A busy end to the season

A busy end to the season

As it often is, it's been a busy end to the club's season.

We've had members and adults alike attending 'Caterham Day' at Donnington Park.  A lot of fun was had by all, with the youngsters in particular picking things up quickly, and really impressing the Caterham team.

During half term week, our sister organisation, Pathfinder, ran two simultaneous week long courses for 15-17 year olds, providing a more condensed version of the club, but still with our principles at heart.

We've finished up our normal driving days with a couple of changes from the norm.  Firstly at Castle Combe some quick work by our venue controller and helpers at lunchtime gave us an afternoon of continental driving, pushing even some of our more experienced members.  Then our traditional last day of the season was our night drive at Bovington, and event running from 2pm - 8pm providing our members valuable experience of different light conditions, including pitch black on a lot of the circuit.

We had 2 Sundays at Whitecliff quarry where again, members and adults were able to drive 4x4 vehicles across some extremely challenging terrain with the youngsters again shining.

Just one more event to go this season - our annual review, AGM and prize giving at Rockingham, followed by a last bit of driving - some more fun at a karting track.  The visit to Rockingham will give members a look at a venue we are booked in to use as a finale to our 2018.  That's going to be special, and though it's a long way off, it is something for everyone to look forward to.

Castle Combe

Castle Combe

Sunday, Tony Wright hosted our Castle Combe event: thanks to Tony & team for a great day, the weather behaved, the Open Day went very well with six new members, the last three for this year (they were booked for our cancelled Bov event) & three signed for next season. The rest of our Open Days will be for the 2018 season. We had seven upgrades, a well deserved G1 award for Nat Carter & congratulations to Joe Hagan, awarded his IAM F1RST! Nat managed to get Andrew P & Terry fighting over whether he should get the keys to the Golf R or the Focus St, & when Joe ‘s success was announced, he was celebrating under the Golden Arches in Chippenham…dodging the photo with Terry, surely not…! We also had a First Aid course running, thanks to Jacqui for that & quick reminder, it’s a G2 requirement that you either have attended one of our First Aid courses, or have proof you have a similar qualification elsewhere. please spread the word to let Jacqui know you need one, as the spaces go very quickly! We have a lot of new members this year, who we hope will stay with us next, so courses like First Aid are going to fill up, we may need to consider extras.

Renault F1 factory tour

Renault F1 factory tour

We've talked about The Under 17 Car Club's annual "magic day" fund raising event in the past.  This year we were extremely fortunate to be able to auction off a Renault Formula 1 headquarters tour.  Today's the day the luck few of us who had put our hands up, and in our pockets, got to visit Enstone in Oxfordshire.  Arriving at an underground lair in an anonymous field somewhere in Oxfordshire, you half expected to see Batman appear from a hidden doorway.  To see the inner workings of the place where Michael Schumacher's championship cars were developed, to get a look inside today's cars, to hear some of the stories from the early years and sit where some of the sports greatest have also sat - well, it doesn't get much better than that.  Many thanks to everyone in arranging such a fantastic prize, and raising a sizeable sum for Teenage Cancer Trust.