Just a very few photos from our track day at Castle Combe yesterday. Feel free to download. Apologies to Jim our usual photographer – he was away on a trip!
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You may recall some time back that the EU were considering requiring all motorised vehicles to carry 3rd party insurance even if they were never used on the road. This followed on from a legal case involving a man injured when a ladder he was working on was struck by a tractor and trailer. Insurers refused to cover the claim because the accident was on private property and the vehicle being used was classed as an agricultural machine. You can read more about it by Googling “The Vnuk Judgment”.
Well, the Department for Transport has been considering a new EU Directive, driven by this judgment, that would require all “vehicles” including mobility scooters, golf buggies, ride on lawn mowers, and potentially vehicles off road under a SORN to carry full insurance. They issued a consultation document on Tuesday and have expressed concerns about reforms and all the cost implications. The consultation runs until March next year and the documents can be viewed by clicking on this link – Vnuk Judgment .
The DfT said it would have to abide by the new rules until the UK leaves the EU. That would probably mean until 2019. Apparently, some vehicles that might have to come under the new legislation would include electric pedal cycles, Segways, ride-on lawnmowers, mobility scooters, golf buggies, ride-on children’s toys, and motor sports vehicles. The latter would of course include all track day cars.
In a letter, today to the Times, Steve Kenward (CEO of the Motor Cycle Industry Association) and Chris Aylett (CEO of the Motorsport Industry Association) have strongly criticised the “ill-considered” EU directive. The issue is that the change in the law would mean that 3rd party insurance would be compulsory for all vehicles involved in motor sport, and that would include all our track day cars. The insurance would be additional to any cover provided for the road, and the bottom line is that insurers have already made it clear that third party risks for motor sport activities are uninsurable.
To quote from the letter to the Times, “Implementing the ruling would, at a stroke, wipe out legal motor sport activity.” And of course that would include track days.
22 December 2016
It seems to have been a long time since my last post. Just shows how busy the summer track day season has been this year, with all days being well attended. I hope your track day season has been going well.
Over the last few weeks I’ve been able to have initial discussions with the good people at Castle Combe Circuit about next year, and you will find listed below the provisional dates for you to put in your diaries. I’ll let you know as soon as they become firm.
As far as season tickets are concerned, as usual we will be making a few available shortly. They are good value if you want to drive regularly on our track days at Castle Combe offering very substantial savings in exchange for payment up front. If you think you would like to invest in one email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll put you on the list. We allocate them on the basis of renewals first, then in strict chronological order from the wait list. Half day and full day options will be on offer. They normally sell out the day they are advertised so it’s best to go on the wait list.
Provisional Calendar 2015
All events are run as open pit lane. The noise limit is 100dBA. These are book early prices and may change when the circuit hire charges are known.
Note – dates in red are now firm
Date Full Day Morning Afternoon
21 February (Saturday) £179 N/A N/A
16 March £199 £99 £119
14 March £199 £99 £119
13 April £199 £99 £119
11 May £199 £99 £119
15 June £199 £99 £119
13 July £199 £99 £119
10 August £199 £99 £119
7 September £199 £99 £119
28 September £199 £99 £119
17 October (Saturday) £189 N/A N/A
5 December (Saturday) £179 N/A N/A