The sun shone for the first Lotus on Track outing at Blyton Park last Sunday Feb 19th. Under enthusiastic new ownership, the old concrete surface of the airfield has been completely redesigned and replaced with tarmac, providing a deceptively fast and technical 1.6 mile circuit.
30 cars turned up bright and early – mainly Lotuses, but also a 911 and a lovely TVR350T—which did make the most beautiful noise as it flew round.
A nice warm office to sign on in and briefing room was welcome in the early morning chill, as was the hot food from the caterers set up in the adjoining hangar space.
The day was populated by novice and experienced drivers alike, and while at first glance the track appears narrow, in reality there are plenty of overtaking opportunities, and a few chances to get the tail out in safety.
With a self imposed notional noise limit of 105db we could have been in northern France…… A few sighting laps so that people could get their eye in, and we were open.
LoT have two more dates booked there this year – and the beauty of it not being a race circuit means that we can get summer weekend dates – so check the shop for May 26th and September 9th days.
There is also a large undercover area for open cars if the weather turns wet, plus masses of outdoor parking. Camping is welcomed, and hot (and cold) showers are provided.
All in all – judging by the smiling faces throughout the day – I’d say Blyton Park scored a big thumbs up.
By Jo Lloyd (Stephanie Plum)