Raising funds for Her Grace The Duchess of Richmond and Gordons beneficiary children's charities in West Sussex

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Classics on Track for Children 2017

Following an excellent Goodwood Revival weekend, Paul Auston DL was at The Kennels on Tuesday 13th September to present cheques for the proceeds raised at the Classics on Track for Children charity track day held on 14th May at Goodwood Circuit.

An amazing £9743 was spilt between Winston’s Wish, received by Lady March (President), and Cruse Bereavement Care West Sussex received by Michael (Spike) Milligan (Area Chair).

The owners and drivers of 32 stunning classic and GT sports cars gathered in glorious sunshine at the circuit to take their cars out on track and to give passenger rides as part of a fabulous day to raise funds for the Classics on Track for Children’s chosen bereavement charities. The day was sponsored by Checkmate UK, Strabens Hall and Equimedia.

7th June 2017 has been announced for our next charity track day where Classics on Track for Children intend to far exceed the figure raised by their kind supporters this year.

If you are interested in taking part in this years track day please contact us via our contact page.

Classics on Track for Children 2016

With 26 cars ranging from the early 1950s to a four wheel drive Mercedes 140 that appeared to be locked to the surface of the track by vacuum, variety was never going to be an issue!

We were, as usual, looked after by the Goodwood circuit staff with, as we have come to find on previous days, great enthusiasm and every problem or hitch smoothed out so as to ensure maximum enjoyment for all participants and spectators. It is always difficult singling out those for particular praise, the marshals at Woodcote and Madgewick, John and Alan the instructors who worked tirelessly to assist on track and off, the good humour of Kirk (nee Kyle!) acting Clerk of the Course and the behind the scene support from Ian Stevens and Sandra.

Jan Harding led the way with her (press ganged)impressive bunch of volunteer paddock marshals, the Winston’s Wish crew led by Leigh Beth and the Cruse contingent under the direction of our own pipes and U bends man, Michael (Spike) Milligan.

Most impressive drive has to go to William Metcalfe in his Nick Swift Mini, leaving V12 Astons howling in the slipstream and most of us agog at the pace being set.
Driving standards were good and the courtesy exhibited by so many to each other when things did get difficult was nothing short of wonderful.

Sadly Andy Shepherd of Le Mans fame suffered a broken hub at Madgewick and hence recovery from the undamaged banking, sadly not the same to be said of his lovely AC.
Andrew Sharp had his ‘chariots of fire’ moment and all of us on track or spectating with hearts in mouths as—coming into Woodcote in his beautifully prepared Aston 2/4 the drive shaft broke, in doing so the fuel tank was ruptured, the car became a total loss engulfed by flames and a towering pyre of smoke, the marshals were quickly on scene and the fire extinguished. We were all pleased to see Andrew back in the paddock unscathed from what must have been quite a shock.

An early lunch ensued, Lady March, president of Winston’s Wish paid a visit to chat to the drivers and thank them personally for their contributions to the charity day.

Our French contingent who drove across with 3 cars all magnificently prepared and well driven were introduced to Lady March and were particularly delighted that The President engaged them in conversation. Post fixture they are keen to return and do it again and we are delighted that they made such a herculean effort to join us.

We were fortunate to be able to field 4 fast passenger ride cars all piloted by race licenced drivers, the HWM Jaguar of Revival fame driven by our own Spike Milligan, the Southern GT 40 a regular at Goodwood events driven by Glenn Mason currently on his way up the HRDC A30 leader board. Andy Shepherd in his AC, sadly retired due to a mechanical issue after a few trips out. The lovely D type Jaguar driven by Neilsen and yours truly in the David Smithies prepared Austin Healey 3000.

Over 30 of us gathered at The Earl of March the night before, the food and service were, as we have come to expect, first class in every respect, over one third of the “golden” envelopes were sold on the evening alone. The generous contribution from Goodwood and Lady March in providing a number of highly sought after and serious “goodies” ranging from apparel to Ultimate Driving Experiences was a fantastic boost and for which we are very grateful.

In the end we succeeded in raising a significant sum for the 2 charities, this could not have happened without the generous support of our sponsors and Lady March, so really warm thanks of appreciation to, Checkmate Flexible Engineering, Strabens Hall,Equimedia and Goodwood.

The accounts have been completed and all participants have paid up, the headline sum is a stunning £9743.40.

