Silverstone Classic PARADE LAPS will be on Saturday evening between day and evening racing. Other clubs and marques will
also be involved and these are Parade Laps not Hot Laps unfortunatly. We will have limited spaces so let me know if you want to
participate in them (if we have more demand than spaces it will be 'first come first served' - and you guys are getting the
'heads up first'!). I have updated the web site Events listing and GT40S.com. They were not exactly falling over themselves
to do this for us, this was the best achievable result even mentioning our 50th Anniversary! Silverstone are trying to accomodate
the 100th Anniversary of Aston Martin, 50th Anniversary of the Porsche 911, 50th Anniversary of Lamborghini and 30th of
the Sprite and Midget............. everyone wants a piece of the action!
All the best.
Added to our main Menu is a portal to the GT40 Enthusiasts Club Forum. This has been made possible by the courtesy of Ron Earp
and the GT40s.com organization. Since we both are working to achieve the same end goals, a cooperative relationship has developed between our Club
and the GT40s.com organization. We consider a natural first step is sharing resources. We encourage our Club members to make use
of this forum link to exchange ideas and post notices.
With the New Year upon us, our thoughts start to wander to the season ahead. However with no Le Mans Classic to look forward to a
few members are seriously looking at the SPA Classic on the 24th – 26th May at the fantastic Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.
Last year, as you may have seen in David Scaife's fine report in the last issue of Fortyfication, the event turned out to be a great 3 days of sunny Motorsports and track time.
Now this is SPA we are talking about and the weather in this neck of the woods is normally fickle to say the least.
However many members state clearly that it does not always rain in SPA (well let's hope so in 2013) and many have enjoyed good track time at this superb circuit.
The organisers are planning extra races and the possibility of extra track time for guys like us and it is our understanding that hotels are filling up fast..
For more details on the 2013 Spa Classic and photos of last year... Click here.
Club Stand organised by Dick Townsend & Richard Guest. The stand construction was made possible with the assistance of Mike Kelly, Chris Cole & Paul Brameld
Club cars on the stand:
Steve Dean's Red MDA Mk 1
David Collins Light Blue RCR Mk 2
Chris Cole's Silver Mk3
Michael Hayes Gulf CAV Mk1
And last but far from least, Dick Townsend's Gulf KVA Mk1
Thanks to all who provided their cars and also helped with the build-up.
Many New Members signed, many more promised to join, merchandise sold and many old & new friends met.
2 Gulf Cars at one end of the stand
Stig seemed to take a fancy to Bob Charlton's powerhouse
Pete & Bob in the Sporting Bears "Car Park"
Pete sold his 40 whilst at the NEC. It should be noted that Pete has always be a regular supporter to the Midlands Area; in fact Pete welcomed Bob to the club some dozen years ago when he joined. In addition Pete has regularly supported the Sporting Bears with his GT40 and at the same time promoted the club. We hope that Pete does not stay GT40 less for long!
As I mentioned, Chris Cole is currently in Princess Royal Hospital in Telford, but is likely to be transferred to a unit
in Stoke on Trent for some serious heart surgery in the next few days (not unlike the op I had a couple of years ago).
He's due to have a heart by-pass procedure and a replacement heart valve fitted. As a result, he will sadly be out of action
as far as gearbox supply and modification work is concerned for around three months, maybe longer. Chris is making arrangements
for any completed jobs to be despatched to customers in his absence. However, he asks for everyone's patience regarding
work-in-progress and new jobs. He will, of course let everyone know when he's back in circulation and able to pick up the cudgels again.
I'm sure I speak for all club members in wishing Chris a full and speedy recovery. Richard Guest and I are planning to
visit him in hospital over the weekend, so I may be able to provide some additional information after that.
A notice to all Club members. We have an unique opportunity to show our GT40s at a prestigious automobile museum. Partiipate yourself or please let Tom borrow your GT40 for his report. Click here for more details. Beaulieu, if you do not know, is one of our premier motor museums... probably one of the finest in the World.
Chairman, GT40 Enthusiasts Club
We have at last managed to secure dates from Javelin Track Days for our annual track event. It is planned for us to be at Cadwell on April 13th (@ £150) and Blyton April 14th (@ £109). However if you do both events then the price is £250.
Your track booking should be made through this web site www.javelintrackdays.com or by telephone at 01469560574
It is hoped to meet up at The Black Horse at Donington in Bain, on April 13th at telephone 01507343640, to get directions go to their web site Click Here
The prices quoted above are for booking early.
I hope a reasonable number of us decide to go as this gives more choices next year and proves our credibility to organizers of track days and events...
See you there either as a participant or as a viewer. You might even persuade one of us to take you round as a passenger!
To sign up and see who else is coming go to the Club's Events page.
Press Relations, GT40 Enthusiasts Club
Last week end we went to the skid pan at Goodwood. There were 16 of us, 5 club members, 5 friends and the rest were Lotus people. The drivers' briefing was very good.
There were two instructors. They gave us a demonstration with each of us as passengers. We each had one go round the track with each instructors. We all came away wiser on how
to deal with front wheel skids and rear wheel skids. The cars used were BMW 3 series. One of the instructors loved pulling the hand brake up to test our reactions. The
other instructor encouraged us to go faster. General excitement all around and great fun. Sorry no photos have appeared yet.
Several pictures of my GTD at the AUTOMEDON SHOW last week end, which is a vintage car and bike show and mart held at LE BOURGET,
20 km North of Paris near the A 1 at the famous airport (the place of the arrival of Charles LINDBERG a long time ago).
I am in the middle with the blue shirt!
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In the Members Area, we have updated the GT40 Register. There are 887 listings and almost 10,000 images. The Register table is much more functional, now you can sort by field and download the GT40 Register car list. This is private information so we would ask that you to protect it as you do the Membership Directory.
The source data is from Tim Martin, our Treasurer. However, we need your help because we may not have the latest information on all the 40's. If you have pictures, know of any lost cars or have any changes to what we have please let me know. To contact the Webmaster, click here.