Car Club

Secretary, Nick Carr

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The DCC committee met recently and selected a shortlist of exciting opportunities, which we are now working on. One of the learnings from previous years is to try and provide a greater range of different type and duration of events to satisfy all members. For this year, we are considering  the following ideas: 

Please note the dates are just indicative at this stage.

At this planning stage, this is just a menu of possibilities to whet your appetites and represents no obligation or commitment!

Evening Events: March /April 

1.1Rob Walker – The Rob Walker Racing team was a privateer team in Formula One during the 1950s and 1960s. Founded by Johnnie Walker heir Rob Walker in 1953. The team became F1s most successful privateer in history, being the first and only entrant to win a World Championship Formula One Grand Prix without ever building their own car. 

Winter evening (London location) Possible venues include Home House, Caledonian Club, Naval Club, RAF Club. 

1.2McLaren at Woking. 

Easy to get from Waterloo to Woking. https://www.mclaren.com

1.3Hendon and RAF Museum. 

Easy to reach via Northern Line. https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk

Day Trips:

2.1Track Day at Goodwood or Brands Hatch. Timing; May, June or October. 

https://www.goodwood.com/experiences/driving/goodwood-track-days/

2.2Visit the Brooklands Museum, the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation and the home of Concorde.

One Night and a Day Trips: May /early June 

3.1Factory visit to Lotus plus track experience. 

Possible Friday night and Sat.   

https://www.lotuscars.com/factory-tours

3.2Land Rover Experience – 4 Wheel Drive. 

Possible stay at Woburn Sands – Luton Hoo venue. https://www.landrover.co.uk/experience-landrover/lr-experience-drives/index.html

Weekends in the UK: June / July

4.1 Cadwell Park and Yorkshire Moors. July 28th 

Could include Red Arrows at Scampton.

4.2Yeovilton Air Show/Nigel Mansell Collection. Sat July 13th

Including 825 Fleet Air Arm and distillery visit e.g. cider brandy. 

Possible venue; Woodbury Hotel. 

Europe Trip Options (likely 5-7 days) May or September 

5.1Spain – Ferry to Santander, Rioja, Valencia – return. 

5.2Austria – Italy.

This trip could include some Porsche sites in Austria – then over the Alps to Merano and down to Bologna to visit Pagani, Maserati and the Red cars possibly as well. Wine and olive oil tastings too!!

5.3 Champagne and possibly Alsace/Mosel including famous houses 

This could include Pol Roger, Moet , Dom P. & Perrier-Jouet. Could do the Schlumpf Bugatti Collection in Mulhouse and the Zunft in Basel

Members of the committee are now evaluating the above opportunities in terms of feasibility, costs and timing. Our aim is to do a maximum of four events in the year (not all of the above – as tempting as it may be!). This seems to be most compatible with the majority of members’ availability. Over the next month we will come back to members with further details to help you plan diaries, but for now just wanted to wish you a Happy New Year and give you a heads up as to what is on the horizon. 

We look forward to meeting up soon to kick-off another eventful year!

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