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Breakfast Drive-In plus a very special visit to ‘Jack’s Toy Cupboard’

The Spring Breakfast Drive-In and Drive-Out at Woodcote Park is one of the Club’s newer traditions on the calendar. The day is always fun and relaxed, offering members a great opportunity to not only show and chat about their pride and joy to other members but to take to the road to an interesting destination after breakfast.

The Spring Breakfast Drive-In and Drive-Out at Woodcote Park is one of the Club’s newer traditions on the calendar. The day is always fun and relaxed, offering members a great opportunity to not only show and chat about their pride and joy to other members but to take to the road to an interesting destination after breakfast.

This year’s port of call on Saturday 24 May is one of the most fascinating destinations you will have the chance to visit, and is not open to the public. Member Jack Henley has opened up his doors to Club members and guests and will allow us to pore over not only his amazing car collection, but to take a tour around his very own ‘Toy Cupboard’, complete with extensive automotive memorabilia and a quite breath-taking collection of mechanical musical instruments, clocks and a myriad of other interesting pieces. Having seen it myself, you will not want to miss it. To book for the Drive-In and Drive-Out, click here.

1000 Mile Trial–don’t miss it!

Whether you will drive or just want to soak up the atmosphere of wonderful pre-WWII motoring, take note of the Royal Automobile Club 1000 Mile Trial which starts from the Woodcote Park clubhouse on Sunday 13 July.

Whether you will drive or just want to soak up the atmosphere of wonderful pre-WWII motoring, take note of the Royal Automobile Club 1000 Mile Trial which starts from the Woodcote Park clubhouse on Sunday 13 July. The organisers, HERO Events, have an enviable reputation of running such motoring events, and have planned a six-day route which will delight you and include lunch halts at some wonderful venues and classic, surprising, overnight halts.

Entries are limited, we already have some very rare cars including a 1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom II, a 1935 Bentley Derby Special, a 1934 Triumph 8C, plus Aston Martins, Rileys and more. See the current list of cars here.

The halfway halt will be in Edinburgh with dinner on the Royal Yacht Britannia, the most northerly point of the clockwise tour, which sees cars return down the east side of the country, for the finale back at Woodcote Park on Saturday 19 July.

Potential entrants should note that while the 1000 Mile Trial is a regularity competition, it will be structured to suit all levels of experience and the organisers know that some entrants inevitably turn up and enjoy the route at a more leisurely pace – and acknowledge that they were probably not going to win anyway! Contact HERO for more information or send us an email here.

2014 Le Mans 24 Aston Martin VIP Hospitality offer for Royal Automobile Club members

This year’s race will take place on 14 & 15 June. The programme begins on the Friday evening, with a private cocktail party in the Aston Martin team’s hospitality facility, which is located directly on-track with a fabulous view of the final corner. Aston Martin works drivers attend and it is a great opportunity for the guests to hear first hand about the challenge of driving at Le Mans.

2014 Le Mans 24
Aston Martin VIP Hospitality offer for Royal Automobile Club members

This year’s race will take place on 14 & 15 June. The programme begins on the Friday evening, with a private cocktail party in the team’s hospitality facility, which is located directly on-track with a fabulous view of the final corner. Aston Martin works drivers attend and it is a great opportunity for the guests to hear first hand about the challenge of driving at Le Mans.
 
The hospitality facility then opens on Saturday morning and remains open until Sunday afternoon after the race, offering a full entertainment programme:
 
1.    Guided tours of the team’s garage and on-track operations
2.    Access to AMR’s pit-suite over looking the start and finish straight
3.    Viewing terrace overlooking the Ford chicane – the final corner on the circuit
4.    Big screen viewing inside the hospitality suite
5.    Live team updates in hospitality
6.    Live music entertainment programme on Saturday evening
7.    Aston Martin car display
8.    Displays and demonstrations by team partners
9.    AMR/Hackett racing apparel shop
10.  Open bar and round the clock catering
 
On-track, the team will enter several Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTEs into this year’s race and they are determined to win it in their 10th anniversary year.
 
The cost per person is £1,995 for further information contact Motoring.

