Almost 600 people got their first taste of live club motor sport last weekend (12-13 January) when Go Motorsport offered free passenger rides in a specially arranged AutoSOLO during Autosport International at the NEC in Birmingham.
A total of 591 show-goers climbed aboard various standard road cars to experience first-hand the thrill of accessible and cost-effective grassroots motor sport such as AutoSOLO, which involves tackling a short, cone-marked course as quickly as possible. The event was organised by Go Motorsport in conjunction with a number of local motor clubs, co-ordinated by MSA Club Development Officer Richard Egger.
Inside the exhibition hall, the Go Motorsport stand focused on the vital volunteer roles that allow people to get more closely involved in the sport, such as marshalling, rescue and recovery, and scrutineering:
Students from the University of the West of Scotland built a rally car that was scrutineered on Sunday and will now contest the 2013 Junior Ecosse Challenge
Visitors were invited to scrutineer a kart and a single-seater hill climb car to identify five faults each for a chance to win British Grand Prix and Wales Rally GB tickets. In total 241 people took on the challenge
A Rescue Unit was put on display, with the crew performing a driver extraction to show how spinal injuries are dealt with in the event of an incident.
MSA Chief Executive, Colin Hilton said: “One of the common public misconceptions about motor sport is that it begins and ends with racing and rallying and you therefore need lots of money and an expensive car with modifications to take part. However there are 5000 motor sport events in Britain each year, many of which are grass roots club meetings that can be cheap, easy and most importantly fun to get involved in.
“Go Motorsport’s presence at Autosport International was designed to highlight this message in a fun and interactive way and to encourage people to join their local motor club. I’m delighted that both the AutoSOLO and Go Motorsport stand captured so many visitors’ imaginations, with hundreds finding out just how easy and rewarding it can be to get more closely involved in motor sport, whether behind the wheel or as a volunteer.”
14 January 2013