On Saturday the 24th September 2016 the GT-R Owners Club held their last GTROC London Meet of 2016 which also means its one the clubs designated charity days as well!
For over ten years now these infamous meetings have been held at the world famous London landmark of the ACE CAFE LONDON between the hours of 11:00am till 04:00pm, taking place on ‘certain’ months throughout the year. The event is open to everyone to come down, take part & get involved over the five hours due to its very social nature. The GTROC National Event Coordinator – Kriss Weightman – has been organising & running these events from the start, but the car however is the star at these events as will be explained!
The GT-R Owners Club – or GTROC as we are more commonly known – is the officially recognised owners & enthusiasts club for the Nissan Skyline & Nissan GT-R anywhere in the world. Not only does this give us an insight into the future of the GT-R & where Nissan is going, but it also allows us unprecedented access to a whole part of the community not normally open to the general public. The club itself welcomes owners & enthusiasts from across the globe & despite having GT-R in our name, we do not differentiate between the various models or marques of the Skyline or GT-R heritage – old to new. So whether people own a GTS, GTS-T, GTV, GTX, Stagea, G35 or GTT to name but just a few, they are always welcome. The GTROC is run not-for-profit and every penny of income earned by the GTROC is put back into the club for its members.
The London Meet is a static affair where Club Members drive to the venue in their iconic cars – some are trailered – & are allowed access to the main car park of the ACE CAFE that is closed off over the five hours to normal public vehicle entry. Our Members must show their valid Membership Card to the staff & marshals at the gate to get in – thus allowing them to just turn up – with non members & enthusiasts who may own one of these cars having to pre-register to gain entry. London Meets also attract the media & enthusiasts who may not yet own one of our legendary cars, so there is always plenty of nearby parking available for them to park up & join us.
The GTROC London Meets have raised money for many charities over the years including Lupus UK, National Stroke Association, Surfers Against Sewage, Help For Heroes, & CRISIS to name but a few. The club has uses various means to raise this money through activities such as raffles, auctions, time-attack challenges through racing simulators, IKO (or “Its a Knockout” if you remember the show from 1966 onwards!) & more recently people donating towards professional photo shoots of their cars.
This years choice of charity was THE WAVE PROJECT who help young people reduce anxiety & improve confidence through surfing all round the UK which came around quite by accident! You see the clubs afore mentioned National Events Coordinator is a Newquay lad & avid surfer/bodyboarder who – as he often complains – is stuck working in London! He does however get home as often as he can & on an extended stay came across the charities ‘currently’ only shop at their HQ based in Fore Street in Newquay, Cornwall. After browsing and speaking with the shops Manageress Grace – who also provided various leaflets for the charity day – the decision was made.
So how much did the GTROC raise I hear you cry ? The event went very well & in three out of five frantic hours with over forty cars in attendance the GTROC managed to raise £300.00 for this very worth cause.
In no particular order The GTROC would like to thank the following people on the day :
- All the staff & marshals on Saturday of the ACE CAFE LONDON.
- Ed Keating of ED KEATING VIDEO & PHOTOGRAPHY for giving his time for photographing the day & doing the car photo shoots with all fees going to the charity.
- GTROC Members who attended with or without their cars to be part of the day.
- All of the vehicle owners whether Club Members or not who brought down their Skylines, Stageas or R35s for the day – especially the rarer ones!
- The GTROC Chairman & other Staff who turned up to provide help & support over the day.
- Grace & Cath from the THE WAVE PROJECT for their time, support & advice.
If people wish to donate outside of this event to this very worthy cause then please visit the charities website at www.waveproject.co.uk