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... Jack Oliphant

A Cuppa Tea With... Jack Oliphant

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 youngest ever members of the Ginetta Racing Drivers Club, university student Jack Olipant. (Yes, he is the younger brother of real-life Ginetta GT4 SuperCup Champion 2015).

 

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

JO: Unfortunately I don't get to record much because my dad might miss 10 mins of his precious Tour de France or something! However, if I did get to record stuff, it'd have to be Dr Who followed by Match of the Day. Mainly to see Sunderland lose and Newcastle won't be on it anymore.

 

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

JO: My mates used to say I look like Jonah Hill when he was in Superbad, which I thought was a bit harsh (No offence to Jonah). I choose to believe it was because of the curly hair.

 

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

JO: If you’re going off the number of followers they have, I'd unfortunately have to say my brother Tom. But if you’re going off people of actual interest then I'd say Chris McDermott and Bobby White who both played Handball (my main sport) in the Olympics 2012.

 

G: Do you have any pre-race rituals?

JO: Not really specific rituals or routines, although I should probably start, considering my erratic performances this year.

 

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

JO: This is actually a long story so I apologise. I have about three, but my main one was when I was 12 or 13 and racing a Raket Kart. I had just qualified out of Novice and it was my first proper qualified race weekend. Halfway through a race I went to overtake a kart - which was breaking down - over the start Finish straight at Whilton Mill.

As I went to pass it around the outside, he decided to pull off by pulling across the racing line! His front wheel hit my back wheel and I ended up barrel rolling my kart on the grass right in front of all the spectators (including my Mum, Dad and Brother) and ended up about 10ft away from my kart lying on the grass not knowing what on earth had just happened. The first thing I remember was my Mum shouting 'He's never racing again!' Which, evidently, was incorrect.

A CUPPA TEA WITH.... PHIL INGRAM

A CUPPA TEA WITH.... PHIL INGRAM

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 Phil Ingram. He’s currently racing (and mostly winning) in the Ginetta Racing Drivers Club. If you like what you see, he’s also writing a blog for the guys over at want2race.

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

Phil Ingram: Great British Bake Off.

 

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

PI: Cookie Monster.

 

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

PI: My wife. (Of course!)

 

G: Do you have any pre-race rituals?

PI: Close my eyes and whisper; "I am speed." It worked for Lightning McQueen!

 

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

PI: Hmmm, too many…. A couple of examples are rolling a kart at Buckmore Park Cafe Curve, heading towards the tyre wall at Brands Hatch Paddock Hill Bend and hitting a family of wild boar at 118mph in a prototype super car!

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.

 

A Cuppa Tea With.... Adrian Campbell Smith

A Cuppa Tea With.... Adrian Campbell Smith

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. Our first commentator is GRDC+ superstar, Adrian Campbell-Smith:

 

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

Adrian Campbell-Smith: My TV merrily records GP3, GP2, or WEC if it is on while I am away; otherwise something else from MotorsTV (before it went off air).

 

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

ACS: Hugh Laurie – when I was a youngster my friends used to say we looked alike.  That was before his US TV superstardom of course.

 

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

ACS: Nobody follows me on Twitter.  Awww.

 

G: Do you have any pre-race rituals?

ACS: My newest pre-race ritual is to soak my undershirt and helmet liner in the Want2Race team’s ice bucket!  That and remember to put my earplugs in – I recommend this for all drivers.

 

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

ACS: Turning into Maggots at Silverstone in race one 2016, when I couldn’t see any of the cars in front, nor either edge of the track, let alone such racing luxuries as the apex – all I had was a fog of spray.