Wing Commander Andy Green – World Land Speed Record Holder – to be Guest of Honour at the MAC Annual Awards and President’s Dinner
MAC is delighted to have secured the services of Andy Green as guest speaker at the President’s dinner on 7th January. Andy is currently working hard on the Bloodhound Project which intends to break the 1,000 mph land speed record while still serving as an officer and pilot in the Royal Air Force. Andy will also be at the Prize Winners Reception which precedes the dinner at the same venue – Stanbrook Abbey.
If you would like further information about the Prize Giving Reception and President’s Dinner, please click here
Or contact Rachel in the office on 01886 812211 ext 4
On Saturday 19thNovember 2016 in the Stratstone Restaurant, Shelsley Walsh at 7pm Mac will give a talk on the history of the world famous car ERA R4D and his time owning and driving it. This should be a fascinating evening about this car which is synonymous with Shelsley Walsh.
Mac will also have copies of his book about the car available to buy and will sign them on request.
£15 for MAC members
£20 for non-members
includes a ploughman’s supper.
There will be a cash bar.
Please contact Gill Dayson to book your place on 01886 812211 ext1 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Former British Hill Climb Champion Trevor Willis was one of many people who heaped praise on the Midland Automobile Club for its outstanding success in organising a day where club members could drive the iconic hill in non-competitive format in their own road cars or on motorcycles.
Trevor, who was national champion in 2012 and lives nearby, rode his classic Laverda Jota motorcycle in the morning before popping home to swap it for a beautiful red Ducati 899 Panigale for the afternoon runs. Trevor, commented: “It’s lovely to come to Shelsley Walsh when there is absolutely no pressure on me, which won’t be the case next weekend for the big British hill climb meeting, but I have thoroughly enjoyed myself in this relaxed atmosphere and its good to see so many fellow club members attending in so many different sorts of cars.”
Making a return visit for Members Day were three men from Hereford, who had clubbed together three years ago and invested the princely sum of £450 in a 1999 Citroen Saxo with 137k miles on the clock, simply to take part in the first ever event.
Friends, Tom Webb, Wayne Simmonds and Nick Rizzadini have attended with this car for the past three years and Tom said: “This is a unique opportunity for us to come along and have some fun together, we do thrash the car quite a bit but it hasn’t missed a beat, even though it gets so many hard runs when constantly driven by all three drivers throughout the day.
“Our claim to fame is that event sponsor Jeremy Holden had a ‘guest drive’ in the Saxo and declared himself most impressed with its performance and handling, which was absolutely brilliant, and hopefully we will all be back again with this car next year!”
MAC event organiser, Rachel Lovett, said: “This year we have introduced the facility for passenger rides and this has proved to be a great success and sits well alongside the usual myriad swapping of drivers and cars, which is what makes this day so very special for our members”
One new MAC member is James Collins who drove his bright red VW Beetle to the event, having built the car entirely himself together with fitting a Porsche engine over the past few years, saying: “The weather has been fantastic, the array of cars superb and the organisation spot on! I have made several new friends and am looking forward to competing in regular events in this car next year.”
Members Day Car Show sponsor Jeremy Holden voted the 1975 Alfa Romeo Giulia, belong to Paul Varnon, of Pershore, as the ‘car he would most like to take home’ while the MAC’s Rachel Lovett won the ‘most smiles per mile’ award for her quaint and original Fiat 500, with former television presenter Peter Tomlinson winning the ‘best classic sports car’ class with his MGC Roadster Sebring.
Summing up, regular competitor Duncan Andrews, said: “As an avid club member I believe this to be one of the best social events here at Shelsley Walsh. I have today been acting as a paddock marshal together with Annie Goodyear, and this has given me a perfect insight into the patience and organisational skills that the regular team of paddock marshals need when trying to get drivers and their cars to the holding area in batch order, so full credit to them!“
Many stayed on into the evening for drinks and a buffet supper with entertainment from Geoff Godwins Chosen Few jazz band under the evening sun.
The Sports and Classic section have arranged a trip to France from the 7th to 13th September visiting the Western Loire and the Loire Valley. There are one or two spaces still available if you would like to join the trip.
The sports and classics section of the Midland Automobile club staged its biennial MAC Classic event for vintage, classic and modern sports cars, with proceeds going towards the restoration and conservation of Shelsley Walsh.
Due to the last Williams F1 Heritage Collection Tour being oversubscribed we have arranged for a second tour for those who might have missed out. It was a fascinating tour of the collection and workshops, our guide was Dickie Stanford, long time Williams Team Manager.
The Williams Conference Centre is home to the largest private collection of Formula One cars in the world. Housing more than 40 of the team’s seminal race cars, the Williams Grand Prix Collection charts the team’s 30+ years of motor racing history.
The MAC has arranged a tour of this stunning collection on the 13th May 2016.
The tour includes:
Refreshments on arrival
Preview Theatre: Watch a film showing how Williams came to fruition
Grand Prix Collection
Plus a special one off tour for the MAC of the Heritage workshops allowing a close up look at various cars in project state.
Places are limited to 60 people
MAC Members £40.00
Non Members £45.00
Members will get priority if over subscribed.
10.30: Arrival with Refreshments
10.45: Tour of the Collection and Heritage Workshop