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RE: PH 2016 - Sunday Service Review

RE: PH 2016 - Sunday Service Review

Saturday 31st December 2016

PH 2016 - Sunday Service Review

It's been a great year for Sunday Services in 2016 - here are the best bits!



2016 has been a smash hit for PistonHeads events, with over 5,500 members attending a record 20 venues throughout the year. Our Silverstone Sunday Service, with its accompanying track sessions, has become so popular that we had to go there twice!

We kicked the year off at Autosport International with the Pie & Piston pub returning for a second year. Despite having a bright yellow Porsche Cayman GT4 parked out front, it was the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat that drew the most attention. We'll be back again next month, so be sure to come and say hello.


February saw huge demand for our first regular Sunday Service of the year at BMW's Farnborough HQ, with the event almost doubly oversubscribed. The unique (for Sunday Services) format utilising their multi-storey car parks worked really well, and provided the added benefit of some strong acoustics. The sun shone down on a stunning display of cars, marking a successful start to 2016. Later that month we headed to Bruntingthorpe for a chilly but sunny morning amongst the looming aircraft. A stunning Porsche 918 Spyder turned up along with some very brave souls in their open-top sports cars; a thoroughly enjoyable morning was had by all!

March was a big one, kicked off by our first track event at Silverstone. It was a frosty start to the morning, but the track soon cleared and stayed dry, allowing plenty of fun for those both in and out of the pits. Amongst the cars joining us out on track in the bonkers 500hp Revo Audi A3 were an Ariel Atom, various Caterhams and a pair of Defenders. Next up was our third biggest event of the year, taking place at Mercedes-Benz World with nearly 600 members in attendance and possibly one of the strongest congregations of Cayman GT4s we've ever seen. The venue offered a spectacular display of historic cars to pore over, and passenger rides were on offer in the latest Mercedes-AMG fleet for those that hadn't just eaten their breakfast.


April saw our first Santa Pod Sunday Service take place, and over 500 members joined us for the chance to burn some rubber down the drag strip. We then headed west to the Malvern Hills for the spectacular Morgan Sunday Service. For those that have never been, it's really worth the effort for the factory tour alone. Amongst the diverse attendees on the day a custom Smart/Golf GTI really put a smile on our faces and must have been the most photographed car of the day.

May included yet another first, with PHers descending on Revo Technik. Members were treated to a live mapping demonstration, taking Revo's own Audi S7 from 420hp to a staggering 562hp! Aston Martin opened their doors to us later that month, making PHers among the first to set eyes on the new Vanquish Zagato. A line up of past Zagato masterpieces and a stunning Vulcan on display in the foyer completed a very rare line up.

June and July saw a French double-header as we headed to both the Le Mans 24-Hour and the Le Mans Classic, with us piggybacking onto the Classic British Welcome and Retro Rides Rassembler au Chateau respectively. July was a busy month in fact, taking us to Donington Park for the Fast Car Show and to Skoda for an incredibly well organised display of cars and activities. The monster ice cream truck was brilliant; it's one not to miss next year!


We joined forces with Volkswagen in August to host the first Golf GTI Open, celebrating 40 years of the iconic hot hatch. Congratulations again to Nick Andrews, who stole the car of the show award with his beautifully kept small bumper Mk2.

Brands Hatch proved popular again in September with our Sunday Service held alongside the 24-hour Revolve cycle race. It was a reminder how well some of the simplest events work, joined as we were by a striking mix of cars ranging from a Renault 5 GT Turbo to a Jaguar XJ220. We were graced by the first Aston Martin GT12 we've seen at a Sunday Service too, so bravo to that man. And hats off to the cyclists for the hours of pedalling around the 2.4-mile GP layout; getting out of bed early on the Sunday was hard enough!

October saw us returning to Silverstone for another round of track sessions, proving even more popular at 600 strong with every session sold out. Whether you're a beginner or a more seasoned track day goer, these events are a great opportunity to get your car out on track for short periods of time. A week later we were joined by 100 brave souls in the depths of Wales at Wales Rally GB to catch some spectacular action at the Sweet Lamb rally complex. The unique stage offered great visibility and was really worth the effort for those that joined us there. We rounded off the weekend and the month with a foggy Sunday Service at the Classic & Sports Car Show in London. Luckily with free entry into the show, PHers were able to get away from the dull weather and see the spectacular cars on display including the beautiful McLaren F1 that won the 'Century of Supercars' competition.


Following the positive feedback from our inaugural Sunday Service at Ginetta last year, we returned again in November for another visit. As with Morgan, it was warming to see and experience flourishing British manufacturing on a small scale. The McLaren 675LT stole the show, turning up towards the end of the morning; a bright orange beacon breaking up the miserable conditions on the day.

We rounded off the year with our biggest ever Sunday Service at Goodwood Motor Circuit - 800 cars filled the paddocks, start/finish straight and surrounding car parks. We were graced with good weather again (the third year in a row!) and Overclockers joined us with their latest VR simulator for PHers to battle it out; unsurprisingly this proved popular, so keep an eye out for them at more events next year.

I'm sure you'll agree that 2016 has been an absolute belter, and with rain only impacting one event we've been extremely fortunate. We'd like to offer a huge thanks to everyone who came along to take part, and to all of the companies and venues that hosted us this year.

What was your favourite event this year? Do you have any highlights to share with us? Leave your thoughts below.


Finally, the calendar for 2017 is almost full already, packed with favourites and exciting new venues alike. Keep an eye on the Sunday Service forum for the full calendar soon, so you can get planning. See you all next year!







