Happy new year. Lets look at some of the events and activities we have lined up for this year. It promises to be a most interesting year with at least one major cycling, motoring, Formula 1 and motorcycling event each month. We will be adding the dates of each event to the website’s event calendar page (link at the end of this article) and this calendar will be regularly updated with information for each particular event.
We kick things off in the middle of the month with our coverage of the London Classic car show which runs from the 15th to the 18th of February.
“The London Classic Car Show is the must-attend event for any discerning classic car owner, collector, expert or enthusiast.
Now in its fourth year, London Classic Car Show has established itself as one of the UK’s best classic car events right in the accessible heart of the country’s capital. Experience over 700 classic cars in London this February.” The London Classic Car Show
At the end of the month we have our first official ‘Drive Out’ of the year. This will be our first organized car meet. The format is simple, a group of car lovers and driving enthusiasts meet in the morning at a particular location, go for a 20-40 miles drive on the best roads we can find and finish at cafe or restaurant for a light lunch.
The first of the many cycling events takes place on the 11th of March in Cape Town, South Africa. It is the 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour (The 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour ). This promises to be a very interesting event (as ever) due to this year’s water shortage in Cape Town. This event always comes with a healthy dose of drama, controversy and natural disasters and phenomena. Last year, 100 kph winds forced the cancellation of the event (The 2017 Cape Town Cycle Tour ) the year before that, fires and demonstrations forced the organizers to cut the length of the course by more than half. I cannot wait.
We will also be attending the first Porsche Club GB Clubhouse Open day on the 6th of March.
We head to the legendary Nurburgring race track in early April for a track day to die for. Nicknamed the ‘Green Hell’, this is the race track made famous in various films, the most recent, ‘Rush’, tells the story of the famous rivalry between James Hunt and Lewis Hamilton’s current boss, Nikki Lauda. This is the track where Lauda nearly met his maker during the ’76 F1 season.
We head to Mallorca for a cycling training camp during the first bank holiday weekend. We will be based in the secluded resort of Playa de Muro which is almost midway between the resorts of Alcudia and C’an Picafort on the northern coast of Mallorca. Mallorca is a fabulous location for some cycling training and is a firm favorite with professionals and amateurs alike. The weather, food, and the fact that it is just a short flight from the UK and is relatively affordable all make Mallorca a suitable location for some serious training.
Later on in May, we attend the Monaco Grand Prix. This year, the Monaco F1 race would be the 6th round of the 2018 Formula 1 Championship. We have not been to this race in a very long time and watching Formula 1 cars go round normal, narrow, city roads at insane speeds is a true spectacle. The Armco barrier-lined circuit leaves no margin for error, demanding more concentration than any other Formula One track.
The first of the really tough cycling events, the Santini GF Mont Ventoux takes place on the 17th of June (The 2018 GF Mont Ventoux). This is the 130km, 3,300m cycling event in France which finishes on one of the toughest and most iconic mountains in all of cycling, the fearsome Mont Ventoux. This climb is 21.5 km long with an elevation gain of 1,610m at an average gradient of almost 8%. It finishes at just over 1,900 meters above sea level. Not for the faint hearted.
This event clashes with the popular and enjoyable BHF London to Brighton charity bike ride, so that events falls off the calendar for us this year. Sigh.