For an event only in its second year and despite not exactly rolling off the tongue, The Forge Motorsport Performance Action Day (FMPAD), at the Castle Combe Circuit in Wiltshire, already feels like a well established show.
Part track day, part club meet, FMPAD bombards you with cars from all disciplines of motorsport, most of which make it out on track at some point during the day.
Rob Austin’s BTCC Audi A4 put in a few blisteringly hot laps of the 1.85 mile circuit amongst Time Attack teams and road going daily drives.
Time Attack team:
The paddock and pit lane were busy all day with cars moving between track and static displays, meaning there was always something new to see and plenty of opportunity to have a closer look at something you may have seen hooning around Quarry a few minutes earlier.
Some retro classics were in attendance too and certainly not wrapped in cotton wool. This tidy Datsun 240Z put in its fair share of laps.
And this Mark 2 Escort, complete with rust and “Drift Slag” stickers was thrown around track (and run off areas!)
Team Falken’s pro drifter Matt Carter did a better job of staying on the black bit and kicking up some smoke for the fans.
Even the supposedly sensible, 4WD Audi TT camera car filming the action had a little sideways trick up its sleeve.
As if to prove the many “Motorsport is Dangerous” signs around the circuit correct, there were some big offs during the day but luckily no one was hurt. A few cars did go home in ambulances though.
All in all an amazing day of noise, hot metal and tyre smoke. Roll on next year.