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MSVR Media Day 2017

Well, where did that year go ?                                         

Tuesday the 14th February was the day chosen for the annual MSVR Media Day, apparently a day of some significance, according to Mrs Smith !  Looking around the paddock, a few partners seemed to have accepted an all-expenses paid trip to Brands hatch, so obviously romance is not yet dead.

Rachel had managed to round up an impressive number of Mono competitors, despite this being a time of year when most cars are in a million pieces (that can’t be right, I must ask Tony Cotton exactly how many parts constitute the average single seater) scattered across the workshop floor.

The weather gods were fairly kind to us this year, although there looked to be plenty of damp patches on track, to catch out the unwary. The morning activities centred around photo opportunities on track, and presentations of the various MSVR supported championships to the assembled media representatives.  No doubt the excellent turn-out had more to do with the breakfast than an overwhelming desire to listen to our waffle, but perhaps I’m just old and cynical.

An introductory speech by Jonathan Palmer was well received and outlined MSVR’s ambitious plans for 2017, including the latest MSV acquisition, Donington Park. Following an interminable lunch-time photo session, with poor Peter Lague being chosen to represent Monoposto, the afternoon provided the chance for some laps of the Brands Indy circuit, being organised, trackday style, into separate open and closed wheel 20 minute sessions. Machinery on display ranged from LMP3 sports cars to Ssang Yong diesel pick-up trucks – everyone to their own, I suppose.

From the sidelines, it looked as though all of the Mono drivers got plenty of laps in, with very few problems being reported, and I’d just like to offer my personal thanks for their support of the club, at this important event. I believe a summary of the days proceedings will be shown on Motors TV, probably at some unsociable hour of the morning, with an opportunity to watch your correspondent tripping over his tongue in the interviews.

Taking part were: Robert Smith, Joe Watts, Geoff Fern, Alex Fores, Nigel Davers, Richard Crisp, Graham Read and Peter Lague.

Mark Smith

Peter Lague and Geoff Fern Alex Fores Richard Crisp had some brake problems and was seen on just one lap Robert Smith, having loyally spannered for Mark, got the chance to drive the 395 and did not disappoint
And finally.......  
  Robbie Watts has moved to F3Cup, and was joined by son Joe

The Ssang Yong PickUp is an ideal way to start a Motorsport Korea (geddit?) (No - Ed)


Pictures by Andrew Cliffe/Norwich Photo. Captions by asst ed.


Peter Lague had a good reliable day, probably running more than in the whole of 2016.Nigel Davers represented Team Fern, ....

...along with Le Patron GeoffNigel modified the gravel trap