Next summer sees the welcome return of the UK’s premier insurkarting event

December 23, 2020

There’s certainly been plenty to endure in 2020. But one notable absence on the endurance front, sadly, has been everyone’s favourite kart-related insurance networking event Insurance Endurance. 

But fear not! All being well on the Covid front – and how could it not be now that Boris Johnson is reported to be actively considering taking personal charge of the crisis – unless he steps down in January – which could also work – Insurance Endurance will be back on 17 June next year.

What an absolute unalloyed joy it will be when insurance men and women from across the land come together, masked or unmasked as the case may be, to pit their karting skills one against the other in a mercilessly interminable bout of screaming round the super-sinuous 1382m PFI kart-track in glamorous Grantham, Lincs in high-performance autokarts.

But you’d better hurry if you want to be sure of securing your participation in this exclusively luxury prestige event. Places are strictly limited and they’re sure to be selling like the proverbial hot cakes or the non-proverbial bacon rolls with lashings of ketchup and/or brown sauce, which most people frankly prefer.

Entry is open to any organisation or individual from across the insurance industry (or related ancillary sector) who fancies a bit of premium networking and/or the chance to submit their driving skills to the ultimate challenge that is the Public Finance Initiative kart track with it’s hair-raising bends (no fewer than 10 of them, all told) and remorselessly undeviating straights.

Click here to reserve your team places before that opportunity alludes you.

December 23, 2019

What a year 2019 was! We had Brexit, and Brexit, and Brexit, and who knows what else besides. We won’t see another year like that in a hurry!

No, indeedy! 2020’s sure to be a whole different kettle of fish. Apart from anything, we won’t have Brexit anymore – because that’ll be done by the end of January, with the very word officially retired from that date onwards. So we’ll just have to talk about something else.

But before we rush ahead and look at what the remainder of the coming twelvemonth has in store. Let’s take one last fond look back at some of the things that happened in 2019 that weren’t Brexit.

For one thing, there was Munching Monkeys, an event in which, please be assured, no monkeys were munched, nibbled or otherwise eaten (not even their brains), but in which a multitude of miniature motorcycles were ridden round Yorkshire for lifesaving charity Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA).

Also there was the latest annual instalment of the epic clash of karts that is Insurance Endurance 2019. What a day that was! Who could forget a day like that! And, even if they had, could they not easily refresh their memories by reading all about it all over again right here!

And that wasn’t all! There was also the heartcockle-warming sight of Bankstone top dog Dickie Tyzer raising aloft a trophy recognising excellence in fundraising, awarded by the very same YAA alluded to above.

To clinch this much-prized gonglet, Tyzer not only rode endless miles up hill and down dale on a very small motorcycle, but also endured endless hours of corporate golf, Yellow Yorkshireness and horse-racing hospitality to boot. Worthy winning at its unapologetic best!

How could 2020 follow a year like that? Surely only by promising such delights as the return of the insurance industry’s premier corporate karting event. Insurance Endurance 2020 takes place at the locally renowned PFI Racetrack on Thursday 18th June. And, to be honest, you’d better book now if you don’t want to risk missing out.

If that’s not enough to convince you that 2020 will be one hell of a year. There’s also the prospect of MORE monkeybike madness when [yet to be named, but the word monkey will be in there somewhere, as may very well be the word pub, or some synonym thereof] returns to the desolate wilds of supposedly scenic Jorviksområde on the 4th and 5th July. Again if you’d like to be involved, applying early is highly recommended. Your best bet on this one is to contact expedition leader Commander Dick ‘Dickie’ Tyzer directly by email.

So another great year is ‘getting underway’, as they say on the BBC.. In the meantime here’s hoping you’ve had the very merriest of Christmases and New Yearses, with much love from all of our extensive team here at Bankstone News!

 

August 28, 2019

The UK’s premier insurance themed endurance karting event Insurance Endurance took place this year on Tuesday June 25. And what a day it was!

There were thrills, spills, and more insurance industry networking than any right-minded person either could or would wish to shake a stick at. You can get a fleeting impression by watching our mercifully brief YouTub video of the event by clicking here.

While the various members of 15 eight-man teams (or thereabouts) took turns to tear round the 1382m ‘A Grade’ track for six solid hours in Soddy GT5 karts, whose 390cc engines endow them with the ability to attain speeds up to 60mph, team hosts had their unsuspecting guests (potential business partners and prospects) exactly where they wanted them… trackside in Grantham!

