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MGoT return to Pembrey after 11 years
30/05/2015


 MGoT returnto Pembrey after 11 years
 
Words by Dave Livingstone, President MGs on T\"\"rack 
It was inOctober 2004 that a handful of MGs (see photo) first visited Pembrey – a 11/2mile circuit in Carmarthenshire about 20 miles outside of Swansea. Now, nearly11 years later, we’re going back! This time itis for a special occasion, as Pembrey will be our 2015 Founder’s Day venue.What does that mean, I hear you think? Well, for the last few years we havededicated one of the season’s track days to be a bit of a re-union – for thefounding members of MGs on Track (MGoT), all past and present committee membersand our early-year regulars. Not that this precludes newer MGoT members orindeed first timers; it’s just an opportunity for those of us who don’t do asmany days as we used to, to catch up with each other. Pembrey ison Monday 13th July and there will be just 36 places. It is my local circuitnow that I live in Pembrokeshire and I’d like to invite any old-timers, likemyself, to venture another 50 miles West and come to a BBQ at my house onSaturday 11th July. Weather permitting on the Sunday we’ll also be taking awalk on the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coastal Path or if it’s really nice, maybeeven taking a boat trip over to Skomer Island to see if there are any Puffinsstill around. Email me at Dave@mgs-on-track.com if you’re interested in makinga long weekend of it. As for thecircuit, though I did drive it myself in 2004, my memory isn’t good enough totell you much. Fortunately, Neil Thomas, Midget Register Scribe, also lives inPembrokeshire and he managed to get to Pembrey just the other week (see photo).I’ll leave it to him to tell you about his day.
 
K-seriesMidget Enjoys a Sunny Pembrey
 
Words by Neil Thomas, Midget Register Scribe 
 
When I wasinvited to attend a pre-season track day at Pembrey in South West Wales, bymembers of the local sprint and hillclimb club, I was delighted. This is thenearest motor circuit track to my home and a venue I had been to many times towatch various forms of motorsport, but had never had the opportunity to drive.For a number of years it had been the venue that Formula 1 teams such asMcLaren used for testing and which I had been fortunate enough to observe.So, on March22nd I headed off with my 1964 K-Series Midget. I was particularly keen to tryout the track, as I knew MGOT would be there in July. It really is a challenginglittle track with some quite technical sections, including a hairpin after itsmain straight, some very fast open bends and some tight 90-degree turns.The weatherwas brilliant; cold, dry, bright sunshine - perfect for grip. Upon arrival Ilooked at the other cars attending on the day. My good friend Ceri had broughtalong his Mk1 MX5 and another friend, keen MGCC member Ken Waylett, was in his2005 JPS Lotus Elise. There was a cacophony of other vehicles including a brandnew GT3, other Porsches from the local Porsche club, a couple of race-preparedMk1 Lotus Cortina’s, an early 60’s race prep’d Ford Galaxy, various Caterhams,Westfields, Honda GTRs and Subarus.After thebriefing we had two familiarisation laps and then we were off. Initially I waswary of the circuit, as the track was quite tricky in places, but as themorning progressed, confidence grew and I was in my element. This was an openpit lane day, which allowed me drive alongside the full range of vehiclespresent. My Midget performed faultlessly and despite running road tyres on thisoccasion it held its head up high, embarrassing some of the more powerful carson the track.
One thing toremember is that the black stuff has lots of grip, but the green stuff doesn’tand the tyre walls can approach very quickly if you decide to take analternative route. I didn’t try this out, but we were warned! So, a cautiousapproach is advisable at first, but soon you start to appreciate the greatvariety of this little 1.45-mile long circuit with its 8 turns running in aclockwise direction.
 
\"\"The facilities include a cafe with food and drinkavailable all day and some great banks on the outside of the track for viewingand photos. I thoroughly enjoyed Pembrey and I am certain that anyone attendingthe MGoT day on the 13th July will not be disappointed. I’ll certainly be back.
 

 

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