- Porsche themed @snoozeboxhotel RT @ppcmag: The guys @Missionmotorspt have the coolest bedroom in the world. http://t.co/DNo2yR39Qt
Great write up on his day with Mission Motorsport at Donington, our friend and avid blogger George Pas writes:
I woke early on Sunday morning and felt absolutely fine, no problems or any sign that I had been unwell on Saturday and so I text my friend Piers to let him know that our trip to Donington was on. Piers arrived at just after seven o’clock in the morning and picked up the things I would need to take with me. He got my Son in to the car and strapped him in and then I transferred in to the car, while I was getting myself sorted he folded my chair and put it in to the boot, finally at around half past seven we were on our way. It took around three hours to reach Donington race circuit. It was the longest time I had spent in a car without a pressure cushion and I had not experienced any problems, I called Adam when we arrived to let him know where we were and that it would take me around ten minutes to get out of the car and back in to my wheelchair. The timing was nothing short of perfect on his part. He had walked to meet us as we were walking to meet him, we shook hands and I introduced him to Piers who had driven me, his Son and my Son he then started to take us to the Mission Motorsport trailer where we would be able to catch up with James and the team. We had barely walked twenty feet when he received another call from another of the guests which he had to meet. He pointed us in the right direction and within a couple of minutes we had found and reached the trailer and awning of the Mission Motorsport team.
James was not at the awning when we arrived however some of the team was, I said hello and spoke to them for a while until a familiar face was approaching in a mode of transport which is a lot slower than he is used to. James was approaching on a push bike, showing that it is not just the female of the species that can multi task, some of the males can too. This was proven by James riding whilst taking care of a phone call, I was impressed until I saw the colour of the bike, but don’t worry James I have no photographs of this so the fact that the bike was a very feminine pink will be kept just between those who were present at the time! With his phone call completed he came over and greeted us, he remembered Piers from our visit to Tedworth just a couple of weeks ago and so it just remained to introduce my and Piers’ Sons. We spoke for a short while until the time arrived when James had to get ready to take the Porsche out on to the track. He kindly gave us an orientation and then told us he would see us soon but he had to go. After wishing James luck, Piers and I spotted some cars that the kids might be interested in so we took them to have a look.
And my Son really liked the lorries.
Piers, the kids and I then headed off to an area where we would be able to watch James on the track and give my Son, as I can not speak for Piers, his first real taste and experience of motor racing at a real race circuit, and he loved it. He kept telling me when he had seen James going around the corner which is where we were.
Then Piers kindly took the boys a bit further round which meant they could see the cars coming up the start finish straight, round the corner and down over the gradient where they would lose view for a second or so until they then watched them go up the other side and disappear out of view round another corner. I stayed where I was as it was all loose gravel and very hard work as I had only kept the standard wheels on the wheelchair instead of fitting the off road wheels and third wheel that I use when I go for my st-roll with Alison. We stuck around and watched the race. It was strange to see Clio’s racing with Porsche and Nissan `Z` cars but they are different classes of cars that race so although you may not come across the line first, you may in fact win your class.
Each lap that passed, each time the cars went passed us the order would change, the car that James was behind was suddenly behind James.
The lap count went up, the number of laps to go went down, the car numbers that James had passed increased until the race ended, now to listen for the results….
It took some explaining to my Son about how although James passed the finish line as the third car he won his class, I was confident he did not understand despite my best efforts but I would see what happened. It was lunch time, we headed over to the hospitality area to get a bite to eat. We were joined by James, Adam and a couple of the team and guests, this was where my Son congratulated James with a `hi five` for his third place! Bless him, I knew he would not have grasped it but it did not phase James, he chuckled about it while I tried to again explain how James had won the race with his type of car. “Ohhh, so you won” said my Son, “Well done!” as he offered his hand for another `hi five`. After lunch we watched some more of the racing and walked around the back of the garages, the kids got to see even more cars.
Another race was the solo seats.
I received a call from Adam to let me know that I needed to get to the pits, so that is where we headed.
Chevron racing team have decided to support Mission Motorsport which can only be a true showing of how Mission Motorsport are doing, you can’t help but feel proud of how they are doing, not Just James and the drivers but the mechanics, the support volunteers and Adam with his job searchings for people. I make an apology now for the names I do not remember, it is not that they are any less important in fact just the opposite, the support staff are part of the team, it is the fact that I have more to do with James and Adam than most of the other team members, oh and the fact that my memory is not what it was since my bang on the head! Such an amazing team, a team that I say thank you to again and again for the opportunities they provide, and my visit to Donington is no exception.
We said our goodbyes and thank yous and headed off to the car for the journey home. thankfully it was a good drive home and took only marginally longer than the trip up. I still am unsure as to who was the more tired, the kids or me! A truly brilliant day out with some great motor racing and some brilliant people. Thanks to Piers for driving me up, I have to rely on people to drive me to different places but some of the things are worth it!
