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4ClassicTouringCarRacingClubJohnNorringtonOurCompanySecretaryClubNewsJohnhashadalife-longpassionforeverythingonwheelsinheritedfromafatherwhoracedmotorbikesandhelpedhimstartracingat17inapre-warAstonMartinwhichherebuilt.Inthosedayspetrolwasjust4s6dagallonsohegenuinelyhassomeexperienceofournancialneedsandisanxioustohelpCTCRCbecomeevenbetterwhilehehasafewoutingsinanAlfaRomeoduringtheseason.Nowhavingheldacompetitionlicenceforsomethinglike50yearshestartedracingaboutthreeweeksafterhis17thbirthdayinaVSCCeventatSilverstone.HehasgoneontoracealmosteverythingfromFormulaFordtoanex-teamAstonMartinatLeMansmanymanyyearsago.MuchofhisracinghasbeeninEuropeandhehashadthegoodfortunetoraceonmostofEuropesclassiccircuitsincludingtheNordschleifeandSpa.Hisinvolvementwithcarclubsisalmostaslongasthattooandhehasheldseveralmanagementpositionsinotherclubsovermanyyears.HisworkinglifehasinvolvedseveralmanufacturersincludingLotusCarsinthedaysofACBCColinChapmanhimself.HerunshisowncompanyandnowstealsacoupleofdaysaweektoworkasaseniorARDSinstructorfortheUKslargesttrackdayorganiser.ThecarshowninthispaintingbyAndrewKitsonisbeingdrivenbyJohnatMulsanneCornerinthe1973LeMansCinquantenaire50thJubileerace.Itisthe1959DB4GTprototypewhichranatLeMansin1959withaSwissteam.ItsAMnamewasprojectDP199leadingontotheZagato-bodiedcarsDP212and214onthesamechassis.Itwastheveryrstofthe4sandwiththenew3.7litre6-cylindermotor.ItranatGoodwoodandwonwithacertainStirlingMossaboard.WhensoldbyAMitwasboughtbyTonyRuddandusedontheroadforsomeyears.ItwassoldtoJohnbyChrisStewartwhothenboughttheDBR1worldchampionshipcarinabout1970.JohnhaditforaboutsevenyearsandranitmainlywithAMOC.Itlastchangedhandsformorethan1maboutveyearsagoandisbeautifullypreservedbutnotnowraced.Ihadacoupleofphotosofitfrom73oneofwhichwasframedandonawallinmyofceexplainedJohn.AndyKitsonwasdeliveringapicturetomeformyson-in-lawandsawit.HelikeditandsaidIshouldsplashoutandsoIdid.Thatbecamea2012Xmaspresent.ThenlaterIsawanoriginal1959LeMansposterwhichshowedtheracestartandthecarwasinamongstthersthalfdozenorsothere.Ihadtobuyiteventhoughitwasmorethanthepaintingmemorabiliapricesbeingmad.Itwassothinandfragileithadtobemountedonlinentopreserveitbeforeframing.TheLexmarSudwasalittlegiantkillerbuiltbyJohnBrookatBridgeMotorsport.185bhpand700kgsonslicks.HerethirdonBrandsHatchGPcircuitinaEuropeanseriesAlfachampionshipracewhichJohnsetupinthelate90s.ThisGTV6wasbuildbyChrisSnowdonandafterbeingdriventotheNurburgringGPcircuitwonitsroadgoingclassintheDutchTrofeo.ItwaslovelyoldthingsaysJohnwhichIsadlywroteoffatDruidsatOultonParkinatwo-driverracewithChrisSnowdon.IhadjustequalledhistimeandwasgettingtooexcitedInfactthecarinfrontlostawheelandtookusbothoutatabout100mph.ItwassplitinhalfandarearwheellandedinthegravelatLodge.Iwasstunnedanddeaffor24hoursbuttheonlymarkswerewheretheharnessbruisedme.Areallybigunandthegodsweresmilingonmeforsure.Snowysaidyouwontdothatagain.HehopestousethisexperiencetohelpandworkwithusnowtodriveCTCRCforward.