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A Drive into the Peak District

A spontaneous trip into the beautiful Peak District one Friday afternoon led to us driving some amazing roads, stopping off at a wonderful pub, and spending a few hours with some good company. 
We met at Willington just off the A50/A38, the plan was to travel over to Cromford, Via Gelia, up to Buxton to then drive over to Whaley Bridge, Cat & Fiddle and then head back to Willington via Leek and Ashbourne. 

One thing we didn’t take into account was the fact it was half term, and a very sunny friday afternoon resulting in quite a lot of traffic between Ashbourne and Buxton. 

Just before we reached Buxton we stopped off at The Duke of York pub situated on the A515 (Between Newhaven and Buxton). We highly recommend this as a stop off if you’re in the area and looking for some good grub. 

Whaley Bridge was as amazing as ever, having not driven the road for a number of years it took a few drives up and down to fully remember the twists, turns and blind corners. Due to the time (being stuck in traffic for over 40mins) we had to unfortunately head back home, so we did a U-Turn and came back via the A515 and then A50. We will be back another day to complete our planned route in full (shared down below). 

We will be doing more pre-planned drives next spring so be sure to check out our social media platforms for more information nearer the time. 

Featured Car Blog – Henry’s GBS Zero Race Kit Car

Our third instalment of getting behind the scenes of an owners ride, and understanding their story of man and machine. 

Henry Simkin has kindly let us feature his car for this edition of the “Featured Car Blog”.

Henry has built his GBS Zero Race from the ground up, this is definately a built not bought story! Henry also has his own very detailed online photo gallery which can be found at; ​

Thanks for reading, 

Daytona Karting, Tamworth

13 of us descended onto the racetrack yesterday at Daytona Karting, Tamworth.

The event we had chosen was the DMAX Open Sprint Race consisting of a 10 minute practice/qualifier session followed by a 20 minute race in their brand new 125cc 2-Stroke DMAX Go-Karts. We would use the full 1000m GP layout for this activity. 

A full breakdown of times can be seen below, along with the GoPro videos of the race.

Practice session courtesy of Sam;

Practice session courtesy of Sam;

Race footage courtesy of Mitch;

Race footage from Sam;

The Chequered Flag ft. TrackAddict at Curborough Sprint Course

Here it is, the write up (in the pdf. down below) and a couple of photos from the event we’ve been excited about and planning since June! 

The Chequered Flag and TrackAddict getting together at Curborough Sprint Course for what was lining up to be, a pretty awesome way to spend a Monday. 

We did had a slight “technical” hitch which meant no laptimes where recorded once the guys really got to know the circuit. we had the times from the first couple of laps, but this period is all about getting to know the circuit so it isn’t much point delving into them too deeply. However we will come back stronger for the next event with a new method and revised timing gear. 

It was great to meet everyone on this event, and hopefully we’ll see you again soon. 


Featured Car Blog – Jay Hardy’s Ford Puma

Our second featured car blog for The Chequered Flag, and what a car to do it on! 

I’m sure many of you on social media will follow #TrackAddict on both Facebook and Instagram, and in preparation for our Sprint Event partnership next week at Curborough Sprint Course, we thought what better way to kick off a brilliant event by featuring Jay’s Ford Puma. 

Please go check out the #TrackAddict media pages, I’m sure they won’t dissapoint;


Our Favourite Driving Roads From The Chequered Flag Team

As part of continued development with ‘The Chequered Flag’ website we are adding a new feature, our favourite driving roads bought to you by the members of the group. 

These roads will be handpicked by the team but can also be submitted by you! All you have to do is get in contact with us via the contact page, or on our social media platforms and let us know what your favourite road is and why. Over the next few weeks we will be gathering all the information and plotting an interactive map for all like minded petrol heads to use and enjoy.

The finished webpage full of the greatest driving roads will be posted in it’s own section on the website for easier viewing, link down below.

Curborough Sprint Event 21st August 2017

With great attendance from The Chequered Flag regular sprint goers at Curborough Sprint Course, 4 kit cars and 6 completely new people to our events, this one was going to be a special sprint event from the off.

This event would also be the first where we’d use our new lighting system to indicate to the drivers the track is clear and they can begin their lap. A separate right up will be issued out in the next week or so on this within the blog.

The usual post event write up is below, along with the lap times from the event.

If you are interested in attending an event either to take part or just spectate, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


Blog 10 – Wales Road Trip + Visit to Anglesey Circuit 2017

It’s time to head over to the motherland of the greatest driving roads in the UK, and this time we would be driving on track at the Anglesey Circuit with Mitch and Hemal who run The Chequered Flag. 

Write up of the trip,. and photo gallery below! 

Featured Car Blog – Joe Wilde’s Fiesta ST MR200

Welcome to our first featured car blog relating to one of our members cars, Joe Wilde (who has been with The Chequered Flag from day 1) and his Ford Fiesta ST MR200.

Be prepared for a long read! So it’s well worth making a brew beforehand.

There will be more of our members cars featured over the coming weeks.

Thanks, Mitch.

The Chequered Flag, Curborough Sprint Event 7th August 2017

With our visit to Wales in July, The Chequered Flag group didn’t get chance to hold a sprint event at Curborough Sprint Course, so we made sure we where back on form for August.

We had great attendance again and a mix of drivers and cars. The day was predominantly held for the Midlands ST Owners Club (A Ford club based in the midlands). but with a few spare places on offer the day was opened up the to the rest of The Chequered Flag group on Facebook. 

The usual write up and photos are below (a special thanks to Rob Elliot and Dave Robinson for the photos)

The overall leaderboard can be found here:


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