The annual WNT (UK)/XYZ Machine Tools trackday took place at a sunny Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire with over 100 customers in attendance putting a wide variety of motorcycles through their paces throughout the day. In addition to the enjoyment of riding on track, it was a great opportunity for some serious networking while at the same time raising funds for WNT’s chosen charities, Cancer Research UK and The British Heart Foundation.
When some participants arrived the evening before the rain stopped for 30 minutes to allow the traditional track walk to take place, followed by fish and chips under cover and a beer or two. It was then to bed ahead of the serious stuff the following morning. The weather played its part and the sun shone all day allowing almost seven hours of uninterrupted track time.
“This event grew out of an idea by Sam Burman, who we sponsor in Moto3, a support race in the British Superbike championship, the response we got from customers to Sam’s racing showed that there was terrific interest in motorcycling among our customers. These days have gone from strength-to-strength ever since. The trackday is part a number of events that we hold throughout the year including fishing, clay shooting and cycling and are a fantastic way of giving something back to loyal customers and also raising money for charity,” says Tony Pennington, Managing Director, WNT (UK).
This year’s event also saw the introduction of the Colin Askey Trophy, which has been created in memory of Colin who passed was last year, but was a great supporter of this event. The criteria for winning the trophy is rather fluid and will change from year-to-year. This year, however it went to Alexandar Campion who, while wheelchair bound after a serious accident, refused to give up on his passion for riding motorcycles and took part at this event on a modified bike fitted with automatic stabilisers developed by WNT and XYZ customer Lamb Engineering.
Mike Corbett, XYZ Machine Tools’ Applications Manager adds: “Once more we had a fantastic day, with lots of common interest and mutual enthusiasm among the customers that allowed contacts to be made and, hopefully the networking opportunity also created some business opportunities.”
After a safety briefing from ex-racer and Cadwell Park Chief Instructor, Geoff Baldock, the riders took to the track in groups designated according to their skill/confidence under the guidance of Sam Burman and five of her fellow riders from the British Superbike series as instructors. These highly skilled instructors were available all day to pass on any tips and advice that was necessary, with Sam hosting a tuition session in the paddock as well.