On Wednesday 9th May 2012, Brett Ramsay from the Channel 31 TV show “In Pit Lane” gave a most entertaining presentation to the Victorian members of the Bolwell Car Club and Lotus Club Victoria at Melbourne’s classic sports car specialists, The Healey Factory.
For many attendees this was their first visit to The Healey Factory’s new premises in Maroondah Highway, Mitcham where they had recently moved from their previous location in nearby Heatherdale Road. The new showroom and associated workshop facilities are most impressive, as were the cars on show, including Austin Healeys, Porsches, an Aston Martin DB4, a Lamborghini, Jaguars, Honda NSX and even a Willys Jeep and an XB GT Falcon. Click here to visit the Healey Factory website.
Brett Ramsay’s presentation was just like his TV show: informative, entertaining, humorous and topical, and all without the benefit of prompts or scripts.
The presentation started with a brief history of how “In Pit Lane” got started, and many of the issues faced in presenting a weekly, live to air TV show given a whole series of restraints, including funding, finding sponsors, and copyright considerations. Despite these challenges “In Pit Lane” has survived an incredible 17 years.
Discussion was free-flowing and interactive, with Brett more than willing to engage with his audience and cover a wide range of topics including:
- Advice for younger drivers entering motorsports
- The costs of running a competitive car in Australia compared to Europe (eg A$280,000 for a serious Formula Ford program)
- Peter Brock and his plans to enter a Spa 24 hour Touring Car event
- Brett’s up-coming but very tightly budgeted trip to the 2012 Le Mans
Following the presentation Ron McPherson (Bolwell Car Club) and Craig Chalmers (Lotus Club) both presented Brett with tokens of appreciation for his attendance at the combined car club meeting. Rob Rowland from The Healey Factory was also presented with a token of appreciation for hosting the evening.
Brett stayed around afterwards to have a cup of tea and a biscuit, and to continue chatting to his appreciative audience.