This provides you wilth a reminder of who we have had as guest speakers at the club and what activities had been provided for the club members in 2011.
Our speaker was Ian Flux who is a very experienced sports car racer.
Our speaker was Rob Gammage who gave us an interesting talk about his life in the world of motorsport.
A group of us went to Silverstone for the HSCC finals meeting, an excellent day was had by all.
Historic racer Ian Ashley gave us a fascinating insight into the world of Formula 1 in the 1970's with his experiences at BRM.
August 20th one of our members, Peter Dobson, organised a road run round parts of South Lincolnshire. A number of cars went on the run and with good weather the event was a great success. This may lead to more such events being arranged.
Neil Tuxworth from the Honda TT Legends gave an interesting talk about racing on bikes and the managment of bike teams. His tales of workig with Honda kept us all amused.
We had a very enjoyable visit to Gordon Easton's Bygone Collection at Coates. His knowlege of his very varied collection of farming, romany, old Peterborough, Fen Management tools made for a very interesting evening.
Geoff Turrell, MD of Porsche GB gave an interesting presentation of the Porsche marque. This covered the history of the cars and their design, as well as the current situation of the car market and the more recent models.
We had a packed house when Chris Barrie came to give a talk about the many and varied types of transport he has driven, piloted or ridden for his TV series. Chris entertained us with his stories of each of the vehicles etc that he had worked with. The range was very impressive from the Sinclair C5, through bikes, cars, tanks, large cranes, large ships and aircraft of many types.
This month we took to the air with Chris Norton, Director of 2Excel. Chris is an experienced fighter pilot with many active missions flying Harriers into many recent conflicts in Europe and the Middle East. He left the Airforce to create a new company 2Excel - a flying company. 2Excel is the home of The Blades Aerobatic Display Team, Scimitar, Sabre and the 2Excel Airline – the only ‘aerobatic airline’ in the world. This was a very different evening. We also raised £100 for RAFA which is Chris is supporting.
The February meeting was our first film evening. We had a good attendance to see the historic motoring in films that were made in period.
At the last meeting in January we had a different kind of talk this time with four drivers giving their experiences. Steve Markham, one of the drivers, acted as an interviewer talking with the other three. Steve is an instructor at Silverstone, also works with Prodrive and has rallied with Andrew Jordan in the British Rallycross Championship. The other participants were Alex Dew who has experience of Renault Clio Cup racing, George Haynes who has raced in the Britcar series, and Mike Brown ex Seat works driver with Martin Rowe and Gwyndaff Evans.