We Are Ginetta - Prepare To Mo' Tomorrow

We Are Ginetta - Prepare To Mo' Tomorrow

The LNT Group will kick off their 2017 Movember efforts tomorrow morning and below are three examples of ways in which we will be raising both money and awareness for the charity.

We are really keen to expand our We Are Ginetta Movember team, so if you are doing ANYTHING to raise money this month, drop us a line via pr[AT]Ginetta.com or donate and / or join the team at the following link: http://moteam.co/we-are-ginetta

 

Leigh Ellis, Director of LNT Software.

I'll get the ball rolling (no pun intended) as part of the LNT Group efforts. I’ve previously grown the facial fuzz, but this year I’m going to be a part of the Move for Movember campaign.

Considering I haven't been in the gym for about a year, it’s about time I got myself back in the game. With that in mind, I’m signing myself up for a 1958 challenge to celebrate the year Ginetta was founded, and will do 1,958 push ups in November! Watch this space.

 

Matt Lowe, LNT Group CEO.

Bringing the fight to Ellis is our group CEO Matt Lowe. He’s never one to shy away from a challenge and gets involved in every single one of the Group’s fundraising activities. The Group motivator has put his money where his mouth is this Movember and has pledged to ascend 1,958m on his bike. That is the equivalent of climbing Scafell Pike twice!

He said of his efforts; “ I’ll be burning lots of calories so, as usual, all confectionary donations also gratefully received...” – standard Lowe.

 

Ruth Harrison, Ginetta PR & Marketing Executive

My father recently overcame prostate cancer, so to raise money for Movember, I’ve roped in my BFF Lo Parsons to launch ‘Operation Dash In A Tash’.

Together, we have set a benchmark time for how long it takes us to run 800m and will be training throughout November to improve our fitness levels before we try to beat our benchmarks LIVE on Talk Radio with our celebrity bezzi M, Andy Jaye.

 

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.

 

Move For Movember. Operation Dash In A Tash Is GO!

Move For Movember. Operation Dash In A Tash Is GO!

As Ginetta HQ prepares for Movember, we have seen our first ‘move for Movember’ challenge get underway. Our PR & Marketing Executive Ruth Harrison has challenged herself to complete laps of the Talk Radio studio (read on for a sensible explanation) as part of team We Are Ginetta. Below, she explains….

Given my inability to grow any form of facial hair worth writing about, I contacted my buddy Andy Jaye at Talk Radio to ask if he would be up for setting me a ‘Move for Movember’ challenge, which we could co-promote using the power of the airwaves.

He came up with the idea of me taking on an 800m running challenge which involved in completing said distance in as short a time possible. We agreed to set a benchmark time prior to the start of November, and then see how I was getting on mid-November.

To make things interesting, we decided to make the 800m sprint into a challenge. Ginetta vs. The Motor Show. I would be representing Ginetta whilst Lo Parsons, our very own ‘weekend warrior’ who works as Championship Assistant during BTCC events would represent The Motor Show.

Adding an extra level of competition were our newly recruited ‘personal trainers’ -  I managed to rope in multiple Ginetta Champion and Sir Chris Hoy’s ELMS winning teammate from 2015, Ginetta factory driver Charlie Robertson, whilst Lo would be trained by Richard Jones from the Ord Academy in Godalming, Personal Trainer of the Year 2015.

So, Sunday 16 October was the day we set our benchmark time. On our way to Donington Park – the venue for Day One - both myself and Lo decided it would be a good charity challenge, but we wouldn’t go ‘mad’ on trying to become Mo Farrah. That was until we set our times.

Now, when I saw the course, I’ll admit, I thought “easy”. I’ve been doing Gillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred for a good year now and I feel fairly fit. How wrong I was. 800m took me a colossal 4m 14s, with Lo only doing marginally better with a 3m 43s effort – and after it, we had to stop for a coffee and some cake.

So, on the way home, we made a pact to take this ‘really, flipping seriously’ and make sure to improve our own personal fitness. What we had entered into thinking would be ‘a bit of a laugh; suddenly got serious. So much so that two training sessions in 24 hours later and I’ve got some pretty big blisters on my feet.

