|Further details of National Motorsport Week will be announced in due course, but a series of initiatives will be held during the week aimed at introducing a wider audience to the excitement of motorsport, not just at the high-profile end of the sport but also at the grass roots.
The MSA will utilise its network of 700 member clubs, 34,000 licence holders and more than 10,000 volunteer officials to open the doors of motorsport at all levels. All affiliated clubs will receive an information pack providing guidance on how to publicise their involvement in National Motorsport Week and how to encourage the public and local media to get behind their activities.
Colin Hilton, MSA Chief Executive said:
"Motorsport is one of the UK`s greatest success stories. We can boast champions in almost every discipline and our reputation on the world stage is second to none. But domestically we face constant challenges in the development of the sport. We need to recruit fresh blood in terms of volunteers, spectators and participants.
"National Motorsport Week will give the whole sport a perfect opportunity to attract new people to activities the length and breadth of the UK. The MSA will encourage its clubs, venues and events to run initiatives that maximise the benefit of the week. We really hope that everyone will get involved for the greater collective benefit of UK motorsport."
Chris Aylett, MIA Chief Executive said:
"We are delighted that the National Motorsport Week is now being jointly supported by both the sport and industry. Everyone can look forward to a full week of motorsport activity and fun right across the country.
"The concept is a simple one - `take a mate to motorsport`. Introduce a friend who may be interested but who has never participated and let them enjoy the sport we all love. Whether it`s one friend, two or ten, all we ask is that all those who enjoy motorsport should get involved. Increased participation is simply good news for the sport and the industry."