Thanks to the
Clubs who supported this, and to Knockhill
for allowing us to use the venue. In
terms of data capture, over 50 people
signed-on to experience the autosolo passenger ride, run by 750 MC. This was more than we gathered over two days
at the McRae Challenge weekend.
mock-rescue was a real crowd-pleaser, with the Scottish Hill Rally Club to thank for organising this, and their
impressive display of vehicles.
this can grow to be a bigger and better show in future, possibly in conjunction
with one of Knockhill’s larger events. Please help us to make this happen.
GoMotorsport Event Fund
We are giving
away free money. This is a rarity. The only condition is that the money is used
for promotion of a motor sport event. By
promotion, we mean creating and producing marketing information, adverts in
local newspapers or radio. Surprisingly,
there have been few applications to the fund, despite it being a really simple
online application process. Grants up to £350 are available. Please have a look at your upcoming events
calendar, and think about whether you could make use of this cash boost to
promote an event. For information on
application criteria, go to http://www.scottishmotorsports.co.uk/4-wheel/
School and College Visits
With the new term well underway, now is the time to
look at organising school and college visits to coincide with your events. I’ll be visiting two schools in Perth in the
run-up to the McRae Stages. Schools and
colleges plan their diaries months in advance.
It’s not too early to be looking at scheduling visits for May and June
2016! Some schools arrange for the
local newspaper to feature our visits, so the good PR is a bonus too. Please get in touch if you’d like me to
approach your local schools and colleges to arrange GoMotorsport presentations.
There are still some Clubs I haven’t yet visited. I’d
really like to remedy this by the end of the year, and have a chat to your Club
about what GoMotorsport can do for you.
You may have issues with member recruitment, or want to look at a sourcing
a new autotest venue, or want to liaise with the Council to have a static
display at a shopping centre over the festive period. We can help!
I am available most evenings for club meetings, and would love to get
out to meet you all. Please get in
I have a couple of things to update you on. Please take a moment to read the information below.
The SACC Regional Meeting
will be held on Tuesday
night (15th September
) at The Royal Hotel, Bridge of Allan. MSA Chief Rob Jones will be attending. Any meeting involving Rob is generally lively, and I'd encourage you to come along. The fun starts at 7.30pm
. If you plan on having food beforehand, get there very early. Or bring a jammy piece while you wait...
Midlands RDO positions:
It'd be a fairly lengthy commute for most of you, but the adverts for two RDO positions (East and West Midlands) will be going live on the MSA website today. A notice will also be going out in the next newsletter. If you know of any suitable candidates please forward them the details.
Club and Volunteer of the Year nominations:
The nominations close on the 1st October. I have attached the entry forms for you. We have seen some superb events run this year, by lots of enthusiastic and hardworking people. Most of their efforts go unrewarded, but a nomination could go a long way in making their efforts feel appreciated. Solway Car Club were deserved winners in 2014, and I'd like to think that another Scottish club retains the crown.
Passenger Eligibility : Production Car Autotests
The matter of passenger eligibility has been raised with the MSA a couple of times this summer and it is therefore appropriate that we issue a clarification to address the confusion.
This clarification applies to all Production Car Autotests(PCAs) other than those that are run under the special provisions of a Taster Day (D4.5.6.) where a special provision is made.
PCAs are the only form of Autotest that permits the carriage of a passenger and indeed it as a mandatory requirement to do so. M13 which applies to Autotests, states that "Before the start, cars and Competitors (including any Passengers) must be checked for eligibility." and from which it is clearly the intention of the regulation that a passenger in this case is a competitor. As a competitor the passenger must comply with exactly the same requirements as those for the drivers so entered. This shall include age, health, membership of an invited club/association/championship, and where appropriate an MSA Competition Licence.
Of course in all cases, including Taster Days, all competitors must sign on in the normal way.
Please remember to get in touch if you'd like me to present to any schools in your area. These are fabulous fun, and will tie in nicely with any events you are hosting.
See you on Tuesday night.
Regional Development Officer (Scotland)
GOMOTORSPORT EVENT FUND
to South of Scotland Car Club, the
first applicants for funding from the new GoMotorsport Events Fund! The club will host a round of the British Autotest Championships in July,
and this funding will be used towards creating and producing promotional
material, and towards marketing the event.
