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Goodwood Festival of Speed

The following week it was off to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Lord Charles March’s annual extravaganza of everything connected with motor-sport from both ancient and modern times.

McLaren team mates Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, 2010 championship contender Red Bull’s Mark Webber, test driver Daniel Ricciardo and brilliant designer Adrian Newey were there.

Aston Martin Club

At the end of June I was invited to Lime Rock as a guest of the Aston Martin Club.

Friday, June 25, they held an excellent Concours with over fifty entries. Saturday was a Track Day at Lime Rock Park with the cars divided into groups for “lapping” sessions.

Jim Freeman, one of one of the Aston Martin AMR1’s that I drove in 1989 and also owner of the fabulous ex. Jim Clark/Innes Ireland DB4 GT, asked if I’d do some “charity laps”. Readily agreeing, I expected this would be 20 or so laps around this pleasant circuit.

Monticello Motor Club

The end of May on a scheduled visit to the Monticello Motor Club, I was invited to take part
in a Mazda Miata race!

Yes, there is strong support for these strong, reliable – and inexpensive little racers. Power? What power, hardly enough to pull the skin of a rice pudding.

Non the less, very well organized by Chris Maybury, some twenty cars assembled with a mix of experienced and novice drivers. Asked if I’d like to take part, I somewhat foolishly agreed, thinking I’d qualify somewhere near the back and be able to get a feel for the car without any pressure.

917 Interserie

Following Steve Austin’s excellent tour (Automobilia Great Vacations)
http://www.steveaustinsautomobilia.com to Monaco, the Amalfi Coast, Maranello, Modena, Lake Garda and Brescia, I went to Moroso Motorsport Park and tested the late Mike Amalfitano’s Porsche 917 Interserie, 908/2, 910 and 962 to check them out before went for sale at Bonham’s Monterey auction in August.

Prepared with great care by ex. Porsche factory engineer, Klaus Fischer, they all ran beautifully. They have now been sold, the 917 Interserie chassis #031, going for a truly spectacular $3,965,000.

Kohler International Challenge 2010

Almost as soon as we get back from Goodwood, it’s off to the annual KIC (Kohler International Challenge) at beautiful Road America. It used to be called the BRIC (Brian Redman
International Challenge) but that’s another story!

It’s good to be busy……..the Devil makes work for idle hands, or so they say.

Wish I had time to find out!

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2010

On Tuesday, off to Lord March’s annual extravaganza, the Festival
of Speed
at Goodwood, the U.K., where I’ll
drive the Porsche museum 908/03.

Lime Rock Aston Martin Club

At the end of this week I go to Lime Rock, CT as a guest of the Aston Martin Club, where I hope to be reunited with the AMR1 belonging to Jim Freeman which I drove in my last professional year, 1989.

7th Monaco Historics 2010

Marion and I were invited by Steve Austin Great Vacations
http://www.steveaustinsgreatvacations.com/ to join him and sixteen other guests
on an interesting “Tour”.

On April 28 we flew into Nice, to be met by Steve and were then transported to our hotel in Monaco. This was the weekend of the 7th Monaco Historics and from a great – and well catered viewing room situated on the outside of the track, near the start/finish line, we had a wonderful view of the on-track action.

Monticello Motor Club Circuit

In 2007 I was approached by the management of the Monticello Motor Club http://www.monticellomotorclub.com/ and in August of that year signed a 5 year contract with them as a consultant.

The thinking behind the venture at that time, was that there are 75,000 Ferraris, Porsches, Lambos, BMW M series etc. within 90 miles of the club. Since then, as we all know, there have been drastic changes in the economy.

However, the Club continues to do well, with over 100 existing members and new members joining steadily.

2010 Targa 66 Update

2010 has been an “interesting” year so far. In February, we held our 18th annual Targa Sixty Six Club meeting at what was Moroso, but is now Palm Beach International Raceway. In November 2009, when asked by PBIR management to produce $25,000 as a deposit for the track rental, I almost chickened-out.

However, nothing venture, nothing gain and I decided, somewhat against my better judgment, to proceed.