Members' track day & Autumn General Meeting
1st November 2019
The exclusive PAAA members’ track day took place at Castle Combe last week and from the feedback received, the day was certainly enjoyed by all those who took the opportunity of having an almost empty circuit all to themselves.
Whilst the weather was decidedly wet in the morning, which made for indifferent levels of grip, the rain stopped at lunch time and with a dry track in the afternoon, it was clear to see that speeds increased – as did the smiles on the drivers’ and passengers’ faces!
Following the on-track action the autumn members meeting was held in the circuit’s Strawford Centre that overlooks the pit lane. Items discussed included an information update surrounding the import and export of goods following Brexit – in whatever form it eventually takes! This was followed by a report from the recent ETO general meeting at Lake Como.
There was then an update on marketing and PR, which covered forthcoming social meets, the PAAA Trade Expo at Brands Hatch (which is scheduled for 13th June 2020) and Autosport International. It was reported that show organisers are trying to push the Performance and Tuning side of the event and increase the number of companies exhibiting in the hall set aside for this sector. It was agreed that whilst this would be ideal, it does not suit a number of PAAA members who would prefer to exhibit elsewhere.
It was confirmed that the PAAA will have a dedicated stand at the show and that a members’ social event should be held on the Thursday evening of the show.
The final item on the agenda was membership and recruitment. The four new members were welcomed: Quantum Tuning, Turbo Technics as full members and Tegiwa Imports and Turbo Zentrum as associates. It was reported there is more interest in general and that the additional events are helping generate enquires, although more leads are always welcomed.
Following the meeting, a number of members stayed on for an evening meal at the White Hart Inn at Ford, not far from Castle Combe.