BRDC Lunch

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On the Wed­nes­day be­tween the two New Zealand Fes­ti­val of Mo­tor-rac­ing meet­ings at Hamp­ton Downs, the Bri­tish Rac­ing Driv­ers Club held a lunch for it’s An­tipodean mem­bers and in­vited guests at the Hamil­ton Golf Course. Or­gan­ised by for­mer BRDC sec­re­tary and New Zealand’s al­most for­got­ten Grand Prix driver Howden Gan­ley, as­sisted by Michael Clark, for some rea­son I found my­self on the list of in­vited at­ten­dees. De­spite feel­ing a bit of a fraud be­ing nei­ther Bri­tish, nor a rac­ing driver it still seemed like a fas­ci­nat­ing event to at­tend.

It cer­tainly was, ev­ery­one who is or was any­one in New Zealand mo­tor­sport, along with some for­eign guests were there, from our two best chances of mak­ing it to For­mula One, Mitch Evans and Richie Stan­away, pa­tron and sup­porter of so many young New Zealand mo­tor­sport prospects, Sir Colin Gil­trap to our two sur­viv­ing Grand Prix driv­ers Chris Amon MBE and Howden Gan­ley. The best part of it all, as was pointed out to me be­fore I ac­cepted the in­vi­ta­tion, was that there are no free lunches. Ev­ery­one at­tend­ing had to speak for a minute on the sub­ject of their choice. As the theme for Hamp­ton Downs was Denny Hulme, those who knew him told tales of their ex­pe­ri­ences of The Bear and many took more than a minute to do so, no one was com­plain­ing.

The lunch was good, but the sto­ries were what re­ally made it one of the most fas­ci­nat­ing days I have had in quite some time. Thanks Howden and Michael for the in­vi­ta­tion. A bril­liant day for cer­tain.

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