The day… It all kicked off at 10 am with registration and breakfast. You can’t have a day of racing cars without a good hearty breakfast!
The 2014 group was then split into two teams, Hamilton and Button. Each team would then take part in racing excellent Caterham 7s, 4 x 4 Defenders on a brilliant off-road circuit, and brand spanking new Toyota GT 86 Rally cars across a dedicated wet track. The morning saw both teams take on one car each in the morning. One team took on the Defender challenge over a really funky, tricky course which saw them go through water, balance on logs and try and hit white markers with their wing mirrors!
The other team took on the Caterham 7s in a head to head battle with each other. Both went down well. Some initially nervous drivers came back buzzing to a fantastic lunch and ready to get back out there! With a breezy but awesome day of driving done, it was back to the Foggarty Moss suite for more refreshments and the main reason we were all there.
The people… The guys and girls that came and represented their companies at this event were absolutely top-notch bunch of people. If there was a group of people I had to pick to represent the industry as a whole, it would have been these guys. They were all genuinely nice, down to earth, friendly people who demonstrated the professional, fun hard-working side of our industry. And this isn’t flattery for flattery’s sake. Everyone seemed to get on really well throughout the day, and the evening drinks at the Macdonald Portal Hotel just a few miles from the track.
It was a perfect way to relax and re-live the 2014 event day. It was fantastic to see everyone talking about how much fun they had and how it was nice to do something that they wouldn’t normally get to do. People were already saying they were looking forward to the next time before we’d even said we’d be doing it again. So I guess that decision has been made for us!