RECORD-BREAKING MOTOR SHOW RETURNS TO REGENT STREET IN CENTRAL LONDON

After the huge success of last year’s biggest ever Regent Street Motor Show, the date for the 2014 automotive extravaganza in Central London has been announced as Saturday 1 November.

After the huge success of last year’s biggest ever Regent Street Motor Show, the date for the 2014 automotive extravaganza in Central London has been announced as Saturday 1 November.
 
Once again the world famous West End shopping street will be closed to traffic for what’s firmly established as the UK’s largest free-to-view motor show.
 
In 2013, the traffic-free zone was extended to stretch from Piccadilly Circus right up to Oxford Circus for the very first time. The expansion proved massively popular with in excess of 400,000 visitors savouring a mile of sparkling displays which featured no fewer than 300 iconic cars from past, present and future eras.
 
“The Regent Street Motor Show is now a firm fixture in London’s calendar of events attracting visitors from around the UK and overseas,” said Annie Walker, Director of the Regent Street Association. “The event has developed over the years and visitors now come to expect not only the fantastic display of pre-1905 veteran cars, but an exhibition of vehicles from the past present and future. With the consistent high standard and quality of the event each year, it is no surprise that it attracts thousands motoring enthusiasts and shoppers to Regent Street on the day.   

Timed to coincide with the annual running of the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, the 2014 Regent Street Motor Show – a Royal Automobile Club event – will again include a large number of the amazing pre-1905 cars in the coveted EFG Concours d'Elegance. This grand arrary of veteran cars will then be heading off early from Hyde Park the following morning (Sunday 2 November) as they make their way to the Sussex coast.

This year’s Regent Street Motor Show now will build on previous successes with even more exciting and interactive line-up of displays and exhibits to be announced in the coming weeks and months.
 
For more information visit the official Regent Street Motor Show website: www.regentstreetmotorshow.com
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Silverstone Racing Circuit

A limited number of members wishing to attend events at the Silverstone racing circuit can spectate from the British Racing Drivers' Club clubhouse, owing to the Club's exclusive arrangement with the BRDC.  To request passes, please contact Lucy McCarthy

A limited number of members wishing to attend events at the Silverstone racing circuit can spectate from the British Racing Drivers' Club clubhouse, owing to the Club's exclusive arrangement with the BRDC. 

To book passes for an event, or enter a ballot, please email Lucy McCarthy or telephone 0207 747 3451.

Tickets are issued in pairs and a charge of £15.00 per pair will be added to your member account once the event has been attended. Once a ballot has been drawn, you will be notified whether successful or not.

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Lord (Paul) Drayson

Lord (Paul) Drayson has been awarded the 2013 Simms Medal for setting four Electric World Land Speed Records for sub-999kg vehicles.

Lord (Paul) Drayson has been awarded the 2013 Simms Medal for setting four Electric World Land Speed Records for sub-999kg vehicles. Lord Drayson and his team have successfully attacked the EV Land Speed Record for electric vehicles in an outstanding display of the capabilities of electric vehicle technology. Lord Drayson used this car to set a new flying mile record for the category at 205.139 mph, becoming the holder of the British Land Speed Record for cars of any propulsion type driven by their wheels.  He also set a new standing start quarter mile record of 9.742 seconds. 

McLaren P1™ supercar

McLaren Automotive has been awarded the 2013 Dewar Trophy for their work on the conceptualisation, development and commercialisation of its pioneering sell-out McLaren P1™ supercar.

McLaren Automotive has been awarded the 2013 Dewar Trophy for their work on the conceptualisation, development and commercialisation of its pioneering sell-out McLaren P1™ supercar.

McLaren has achieved all that it set out to do with the P1, with all 375 examples of the model - set to be built at the advanced McLaren Technology Centre in Woking - already pre-sold.  The lucky owners of these P1s will have the ability to change driving modes at the flick of a switch between various modes, ranging from Normal, Sport, Track, E Mode and Race, with the latter mode lowering the car’s ride height by 50mm.

The McLaren P1’s aerodynamic package is particularly innovative, and the McLaren introduces other novel features such as SiC impregnated brake discs and hybrid pack cooling system.  It is a remarkable example of the integration of novel and advanced systems.

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