New Event Vehicles

Posted on by Bruntingthorpe Events

Big Thunder, Bruntingthorpe’s celebrated vehicle-based corporate hospitality and team-building programme established almost 15 years ago, has embarked on a major enhancement.  This ‘second clap of thunder’ – which is already well under way – will see replacement of a number of vehicles and equipment that form the backbone of Big Thunder business-to-business events as well as additional facilities for companies and organisations taking advantage of the successful fun days with meaningful benefits.

To maintain the appeal and success of Big Thunder events, Bruntingthorpe’s owner – C Walton Ltd – is investing a considerable sum in new vehicles.

First to arrive towards the end of last year were eight new twin-engined Pro Karts which were followed in early April by four gleaming new Ariel Atoms.  Big Thunder has a long association with Ariel Atoms, which were developed from a 1996 student project at Coventry University by transport design student, Niki Smart.  The road-going sports car was tested from 0 to 60mpg in 2.89 seconds by The Sunday Times in 2005 making it then the world’s third-fastest accelerating production car after the Bugatti Veyron with its 1,001PS (987bhp) engine and the Ultima GTR built in Hinckley, close to the Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground.

“The brand new karts and Atoms are just the first of our enhancements for Big Thunder, adding to the VW Lupos, Ferraris, HGVs and even hovercraft that we have at our disposal,” says Angela Birchall, Bruntingthorpe’s Events Manager.

“And in the coming weeks there will more announcements.  Remember that we have an off-road course here for 4×4 vehicles…  But it’s not just about vehicles.  We’ve bought 100 new helmets that comply with all the newest safety standards.  Health and safety is a paramount consideration for everyone here at Bruntingthorpe.

“And we’ve forged some innovative links with local businesses and organisations that add significant new dimensions to Big Thunder events.

“Although many of our guests are women, not all appreciate what are commonly called toys for boys.  So while the men put the pedal to the metal, we can accommodate the ladies in the more genteel and invigorating world of Indian head massage, facials and other beauty treatments.  Or they might prefer archery or to try the fascinating Segway personal transporters.  It’s almost a case of you name it and, if it’s humanly possible, we’ll provide it!  We certainly have the space, the facilities and the contacts.”

For many companies and organisations, the ultimate Big Thunder occasional includes an overnight stay and fine dining.  With Bruntingthorpe’s close links with hotels such as nearby Kilworth House hotel, Ullesthorpe Court hotel and Coombe Abbey (to name but a few), such requests can be readily met, adds Angela.

Bruntingthorpe’s Big Thunder corporate hospitality and team-building was conceived in 2001 as a business-to-business programme.  It’s name is taken from the airfield’s code-name – Big Thunder – during the Cold War, when the USAAF occupied the site and flew nuclear bombers from its two-mile-long runway.


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