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Oulton Park - MG Session
26th May 2015
8th June 2015
Spaces: Sold Out
Snetterton & Oulton Park Places - 29/4/15
Snetterton & Oulton Park Places
There are just a few places left for our annual visit to Snetterton on the 300 circuit. The date for your diaries is Monday 11th May. If you have never been to Snetterton, then you don't know what you have been missing. The introduction of the "300" loop with additional corners a few years ago really re-vitalised this circuit and made it into one of the most technically demanding circuits that we visit. Entering Brundle after the blast down the Bentley Straight is something else as you follow through into Coram via Nelson and the Bomb Hole. Altogether superb! The cost is £135 (MGCC members) with the usual instruction (£14 per session) and helmet hire (£10) available.
More details and booking via our dedicated event web page HERE or from our Event Manager, Dave Pearce (DaveP@mgs-on-track.co.uk).
You asked us when we were going back to Oulton Park, we listened and now is your chance to drive this iconic circuit. With names like Denton's Brow, Clay Hill and Deer Leap, you will gather that this is not just another flat ex-airfield circuit.
Tuesday 26th May is the date for your diaries, that is the day after Bank Holiday Monday so why not make a long weekend of it up in beautiful Cheshire? The cost is an incredible £165 (MGCC members) with instruction (£14) and helmet hire (£10) both available as usual.
New Car, New Track, New Year! - 15/3/15
New Car, New Track, New Year
New member Jonny Silman attended Goodwood track day with MGoT in February in his new MG ZS 120+. He describes his day out with us here.
Words: Jonny Silman, Photos: Nigel Silman
Accelerating down the Lavant Straight for the first time after being released by the pace car was, in all honesty, a slightly scary experience. 110 mph in a car I had only owned for a couple of months, heading straight towards a tyre wall as the track curved away into Woodcote, the penultimate corner on Goodwood circuit. I had done track days before, taking my dad’s MG TF for a spin (often literally) around great tracks like Donington, Brands Hatch and Castle Combe. But Goodwood was different – the first track day of 2015, the first time I had been round Goodwood, was also the first time I had driven my ZS 120, recently bought from a fellow MGs on Track member, in anger around a racetrack. And what a racetrack it is! I already knew that Goodwood was a fast circuit, but it took first hand experience for me to grasp just how fast this famous old track was – a huge portion of the course is spent with your foot welded to the floor, interrupted by sharp spurts of braking and tricky double-apex corners like Madgwick and Lavant.
A circuit that you could instantly go out and have fun on, but one that is difficult to master, making it all the sweeter when you get a corner or a section spot on. Doing this was made much easier after an early session with Alan Wilshire, one of the excellent MGoT instructors at Goodwood, who’s input in terms of braking and turn in points, track position and general driving tips was invaluable, giving me the confidence to really have a good go at the circuit, and also to discover what the ZS could truly do. In fact, the ZS could do a lot – for a car so well mannered on the road, it handled the track with no problems, and in the end it was only the fleshy bit behind the wheel that held it back! Mastering Goodwood was also made significantly easier by the weather – bright sunshine for most of the day, fortunately no snowstorms like previous years! Additionally, the track’s marshals did an excellent job getting sessions out on time, and the staggered starts from the pit lane allowed you to go around at your own pace, often not seeing another car for the whole session. This meant that I could freely play around with different lines into corners, and there was no one to hit if I suddenly ran out of talent! When other cars were around, they quickly got out of the way of faster drivers, and the quicker guys always waited until they were let past to overtake – all very courteous. In the paddock, everyone at the event was friendly and chatty, discussing their experiences with the track and their cars, and the committee members worked tremendously hard all day to ensure the event was a roaring success. By the end of the day, the Lavant Straight was no longer scary – it was brilliant, as was my ZS. 110 mph? Easy. I’m going to do it faster next year.
Silverstone - A Must Do Circuit! - 5/2/15
The excitement of being able to drive at Silverstone starts to build weeks before the event, the social gathering is as much part of the day as driving is whereby the renowned MG camaraderie forms with friends old and new. Nearly all models of MG make an appearance, proving yet again, our Track Days are not just for B’s and F’s. Silverstone is unique in our calendar in that, to be able to drive on the Grand Prix circuit, you must have experience at a minimum of one track day at another venue. Silverstone is a ‘must do’ event! Be sure to book a track day with MGoT this year to qualify for Silverstone in 2015. There are still a few places at Goodwood for first timers who may want to drive Silverstone this year.
Steve Brand continues with his account of a day at Silverstone GP circuit - I will let him tell his story!
Words Steve Brand; Photo coutesy of Xtreme Sports Photography
The sound of ‘The Chain’…
Just as you turn off the A43 there is a short stretch of road leading up to the entrance, turn left and observe the sign ‘WELCOME TO SILVERSTONE’- The home of the British Grand Prix. Through the security barrier and over the bridge, it’s then I start to imagine the distinctive voice of Murray Walker saying …“And – There - Goes - Nigel - Mansell…” at the same time the sound of Fleetwood Mac reverberates in my head, Yes, It’s ‘The Chain’ the theme synonymous with Formula 1… I feel honoured to be able to drive on one of the best motor racing circuits in the world, here is my ‘whistle stop’ account of the day!
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