So many thanks to all of you for making the day such an enjoyable experience and your efforts have resulted in a significant boost to two important charities, Winston’s Wish and Cruse West Sussex.

The day at Goodwood will be circulated to all on the database and will go on the website as soon as it is confirmed.

Paul Auston and Michael (Spike) Milligan

The date is now confirmed for another great day at the historic Goodwood motor circuit on Saturday 14th May 2016

The date has now been set for the 2016 Classics on Track day at the historic Goodwood Motor Circuit in West Sussex.

There will be a drivers supper on Friday 13th May, the evening preceding the track day, at The Earl of March pub in Lavant, very close to Goodwood circuit.

Again we will be raising funds for Winston’s Wish the child bereavement charity and for Cruse West Sussex who deal with bereavement in the community.

Last year we raised well over £6000.00 due entirely to your great generosity, with sponsor support in 2016 we are targeting 10k, with your help and support this is achievable.

Invitations to enter will go out early in the New Year, but in the meantime get the evening of the Friday 13th May in the diary followed by the day itself on Saturday 14th May—A great change for us being a Saturday, we hope this will encourage greater participation and more spectators.

With all good wishes for a peaceful Christmas and a great New Year.

Classics on Track for Children 2015

The day really started the evening before when 28 intrepid folk gathered at The Earl of March when Giles the owner and his lovely staff put on the most magnificent meal at a measly cost that defied the superb quality, quite simply bloody marvellous scran (food to those of you unfamiliar with Naval service slang!) Thank you Giles for your support—we will return!

The day dawned wet and dreary, drivers apprehensive of the conditions, even Ian the Chief Marshal looked worried and added caution to the mix with John Purvis our ever helpful chief instructor at the briefing. Goodwood shook it all off and rose to the occasion. The track staff were not just helpful they tried every which way to accommodate as much time on track for the cars and the large numbers who turned up to be passengers and contribute to the charities.

A bevy of racing licence holders driving lovely examples of cars such as; HWM, Jaguar D Type and Southern GT 40 were in great demand. Then as the clock struck 12 the sun came out and created that moment that caused Roy Salvadori to say “Give me Goodwood on a summers day”.. how true!

As the afternoon progressed the action and variety of cars on track really found its own momentum. Supported by Ian, Kirk, Gabriel and Judy we were able to go to open pit lane with drivers coming in by rotation, this created more time out and the circuit was fully occupied with up to 8 cars lapping at a time.

Lunch in the Old Control Tower was quickly dispensed with and drivers along with other interested supporters made their way over to The Jackie Stewart Pavilion.  Gordon Spice was interviewed by our very own racing gynaecologist Michael (Spike) Milligan who knows a thing or two about tight corners himself. Thank you to Gordon for supporting us and being such an amusing guest.

We were most fortunate that Lady March had arranged for a number of Goodwood prizes for a ‘lucky dip’ to benefit  the charities. We created a number of plain sealed envelopes and each had a pink slip inside, the ones with writing on were the winners, these were top gifts, ranging from a 4×4 experience to a Mini Young Drivers course a BMW high speed drivers session and a full GRRC track day place.

Some of you who won have not claimed your prizes, do drop me an e mail and I can forward to you.

On the day and out of the blue a contingent of over 20 MG’s turned up,  what was unusual was that they had come from Australia and were touring interesting places in England. Keen to support the cause a number paid to go out and then Ian suggested that the Goodwood staff might give up a bit of their lunch break in return for a donation. John Purvis led in the safety car and couple of parade laps were completed :result happy Antipodeans and a £300.00 contribution. Thanks Ian, John and all.

The best news is: We have raised £6,025.00 , the final accounts are being finished by Mark and a spreadsheet giving all the financials will be posted shortly on the website.

The bottom line is that the 2 charities, Winston’s Wish and Cruse West Sussex will both be £3000.00 better off due entirely to your efforts and support for which Spike Milligan and I are extremely grateful.

You were a great bunch of people to work with, a number of you have sent in mails asking for another day—soon!  Well I have a meeting at The Big House all set up, if we can we will try for a day in April/May and a further one at the end of September, if we do it you will be the first to know and I hope we may count on your support. THANK YOU.

Michael (Spike) Milligan and Paul Auston, ably supported by Alistair Peel and the Goodwood circuit team and marshals.