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20th April 2015
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26th May 2015
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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The Season Opens! - 1/1/15
Photos courtesy Ken Carrington, Track Snaps
No sooner are Christmas & the New Year over than another season is upon us. You might be thinking now about your plans for the 2015 season. So, to whet your appetite, we deceided to remind you of our last visit to Goodwood circuit in October 2014. We had a glorious day both in terms of the track day as well as the unseasonally balmy autumn weather. Just take a look at these pics to remind yourself!
Goodwood is a fantastic circuit for both a first-time track day and for experienced track drivers alike. So come along at the end of February, we have often had great weather for this event and we guarantee that you will have a great day irrespective of the cimactic conditions. Book via our dedicated event page HERE.
If you can't wait for the end of February, we also have a day courtesy of our good friends at Lotus on Track. this is at Bedford Autodrome on the 2.3 mile SEN circuit. For all of you who ask about open pit lane events, then this one is for you as it is OPL and therefore suitable for those of you with experience of a few track days. Booking is via a dedicated link to the LoT website from our event page HERE. At the time of writing, there are just 16 places left.
Finally we leave you with a shot of Mike Staffords Turbo TF which was at Goodwood last October, showing off its very considerable pace. Not only did Mike come along for his first ever track day, but he also provided free track-day support to a number of our members who encountered mechanical gremlins during the day. Many thanks Mike for all of your help, we hope to see you again soon. Mike runs MJS Auto & Marine who are MG Rover specialists and may be found via his website www.mjsautoandmarine.co.uk.