The story of the formation of the 96 Club is the stuff of legend. When sports car driver Ray Bellm was “done” for speeding on the public highway back in 1976, his Ferrari was clocked at 96 mph. The resulting ban left Ray with the dilemma of how to enjoy the performance of his new steed. His friend, Michael Scott, had the bright idea of forming a ‘track club’ for circuit driving – the first of its kind. The subsequent club name followed as a matter of course.
Membership is limited and carefully controlled but non-member enthusiasts with exciting and interesting cars are welcome at many of our events, where they mix with lovers of fine cars from every strata of international business and culture.
With the exclusive use of a beautiful private garden in London's Belgravia, for over 40 years we have hosted the most exclusive breakfast in central London, organised drives to the most beautiful locations and visited classic and racing car events in the UK and Europe, including our own exclusive use of race circuits for those who like to be untrammeled by road speed limits and the vagaries of modern traffic.
The 96 Club is the greatest classic car, sportscar and racing club that you may not have heard of; an exclusive yet friendly organisation where all lovers of speed and style are welcomed, a true home for connoisseurs of fine automobiles.
Over the years we have collected and curated a group of carefully selected commercial partners who provide exciting and informative feature content for our members, at our events. These partners make tremendous efforts to create innovative benefits for our members.
From the first, membership of the 96 Club was exclusive, as it was passed on by word of mouth by those “in the know”. It was never driven by status in any way however. If you were mad about cars and driving and you were introduced by an enthusiastic member, you were in. Thereafter, the delights (and damage!) of the track were yours to enjoy – as was the camaraderie and warm welcome afforded to all who turned up. Members were privy to the magic of an early morning blast to a track followed by coffee and a bacon buttie with like-minded pilots of all kinds of exotica – old, new, expensive or rare. Then - mounting anticipation - as the Clerk of the Course declared the track ‘OPEN’ and you were off – to sample the excitement of full throttle acceleration, a “dab of oppo” and the narcotic effect of adrenalin coursing around your being.
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