A Cuppa Tea With... Phil McGarty

A Cuppa Tea With... Phil McGarty

Here at Ginetta towers, we get lots of praise for our superb racing drivers and the endless laps of entertainment they provide. Yet, you – the public – often don’t get to find out what’s going on under those race suits and helmets. Okay, so it’s usually fireproof underwear, but what about the drivers themselves, what makes them tick?

So, because we love nothing more than a good chatter over a mug of Yorkshire Tea and some custard creams, we’ve sat our drivers down to ask them a couple of questions which should give you an insight into their lives. Or just entertain you for a minute.

This week, we’ve been chatting to one of the biggest characters in the Ginetta Racing Drivers Club, the one and only Phil McGarty.

Ginetta: What do you have to set to ‘record’ on your TV when you’re away racing?

PM: I have Hollyoaks on record on TV.

 

G: Who would play you in a film about your life?

PM: I think Tom Cruise with Cuban heels could play me. In fact I think I could play him if I was needed to.

 

G: Who’s the most exciting person that follows you on Twitter?

PM: The most exiting person to follow me has got to be a little lass from Yorkshire called Ruth Harrison.

G: That’s the third person to say that now, I’m getting an ego.

 

G: Do you have any pre-race rituals?

PM: Pre-race I prefer just to sit on my own in the car when we get to the holding area.

 

G: What’s been the hairiest moment behind the wheel of a race car or go-kart?

PM: The hairiest moment behind the wheel has got to be when I ran out of talent coming in to Paddock Hill Bend at Brands Hatch. The transmission locked and my car span, missing the barrier by inches – I was lucky.

 

A Cuppa Tea With.... Guy Redwood

A Cuppa Tea With.... Guy Redwood

Here at Ginetta towers, we get lots of praise for our superb racing drivers and the endless laps of entertainment they provide. Yet, you – the public – often don’t get to find out what’s going on under those race suits and helmets. Okay, so it’s usually fireproof underwear, but what about the drivers themselves, what makes them tick?

So, because we love nothing more than a good chatter over a mug of Yorkshire Tea and some custard creams, we’ve sat our drivers down to ask them a couple of questions which should give you an insight into their lives. Or just entertain you for a minute.

This week, we’ve been chatting to one of the founding members of the Ginetta Racing Drivers Club. His passion for motorsport and enthusiasm for the Ginetta brand is second to none. To top it off, the only time he’s seen without an eye-poppingly bright shirt is when he’s wearing a race suit – meet Guy Redwood.

 

Ginetta: What do you have to set to ‘record’ on your TV when you’re away racing?

GR: Obviously the live coverage of the Ginetta GT5 Challenge races so I can watch it all again on Sunday night as soon as I get home! Also Suits – I think Harvey Specter would make a great driver coach with lines like “I'm not about caring, I'm about winning” as well as “The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary.”

 

G: Who would play you in a film about your life?

GR: Guy Martin – We have a very similar outlook on life and I think he’d enjoy wearing my shirts.

 

G: Who’s the most exciting person that follows you on Twitter?

GR: Most exciting racer that follows me would be @Tom_Oliphant. Almost every one of his races has me sat on the edge of my seat, shouting at the TV screen when Tom’s doing his thing.

 

G: Do you have any pre-race rituals?

GR: A can of Red Bull just before we head out to the holding area. I also aim to drive the track twice in my head whilst sat waiting before a race. Although I’m easily distracted and rarely make it half way round!

 

G: What’s been the hairiest moment behind the wheel of a race car or go-kart?

GR: I once did the unthinkable and lifted off the throttle mid-corner at Westfield on Brands Hatch GP circuit. The back stepped out and rapidly ended up on the green stuff. Lesson learnt: never lift mid-corner on the brow of a hill.

Win A Track Day Experience With Ginetta Cars

Win A Track Day Experience With Ginetta Cars

In celebration of our successful Ginetta Racing Drivers Club, we are giving one ambitious racing driver the opportunity to win a track day in a Ginetta G40 Club car, complete with expert tuition from a top driver coach.

Our road legal racing car is proving increasingly popular with track day regulars wanting to try their hand at ‘proper’ racing as well as motoring enthusiasts looking to tick ‘become a racing driver’ off their bucket list. Yet, you wouldn’t sign up to anything without a good old fashioned ‘try before you buy’ would you, so why not join us and try it out?

You may reckon you’re a Lewis Hamilton in the making, but getting behind the wheel of our Ginetta G40 will push your driving limits to the max. You’ll learn from the very best as you tackle one of the UK’s finest circuits during a trio of 20 minute driving sessions, worth £360.

You don’t need any prior racing experience to be in with a chance of winning, just a valid UK driving licence and a desire to have fun. The prize draw runs from today until 26 August and can be entered free of charge by answering the question below and telling us where and when you’d like to join us.

 

The all-important qualifying question;

In addition to your ARDS racing licence package, road tax, pair of track days with tuition and all the other little extras you get when you buy a Ginetta G40 Club Car, how many fully supported race weekends on the British GT package do you get?

  1. None – are you crackers, you’ve given me so much already!
  2. Two – we love a day out from time to time.
  3. Four – wow, I’ll be a fully-fledged racing driver in no time.

A little bird told us, you can probably find the answer somewhere on this page.

 

Track days available are;

  • 30 August at Brands Hatch
  • 27 September at Brands Hatch
  • 3 October at Silverstone

 

Once you have decided which date you’d prefer, simply click here to enter your details.  Our fingers are already crossed for you.

The perfect way for amateurs to test their mettle at racing, our all-inclusive Ginetta Racing Drivers' Club package is designed specifically for the first-time racing driver. Alongside fellow Club members, we equip our GRDC drivers with all they need to get racing each other in our four round UK series in their very own, road-legal, G40 Club Car.