The GTROC Events Review of 2017 so far …

by Kriss Merchant
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The GTROC has already had another successful year of events in 2017 & we still have events such as the Donington Park track day, the Final GTROC London Meet & the Japshow Finale to look forward to before the end of the season. So maybe this is a good time to remind all the GTROC Members and Non-Members of exactly what the club has been up to so far this year, having attended or held around fourteen successful events so far for 2017. We are still not done with this year …

2017 started for the GTROC in January with the Autosport International show at the N.E.C in Birmingham. The Club was once again invited by the organisers to put on a display because they know how massively popular our stand has been with traders & the public over previous years. The club has always had the ability to represent all the marques within the brand, so twelve cars on display staffed by GTROC Members did not disappoint. The club also had other cars within the show too.. here’s a shot taken during set up..

Then came the popular first GTROC London Meet of 2017 at the Ace Cafe London. The GTROC has enjoyed a great relationship with the Ace Cafe for over thirteen years now with the owner & events staff knowing we put on a great event. They are also safe in the knowledge that the GTROC won’t jeopardize or damage their reputation for similar events held at this iconic location. With over 55 cars, member and non member owners and enthusiasts and the public attended throughout the day. It was a very busy first London meet of the year.

The very next day after the first GTROC London Meet saw the GTROC attending Japfest at Silverstone where the GTROC had a stand of 37 cars – not including those that we squeezed on afterwards!

The next GTROC event was JDM Combe in June at the Castle Combe circuit in Wiltshire. It was initially going to be a small stand but demand meant we had to increase the space required and 19 cars joined us on the stand. This event also came with the added benefit of track time throughout the day, but many of those on our stand were invited to join the high speed parade laps in the afternoon showcasing the various marques to the crowd.

 

It’s worth noting that whilst our stands are often run at capacity, its never been about ‘numbers’ for the GTROC. Quality is preferred over quantity so regardless of size of the stand or the number cars attending, our Members & non-members know that by putting their name down on one of event lists they will be guaranteed a well organised spot on arrival. They will also get a warm welcome & the thanks & support from the GTROC that they deserve for bringing their Skyline, Stagea or GT-R to our stand.

So the year moved into summer proper, and the first Japshow event was held at Santa Pod with 21 cars on the GTROC Stand in a prime ‘hard standing’ location. The GTROC Straight line Coordinator – for drag racing events & the annual Ten Of The Best event – was also there putting on display runs for the public at another well organising GTROC stand.

JAPFEST 2 came next which was held further north in the UK this time at the superb venue of Donington Park. After having 37 cars at the Silverstone show, we had a superb turn out of over 25 cars on the GTROC Stand once more showing off the various ranges of Skyline, Stagea & GT-Rs.

A more regional meet was next in the calendar year organised by one the Clubs Regional Representatives. Bromley Pageant is still one of the largest classic car events in the UK & we had a spread of 12 impressive cars to display at the event which has a great laid back atmosphere with lots to see & do for those who attended :

Another GTROC London Meet came along for July, but this one is held in conjunction with the Brooklands Supercar Sunday meeting. The organisers over the years know what a good stand we produce as well as many of our cars being used to provide demonstrations on track & up the Test Hill for the public & other attendees. So after another exclusive invite from the organisers, we did not disappoint with over 31 cars with their owners & families attending on a beautiful summers day at this historic venue.

It is also worth noting that although the GTROC is recognised as the official owners & enthusiasts club by Nissan. We are still at the end of the day a car club run by its members for its members. The club is a platform for many people’s hobbies that is the iconic Nissan branded cars we all know & love. Through us the club provides a way to meet, socialise & make friends with other owners & enthusiasts whilst sharing knowledge & experiences through what the Club offers. A hobby should be enjoyable escapism & our members should not have to worry or be bothered by ‘politics’ of other groups / people seeking special status or some political / monetary aspiration. The GTROC thanks each & every one of you that comes along to our stands & events. You “are” appreciated & if you have missed out on any events this year it’s not too late to come along to those we will be attending in the future.

Whilst we have touched on this it is also worth remembering GTROC Stands are not just a spot to park up, leave your car & be left to the mercies of the often-overpriced food & drink vendors at many events! For those on our stands you can get a beverage all day during the event, often accompanied with food or snacks as well. Our stand is a focal point for your attendance to an event or show, so before or after a walk round for example, you can come back & socialise with other like-minded friends. Our stands are also versatile in the fact that its not just one particular model or marque. We welcome “all” Skylines, Stageas or GT-Rs whether they are from the 70’s or up to the present day.

 

So returning to the last few events of the year so far, at the end of July the GTROC enjoyed busy times of not only the Silverstone Classic but also Ten of the Best. For the last few years the GTROC has put together a team of Members, non-members & sponsors to take part in TOTB winning outright in both 2015 & 2016. This year it was decided we would just have a ‘fun team’ to compete emphasising to newer members or those that have never attended to come have a go. The GTROC still managed an impressive third place which was fantastic, along with GTROC Straightline Coordinator Jeff Ludgate also winning just a few trophies for various classes … just a few!

The last two events were another GTROC London Meet at the Ace Cafe London, with an attendance of 35 plus cars, which is excellent in the ‘family holiday’ season. Then the three & half day event of Japanese Auto Extravaganza came at the very end of August at the East of England Showground. Whilst the camping aspect of the event does put many people off attending. Nine years ago a Scottish car club from the Highlands attended the event which was then held at Wicksteed Park. After their 10-hour drive due to an admin error they had not been given a plot to setup! So we the GTROC came to the rescue very much in the J.A.E spirit offering them part of stand. Now for nine years later the two clubs have always had a joint stand at the event, two car families coming together every year for one massive social! Both clubs make the effort to make things as pleasant as possible despite the camping aspect with a large marque to socialise in should the weather turn inclement. Electrical lighting & power is available on the stand – this year going very eco using solar technology – plus all day beverages along with a cooked breakfast, lunch & dinner. Numbers for this event are high due to the fact it is two clubs combined with various Japanese machinery on display, which allows our members to maybe show off a non-Skyline or GT-R like Chris’s Honda R-Type which also entered the show & shine winning a trophy!

    

With the last GTROC London Meet, Japshow Finale & other track days for people to still attend we still haven’t finished with 2017. However if this has wet your appetite for 2018 then we would love to hear from you.

Our thanks for reading & to the photographers & contributors of this article.

* The GTROC Board & Management Team *