At last we have been blessed with some hot, sunny weather, although as I write this the sky is grey and the circuit is wet for the first time for a month. However, it has been great to have proper Summer weather at our busiest time and the track has been enjoyed by a large number of people driving and riding the usual diverse array of powered machinery.
At the exotic end of the spectrum, we have been privileged to see Ken Tyrrell’s first ever Formula One car, restored to life by Hall and Hall and driven by Ken’s Grandson Adam. The car was of course immaculate and looked just as I remember it back in 1970, when Jackie Stewart drove it in the last few races of the season.
We were also fortunate to see some of Zak Brown’s wonderful collection in the shape of James Hunt’s 1977 McLaren and Michael Schumacher’s 1992 Benetton: James won the Japanese GP in this car and Michael took his first podium (in Mexico) in the Benetton.
Moving to more contemporary racing machinery, we have been visited by a number of teams competing in the ever popular BARC Formula Renault series as well as the new MSV Formula 4 Championship. The venerable Tatuus still performs well, whilst the Formula 4 is a very pretty car which is easily capable of lapping our full circuit in under a minute!!
BBC Look North came to film the new Formula Renault 1.6 car make its debut here with young Alex Gill showing why he has been a karting champion, stepping up to drive the car at the ripe old age of 15.
Track days for both cars and bikes have been very busy, as have our catering crew keeping participants fed and watered. Ice Cream sales have not surprisingly been very strong with our supplier Bradwells delivering their lovely product all the way from the Peak District. Competition on the circuit has been fierce with the Midland Automobile Club running a great weekend in June featuring the Caterham Academy on the Saturday, whilst Nick Algar and the Westfield Sports Car Club put on a three day extravaganza of sport in mid July.
Somehow in the midst of all this activity, Barry Jordan and his crew found space to come and lay more expensive new black stuff so that those of you that come testing can now go straight on to the right of “The Ump” and also straight through “The Wiggler” up the back straight. The latter move is quite a brain–engager once you arrive at Bishops , as even in our Lotus Evora, I am braking from over 130 mph.
Hopefully this morning’s damp scene is but a temporary aberration and the hot sunny weather will return. We have lots going on right through to the end of September with two more rounds of the MDA BLYTON PARK SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP on August 25th and September 15th and TKC Magazine’s TOTALKITCAR LIVE event on September 21st. being amongst the highlights.
At a Black Tie Ceremony on Friday 17th May , we were delighted to be recipients of the Best New Business Award in the North Lincolnshire Business Awards promoted by Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce.
The transformation from post-war dereliction to a facility used and enjoyed by car and bike enthusiasts from all over the UK and Europe to better learn the skills of car and bike control has been recognised by an independent authority with a priority based on economic growth and regeneration.
I am delighted and proud to receive this award and would like to thank my wife Jane and my assistant Russell Thompson for all the hard work which has breathed so much life back into what was just a derelict old airfield.
Anyway we have built some new buildings and done a load of work over the Winter so hope to see you all very soon.