Welcome to an Evening with Tony Southgate, Race Car Designer, Saturday 5th January from 6.30pm, Buffet 7pm
In conjuction with the Isle of Wight Car Club, Melville Hall Hotel has arranged for an evening with Tony Southgate, one of the worlds most successful race car designers.
Tony Southgate became interested in motorsport during his engineering apprenticeship and, like many aspiring racing designers in the late 1950s, was a member of the 750 Motor Club. The 750MC was a training ground for motorsport luminaries such as Colin Chapman, Eric Broadley and Brian Hart. Tony's career started with Lola in the early 1960's followed by designing for Dan Gurney's All American Racers team including the 1968 Indianapolis 500 race winner piloted by Bobby Unser.
The late 60's saw a return to the UK and to BRM where as chief designer Formula 1 wins soon came at the hands of Peter Gethin, and a second place in the constructors championship. Shortly after, Tony found himself at Shadow, designing their Formula 1 prototype car and a return to the USA saw his cars finish first and second in the CanAm championship. A brief spell at Lotus in the mid 70's saw Tony at the newly founded Arrows team designing their first 3 Formula 1 cars with some success before taking time out as a freelance engineering consultant before returning to F1 briefly and then working for Ford, designing the Ford RS200.
Mid 80's saw iconic designs in Sports Cars with TWR and the famous Jaguar XJR-9 and XJR-12, winning the World Sportscar Championship 3 times and the LeMans 24hour race twice.
Always remembering his roots, Tony then took time to club race back with the 750MC in Kit Cars and although now retired from the driving seat, he is very much involved in grass roots motorsport, holding the position of Club President with the 750 Motor Club.
Tony will be retelling some fantastic stories from his motorsport career, as well as pointers for all those club racers looking for that elusive extra tenth.
The evening will begin with arrival and drinks in the bar from 6.30pm, with a buffet from 7pm, followed by an evening with Tony. The bar will be open until late to socialise afterwards.