May 2015 Update
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Exactly 4 years since our opening day back in 2011 and today is a Bank Holiday with yet another full track day run by our friends at Javelin Trackdays. This update is a little overdue as when I last wrote we were in the thick of Winter and a long, cold and damp one it proved to be. Continued investment here involved buying a spreading attachment for the tractor, pictured with our much valued groundsman Steve at the wheel, trialling both the attachment and the LNT Group product we use for ice dispersal. The next picture taken on December 28th shows Colin from Javelin inspecting the track before their ever –popular post Christmas Trackday and our last customers of 2014 were Neil Fowler Motorsport with Neil pictured here supervising adjustments on another chilly Winter’s day
True Racers don’t take much of a break and visitors early in the New Year included old friend and touring car star Adam Morgan with the Wix Racing BTCC Mercedes and Adam Gore with his very fast Rob Boston prepared Lotus Exige. We also welcomed our old friends SWB Motorsport with one of the first of the new MSA Formula 4 cars now being driven by rapid Brazilian Rafa Martins.
Other nice new shiny race cars came in the form of this pair of Porsche Carrera Cup car from GT Marques. Academy Motorsport brought their new pair of GT3 Aston Martins to shake down and film whilst Matt Nicol-Jones’ Dad was tending this wonderful Ford Capri.
The arrival of March brought no let up in the chilly conditions, with this photo showing the Clubhouse on March 2nd.
However, the teams at the top never stop testing and here is Alan Mugglestone (Muggo) from HHC wielding the lollipop as the team go through a routine of practice starts..
The Blyton Park Motorsport year started on March 8th with a round of the BTRDA Clubmans’ Rallycross Championship and the weather was kind even if temperatures remained cool.
The sprinters were also waking from the Winter season and here is outright lap record holder John Graham testing on March 12th complete with new paddle operated power gear shift. I inadvertently equipped John’s car with the wrong engine last year…it is of course powered by the phenomenal V8 made by legendary builders : Nicholson-McLaren.
You may have missed the traffic news on March 18th but this picture confirms the nasty accident on the M1205 near Blyton and this picture shows that in fact we were glad to welcome some of the UK’s Traffic Officers to the site for a month of intensive training.
The weather remained stubbornly chilly but even that hat cannot disguise Richard Frankel’s pleasure with his latest historic purchase – this lovely MG K3 which Earl Howe drove in the 1933 Mille Miglia.
Mrs U’s daffodils finally flowered on March 22nd and this Metro took me back to the frenetic racing in the Metro Series back in the mid 1980’s. It was good to see former F1 driver Ian Ashley again driving this monstrous Lola F5000 car from the early 70’s. Ian was a multiple champion driving these Chevy powered monsters and yes that is Fowler Pere et Fils with Rob looking a bit windswept up on the bank.
Another treat at the end of March was James Baxter in this beautiful ERA on one of the Huddersfield Motor Club Track Days. I was honoured to attend the HMC annual dinner in February and slightly surprised to find frequent Blyton visitor Tim Sugden also in attendance. Tim brought Will Stevens here a couple of years ago and so Will is the only one of the current F1 drivers to have driven round Blyton Park. We wish him very well for his 2015 season with John Booth’s Marussia (but really South Yorkshire) team.
Bill Gwynne has not aged in all the years I have known him and the man who was multiple “Motoring News” Road Rally champion was up here in mid April still teaching the art of driving sideways without over stepping the limit. It was appropriate that Simon Malins was also here that day with this historic Vauxhall Firenza.
They were accompanied by this TVR Tuscan which was a credit to its owners and took me back a couple of decades as my Brother raced in the Tuscan Championship.
Adam Thorby and his Supercar Driver Club bring us many great new cars and I was pleased to see the New Corvette in the flesh : it looks great and it really did go and handle better than any I have seen before.
The end of April saw the weather finally relent as we had some warm Sunshine and the Aubretia around our memorial finally broke cover. I was delighted that the BRM Association had a lovely Sunny day for their gathering and it really was fantastic to see so many of Lincolnshire’s finest back on the circuit.
Particular highlights were the awesome Rover BRM Gas Turbine and of course the H16 BRM engined Lotus (Picture 2) (Picture 3) with which Jim Clark won at Watkins Glen. Many thanks to all the owners , the National Motor Museum , The Gaydon Heritage Motor Centre and of course to Rick and Rob Hall for making it all possible. Picture.
Finally, I would like to thank everyone who has made the last 4 years possible. Firstly, my hard working and long suffering wife who may be the lady who serves you breakfast in the Clubhouse. Secondly all our customers and in particular Colin and all his team at Javelin Trackdays and Eddie and MOT Trackdays who have been with us from day one.
Last but not least, Russell,Steve and Vanda who work for us full time making sure we do our very best to look after all our customers and of course all the Marshalling and Safety Teams who work to ensure that we run the venue as safely as possible. My final picture shows Roy Richardson, our longest serving marshal clearing up the track on BRM day on the approach to Bunga Bunga. Roy is a role model for us all: kind, considerate and indefatigably hard working, with an enthusiasm for cars and Motor Sport which more than matches my own. Thanks Roy and may your petrol flow for many years yet.