I popped into the gym today and managed to ‘cover’ – I say cover, as it was a mix of running and power walking – 3km in 25 minutes exactly. A worse ratio than my benchmark efforts, but I’ll be blogging whether or not I actually managed to bring that number down over the course of the challenge.

So, if you were thinking about joining us for Movember, whether it be as a tache’ grower or a fitness fiend, do share your efforts with us so we can share in shouting about our progress.

Join our Movember team (or make a donation) by clicking here.

Ladies and Gentlemen, We Need You For The Ginetta Movember Crew

Ladies and Gentlemen, We Need You For The Ginetta Movember Crew

“The state of men’s health is in crisis. Men experience worse longer-term health than women and die on average six years earlier. Prostate cancer rates will double in the next 15 years. Testicular cancer rates have already doubled in the last 50. Three quarters of suicides are men. Poor mental health leads to half a million men taking their own life every year. That’s one every minute.

 

The Movember Foundation is uniquely placed to address the crisis at a global level. We’re funding ground-breaking programmes all over the world, engaging with men where they are, to understand what works best, to help make change happen sooner.” - The Movember Foundation.

 

Throughout the month of November people unite to raise money for The Movember Foundation. Ginetta plan to use the power of our motorsport family and the racing community to raise awareness of this cause, and we need YOU to help us.

We’ve set up a We Are Ginetta Movember team (click here to view and join) and whether you work at the LNT Group, are a Ginetta racing driver or team boss, a motorsport fan, social media follower or just a friend of the family, we would like to invite you to join our team and raise some awareness and (hopefully) some funds.

Fancy it? Read on my friend…                          

Back in the days when Ginetta was just a glint in the Walklett brothers’ eyes, November used to be all about Bonfire Night, toffee apples and sifting through the remnants of Trick or Treat swag. Times have changed though, and these days, November means embracing that facial fuzz, ditching the Gillette and turning into a bearded God, all for the good cause that is Movember.

Granted, not everyone wants to look like Alan from The Hangover. So for those of you who aren’t sold on the idea of fashioning a chin curtain, why not join in our ‘Move For Movember’ challenges? Three cups of green tea and a packet of Hobnobs later and we’ve come up with some ideas based on Ginetta’s birth year, 1958.

We Are Ginetta Mo Massive Bright Ideas:

  • Grow your mo – moustache / beard
  • Grow your fro – don’t have a haircut for a month. Ooh, curveball
  • 1,958 sit ups / press ups / pull ups / squats in the gym
  • 1,958 lengths of an Olympic sized swimming pool
  • Climb a hill 1,958ft high
  • 1,958 jump ropes

Getting fit for a good cause? Yes please.

 

As you know, we are big on shouting about the awesome clan that is the Ginetta family. So we really, really want  to blog about everyone’s efforts throughout the month. If you’re on board, please keep us up to date with your beardy progress and plenty of selfies if you’re taking part in the fitness challenges. You can get in touch via pr[at]ginetta.com or on any of our social media handles.

Make sure you share the excitement with all your friends and family too, the more the merrier as there’s plenty of Mo Magic to go around.

Let's get this Mo on the road.

October 14, 2016 by Ruth Harrison
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.

Driver's Eye View - Magny Cours in the G57

The storied Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours in central France played host to the latest round of the V de V Championship last weekend and saw a Ginetta G57-P2 win from pole in the hands of Ginetta boss, Lawrence Tomlinson and works-driver, Mike Simpson.

In its GP Circuit configuration the track measures 2.7 miles and the lap record for the 17-turn circuit is still held by the legendary Michael Schumacher, who covered it in 1:15.38 in his Ferrari F2004.

Our man Simpson left the competition trailing with a 1:32.18 last weekend, and we have the onboard footage to show how he did it.  Let him know what you think at @MikeSimpsonP1.

P.S. he'll be irritated that we told you Schumacher was faster...

 

October 12, 2016 by Paul Zwicky-Ross
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.

A Cuppa Tea With.... Fraser Robertson

A Cuppa Tea With.... Fraser Robertson

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 Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup paddock. He never fails to bring a smile to our faces at a wet and windy race track. Our very own Kylie because he loves ‘spinning around’ quite literally, it’s Fraser Robertson.

 

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

FR: nothing at all!

