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Taken from the GTROC website and written by John FUGGLES :


The Royal Automobile Club (RAC) was founded in 1897. Ten years later, in 1907, King Edward VII awarded the Club the Royal title that it still holds to this day, sealing the Club’s status as Britain’s oldest and most influential motoring organisation.

As long ago as 1902 the RAC has always been involved in the motoring scene in the UK. Back then they campaigned for the abolition of the then 14 mph speed limit. Since 1905 it has been organising racing events and tours and founded the Motorsport Association of Great Britain (MSA).

The Club is one of the best equipped of all the London and Pall Mall “gentlemen’s” clubs. It possesses recently renovated Edwardian Turkish baths, an Italian marble swimming pool, squash courts (including a doubles court), a snooker room, three restaurants, one of only two privately operated Royal Mail Offices in the UK.

Various parts of the Pall Mall club house have been used as the location for numerous films and television programmes.

As well as Pall Mall the RAC bought Woodcote Park in1913. The former stately home now provides the club a second facility with a golf course, tennis and squash courts, croquet lawn and pool as well as bars and restaurants. In 1940 a Hurricane fighter landed on the lawn after being shot down.

In all its history the RAC has never seen the likes of a Nissan GT-R GT1 car. Being this is the tenth anniversary of the GTROC we thought we would change that! In advance of the GTROC’s forthcoming AGM and Annual Awards Dinner we thought a GTR in the Pall Mall rotunda would be a good way to start the celebrations and, on Thursday 24th October GTROC members are welcome to come and see the car – provided you register first. To register just email [email protected] no later than midday on 24th.

Getting the car into Pall Mall proved a feat in itself. With less than an inch either side, getting the car in proved to be a challenge for the hard working RAC team. As for Shaun - the owner - he too had a few nervous moments as the car inched its way into the rotunda!

Starting at 5am Shaun and his brother Eamon met GTROC Chairman; John Fuggles at the RAC in Pall Mall. After the long drive they were happy for a cup of coffee before the task began – and what a task it proved to be.





Even at 5am we had to stop traffic as we first off loaded the car and then manoeuvred it across two lanes of Pall Mall to get it lined up for the entrance.
Whilst one team were organising the car another team were installing the ramp and winch and taking the revolving doors off their hinges and removing them from the route in!
Once lined up it was the tricky task of getting it through the front door, with only inches to spare ... taking the doors off helped.





Once on the bottom of the ramp and in line, it was time to winch and push the car up the ramp.
Little by little it soon made its way in with Eamon at the wheel and Shaun directing proceedings.
We said it was tight :nervous::







If getting it through the door and up the ramp was difficult enough, then getting it between the marble columns of the RAC rotunda was even more of a squeeze!
With only an inch to spare and with the car perfectly straight as it came onto the carpet we finally got the car in and now could begin to position it.





The finished result speaks for itself though :thumbsup:





For those who want to see the car at its new temporary home then we will see you this coming coming Thursday, the 24th October at RAC Pall Mall - details are in the UK and Ireland Events Section on this forum. For those unable to make it, then we hope you can join us at the GTROC Annual Dinner and Awards which this year will be held at the RAC Woodcote Park with the Sunday morning drive off for brunch at RAC Pall Mall to see the car then :D

Details of the AGM and the weekend are in the GTROC Members Section of this forum too :thumbsup:
 

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Crazy......:bowdown1:
 

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Wow, that is mega Kriss!
Eddie it is amazing looking at the photos I agree, 'twas Fugglywugglies actually there taking the snaps and also doing the article - I was just given artistic cut and paste licence to take from the clubs website onto the forum!

( Didn't have enough time to make the photos smaller and more forum friendly though! )

If I wasn't currently housebound after my accident I would have been there definitely, but for those going tomorrow night to RAC Pall Mall it will be very special evening - again just wish I could have gone to that too! It's just an amazing feat for a car club to be honest - and it's members - to achieve such a thing :thumbsup:
 

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Thats cos we are worth it !!!
 
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