Open to 50 Guild members and 50 non-members, the event takes place on August 22 this year and is planned to bring like-minded car industry professionals together to enjoy their cars in a controlled environment.

The Big Day Out is supported by four car manufacturers who will be bringing a selection of exciting cars that participants can try on track and on the roads around Rockingham Motor Speedway, Corby.

Ford, Nissan, Kia and Mitsubishi have pledged their support and will offer attendees the chance to drive exciting cars on track – like the ‘Reasonably Priced’ Kia Cee’d that many celebrities have driven around the Top Gear test track – to classics like the Mitsubishi Evo Tommi Mäkinen Edition and new models like the Nissan Juke Nismo.

Ford plans to bring its PlayStation Gran Turismo pods for attendees to enjoy while they’re not on track as well as some hot models from its current range.

However, the event is really designed to give guests the chance to enjoy their OWN MOT'd car on the famous Rockingham circuit. Operating as an open pit lane track day the event will let you take your car on track. No manufacturer press/test cars will be allowed out apart from those from the exhibitors. Usual track day rules apply, full details of which are below. As with any track day, participants are strongly urged to take out independent track day insurance cover.

Starting at 9am with a bacon sandwich breakfast, the event will mix the open pit lane with the opportunity to drive the new, classic and famous cars from the supporting manufacturers on the track or the roads around the circuit.

GoMW members can book a place at the event at the discounted price of £45. Non members – who can be motoring tweeters or bloggers, as well as aspiring or established motoring journalists – can also apply for a place at £65.

A hog roast lunch (and veggie options) will be available on the day as part of the entry fee.

‘The idea behind the Big Day Out is to show the industry that the Guild of Motoring Writers isn’t a stuffy organisation or closed club, but something that is open to the entire industry,’ said Big Day Out organiser and committee member James Baggott.

‘We want to give current members the chance to enjoy their own cars at a heavily subsidised track day and show potential members and the rest of the industry what we’re all about. It’s a social event that’s designed to be fun and relaxed.’

GoMW chairman Richard Aucock added: ‘It is set to be a brilliant day and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the manufacturers for helping us stage the Big Day Out and for Automotive PR for helping us pull the event together.’

Payment via credit or debit card needs to be made at the time of booking. Places can be booked on the Big Day Out Eventbrite page.

The GoMW strongly recommends participants take out track day insurance for the event.

What are the manufacturers bringing?

Ford Sony PlayStation Gran Turismo race pods, Focus ST estate, Fiesta ST, Fiesta 1.0 Zetec S, Kuga and Mustang GT500

Kia Reasonably Priced Kia Cee’ds, Kia Pro Cee’d

Nissan Nissan Juke Nismo, Nissan GT-R (passenger rides)

Mitsubishi Lancer 1974, Lancer Turbo 1981, Evo Tommi Mäkinen Edition, Evo X FQ400, new Outlander, Willy’s Jeep 1979


Rockingham Trackday FAQ

What grade of fuel can I get at the venue? Our on-site fuel station sells diesel, unleaded and super unleaded.

What is an open pit lane? Open pit lane allows drivers to go out on track as and when they please (provided the on track capacity has not been reached) allowing maximum track time all day.

Am I allowed a passenger or spectators? Unfortunately not on this occasion.

Can I film my track day? If you would like to film your day the camera must be securely fixed within the car and a filming indemnity form must be signed - these are available on request. No handheld cameras are permitted.

What do I need to wear? Helmets must be worn when on circuit. We advise you to wear long sleeved tops, trousers and sensible shoes or trainers. Shorts are not permitted.

Does my road insurance cover track activity? No. It is strongly recommended that you take out independent track day cover when taking part in any track day activity. Competitive track day cover can be found via any internet search engine.

What do I need to bring? You MUST bring both parts your full driving licence. You will need to have a helmet which complies with MSA/ACU regulations.

Can I have use of the garages? Garages are provided on a first-come-first-serve basis

Are there noise restrictions? Yes, all cars must pass a static test of 98db; noise will be monitored with a drive by throughout the day.

Will weather affect the track day? Extreme weather conditions could result in the track layout being altered.

To book a place see the Big Day Out Eventbrite page:

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