The eventual winners of a hotly-fought contest hotly fought out on the UK’s largest outdoor karting circuit were the misleadingly named Not Fast But Furious team fielded by Take That Car Hire Ltd. 

Hosts (and last year’s most unsporting winners) Team Bunkstain were hard on their heels, mind, finishing less than a minute behind Take That, with rescuemycar.com‘s wittily named team, Rescuemykart, coming in a very creditable third.

The team from resucemycarp.com also scooped the pit stop challenge by changing some tyres on a retired race car faster than anyone else. AND they recorded the fastest lap time (1:29:38) – twice! That’s a literally staggering average speed of 34.5mph – even with all those wiggly bends.

As well as being a great day out, Insurance Endurance also raised more than £500 for richly deserving charity The Insurance Charities. And it’s happening all over again next year, when the event returns to the Public Finance Initiative Kart Track on Thursday 18 June 2020.

Registration is already open. So be sure to book your team place soon or flirt with the desolation and misery of missing out. Visit www.insuranceendurance.co.uk for further deats. 

June 26, 2012

It’s not often Bankstone News can plausibly claim to feel pride. But this week is different. This week Bankstone News is positively suffused in a lustrous effulgence of richly merited self-congratulation as we proudly announce to anyone who’ll listen that this year’s annual Insurance Endurance karting event, which takes place on 7 September at Daytona Milton Keynes, will be doing so… “in association” with Bankstone News!

Yes, unbelievable as it may seem that anyone would deign to associate themselves with Bankstone News, we are indeed official sponsors of what is arguably the UK’s number one competitive karting event for insurance persons. Could we be any more excited? Not without exploding or something probably. We’re pretty damned excited anyway, and here’s why:

As many as 30 teams are expected to compete on Friday 7 September in what promises to be the 12th annual Insurance Endurance. All the usual crowd-pleasing features will be present: a seemingly interminable six-hour endurance race between teams of up to ten persons each, burgers served up in an decagonal pavilion, bitter rivalry, gamesmanship, cheating and of course the ever-popular pitstop challenge, in which teams compete to stop a pit or something.

As you will learn from Daytona’s official press release, they have a brand new fleet of super speedy prokarts this year, in which you could in theory nudge the speed limit on a motorway – although not necessarily without breaking the law, killing yourself or whatever. Anyway it’s going to be a blast and Bankstone very strongly recommends that you sign up now. Which, happily, you can – thanks to the power of online. See banner below.

October 2, 2009

Refusing on principle to include midgets, children or ringers in its team, Bankstone was never really in with a realistic chance of winning last month’s Insurance Endurance Karting challenge at Daytona Milton Keynes (see previous articles).

A cunning plan, however, held out the alluring prospect of a place on the podium by another route. Fielding one of the largest teams on the day (nine people in all), Bankstone was confident of scooping the Pitstop Challenge prize by being the fastest to jack up and change all four wheels on a trackside F1 Jordan.

For a time everything was going well. As planned, Team Bankstone was plummeting down the rankings in the main event, artfully conserving energy for its pit lane exertions. But then calamity struck. When the pitstop call came, two team members were filling their faces with lunch and two others were flat out on the grass asleep in the sun.

The remaining team members fought on manfully, but victory escaped them by the narrowest of margins. Securing second place was a bitter consolation. But when the going gets tough, as they say, the tough go back for a second helping of lunch or quick kip.

Meanwhile in the main event, the competition was fiercer than ever. The winners came within a gnat’s whisker of breaking the all-time lap record and the team that won the last two years’ events managed only third place.

Team Bankstone finished ninth overall, three places down on a surprisingly creditable 6th last year. But a great day out was had by all; and now after finishing second two years running, surely nothing – literally nothing – can prevent Bankstone clinching the Pitstop Challenge crown in 2010.


June 25, 2009

On 18 September this year Bankstone’s crack karting crew will be hugging the corners indecently close at Daytona Milton Keynes as they compete in the 2009 Insurance Endurance event.

Haring round the 1300m track‚ modestly described in its own publicity as the finest outdoor karting facility in the UK‚ the Bankstone boys will be hoping against any repetition of the downpour that rained racers off the all-weather Delugrip surface at the same event last year.

Bankstone’s Dickon Tysoe says: “this is always a great day out and I warmly recommend it to anyone who might be considering whether or not to attend.” Further details of the event and how to book places can be found by clicking here

Bankstone News will be reporting back later in the year on how Dickon, Andy and the rest get on in this, the ultimate test of grit, skill and overall body weight.


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