We all love a factory tour but when Caterham Cars offered us to drive the cars after the tour, we knew this one was going to be a winner!
With many of our club members with a Caterham somewhere in their collection, as well as many in, or have been in the Caterham Academy, Caterham Cars have been on our radar for a while.
At last, we had the chance to visit their Gatwick showroom and production facility, restricted to just 20 club members on this visit, we all jumped at the chance.
Further down the page you will find 3 video shorts as well as photography galleries from the day.
Multiple convoys from all over the south, head to Crawley
Some of our cars arriving at Caterham
First up was the history of Caterham Cars
We were welcomed by product specialist Alex who was incredibly knowledgeable and enthused to share with us the company’s background and history. There was also a delicious complimentary buffet breakfast waiting for us.
About Caterham Cars, Gatwick
Caterham Cars Gatwick is a car dealership located in Crawley, West Sussex, which is a subsidiary of the British manufacturer of sports cars. The dealership sells new and used Caterham cars, as well as parts and accessories.
They were established in 2002. It is the largest Caterham dealer in the UK, and it has a team of experienced and knowledgeable staff who are passionate about Caterham cars. The dealership is located close to Gatwick Airport, making it easily accessible for customers from all over the UK.
The Seven is the most iconic Caterham car in its range, and it has been in production since 1957.
Caterham Cars Gatwick also offers a range of parts and accessories for Caterham cars. This includes everything from bodywork to performance parts. The dealership also offers various services, including servicing, repairs, and test drives.
Their brief presence in Formula 1
Next up was the factory tour
The Race Simulator
Lap times were set on the simulator!
It was time to set a hot lap around Brands Hatch….. in a Caterham of course, not just on screen but sat in an actual Caterham!
This was great fun as many of us couldn’t help but do donuts!
Finally, we get to drive the cars!
We gathered into four teams to make the 4 x 30-minute sessions in the cars
A slightly overzealous right foot from one of the club members around a roundabout attracted the attention of the boys in blue. Apparently, they were asking about where the nearest Dunkin Donuts was…..
We’d like to thank Caterham Cars for their friendly hospitality, time, a delicious breakfast and for opening their doors to us on what would normally be their day off.
Many thanks to Alex for giving us his tour as well as his colleagues who all contributed throughout the day.
A big thanks to those club members that captured the various photography and video elements of the day but especially to club member Keith Meredith who unintentionally became our club photographer for the day.
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Heading off in the Caterham cars
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Keith Meredith Gallery