7th December 2015
1st February 2016
|MG Enthusiast Visit Brands Hatch
||20th Nov 2015
MG Enthusiast Visits Brands Hatch
Jim Jupp wrapped up warm and headed to Brands Hatch circuit in Kent for MGs On Track’s last outing of the year
Words : Jim Jupp
sure I’m not the only one that struggles to stir from my bed when the
mornings get darker. The idea of heading out at 6:30am on a very cold
Monday morning and hitting the M25 isn’t my idea of fun, but I’d been
invited to attend the last MGs on Track outing for the year at the
famous Brands Hatch circuit so, in all truth, I was up and out as soon
as the alarm fired.
There are still a few places left for our last event of 2015. Book via the dedicated event page HERE.
Read on for the rest of the article!
|2016 Calendar Announced
||19th Nov 2015
2016 Provisional Calendar Announced
We have made great progress on your behalf, with arranging another brilliant track-day calendar of events for you to enjoy in 2016. To see what this currently looks like (and we are still finalising contracts so there is a possibility that some dates may change) click HERE.
|Track Day Photos
||30th Oct 2015
Track Day Photographs
Many of you will know Nick Barrett of Xtreme Sports Photography. He is the one out in the wet taking photos of us having fun. If you missed out on seeing photos of your car at Donington Park, Goodwood or any of our other events this year, then get yourself over to www.xtreme-sports-photography.co.uk and browse the events gallery. Nick has a great range of photo gifts as well, and with you know what coming, they make great presents too!
|MGoT return to Pembrey after 11 years
||30th May 2015
to Pembrey after 11 years
Words by Dave Livingstone, President MGs on T
It was in
October 2004 that a handful of MGs (see photo) first visited Pembrey – a 11/2
mile circuit in Carmarthenshire about 20 miles outside of Swansea. Now, nearly
11 years later, we’re going back!
This time it
is for a special occasion, as Pembrey will be our 2015 Founder’s Day venue.
What does that mean, I hear you think? Well, for the last few years we have
dedicated one of the season’s track days to be a bit of a re-union – for the
founding members of MGs on Track (MGoT), all past and present committee members
and our early-year regulars. Not that this precludes newer MGoT members or
indeed first timers; it’s just an opportunity for those of us who don’t do as
many days as we used to, to catch up with each other.
on Monday 13th July and there will be just 36 places. It is my local circuit
now that I live in Pembrokeshire and I’d like to invite any old-timers, like
myself, to venture another 50 miles West and come to a BBQ at my house on
Saturday 11th July. Weather permitting on the Sunday we’ll also be taking a
walk on the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coastal Path or if it’s really nice, maybe
even taking a boat trip over to Skomer Island to see if there are any Puffins
still around. Email me at Dave@mgs-on-track.com if you’re interested in making
a long weekend of it.
As for the
circuit, though I did drive it myself in 2004, my memory isn’t good enough to
tell you much. Fortunately, Neil Thomas, Midget Register Scribe, also lives in
Pembrokeshire and he managed to get to Pembrey just the other week (see photo).
I’ll leave it to him to tell you about his day.
Midget Enjoys a Sunny Pembrey
Words by Neil Thomas, Midget Register Scribe
When I was
invited to attend a pre-season track day at Pembrey in South West Wales, by
members of the local sprint and hillclimb club, I was delighted. This is the
nearest motor circuit track to my home and a venue I had been to many times to
watch various forms of motorsport, but had never had the opportunity to drive.
For a number of years it had been the venue that Formula 1 teams such as
McLaren used for testing and which I had been fortunate enough to observe.
So, on March
22nd I headed off with my 1964 K-Series Midget. I was particularly keen to try
out the track, as I knew MGOT would be there in July. It really is a challenging
little track with some quite technical sections, including a hairpin after its
main straight, some very fast open bends and some tight 90-degree turns.
was brilliant; cold, dry, bright sunshine - perfect for grip. Upon arrival I
looked at the other cars attending on the day. My good friend Ceri had brought
along his Mk1 MX5 and another friend, keen MGCC member Ken Waylett, was in his
2005 JPS Lotus Elise. There was a cacophony of other vehicles including a brand
new GT3, other Porsches from the local Porsche club, a couple of race-prepared
Mk1 Lotus Cortina’s, an early 60’s race prep’d Ford Galaxy, various Caterhams,
Westfields, Honda GTRs and Subarus.
briefing we had two familiarisation laps and then we were off. Initially I was
wary of the circuit, as the track was quite tricky in places, but as the
morning progressed, confidence grew and I was in my element. This was an open
pit lane day, which allowed me drive alongside the full range of vehicles
present. My Midget performed faultlessly and despite running road tyres on this
occasion it held its head up high, embarrassing some of the more powerful cars
on the track.
