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|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.
|MG Enthusiast Visit Brands Hatch
||16th Nov 2014
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.
Read on for the rest of the article!
|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!
|MG90 - Another Great Weekend for MGoT
||26th Jun 2014
MG90 - Another Great Weekend for MGoT
For those of you who
were not able to make it to Silverstone for MG90, here are a couple of pics
(taken by our very own Doug Bond) of the MGoT Stand this year with some
of our trusty stand-manning team! The glorious weather always helps of course, but this year again we met a large number of MG-owners who were keen to join us at one of our track-days as well as loads of current members who popped by for a chat.
Thank you to everyone that came and spoke with us over the weekend, it was great to see you all.
Steve B's Very Nice Trophy!
|MGoT Newsletter - Castle Combe 2 & Donington
||31st May 2014
MGoT Newsletter - Castle Combe 2 & Donington
You will hopefully all have received the latest MGoT Newsletter and you may have noticed a change of format as well. We are continually striving to improve the information sent out to members and we all hope you liked the improved format. In case anyone has not received this, a copy is shown below.
We would aslo like to remind members that booking for Castle Combe 2 and Donington Park opens at 8am on Monday 2nd June.
In this newsletter:
1. Castle Combe 2
2. Donington Park
3. 2014 Calendar Reminder
|A Unique Invitation
||15th Apr 2014
A Unique Invitation
Steve Brand introduces our upcoming visit to Brands Hatch GP circuit in the April edition of Safety Fast, here is a sneak preview!
have been very busy lately, desperately looking at my family tree and trying to
claim some fame in having connections with Brands Hatch…Sadly, I can’t,
although I wouldn’t tell you that! Despite the fact I get no special treatment
at this world famous circuit, it is still one of my favourites. Having only
ever driven the Indy circuit in my MG and once naughtily taking my 50c.c moped
around the GP track back in the seventies after a Formula 2 race, you can
imagine my delight when MGoT were given the opportunity to get on the full GP
circuit in August 2014!
invitation was discussed at one of our committee meetings and recalling a
conversation over dinner with the ‘V8 group’ at another track day, and their
extreme enthusiasm to try out this fast and undulating circuit, the decision to
go ahead was made.
circuits around England are subject to noise levels and the opportunity to get
on some of them can be quite difficult, however, one lucky chap has managed to
do it…Read about his experience on the Brands Hatch GP circuit.
Dave Pearce, Chairman, MGoT
It is for the first time since MGs on Track
have been in operation we have the fantastic opportunity to drive the full GP
circuit at Brands Hatch on August 14th.
We at MGoT
regularly run a track day on the Silverstone GP circuit and this is one of our
most popular events with 86 cars running in two separate sessions. The GP
circuit at Brands Hatch is just as exciting and although it is no longer used
by the Formula 1 fraternity, those of you who (like me) are long in the tooth
will remember the days when the British GP alternated between Silverstone and
December track day is on the shorter Brands Hatch Indy circuit, it is a very
exciting place to be and all those who have driven it will have fond memories
of Paddock Hill bend (blind right hander, dropping steeply downwards with the
apex out of sight as you approach it!) and the tight hairpin at Druids. If you
look at the circuit map, you will see how much bigger the full GP circuit is,
at a total of 2.5 miles long. The first part of the track as you turn left off
the Indy circuit after Surtees corner is very quick and although it is more or
less straight there is a sharp dip at Pilgrim’s Drop where the track goes under
the road bridge. As you approach the bridge it appears at eye level and I found
myself ducking each time I went under it! A slight rise takes you to the right
hand Hawthorn Bend and a short straight to Westfield which is a fast right
hander. Another drop down through Dingle Dell and up again, curving to the right,
until Dingle Dell corner is reached. It is then a short run to the left hand
Stirling’s corner and a long fast run down to Clearways where you re- join the
In the dry,
the GP section is very quick but the day I did it in my MG SVR it was extremely
wet and with my limited driving skills, 460 bhp with no traction control I have
to admit that I tip-toed round rather gingerly! We are hoping that our day on
14th August this year will bring rather more clement weather…
The day is
being organised by our friends at Lotus on Track (L.O.T) and is split into 3
sessions of 20 minutes each. We will
have a dedicated session provided we can get 35 to 40 people booking; otherwise
we may backfill with some of the more compatible Lotus cars. The following weekend
is the Lotus Festival so there will be a lot of interesting race cars around
the paddock. Let’s fill our paddock with MGs at the track day!
To join us at Brands Hatch GP, simply click HERE
|Goodwood Charity Fund-Raising
||17th Mar 2014
Goodwood Charity Parade Laps
During our recent Goodwood track day on Saturday 22nd February, we once again hosted the Chichester branch of the MGOC who arranged the lunchtime parade laps. The idea behind this is to raise funds for a local charity; participants give a donation to take part. This year we had 62 participants (including me as the tail end charlie, to make sure no-one was lost on the circuit!).
Well done to all MGoT members for kindly allowing their sessions to be slightly shortened to accommodate the parade laps. As a result of your generosity with your track time, we helped the MGOC raise £525 for the local charity, Stone Pillow.