As I count down to the start of my new adventure, as Circuit Manager of Motorsport Vision’s Cadwell Park, I’m using my blog – and social media channels – to take you with me on this exciting journey.
Today I visited the circuit for the first MSVT motorcycle track day of the season, and was blessed to have my wonderful family with me to meet some of the team I’ll be working with, at this brilliant venue.
I was introduced to Bob Armiger, whose personal story with Cadwell started much like my own; albeit 83 years earlier. Bob has been visiting the circuit, near Louth since 1934 when Cadwell was first opened.
In 1934, Bob was eight years old, and at 91 he hasn’t lost any of his enthusiasm for Cadwell and the incredible motorsport stories he’s witnessed over the best part of a century. Indeed, he relished telling me about some of them, and I was delighted to be told – I’m hoping I can spend some more time with Bob to hear more of those stories!
He recalled the track being little more than a dirt road back in the 1930s, chuckling at my excitement, at legends such as James Hunt and Barry Sheene having raced there. As he pointed out, to him those are the ‘new boys’, the heroes of Cadwell Park’s ‘hall of fame’ began much earlier for Bob.
Bob enjoyed telling my children about how he remembers motorcycle racing celebrity, Guy Martin as an oil-covered 9 year old, playing with gearboxes and getting stuck in at a far earlier age than today’s health and safety-conscious world would sign off.
It is stories like this that bring a motor racing circuit to life, and the drama and adventure that Bob Armiger has seen unfold at the circuit hang in the air; an atmosphere you can’t quite place, but you feel before the bark of race engines in the paddock steals your thoughts.
I felt proud of the Motorsport Vision Group, and my team at Cadwell when Bob told me how he is not only spoiled rotten by the hospitality staff on his current visits to the circuit, but how he was also made guest of honour at a recent event, being met by Jonathan Palmer.
It must be hard to comprehend for someone on the outside to understand how a piece of tarmac which plays host to two and four-wheeled racing events can play such a pivotal part in a person’s life.
I’m so excited to take up the role of Circuit Manager at Cadwell, and I truly look forward to meeting more people like Bob; people like you. Get those stories ready, because I can’t wait to hear them.