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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. 

The mock-rescue was a real crowd-pleaser, with the Scottish Hill Rally Club to thank for organising this, and their impressive display of vehicles. 

Hopefully, 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.

 Club Development

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 touch.

Alison Clark

Tel 01461 500655

Mob 07950 914433

Scotland@gomotorsport.net

 




Hello folks,

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. 

Alison Clark

Regional Development Officer (Scotland)
GoMotorsport
Tel 07950 914433 (m)
(h) 01461 500655
scotland@gomotorsport.net


 

GOMOTORSPORT EVENT FUND

Congratulations 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.   

There is funding available for your Club!  Please review the application criteria on http://www.scottishmotorsports.co.uk/news

Any queries, please contact rory.bryant@scottishmotorsports.co.uk 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 gate. 

Several 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

Last weekend 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.

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Kyleakin Quarry – PCA with passenger rides

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Plockton High School visit


JIM CLARK RALLY SCHOOL VISITS

Following 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

Despite 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.


Thanks again for your support.  See you at the Scottish!

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