 

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

FR: Me! I’m not dead yet and I’m an incredible actor. Wait, will I get paid?

 

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

FR: What’s Twitter?

 

G: Do you have any pre-race rituals?

FR: Yes. Usually I like to get in the car.

 

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

FR: Setting my 996 on fire at Shell Island Bend (Oulton Park) and trying to get back to the pits. I only made it to Lodge Corner before the marshals put me out.

 

 

That Time Steven Dailly Won A Bet To Race In A Ginetta....

That Time Steven Dailly Won A Bet To Race In A Ginetta....

We love a good feel good story here at Ginetta HQ, and our ‘friend off the telly’ (hello namedroppers) Richard John Neil told us this wonderful story about a man named Steven Dailly recently. We loved it so much, we wanted to share the news with you.

So, Stephen, a 24 year old racing driver from Edinburgh (and reigning Scottish BMW Compact Cup champion) won, yes, won the chance to race a Ginetta G55 GT4 car at Knockhill a few weeks ago, and the way he found himself on the grid was an interesting one. Here’s Steven’s story…..

“It all started as a challenge. British GT driver Phil Dryburgh, of Production Glassfibre, said he would let me drive the car if I won all 16 rounds of the Scottish BMW Compact Cup. Phil was competing in the series and we had been talking about my future plans.

It was an amazing offer but a small part of me did not think it would happen even when I clinched that clean sweep, but Phil was as good as his word and I can’t thank him enough. We had a look at a couple of options but reckoned the Super Touring Car meeting at Knockhill was perfect. I knew the track and there would be a home crowd – and what a crowd it was. We definitely picked the best weekend for it.

I saw the Ginetta for the first time on the Friday. I was just blown away by it. Just sitting in the car took me back to my karting days. The obvious difference was the paddle shift gears. I wasn’t used to them but I got to grips with them fairly quickly. The biggest smile came from the speed of the car – it was stunningly fast.

I settled in quite quickly. I had my usual team around me from KC Motorsports – who handle the BMW – and the Ginetta was run by CW Motorsport. They did an amazing job all weekend and it was a real honour to work with them. They made sure I was happy in the car and we were able to work together to get the car just how I wanted it.

The first session went as well as I could have hoped. I am no stranger to speed and I know the track – it was just getting used to the aerodynamics and the grip. They were phenomenal and it took me a while to work out how far I could push that.

The Ginetta is a proven package and it is easy to see why. It is a good, solid car that is great fun to drive. Qualifying gave me the first chance to show what the car could do and I put it on pole with a 53-second lap which is really fast for a Ginetta at Knockhill and I was delighted with that.

I still felt I was learning. It would be my first race start and it showed. I didn’t get off the line too well and was down in fifth place but then I just got on with the job of driving the car and enjoying myself as well. There were a lot of faster cars out there, but the Ginetta had the grip and the braking to make a difference. I managed to claw back a few places and finished in second.

I got a much better start in the next race. I was second for a few laps then managed to pass Finlay Crocker and take the lead. I held it there and just kept it nice and smooth and got the win.

It was a completely different experience to driving my BMW. I didn’t have to fight the car at all and I actually found it easier to drive than the BMW. I made a lot less mistakes and I took to it very quickly. The car just suited me really well.

I had hoped to do the GT5 Challenge anyway but now I have driven its bigger brother and you can’t go back, can you? You drive this car once and you just want to drive it again but it is a bigger budget. That said, it is definitely one of options and I would be delighted to race it again.”

September 28, 2016 by Ruth Harrison
A Cuppa Tea With.... Jonny Hadfield

A Cuppa Tea With.... Jonny Hadfield

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 a driver who has grown up as part of the Ginetta family. He cut his teeth in Juniors then moved onto the Ginetta GT5 Challenge, setting up his own team with big brother (and on track rival) Ryan. Its Jonny Hadfield from R & J Motorsport.

 

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

RH: Motorsport!

 

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

RH: Me because I would love to do it all again

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

RH: Ruth Harrison 😂😂

G: You’re not the first person to say that…. #teacherspet

 

G: Do you have any pre-race rituals?

RH: A quick visit to the little boys room.

 

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

RH: Spa Francorchamps in 2016! I almost went over backwards! Second to that was getting fully sideways at Thruxton in the rain!