In addition, the Club will also have the use of the GoMotorsport gazebo,
feather flags, banners and pop-ups to create a static stand. I’ll be there over the weekend to engage with
spectators, capture contact details of those interested in participating, and
help recruit new marshals and club members.
funding available for your Club! Please
review the application criteria on http://www.scottishmotorsports.co.uk/news
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Scotland@gomotorsport.net
GOMOTORSPORT LIVE! AT KNOCKHILL
Sunday 16th August will see Knockhill host Scotland’s
first ever GoMotorsport Live! at Knockhill. Similar events have been held at Silverstone
and Snetterton in previous years, and offer the opportunity to watch and
participate in motorsport for free (*upon production of a pre-registered email
voucher). This will piggyback a busy
SMRC event, and if previous Live! visitor numbers can be replicated, we should
see 5000 participants through the
clubs have confirmed their attendance, together with a rescue unit, which has
offered to carry out a mock-rescue in a scrap car. 750MC will host a PCA offering passenger
rides; we have representation from most disciplines from Targa to Hill Rallies,
forest and tarmac rallying, autotesting, nav rallying, karting,
hillclimbs/sprints and circuit racing.
If your club
would like to take part, then please contact myself or Rory. Regionally, we are lacking in
representation from clubs in the SW and Borders.
SKYE AND LOCHALSH RALLY CLUB VISIT
saw me undertake the lengthy trip to Skye and Lochalsh. Working with the Rally Club, we spent a whole
day in Plockton High School,
delivering a get-involved message to second and third year pupils. Local drivers John O’Kane and Hamish MacInnes
brought along their cars to support the visit, and the pupils (and staff!)
thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The
Club supported the visit school visit by hosting a PCA the following morning,
to which the pupils were invited to come along and experience a passenger
ride. The distraction of a nearby shinty match saw
signed-on numbers not as high as anticipated, nonetheless, those pupils who had
braved the storm to have a ride had a great time. There was a lot of interest in particular in
the J1000 challenge, upon which literature was given to several pupils. A club meeting that evening saw us discuss
how we can work together to drive the club forward: club member and school administrator Lindsay
Ross will ensure that club fixtures
are posted on the school notice board; West
Highland Free Press have been contacted to feature a monthly column (a post-PCA feature has already been published); and
the Club may have the opportunity to use the school classroom facilities for marshal training.
Kyleakin Quarry – PCA with passenger
Plockton High School visit
JIM CLARK RALLY SCHOOL VISITS
very successful school visits promoting safety, event information and
get-involved information to Jedburgh schools ahead of the Border Counties Rally (which was featured on Border TV News), the Community PC in Hawick requested that I carry
out similar presentations in her area.
She did all the legwork in emailing schools, and advising them of my
available dates. Several schools
contacted me, and these were added to my schedule. There then followed a period of frantically
trying to source a rally car to complement each visit. Despite the bookings having been made for the
week before, and two days before the rally, I was dismayed to discover that
cars belonging to my contacts were either in the paint shop/had no wheels/were
in bits, or their owners were working.
An email to the local car club asking that all members be contacted as a
last resort was ignored. As a result, I was left with no option but to cancel. I wholly appreciate that all school visits
will be on a weekday, and daytime, but the schools programme is a vital cog in
the wheel of motorsport development. Look at an entry list from 30 years ago, and
you are likely to see the same surnames on an entry list today. We need to broaden the range of names of
entry lists by introducing new recruits into the motorsport family. Please ask your members to support these
visits. Dropping off and picking up a
competition car at a school is all I the commitment I ask.
McRAE RALLY CHALLENGE
challenging weather, in which Marshal the mascot’s head was nearly blown off
into the Forth, a great crowd turned up for this event, celebrating the 20th
anniversary of Colin’s world championship win.
Rory has included a feature on this on his report, but in brief we took
the opportunity for data capture from visitors to our stand, and passengers
experiencing a PCA ride. Nearly 50 people expressed an interest in marshalling/trying
motorsport/joining their local car club.
Huge thanks must go to 750MC and Glenrothes MSC for organising the PCA
and giving our passengers a thrilling ride.
for your support. See you at the
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