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Dear Member

Welcome to the June Newsletter. With the season well underway we’ve already seen some entertaining racing both on two three and four wheels. With plenty still to come.

At the British Superbike Meeting we introduced our ‘bonus Card’. You get a stamp with every coffee or tea purchased. When full, 4 stamps. You get a free one.

The raffle tickets for the Book donated by the author John Bailie. Donnington Park – The Pioneers, as mentioned in the last newsletter are now on sale at £1 a strip, you will need to put your name and membership number on the half we retain.


We have a number of Bamber cars for sale in the Suite, at the unbelievably low price of just £5. We have Super Aguri, B.M.W. Sauber and Spyker.


We have a junior section to our membership. Members Children under 12 can join free of charge, Junior Membership get their own membership card.



This is my day at the BTCC. We arrived early and this being my wife’s first visit this season she was quite impressed at the new entry to the circuit.

We dropped into the suites had a bit of a chat and a nice cuppa and Still only a £1 got a look at the tele to see what happened on Saturday qualifying and when it was time for the first BTTC race we opted to watch from the pitlane grandstand seats. We had a really good view from there with all the noise to go with it also there was a big screen opposite which made all round circuit viewing possible. It was a pretty good race lots of the usual bumps etc with Colin Turkington heading them home, start of a pretty good day for him and BMW. From there we could also see the 4500 or so Toyota employees and family area and they seemed to be enjoying themselves which turned out even better later. I also managed to take a few photos with the I phone of the cars etc please see below.

After the race we loitered around the back of pits area keeping out of the way of the

pit crew it was good to see some of the background work being done as it makes

you realise what it takes. We went back to the suites to watch some of the other races with one eye on the track and the other on the tele. More tea of course and chat to people. This meeting we decided to try the pitlane walkabout so we dutifully lined up at the bottom end of pit lane waiting to get in BUT unfortunately a big shunt in the Ginettas caused the walk to be cancelled which was a shame but the good news being no drivers were injured in said shunt. So back to the stand for BTTC race 2 and again a good win for Colin Turkington which was quite a good thing for having spotted Colin’s dad and brother in the row behind us and a pre-race chat with him made it a different thing because you really see up close how much they want there man to win with every bend being driven for him by them. He’s a nice bloke who’s rightly proud of his lad.

In race three there was no hat-trick for Colin but it was a dream end to the day for the local mob from Toyota as with the reverse grid draw bit of luck Tom Ingram drove Toyota to first place and their first win of the season and a real cheer could be heard from their supporters.

A bit of a long day but all that action from all the races made the time fly. I’ll be back for more great

 racing during the season hope to see you there sometime.

Phil French Membership Secretary

The Bill Bodice Cup

Bill the DPRAC’s second President, was invited to the position after the death of Raymond May’s in May 1980. He was President until his sudden death in May 1982.

The Bill Bodice Trophy was purchased by the club in 1982. In memory of bill. Bill was a very well-known and successful sidecar rider for many years, and the father of Mick himself a very successful sidecar racer and many times a TT winner.

The trophy is a silver cup with a London hallmark. It is presented annually for a sidecar event selected by the Club committee.

Multi winners of the trophy included Ben and Tom Birchell, 5 times. Ian Bell and Neil Carpenter, 3 times,

For 2019 The Bill Bodice Cup was competed for on the 12 th of May in the F2 sidecars race at the NG meeting. Was won by Pete Founds and Jeven Walmsby. Our photograph shows 9 times TT winner and Bills son Mike. presenting the cup to Pete Founds and Jevan Walmsby.Pete and Jevan have won the cup for the last 4 years, making them second to Tom and Ben Birchell, who have 5 wins.Congratulations to Pete and Javen on a 4 th and podium in this years weather affected TT.

The Squib Burton Cup

Squib Burton was born in Cossington, Leicestershire in 1908.He started his speedway career with Leicester in the Autumn of 1928 He also rode for other clubs including Rochdale and Lea Bridge, and won several individual competitions including breaking the world record for four laps of track over a quarter of a mile in length with a time of 89.4 seconds He first raced in international competition in 1930, as part of the England team that faced Australia for all but the first of the five-test series. He also toured New Zealand as part of the England test team in the Winter of 1930-31

A series of injuries led to Burton retiring from speedway,

Squib won the first race to be held at Donington Park held on Whit Monday 1931. The bike on which he won is now exhibited in the National Motorcycle Museum

 Fifty years later he donated his trophy from that race to the Donington Park Racing Association Club. It was subsequently known as the Squib Burton Challenge Trophy and awarded annually to a solo bike race at Donington Park.

For 2019 the trophy was competed for on the 26 th May in the Junior Supersport Race at the British Superbike meeting, Trystan Finocchiaro was the winner of a thrilling 12 lap race.

The photo shows Trystan receiving the Squib Burton trophy from DPRAC committee members Marie and Rick.

After the presentation Trystan visited the suite with his family and spent some time with us. He is hoping to get a wild card at the Donington round of the World Superbikes.

Shopping – everyone’s favorite pastime. In the past we spent hours strolling round the shops never finding the exact item we desired.

Now we now sit at home in our comfortable armchairs and browse the internet blinded by the number of items of different colours & sizes for our purchases. Often using the largest e-commerce marketplace and cloud computing platform in the world - Amazon.

Amazon Smile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on . The difference is that when customers shop through the URL , AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT, returns and shipping fees) of eligible purchases to the charitable organisations selected by customers.

DPRAC has now joined with Amazon Smile. When next making a purchase or browsing, log into smile. Amazon (use your existing log on details for amazon).

On the main page at the top, under the search box is a charity name, click on this and change to DPRAC. This is a once only exercise because the system will remember your preferences.

Dprac would be grateful if all members, friends uses as any extra income received by the club goes into the Welfare Account for the benefit of Racers at Donington.

We would very much like to receive thoughts and or items for the newsletters from members.

Tony Gamble club secretary. Email

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