The annual motorcycle track day for customers of WNT (UK) and XYZ Machine Tools was a resounding success, with just short of 100 customers taking to the track and raising almost £1800 for charity in the process.
Invitations to the annual WNT (UK) / XYZ Machine Tools trackday at Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire are much sought after items and are issued to customers meeting certain spend criteria, in the case of WNT that is a set monthly tooling spend, for XYZ Machine Tools it is based on recent or planned machine purchases. This year saw 54 WNT (UK) customers meet up with 43 from XYZ Machine Tools to have an exhilirating day around the famous Lincolnshire circuit, that is often refferred to as the mini Nürburgring. The event started the evening before when most riders arrived in damp conditions for the informative track walk, with ex-racer and Cadwell Park Chief Instructor, Geoff Baldock leading the way. Following this 2.2 mile walk around the undulating track, everyone tucked into portions of fish and chips from a very grateful Parkinson's Chip shop in Louth! It was then off to tents, vans and hotels for a good night’s sleep ahead of an early start the following morning for scrutineering and briefings before the on-track fun commenced.
When the riders gathered in the morning they were faced with good weather and it became apparent that this day was not just for the speed merchants on their superbikes as there was every form of machine on display from one-off custom creations from Lamb Engineering, through super moto machines, to out and out mile crunching cruisers, with riders split into three groups depending on their self-proclaimed ability. Geoff Baldock then went through the riders’ safety briefing before they were let out onto the circuit under the watchful eyes of the four on-track instructors for the day. These instructors were led by the day’s organiser, Team WNT/Burman Racing’s Sam Burman on her Honda Moto3 bike, along with her fellow competitor in the HEL British Motostar Championship Georgina Polden on her Kalex KTM RS Racing machine. Alongside these ladies was Haribo Starmix rider, Chrissy Rouse, and Joe Irving who rides for the Stauff Connect Academy, both are leading participants in the SuperStock 600 championship. All of the instructors gave advice on racing lines out on track and also provided tips and guidance back in the clubhouse.
“The atmosphere and enthusiasm of everyone taking part, aided by the fact that we all arrived at the circuit in blazing sunshine, which made up for the rain and hail of previous years, made it the best WNT/XYZ trackday so far. I would like to thank the other three instructors, who did a great job throughout the day and pay special thanks to Geoff Baldock, who has worked with us on all of these days and is a brilliant asset to our team on the day,“ says Sam Burman.
It isn’t all about fun, though, as part of the event’s ethos is to raise funds for the chosen charities of WNT (UK) and XYZ Machine Tools, which are The British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK. In total £1770 was raised over the day “WNT would like to thank all of the customers that attended for their generosity and also the great respect they showed for each other out on the circuit. With such a diverse range of motorcycles and skills on display, we got through the day without many hair raising moments!" says Dan Atkinson, WNT (UK)‘s Internal Sales Event Co-ordinator.
The mutual entusiasm for motorcycling also gave attendees an opportunity to mingle and talk about business, as well as bikes: “XYZ had a great networking day with the customers many of who combine their engineering passion with motorcycling, but very few take up the challenge or have the opportunity of riding on track, where they can exploit more of their bike‘ spotential than they can do on the road. They also had the benefit of input from the four instructors, who shared their experience, this meant that and went home after the event with huge smiles and more riding confidence than when they arrived," says Mike Corbett, XYZ’s Applications Manager.