I have not told you all of the results, it was a full weekend of racing, I want you to read my Blog but if I tell you everything, (like the epic task for first time awning assembly), then you will not visit the website of these guys.
I was unable to write the Blog yesterday as I had a minor relapse and my body was not wanting to play ball and so to that end I had an earlier night. I hope that you have enjoyed reading this entry and that you will go to the Mission Motorsport website to view any pictures that they have. I asked other paraplegics if they had ever experienced what I had been unfortunate to endure for the day on Saturday, the general feeling is that it could have been Autonomic Dysrefexia after all, guess we will never know, I do know that I don’t want it again though. For now though I am ok so time to crack on. The sun is starting to shine during the day times now so you never know, summer could be on its way! Enjoy the sun while it is here people, and take care of your selves. My letter has gone off to the person I need to ask about my next challenge so I really hope that I will hear back from him soon, if not it will be option two presented by a friend of mine, someone who you will hear about later on when he gets set up.
So I leave you with a little intrigue, what am I going to do for charity and my wheelchair fund next???
Good afternoon all.
Rather than us, the account of our anniversary Experience day at Thruxton circuit is best told by Mission Motorsport and Help for Heroes beneficiary, George Pas. His rather brilliant blog, with pictures, is here: http://www.georgepas.co.uk/thruxton-circuit/
Today, (Thursday), was the first Birthday of a special charity that has been set up to help injured personnel recover and retrain, a charity who I have written about before and who I have a link to for their website on my links page….MISSION MOTORSPORT.
They were holding their Birthday celebration at one of the fastest race circuits in the UK.
Darren and I left my bungalow at around quarter to seven in the morning after a coffee and me having some breakfast. My Wife had checked that I had everything I would or may need during the day and when we were certain we were set for the day, we loaded me in to the Chucklebus and strapped me in, then finally we were on our way. The weather had taken a turn from cold to wet and whilst part of me was hoping that it would clear, the other part was kind of excited at the prospect of being driven round the track in the wet. When we arrived we had to sign in, this would allow us to be taken around the track in the cars. There was also a form which you could put your name on for a chat with one of the team, Adam, who endeavours to retrain and find employment for injured personnel, I wanted to take full advantage of this offer to talk to someone who knew which directions I could look at for getting back in to employment and so I made sure I signed the sheet.
Major James Cameron addressed those of us who had been fortunate enough to have applied in time for the Birthday party where he welcomed us and gave us some history of the circuit. He let us know how the day would run and introduced some of the team who would be driving, he told us a little about the personalities and which vehicles they would be in. They had a selection of cars which would be driving round the track for us to experience, by using different cars they could demonstrate to us how different they were.
He introduced the lovely lady who would help us with tea and coffee and who had a rather large selection of cakes.
It was a good opportunity to talk to other members of the Band of Brothers, I spoke to a few from Tedworth House and then spent some time in the afternoon talking with two members of the Royal Navy, Emma and Andy. A real pleasure to meet them both and spend time chatting.
I also finally met Ollie and Stacey from Help for Heroes. They e mail any offers that come along and are responsible for putting names in the hat and drawing them if there are too many applicants. They are lovely, really chatty and really interested when you are talking with them. It was nice to be able to put faces to the names and the voices. I have e mailed and spoken to them on the phone but this was the first time we had met.
The racing started and much as I wanted to get out on the track, I had to take the opportunity that had been given to speak about directions for future employment. The talk I had was brilliant, really informative and I left the room feeling confident that if an opportunity was to present itself to Mission Motorsport to help me, then I would also have their support. Thank You for the talk, it was really encouraging.
And so with my talk finished I spoke to James and he took me out for my first ever experience in a race car on a real racing circuit.
What an incredible experience, James talked me through every bend and straight, every line he was taking, when he was accelerating and braking. I could imagine myself carrying out the actions he was describing, and as he continued round the track I was picking which line I would take to see how similar it was. It took a while for me to get back out of the M3 in to my wheelchair as I haven’t got the technique cracked yet but with help from Darren I did it, then it was time for a cup of tea. Through the day there were more opportunities to go it other cars, as well as a hand control car. This especially interested me as I am hoping to receive a favourable reply for the mobility allowance extension which will mean I can get a car which will have hand controls, what better place to try out how I would cope with this method of driving than in an open area marked out by cones.
It was surprisingly easy to operate and gave reasonable feedback, I took a couple of goes round the cones to get used to it but it wasn’t long before I was driving harder.
We had a Birthday photo on the grid with some of the vehicles Mission Motorsport use, I don’t have the picture of all of us by the vehicles but I will post those at a later date if I get them.
I went out in a works car as well, this took a long time for me to get back out of as it was very very low, but again with Darren’s help and the offer of help from members of Mission Motorsport which we actually did not need, I managed to get back in to my wheelchair. It was a truly exhilarating experience with the car being pushed hard by the driver who was an injured serviceman that had been trained by Mission Motorsport to race and then was further helped by the charity as they found him a work placement, he now works for the company who had given the car for the day that he had just driven me in. It was a very surreal moment when, as I was struggling to exit the car, the driver said that his leg had fallen off as must have pressed the release button. I can honestly say that it is the first time I’ve heard that one!
