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NSGOM – Go-Karting

October saw 14 very competitive budding Lewis Hamiltons descend on the Indoor Go Karting track in Netherfield. A safety briefing began our session with the group learning the meaning of the various flags ie Red meaning stop and a Black for any individual, meaning a temporary return to the pits to be reminded of the rules!!!!!!!!!!!

The first of our two sessions saw us ranked by our fastest laps while the second session saw us lined up in a grid following our lap times.

Competition was fierce from the start and some over-zealous tactics by certain members soon led to the raising of the yellow flag, leaving us to go at walking pace. As the dubious tactics continued, then our leader for the day received a Black flag and was sent to the sin bin, better known as the pits. It should be said that he was unlucky as worse offenders somehow went undetected.!!!!!!!

Eventually, our reigning champion John Saunders finished first, Paul Haigh second and Mark Jackson third.

After thanking our hosts for an excellent session, the group retired to the nearby Ferry Boat at Stoke Bardolph for lunch.

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NSGOM – Handmade Car Works

Twenty two Not So Grumpy Old Men and including several of the Real Grumpy Old Men left The Leisure Centre on May 16th to spend an enjoyable day at the only Handmade Car Works in the country which produces Morgan Cars.

On arrival, our organiser, Terry Moult got everyone to pay their entrance fees before we were then shown around the factory by our tour guide. The skills on show were wonderful to see and with not a robot in sight EVERYTHING was completed by hand.

It was suggested that we had a collection to buy a car to share between us but this made several members really grumpy so the idea was dropped!!!!!!!!!!!!

The visit was followed by a lovely lunch where the Chairman had the pleasure of being put in the Stocks and found himself getting wetter by the minute!!!!

A pleasant journey home saw us arrive back in Hucknall for 6.30 pm after what had been a great day out.

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NSGOM – ‘Going to the Dogs’

April saw the Not So Grumpy Old Men “going to the dogs”. Whilst enjoying a gourmet meal we were introduced to the intricacies of the sport of greyhound racing and the associated gaming strategies. Having studied the form of the participants for a full 12 races one of our number placed a triple bet on the last race and won with all three dogs finishing in the order selected. He was disappointed, however, as his winnings barely paid for his bus fare home!

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NSGOM Visit BBC Centre

History was indeed made when for the first time three U3A lady members joined the group for a visit to the BBC centre in Nottingham.

Led by Brooke from Radio Nottingham we visited the Radio studio and watched as Verity Cowley broadcast her Drivetime show, before going behind the scenes to watch East Midlands Today programme going out live. This was followed by a question and answer session led by Anna Church, who was the weather forecaster for the programme. Finally, a visit was made to the production room before we were presented with our Goodie Bag before heading back to Hucknall on the tram.

A big thank you goes to Vaughan Gallagher who arranged the visit but was rewarded by meeting his all time favourite sports reporter, Natalie Jackson within minutes of arriving!!!

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A Taste of Formula 1 for the Not So Grumpies

Forget Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, the Not so Grumpy Old Men had a taste of Formula 1 at The Racing Room Scalextric Track in Nottingham for their October Meeting.

With eighteen drivers whose racing names included Piston Broke; Big End; Senna(Pod) Saunders; Necky Lauda; Looney Hamilton; Vroom G; Ray de Ator; Big Bird and our Chairman choosing Barmy Barrie, you get a feel for the level of competition.

After a practice session when we all decided which was the best car it came as a shock when the race controller advised that to avoid any arguments we each have a turn with all the cars and all the lanes until we had a top six (much to the disgust of Mark Jackson driving Ray de Ator).

After much skulduggery during the preliminary laps, when cars mysteriously left the track, skill shone through and the winner was declared. Senna Pod Saunders driven by John Saunders narrowly came first, closely followed by Big Bird driven by Ian Raynor, and third by an even closer margin came Big End driven by John Berrill.

After the presentation ceremony when the respective Gold, Silver & Bronze medals were presented, and the playing of National Anthem and Flag Raising, we all went to the post-race celebration meal at the Roebuck when the gongs were proudly processed around the room to much applause.

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