car, many thanks. I was showing
David around after he had kindly written the piece
about racing in the first Mono race in 1960. He was fascinated
by the cars we use and subsequently emailed as follows:
"I very much enjoyed meeting you at Oulton Park and
found the Monoposto Cars and lads very interesting. I felt
the camaraderie and friendly atmosphere reminded me of my
days in Monoposto which brought back memories of the early
The various classes of cars makes the racing very interesting
and provides a life line for so many single seater cars which
would otherwise be redundant. I have always felt that most
racing cars have such a short life and are discarded by the
top teams after one season at best.what a waste.
After we parted I watched the first Monoposto race at Lodge
and enjoyed it very much stirring the adrenaline and bringing
back long lost memories."
David has written some further reminiscences which we will
be posting in the near future.
Did you spot (1)...
year's British GT winners, father and son Jim and Glyn Geddie
were out in the GT Cup race in their McLaren MP4/12C, winning
It was interesting listening to the commentator cringe in
the after race interview as he prodded them to commit to further
GT Cup races. The gist seemed to be that this was a test session
and as things had held together they would move on to the
British GT series. Probably not what he wanted to hear....
Did you spot (2)...
an enthusiast for the principle that "if it doesn't work,
hit it with a big hammer" (tried it with a Mac keyboard
once) I was pleased to see a professional, one of the recovery
drivers, hitting the wheel of his M reg Transit VERY hard
and VERY loudly with a VERY big hammer. No idea why.