There was also a rear wheel drive car that was being used to let people drive round a cone, sounds mundane but as an unfortunate side effect to this, the back end of the car would come out and as people were trying to control the car while continuing to go round the cone, it resulted in a kind of a drifting motion. It was in the auto test area to avoid any confusion that may suggest that any drifting was taking place!
Darren was fortunate enough to be invited to try a few vehicles which was nice. I have to rely on people driving me around at the moment and so it was great that he was able to experience the day in full. It would have been a shame for him to have been there all day watching, although he had already said that he was just happy to be there. All the same, he went out in some cars and really soaked up the whole racing experience.
We had an amazing day with Mission Motorsport who I first met at the Brit 24 at Silverstone. It was a real privilege to have spent their first Birthday with them doing what they do. I met some great people and had an absolute blast. Thanks to Sue for the good news that she gave me when she told me that I had been successful in my application to be a part of their special day, a really nice lady who again was a real pleasure to talk to. We left Thruxton at around quarter to five having had a full day of fun. Mission Motorsport is an extremely worthwhile charity, it is not just about racing cars around a track, it is about giving new skills keeping the team spirit and getting injured personnel retrained and hopefully resettled in to jobs within the motor or motorsport industry. Please check out their website, read about what James Cameron has created and the work that they do at Mission Motorsport. Their web address is on my links page, but just so you don’t have to look;
Thanks again to the Mission Motorsport team for an amazing day, I hope to see you again soon.
Saturday 9th March saw the second (official) drift day for the Mission Motorsport Drift5 at Santa Pod.
MM Instructors Will Browning and Chris Pickford were on hand to show John Hamilton and his wife Carla how to become the next Drift King (or Queen). Everything started well with both John and Carla fresh from of the MM “Autotesting” day at Thruxton earlier in the week.
Unfortunately the usually utterly reliable little Mazda decided it was going to spring a leak from its radiator and this threatened to end the day early. In true military style of “Improvise, Adapt, Overcome” (or in our case steal), Jim Cameron arranged for us to “borrow” a radiator from Mazda On Track’s Nick Doughill’s very own race car (apparently with his permission; however this has yet to be confirmed).
Team mechanic Andy Browning was mobilised and promptly dispatched to a secret location somewhere in Northampton armed with a box of tools and removed the radiator from said race car!
A quick swap of radiator fans and she was good to go again!
The rest of the day went fantastically well and both Will and Chris were very surprised at just how quickly John began picking things up and improving. Proof of which will be seen in the upcoming video of the day which will be placed on the MM YouTube channel.
Particular highlights were John holding a fantastic consistent drift around Will whilst he stood filming him (mad), and also the spectacular blow out during one of John’s “enthusiastic” donuts which had all the spectators watching. Well done that man!
Carla also improved immensely during the day and could comfortably catch the back end whenever it was provoked out with a clutch kick.
Some passenger laps around the main competition track were given by Will and Chris and plenty of seat time was had by everyone!
Some thoughts from John…
“My wife and I went to Santa Pod with Mission Motorsport to learn to drift, all I can really say is what a fantastic day we had! Will, Chris and Andy were fantastic, they made us feel like part of the team and as far as teaching goes money can’t buy the skills that Will and Chris have.
I must say as a learner drifter I do feel as if I did better than them at donuts around the camera, ha ha! (sorry boys had to get that in). All I have left to say is if you ever get the chance to go out drifting with these men you would have to be a fool to pass it up and I’m really hoping to go to the next event!
A big thank you to Sue for inviting me to all these events and a great big thank you to the whole Mission Motorsport team, keep up the good work!”
John’s better half Carla…
“My husband and I were invited by Mission Motorsport to accompany them to a Santa Pod drift day.
I wasn’t sure what to expect but after finding the Mission Motorsport boys, they all made me feel like part of the team.
Thank you Will, Chris and Andy; the day wouldn’t have been the same without the three of you.”
All in all another fantastic day for the Mission Motorsport Drift Team!
If you’re interested in joining us for the next outing in April then drop us an email! Places are limited so be quick! Team@missionmotorsport.org
I would just like to say thank you to Mission Motorsport for inviting the residents from Tedworth House up to the Autosport Show last Friday. The guys had a fantastic time looking at all of the cars and girls and we even managed to get free access to the live show. One of the residents (Pte Jamie Laws) even said that he would be interested in trying to get in to motorsport. I will ensure that he has your details and is aware of the Mission Motorsport website, so you may hear from him soon.
Once again, thank you very much for your kind hospitality, what you offer is something that interests a lot of service men and women and is something that we here at Tedworth House could not provide without the generous support of charities such as Mission Motorsport.
Dean Williams | WO2 | Battle Back SNCO | Tedworth House