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MSA BRIEFING - MOTOR SPORT IN THE UK
Introduction
> Motor sport is one of this country`s most popular and successful sports. Almost 800 motor clubs are registered with Motor Sports Association, which oversees about 5,000 events annually in 22 different disciplines. Some 30,000 individuals hold MSA Competition Licences, and at least 100,000 people compete in total. This massive home market helps make Britain the world`s leading motor sport nation.
> Britain has at least 60 permanent motor sport venues — more than any other country in Europe. Events take place in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.
> British marshals are the best in the world. Many foreign events import them to raise local safety standards.

Jobs
> The UK motor sport industry — which includes most of the Formula 1 and World Rally teams, plus hundreds of ‘behind the scenes` companies — provides full-time employment all over Britain for at least 38,500 people, with another 100,000 part-time jobs. They include truck drivers, mechanics, engineers, tyre fitters, electricians, computer programmers, salesmen, secretaries, and people in public relations, administration and planning.

Exports
> Motor sport is one of Britain`s major export earners: in a total turnover of £4.6 billion, 60% (£2.7 billion) is accounted for by foreign earnings. Unlike many sports, national motor sport receives not a penny of Government grant.
> Formula 1 teams alone bring over £200 million of overseas sponsorship money into Great Britain each year.

Prestige
> Great Britain is the very centre of world motor sport. Some of the world`s most successful corporations turn to Britain to build and run competition cars, including Mercedes, Nissan, Honda, Renault, Porsche, Ford, Yamaha, BMW, Mitsubishi and Subaru.
> Cars designed in Britain have won over 80% of all Formula 1 Grands Prix held in the last ten years. Almost all the cars which take part in America`s famous Indianapolis 500 motor race (including their “Chevrolet” and “Mercedes” engines!) are built in Britain.

Safety
> Motor sport never claims to be completely safe. Every spectator ticket, every press pass, every programme contains a clear warning that “Motor Sport can be Dangerous.” However, the safety record is remarkable: in the past ten years, just 29 have died on over 30,000 British events (including drivers who died of natural causes while competing).
> More dangerous sports in Britain include horse riding, swimming, air sports, climbing and fishing! MSA-authorised motor sport has varied between 11th and 13th in the Government`s official league of dangerous sports (from the Office of Population Census Surveys).

Environment
> Motor sport in Britain imposes strict rules about noise: events using the public highway are limited to levels far lower than are permitted for lorries, for example, and racing cars are being made much quieter each year.
> Unleaded petrol is mandatory for many major British events, including the British Touring Car Championship and the British Rally Championship. All karts must use unleaded fuel.
> The petrol used in motor sport is insignificant: a jet flying to Australia and back uses more fuel than all British motor sport competitors use in a year. If you include spectators, football uses more petrol than motor sport.
> Many British rallies use Forestry Commission roads — but the drivers pay to repair these roads. Motor rallying contributes about £750,000 per year to the Commission, it`s second largest source of income (after chopping down trees!).

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