View Full Version : Troops Day, Mission Motorsport, Donington Park

Dave B
09-12-2016, 07:21 PM
These Mission Motorsport days seem to come round thick and fast and I believe this one had the biggest number of attending beneficiaries so far....

Troops Day has been running for some years now, set up by Donny owners and staff and linked in with MM.
A very similar format to other days.
MM Staff load lots of kit and cars, drive to venue, set up, get little sleep, get up early, sort the day, pack up and then bugger off back to Wantage. Can't be too much work, it only took a sentence to describe. :whistle:

In actual fact it is a very draining day(s) for the staff who are all set on making the day 100% successful and adapting best laid plans constantly. Chapeau team, chapeau.

My day was my usual format.Get there early, grab a brew and suss out where things are, listen to a briefing and then get to wherever I need to be...on this occasion, Pit Garage 30, base for 1/6th of todays activities.
Other stuff included 4 x 4 driving, Caterham driving, skid pan, a visit to the museum on site etc.
Some of the usual suspects were in attendance with their fine cars.
Jason Eaton brought his '84 911...the one he built on his drive. It is very, very special.

Dr Tom Clynes in his 1966 Porsche 912

Dave Monks from Rolls Royce brought his lovely BMW 2002 and his very dubious Christmas jumper...knitted by his mum...spot the personalised bit in the middle of it.

Paul Severn was again first out and last in, in his GTR.

A guy brought his 458...he'd had it a week and this its first outing, apologies I didn't get his name but he's from Huddersfield so he's a good egg come what may...

Jaguar sent an F Pace and a F type SVR...and two test drivers....

It was set to be an awesome day...and it was.

A huge variation in age of the beneficiaries but each and every one came off track beaming. Some elbowed their way to the front and blagged their laps...I tend to seek out the quieter men and women who appear content to take a step back and if you don't chivvy them along, they'd be quite happy to let the others have their laps....this wasn't going to happen. From my perspective, these tend to be the beneficiaries who you can see gain a massive amount from these days.
Anyhow, a great day. I love the role I perform, yeah I end up with dirty knees and an aching back from the constant kneeling to adjust harnesses from fitting an 8 stone 5,2" female to a 20 stone 6'4" feller but boy is it worth it.

A few photos

Satnav set...

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Arrived in time for the 8.30 briefing. :thumb:

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First light

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Pre session line up of some nice old kit.

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Sign on, the DHL liveried car was apt as DHL have a big base at Donington and also have a serving soldier working with them with the aim of getting more ex services men and women into their organisation. They see the worth in ex mil staff. :agree:

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Briefing by Jim over....

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I'm not sure what actual injury this lovely lady has (she walks with the aid of a wheeled frame) but after 3 laps in a closed car, an e92M3, I had to almost carry her the 10 yards back to her frame (built in seat) She had warned me that she'd likely come back in looking like the most pi55ed person you've seen. A spot on description. Game girl that she was, after about 20 minutes of coming round, a cool drink and some fresh air, she was up for another session but in an open top 'fresh air' car.

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JLR kit for the day. The two drivers were great, very patient with some challenging issues getting people in and out of the cars.

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THAT Christmas jumper...

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Glorious sound and he didn't hold back.

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I missed this....I'm struggling to suss out how hard it must be to drift it......

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Great day, gives me a warm fuzzy feeling having met some extraordinary folk, been a tiny part of their ongoing recovery.
Boring as ever....I advocate getting involved, if only for a day, once. There'd always be something to get involved with. It is a rewarding experience. :shout:

Darren Langeveld
09-12-2016, 08:26 PM
Good to see you again Dave :thumb:

Dave B
09-12-2016, 08:29 PM
Yes mate, and you. :thumb:

Neil Mac
09-12-2016, 09:34 PM
Well done, Dave. As usual. :thumb:

10-12-2016, 06:21 AM
Well done-good choice on R2 !

10-12-2016, 09:27 AM
Great report of what looked like yet another good day :veryhappy:

Paul Severn seemed like a really nice bloke, good to hear he was out giving the beneficiaries laps again :thumb:

Dave B
10-12-2016, 09:36 AM
Great report of what looked like yet another good day :veryhappy:

Paul Severn seemed like a really nice bloke, good to hear he was out giving the beneficiaries laps again :thumb:

In actual fact Paul is extraordinary. He spends the day hosting wounded ex forces folk....and his own 17 yr old son joins up in March. That would be one hell of a battle in my mind, knowing my lad was off away to serve his country while chatting to an amputee or someone with pretty serious PTSD.
You've met most of the guys who turn up to take these lads and lasses round. No one does it for cheap or free track time! If you aren't of the right disposition it would be a stressful day !
Best parts of the day happen pretty infrequently for me....I go to assist the beneficiaries out after their laps...and they don't open the door...they are busy chatting. I know their laps have 'worked' :thumb:

Gary Kinghorn
11-12-2016, 06:50 PM
Great stuff. Looks like another great day :thumb: