HRH The Princess Royal visited Garforth-based Ginetta this week to begin celebrations of the marque’s 60th anniversary year. The marque has been building sportscars since 1958.

HRH, The Princess Royal,  Princess Anne, visited Ginetta Cars this week to help commence their sixtieth anniversary celebrations

The Princess enjoyed a tour with Ginetta and LNT Group Chairman, Lawrence Tomlinson. She saw each stage of car design and build across the whole Ginetta range. Commencing in the research and design facility, Her Royal Highness was guided through the factory, specifically viewing the construction of the latest Ginetta prototypes, including the G58 and recently launched G60-LT-P1 ranges.

During the tour, The Princess was shown how the components of all the Ginetta range are crafted and tested on-site, observing 3D printing, spending time in the carbon-fibre manufacturing department and witnessing engine-dyno tests first hand.

Her Royal Highness met Ginetta team members from across the business during the tour, from CAD designers to engine technicians as well as the Ginetta factory drivers and a representative from the Young Driver Development Programme. Seeing how Ginetta was developing skills and nurturing young talent, The Princess Royal was given an insight into what makes this Yorkshire brand tick.

The tour finished with a showcase of Ginetta’s roots as she admired the heritage collection before she unveiled a commemorative plaque to celebrate the start of the company’s sixtieth anniversary year. Taking prominent position beneath the plaque was the G60-LT-P1, Ginetta’s newly launched LMP1 car.

LNT Group and Ginetta chairman, Lawrence Tomlinson, with HRH

Lawrence Tomlinson, said: “I am delighted to have had the opportunity to show HRH The Princess Royal the origins of this fabulous British marque, which has fed generations of motorsport passion, created thousands of jobs over the decades and secured Britain – and Yorkshire! –  a place on the global motorsport map. What better a start to our 60th Anniversary celebrations, fresh from the launch of our new G60-LT-P1, than with a visit from The Princess Royal.

“Everyone who met HRH today has seen her keen interest and impressive technical understanding of our cars. We are all left invigorated and ready to take Ginetta to new heights.

“This year, Ginetta will be challenging for an overall podium win at this year’s 24 Heures du Mans in the G60-LT-P1.”

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