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      06-29-2012, 08:32 AM   #23
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Date is now non-negotiable for two reasons.

1) it's easier that way.

2) I am trying to arrange a tour of the facilities at Prodrive in Banbury for the Friday evening. Times and arrangements to be confirmed, but please note that you will need to arrive on time for this, and that a deposit for the tour (which costs £22 / £27 depending on time) will be required to secure a place.

So as well as confirming general attendance can you please confirm that you would like to attend the tour as well.

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      06-29-2012, 11:11 AM   #27
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So this pro drive thingy whats that about please

Had a quick look at webby and talks about getting driven around by a driver in a fast car, what would we be doing/getting for our cash?
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ohh come on...don't b a b1tch!...i feel so lonely without u!...
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I guess having it at a bank holiday it good as you say gives yer Monday to recover

But then again more people likely to be away on hols have stuff pre-booked its a trickey one that
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      06-29-2012, 12:49 PM   #30
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Some more detail:

Prodrive are a Motorsport and vehicle engineering company based in Banbury. They have been running since the mid eighties and have won six World Rally Championships, five British Touring Car Championships as well as winning their class at Le Mans three times.

They currently run a MINI WRC team, as well as supplying all of the factory and private cars running in the WRC and under S2000 rules. Aston Martin Racing is run exclusively by them and they also run Ford's V8 championship team in Australia.

As well as their Motorsport activities, they provide specialist support to motor manufacturers (I think they had some involvement in developing the X6 active yaw control) and have a manufacturing facility able to produce small volume high precision components. Even McLaren have used them for this capability.

The tour starts off in the heritage centre, where a selection of past cars such as the 911SCRS, Imprezas, BTCC Mondeo, Aston DBR9, BAR Honda F1 etc. From here you are then taken on a tour of the facilities through various workshops and machining areas. Obviously the mix of cars in will vary dependant upon the races happening at the time, but expect to see areas where road cars are stripped cut and new structure welded in, build areas, wiring areas and test / refurbishment areas. The tours are conducted by Jackie, who has a in-depth knowledge of all the work that they have carried out over the years, as well as many anecdotes regarding the teams and drivers.

Cost will be £22 per person, maximum 25 people, under 16s free, but no babies! Tea and biscuits normally laid on as well.
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I had a fantastic day at Prodrive a few years ago. Went around their test tracks with an instructor, then did a few laps myself. Did skid pan and brake testing and also got a morning's instruction with an ex-police pursuit driver on roads around the local area.
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I had a fantastic day at Prodrive a few years ago. Went around their test tracks with an instructor, then did a few laps myself. Did skid pan and brake testing and also got a morning's instruction with an ex-police pursuit driver on roads around the local area.
FFS O eye it's all coming out now, no wonder Mr speedie left me for dead in them hills
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Boo! No ed?
Hey, I didn't get that response, is Ed your fav?!?!

How annoying, that Prodrive thing sounds great, a real shame I can't make it.
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I had a fantastic day at Prodrive a few years ago. Went around their test tracks with an instructor, then did a few laps myself. Did skid pan and brake testing and also got a morning's instruction with an ex-police pursuit driver on roads around the local area.
FFS O eye it's all coming out now, no wonder Mr speedie left me for dead in them hills
Thought I was being quite sensible and restrained mate!
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I had a fantastic day at Prodrive a few years ago. Went around their test tracks with an instructor, then did a few laps myself. Did skid pan and brake testing and also got a morning's instruction with an ex-police pursuit driver on roads around the local area.
FFS O eye it's all coming out now, no wonder Mr speedie left me for dead in them hills
Thought I was being quite sensible and restrained mate!
Sensibly spirited I'd have said. I never saw the wheels leave the ground whilst I was following.
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They did...3 times I think.Ali felt it! She loves it hard... but maybe not that hard!!
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Up the rear? She is going to have words about this!
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F*ck - I'm at a music festival on Saturday/Sunday. Already arranged and paid - but not in my iPhone diary!!

BUT

I will be interested in the Prodrive trip - only 30mins away from me.
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Up the rear? She is going to have words about this!
In from a gig and still wired?
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Up the rear? She is going to have words about this!
In from a gig and still wired?
Yes! just in from another now and totally wired! Hard life this rock star business. JD helps apparently.
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