One thing to
remember is that the black stuff has lots of grip, but the green stuff doesn’t
and the tyre walls can approach very quickly if you decide to take an
alternative route. I didn’t try this out, but we were warned! So, a cautious
approach is advisable at first, but soon you start to appreciate the great
variety of this little 1.45-mile long circuit with its 8 turns running in a
The facilities include a cafe with food and drink
available all day and some great banks on the outside of the track for viewing
and photos. I thoroughly enjoyed Pembrey and I am certain that anyone attending
the MGoT day on the 13th July will not be disappointed. I’ll certainly be back.
|MGoT at MG Live!
||29th May 2015
MGoT at MG Live!
As usual, we will have a stand at MG Live! If you are one of our regular tracksters do come along and say hello or if you have ever wondered what track days are all about, then come and chat with Dave, Doug, Steve or Nigel and get the low-down and find out how to join the fun!
|New Car, New Track, New Year!
||15th Mar 2015
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
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!
||5th Feb 2015
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!
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
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!
To read the rest of the article, click "read more"
|The Season Opens!
||1st Jan 2015
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.
|One More Ticked off the Track-Day Bucket List!
||1st Nov 2014
One More Ticked off the Track-Day Bucket List!
In case you missed the MGoT article in the October Safety Fast! here it is again.
Words by Steve Brand & Stu Dickens
The day finally arrived, the day many had been
waiting for, the day MGs on Track visited Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit! Judging
by the smiles on the drivers faces after going out on this superb track, you
would have thought it was a free day at the local brewery…
There was a
full array of MGs, spread out over the full 2.5 mile GP circuit and when back
in the pits, every driver appeared to be holding an exciting conversation on
the ‘new found’ GP track. I think it will certainly be a circuit to visit again
It was great
to see our president and founder, Dave Livingstone on track, having travelled
some 300 miles to be there along with one of our other founder members Stu
Dickens. Stu now tells us about the circuit he has waited so long to try…!
It was a tough decision booking this Lotus on Track
invitation day, double the price of a typical MGoT track-day and also midweek.
I fought off the temptation to book for weeks and was only expecting to see a
few diehards prepared to splash the cash, but once it was clear we would have
more than a good showing of MG’s and would have a virtually full session I just
could not resist it.
started bright, the forecast was ominous though, a dry morning but wet
afternoon, still we were hopeful for a few dry sessions to feel our way around
the unfamiliar GP section, I can
honestly say for the first time in ages I was feeling a ‘little nervous’(well
butterflies at least!)
Sign on went
smoothly, the cars prepped for the first session, a show of hands at the
briefing identified those of us who hadn’t driven the GP circuit, it was the
majority which made me feel a little easier, we would all be learning together.
And so at
09:20 our first session began, as per usual behind the safety car for the first
3 laps to make sure we all had a feeling for the circuit before the wild horses
were unleashed. First impressions at this steady pace was good, it was a long
way around with lots of new challenges (corners) to get right. The safety car
peeled in and we were released, picking up speed along the Brabham straight and
diving into Paddock Hill Bend (one of the bends on my ‘dream’ circuit if I
could make one), through the compression and up to Druids which is heavy on the
wheel with the power steering off, then back on the juice to the Graham Hill
left hander and onto Cooper.
Now remember to turn LEFT at Surtees! This is a real tricky corner for the lower
power (Sub 200hp MG’s), you need to keep your momentum up and carry speed onto
the climb and straight going down to Pilgrims Drop but there is little run off
on the right of Surtees and it would be so easy to overcook it here. Picking up
speed you pass under the famous bridge down Hawthorn Hill and into the very
fast Hawthorn Bend, braking hard for Westfield and then winding the power back
on to negotiate Dingle Dell and the approach to a blind adverse camber Dingle
Dell corner. A short spurt and down to 2nd for Stirlings bend and then the
hammer down and you’re back onto the Indy circuit at Clearways and into the
Clarke Curve before winding it up for the Brabham straight again.
circuit! Brands Hatch GP is right up there with the best. If you get the chance you
really must drive this amazing GP circuit
|The Value of Instruction!
||16th Sep 2014
The Value of Instruction!
If you have not yet joined MGoT at one of our track days and are still wondering if it is for you, then this letter from one of our first timers at Castle Combe last week shows the absolute value of an instruction session.Adrian writes to one of our intsructors on the day.
Words by Adrian Fryer
My name is Adrian Fryer and you gave me instruction at the recent MGOT day at Castle Combe (Blue MG TF car number 13). It was my first time at one of these events and I like to thank you for the excellent tuition and advice you gave me, it really did make the day so much better knowing what I should be doing instead of following other drivers and assuming that they are taking the right lines.
Your instruction to me was very clear and precise which allowed me to take in what you were saying and apply it to driving correctly around the track.
I have attached a photo which suggests I must have been your star pupil for the day because you seem to be loving what I doing so much you decided to blow me a kiss !
Once again thank you and I will have no hesitation recommending you to other novice and experienced drivers, hopefully when I do another track day I will be fortunate enough to have you as my instructor again, I will certainly make a request for you when I apply.
All the very best.
Many thanks for taking the time to write to us, Adrian & thanks for letting us publish your letter. Love the picture & hope to see you again soon!