Bristol Motor Club celebrate the Great British Sportscar

Great British Sportscar

Bristol Motor Club (BMC) will once again be offering parade laps at Castle Combe circuit in Wiltshire (UK) as they celebrate the Great British Sportscar on Sunday 27th July 2014.

With no charge to either display your car in the paddock or visit this event, for a modest fee of £14.00, payable by cheque or BACS in advance, you will be able to drive your road going classic around Castle Combe circuit on up to three parade lap sessions. Just visiting? Then like us last year you might even be able to blag yourself a free passenger ride from a willing and enthusiastic owner.

BMC is a club more usually involved in organising entry level motorsport events and so no surprise to discover the day before on Saturday 26th July they will be holding a sprint event at the circuit. Tempted, then make a weekend of it, join us on both days by competing on the Saturday and displaying your car on Sunday, camping overnight is available.

Great British Sportscar
Just visiting? Then grab yourself a free passenger ride, this our view sat inside Dave Hensley’s GT40 Replica at last year’s event

The Great British Sportscar event is the fourth successive year BMC have run a classic car event at Castle Combe circuit, the first when they celebrated the club’s centenary in 2011. Each year the theme changes slightly and this year to cast the net nice and wide whilst avoiding obvious stereotypes BMC chose to celebrate the Great British Sportscar. As 2014 is also the 60th anniversary of Bristol Cars taking 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in class at Le Mans, and because of the local connection, BMC would also like to celebrate this and include Bristol Cars within the main theme. Don’t worry if this isn’t you as all classics are very welcome to attend including; sports, GT and touring cars, whether production, kit or replica, just as long as they are road registered.

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If you feel inclined you can always join us (and Bristol MCs mascot Georgie Bear) for the sprint on the Saturday (Picture: Rob Leslie)

The biggest attraction of this event still has to be the opportunity to participate in the parade laps. This year £14.00 buys you three on-track sessions, one in the morning and two in the afternoon, all held behind a pace car at sensible speeds (depending who you are behind of course) with no special safety clothing or crash helmets required.  This really is arrive and drive in the true sense. What’s more you can take passengers, so if your car has enough space, the whole family or even complete strangers can experience a few laps with you around this lengendary circuit.

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Bill Woodhouse’s Tornado Talisman returning from a parade lap at Castle Combe

Entry to the event is free to spectators and anyone just wishing to display their vehicle. The small charge of £14.00 per car, payable in advance, is for the parade laps only and covers all three on-track sessions representing an absolute bargain for such a unique experience at a fantastic venue.

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Morgan, one Great British Sportscar brand that is still going strong today

As well as the static display of vehicles and the action taking place on the track there will also be competitions for all, and if you don’t fancy driving around the circuit then why not bring the family’s bikes and cycle around during the lunch break to experience some of the distinct elevation changes on this outwardly flat circuit. The Tavern restaurant will of course be open all day for snacks, drinks and cooked meals so that no-one goes hungry.

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Expect to see Great British Sportscars from all eras.

This event is becoming noted for its friendly non-commercial nature, safety and informality, so if you’re a classic car enthusiast and can travel to Wiltshire on 27th July this really is a day not to be missed.

The video below shows highlights from last year’s ‘Grand Marques’ themed event whilst on-board Dave Hensley’s superb GT40 replica.

To display a car please download and complete the Entry Form and post it to the Event & Entries Co-ordinator along with a cheque for £14.00 to secure your place on the parade laps.  If you don’t have a cheque book but use online banking please eMail to receive bank transfer details by reply.

Although entries are open until Friday 18th July it is worth booking early because the track sessions are on a first come first served basis and with only limited places available are sure to be snapped up quickly.

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