F1 week at Classic Jaguar
Assisting the Williams and Renault F1 teams out with some last minute repairs and paintwork prior to the US Grand Prix

Update - October 21, 2017
What an incredible time we had yesterday at COTA as guests of the Williams F1 team! We spent the day in the Williams garage watching the team practicing and qualifying for the US Grand Prix. It is always fun to join the team for pit stop practice, which is traditionally followed by a fantastic 'full English' breakfast prepared by the team chef! Huge thanks to James Boughton, Mark Pattinson and the entire Williams team for making it a truly special day for us. We even made a brief appearance on the world TV feed while standing next to far more interesting people in the Williams garage!

We were also privileged to be given tours of the Renault, Red Bull and Haas garages, so many thanks to those organizations for their time and generosity on what is obviously an extremely busy day for the teams.

My mother back in the UK spotted us on on the world
TV feed from the Williams garage - fame at last!
Click on the image above to see a short video of
a 1.8 seconds pit stop during practice

James Boughton tucking Chris Scarborough into
the F1 Experiences dual seat race car
Gerardo Lopez seemed extra happy to climb
behind the wheel!

I shared the car with a world champion back
street driver
Touring the Red Bull garage

Visiting the Renault garage
Great to see the cars we painted in action!

US Grand Prix week - 2017

It is always an honor and privilege to be asked to help out the F1 teams in the week prior to the US Grand Prix. This year we are once again assisting the Renault and Williams teams with some minor body repairs and a fresh coat of paint.

Ian Gleadell (Williams), Gerardo Lopez (CJ), Mark
Pattinson (Williams) and Chris Scarborough (CJ)
The team worked late into the night Sunday

Both Renaults repaired and repainted
Gerardo and Chris looking justifiably pleased with
the result of their efforts!

Both Williams cars now pristine and ready to race!

US Grand Prix week - 2016

Huge thanks to James Boughton, Mark Pattinson and the entire Williams F1 team who treated myself and fellow Team CJ members Gerardo Lopez, Chris Scarborough and Andy McCreadie like royalty all day yesterday at the Circuit of the Americas. The entire Williams organization is total class from top to bottom. Good luck on Sunday, Felipe and Valtteri!

Thanks also to Geoff Simmonds of Renault Sport Racing for showing us around the Renault garage and introducing us to team driver Kevin Magnussen, whose fire damaged chassis we repaired just couple of days ago. It was a real privilege for us to spend time with both these teams!

Gerardo, Dan, Andy and Chris in the Williams garage
Cars are largely torn down between
practice sessions

Thrilling to be present for pit stop practice

Great to see Kevin Magnussen's car back in action
less than 2 days after it was painted at CJ

Kevin signed and presented us with one of his driving
shoes as a 'thank you' for repairing his car!

Feverish activity in the CJ Coachworks on
Sunday afternoon

Time to mask off prior to painting, late Sunday night
Chassis unmasked at 6am Monday morning

Looking pristine and ready for collection Monday
After some long hours and a lot of hard work, the
boys look justifiably proud of their work!

A pit lane fire in Sepang led to this car needing
some repairs prior to the US Grand Prix

Repairs underway in the CJ workshop in Austin,
Monday afternoon

CJ crew worked late into the night on Monday

Back to work at the crack of dawn on Tuesday Comparing a test spray-out to a side pod
freshly painted back at the factory

12 noon Tuesday

Chris, Guillermo and Gerardo at 2.30pm, after
wrapping up the painting (paint still wet)

3.30pm Tuesday, the car is now ready for
the mechanics