Well, it's nearly Christmas already! What a year 2020 has been - our hope is that you, your family & friends have kept safe & well during this challenging year.
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Well, it's nearly Christmas already! What a year 2020 has been - our hope is that you, your family & friends have kept safe & well during this challenging year.

Despite the lockdown closures we've all gone through, the 7 months where training has been delivered have been incredibly busy. July onwards saw us servicing the demands for all the pent up petrolheads. Did you manage to get on a track day? It was almost an impossible task, spaces were in such short supply.  

Motor industry training initially tailed off but has now rebounded which is a positive sign.  Focus for many manufacturers is now 2030 - the year bringing the demise of the internal combustion engine. Couple this with development in electric hybrid, autonomy & new power sources, 2021 training for volume numbers of engineers is already in process.

Motorsport customers have managed to find their way through a heavily disrupted race calendar.  I’m feeling the pinch myself. Missing racing with friends & customers & particularly the Race of Remembrance.  This cancellation really brings home how charities are now suffering from the loss of footfall events.

Aside from the disruption & all the rescheduling resulting from forced business closures, the first half of the year was also busy preparing for the launch of our new website in July.  Big thanks to everyone involved - Jo, Lucy our Marketeer, Prominent Media & WHP.  Personal thanks to Diana Binks, David Tremayne, Jonny Palmer & Joe Bradley for their invaluable help & assistance creating our marketing films.  How lucky were we to have the chosen the one dry day in February when the date was sent in January to get the films in the 'can'.  

I hope you like the new look, have found it easier to navigate & understand the route to meeting your personal objectives with our unique driver pathways.

Thank you for your interest & support as always.  We hope to have the pleasure of seeing you in 2021 & send all our best wishes from myself, Paul, Steve, Jo & Lynne, to you & your loved ones.

Stay safe & keep well.

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Supporting causes dear to our hearts & giving back are values that have always been part of the CAT DNA. After what has been such a challenging year for many, we have dedicated December to the gift of giving. Our two fundraising activities for this month are detailed below. You can follow the action as it unfolds on our Facebook Page & other social channels.
Jo and Colin holding the post smash last year

Our successful Charity Pot initiative continued in 2020 with a bigger pot.  This, as those of you who watched the smash & count will know, was because the 2019 version was crammed to the top with £5, £10 & £20 notes! 

As in 2019, for every customer who gives permission to share a picture of them with their training car, CAT donates £5 into the charity pot.

Despite 4 months where the DVSA removed permission for driving instructors to work, there is currently £980 for these photos in the pot, with the rest of December still to go.  

Many customers have also been kindly adding their own donations, with many £10 & £20 notes being put in to this special pot. Your generosity has been heart warming.  

Thanks to the kindness of Jo's sister, there is also £950 added.  The now necessary masks we must all wear, Fiona has sourced the materials & diligently sat sewing together all the pieces to the required standard. 

Instead of reimbursement for money spent & time given, Fiona instead asked that CAT made a £5 contribution to the Charity pot for each mask made.  

Look out for our Facebook Live on Monday 21st December when we'll be smashing, counting & picking the winning client who has participated this year. 

Hopefully they'll be immediately available for us all to find out who their chosen Charity/ies will be.

Action for Children was Georges choice in 2019, receiving the £1026.22 held in the pot.
Car face masks

When Fiona started production for the CAT face masks, discussion took place around the fabric to be used.  Colour matching to the brand was an option, along with fun & quirky patterns/imagery. 

The decision was made to keep it simple, sticking to the fabric she could source in the potential quantity needed.  Different sizes for clients versus Colin, Paul & Steve's needs, as well as Jo & Lynne's separate requirements, meant that 3 variations were created.  

At the same time, Fiona also became the creator of masks for friends & family.  This demand meant that she found fabric themes to match individual interests & hobbies.

The result is that for CAT she has created 3, possibly unique (or limited) special face masks.

With her blessing, auctions will be held for each mask to raise money for charity. No matter the amount, charities are in need more than ever before, so any donation will be welcomed. 

The three masks up for grabs feature:
  • Racing Cars (1 of only 2)
  • Landrovers (1 of 6)
  • Bikes & Sportscars (1 of 10 (9 not yet made))
Sealed bids for your chosen mask should be made via direct message on either Facebook or Instagram. The winning bidder for each limited edition mask will choose the Charity to receive their donation.

The auction for each mask will be held across our social channels from Tuesday 8th December onwards . If you want to get a sealed bid in now please do. 

More detail will be confirmed on our social media post to come.
Track Day Guide

​For all those customers who’ve urged Colin to write a book … well he has!  

Launching in the near future is the first in a series. Looking at all those questions you ask when first thinking about heading to track, Colin’s Where to Begin & What to Buy guide, takes the engineers view of how to construct a successful track day.  

Coming hot on its heels will be the next potential step, how to start racing.  

More news when launch is taking place.
Christmas Gift Ideas for Car Lovers

Our popular Christmas Gift Guide introduced last year is back bigger than ever! 

Browse through 39 of the best car gift ideas we have come across, ranging from £3 to £300+ 

Looking for something fun, something serious, or just don't know where to start? There's a great selection to give plenty of inspiration.

Any suggestions you have to add to our guide, please do get in touch.

Looking to invest in the best Driving Gift Experience your money can buy for the petrolhead in your life?  Look no further than our Gift Voucher & Gift Course offering.

An extraordinary gift or a reward for yourself? The driving skills developed in our 5-star rated & industry-approved training stay with you for life.

Visit the website using the button below to find out more or get in touch with Jo & Lynne info@catdrivertraining.co.uk.
Porsche Car Club GB

The provisional dates have been set for the 2021 season running from March - October for the Performance Driver 'Track' Day, Cornering Masterclass & Group Over Grip Limit Handling full day courses.  

Have a look at the calendar & if you spot a date you'd like to join, drop Jo & Lynne an email to get on the list.  

They're not out yet ... but are imminent.  It's likely to be another busy track day year.  Our recommendation - get your dates booked up quickly to be sure of a place.  We've a few clients who have had dates brought over from 2020 - so don't leave it too long if you want Colin to join you - demand will be greater than availability.

Our training activities continue to have Health & Safety at the forefront of every course delivered. 

The CAT COVID-19 Health & Safety Statement & Policy runs to 9 pages, to protect the safety of you, our clients & staff.

Find out more on our website using the button below or get in touch with Jo for the full document on 01234 757 633.
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