FIRSTLY AN APOLOGY
Firstly I must start with an apology to you all and members of the committee from myself for the lack of newsletters this year.
Due to extensive hand surgery to both hands I have been out of action for most of the year since mid-June and not been able to drive or get up to the circuit as much as I would have liked. Recovery is going well. so touch wood next year we will be back to normal.
SPA 6 HOURS NURBURGRING 24 HRS.
As I advised in the last newsletter (which I know seems years ago now), The first weekend in May saw me on the way to circuit Spa Francorchamps for the WEC 6 hours of spa iconic circuit, iconic corners, to see those world endurance cars fly down from La Source through Eau Rouge and up Radillion is jaw dropping. Did I mention I also managed to get an invite for the actual grid walk (you know what they say, right place, right time and all that). The Monday after the race weekend we travelled the short journey to the Nurburgring for the N24hr.
Iconic circuit, iconic corners to stand at the Karusell at 3am in the pouring rain with just the race car headlights for illumination is a sight that will stay with me forever, with former Raymond Mays Salver holder Nick Tandy winning the N24 made it even more exciting.
Anyway enough of what I've been up to and back to matters at Donington. Welcome back to Tony Gamble who kindly accepted the committee's invitation to resume the role of Club Secretary. Longstanding members will remember Tony and his wife Sally being involved in the smooth running of the club in the past, and the Committee would like to thank Tony for his work this year.
Sadly the Donington Collection closed it's doors for the final time on the 5th of November. I am sure we all have spent many hours in the company of those fantastic exhibits, most of, if not all have been returned to their owners, At the time I write, I am not sure of the plans for then use of the building.
DONINGTON PARK. THE PIONEERS
A new book was launched at the circuit in late October. Donington Park - The Pioneers. D.P.R.A.C was well represented at the launch with several committee members present. The book, 20 years in the making by author John Bailie recalls the history from 1930 right through to the current Stewardship of the MSV era.
I know our own Yvonne has helped the author with some of her and Brian's extensive knowledge of the park and even provided some personal photos to be used in the publication. John Bailie has kindly donated a copy to D.P.R.A.C that will be available to be viewed by us all. Donnington Park - The Pioneers is available in all good bookshops and online.
All the club's trophies have now been awarded with the winners as follows;
Wheatcroft Trophy - John Minshaw / Phil Keen
Muriel Tomlinson Trophy - Sun Yue Yang
Raymond Mays Salver - Nicolai Kjaergaard
DRRAC Trophy - Alasdair Coates
Squib Burton Cup = Phil Crowe
Bill Boddice Sidecar Challenge Trophy - Peter Founds/Javan Walmsly
Ken Walker 250cc Challenge Trophy - Chris Wallace
Many thanks to Alan for arranging the bike presentations - good owd lad.
A MEMBER'S JORNEY GETTING TO DONINGTON
If you think coming to Donington is bit far sometimes - just take a look at what our member Stan does to get there -
Awake up and ready early for his first leg, 06.45 taxi from home to the local train station-1 hour train ride to Derby Station - 30 minute bus ride to near the track, then of course the same return journey home - arriving home at approximately 20.30 which including waiting time is a very long 14.5 hour day.
As we say in Nottingham - Good on yer Stan - proper chap!
A few dates for your diary
Sat 27th and Sun 28th April - BTCC
Fri 3rd-Sun 5th May - Donnington Historic Festival
Fri 24th-Sun 26th May - B S B
Sat 8th-Sun 9th June - Masters Historic Racing Festival
Sat 22nd-Sun 23rd June - British GT/F3
Fri 5th-Sun 7th July - W.S.B.K
Sat 10th-Sun 11th Aug - Convoy in the Park
Sat 14th-Sun 15th Sept - British GT/F3
Fri 4th-Sun 6th Oct - BSB
Think you will all agree some good stuff here.
As always please keep an eye on the MSV Donington Web page as well as our own for updates and changes.
So that's about it, If there is anything members would like including in the newsletter please let me know, or if you would like to write an article that's even better.
Once again, please accept my apologies and thanks to my fellow committee members for keeping the ship (sorry suites) running in my absence.
See you all soon trackside, keep well and safe.