Author
Discussion

Driver Rider

Original Poster:

490 posts

114 months

Saturday 31st December 2016
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BMW was my first and so my best one! I really loved that show. The staff where brillaint.

Silverstone was brillaint to be honest. It really raised the bar the mixture of hearing cars on the pit straight and seeing cars close up was fantastic.

mikey P 500

735 posts

104 months

Saturday 31st December 2016
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Only managed to get to 4 in 2016, both Silverstone, Skoda and Santa Pod. All were excellent, will try and make more of them in 2017. Really enjoy the Silverstone ones with track time. (it's my black gt86 in the article photo).

supermanraf

199 posts

98 months

Saturday 31st December 2016
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BMW UK was brilliant, as was Goodwood, really enjoyable days out, look forward to more next year!

ecsrobin

6,874 posts

82 months

Saturday 31st December 2016
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supermanraf said:
BMW UK was brilliant, as was Goodwood, really enjoyable days out, look forward to more next year!
+1 on this a great year of SS so thank you for the staff and venues for arranging. I've got my fingers crossed for BMW UK again the hospitality was second to none!

Itsallicanafford

1,636 posts

76 months

Saturday 31st December 2016
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A big thank you for everybody at PH for all your efforts with the Sunday services...BMW and Mercedes for us and me and the boy really enjoyed it...cheers smile

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LanceRS

1,039 posts

54 months

Saturday 31st December 2016
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An amazing year for Sunday Services. Thank you to all those involved in organising them. Looking forward to plenty more in 2017.

littlepaul

128 posts

46 months

Sunday 1st January
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LanceRS said:
An amazing year for Sunday Services. Thank you to all those involved in organising them. Looking forward to plenty more in 2017.
just wanted to second this comment from me

Lordbenny

6,864 posts

136 months

Sunday 1st January
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Went to the last Goodwood event...it was ok. Must admit the meets 10 years ago where far better. Much smaller, you got to know people and you didn't seem like just a number. I think regional 'official' PH meets are the way to go rather than great big 800+ car meets.

TroubledSoul

3,525 posts

111 months

Sunday 1st January
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Really enjoyed the meets I did manage to attend, The Fast Car Show at Donny, Ginetta, Silverstone and Goodwood and really enjoyed the track time at those that had it too.

Get up north a bit more this year and all will be well biggrin

In all seriousness though, great job PH and let's have some more in 2017 thumbup

adzvrs

19 posts

4 months

Monday 2nd January
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id have love to have gone to bmw hq but did not sign up till march time so this year hopefully will attend nearly all of the sunday service

see what they have come up with for 2017, if it was like 2016 it will be a good year for sunday services

gdaybruce

686 posts

142 months

Monday 2nd January
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No mention of the Topcats event at the end of August? It's the only Sunday Service I've ever been to and it appears to have been expunged from the record!

LanceRS

1,039 posts

54 months

Monday 2nd January
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gdaybruce said:
No mention of the Topcats event at the end of August? It's the only Sunday Service I've ever been to and it appears to have been expunged from the record!
Don't worry, it definitely happened. I've been to both of them and had a good time.

VanquishRider

186 posts

69 months

Monday 2nd January
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They were all brilliant, and they were all in the SOUTH!!! People do live up NORTH!!!

ecsrobin

6,874 posts

82 months

Tuesday 3rd January
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VanquishRider said:
They were all brilliant, and they were all in the SOUTH!!! People do live up NORTH!!!
All the events were north of me.......

Also up north people travel by horse and cart so no pistons involved.

Iva Barchetta

28,091 posts

80 months

Tuesday 3rd January
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VanquishRider said:
They were all brilliant, and they were all in the SOUTH!!! People do live up NORTH!!!
Ginetta....Leeds.

I wasn't the only one to drive from the south to attend Ginetta SSs.

bobski1

392 posts

21 months

Wednesday 4th January
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Loved all the Sunday Services ran this year, didn't get to go to all of them but the ones I were top notch. Thanks to PH for organising & look forward to the 2017 calendar

Mr-B

996 posts

111 months

Wednesday 4th January
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bobski1 said:
Loved all the Sunday Services ran this year, didn't get to go to all of them but the ones I were top notch. Thanks to PH for organising & look forward to the 2017 calendar
Same here, some great venues, more of the same this year please.

Poisson96

1,287 posts

48 months

Thursday 5th January
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Enjoyed AM HQ, sadly was rather unwell for Ginetta and whilst yes I should probably drive further south for them, motorways are no fun in something that doesn't really like above 65 XD

I'll be at hopefully more next year biggrin

Iva Barchetta

28,091 posts

80 months

Thursday 5th January
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Poisson96 said:
Enjoyed AM HQ, sadly was rather unwell for Ginetta and whilst yes I should probably drive further south for them, motorways are no fun in something that doesn't really like above 65 XD

I'll be at hopefully more next year biggrin
Morris Minor,yes not particularly suitable to mix it with the aggressive motorway drivers of today but one brave soul brought a Bubble car to 1 or2 SSs ,presuming it didn't have a long journey there....smile

adam.

72 posts

128 months

Tuesday 10th January
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gdaybruce said:
No mention of the Topcats event at the end of August? It's the only Sunday Service I've ever been to and it appears to have been expunged from the record!
I wondered if it had anything to do with the fallout from 'Burnout-gate'.

It's shame there was no mention or review of the Topcats SS at the time too, mostly because (for-once) I had a PRIME parking spot. laugh