Proving that motor sport is both more affordable and more accessible than many believe, the ‘Join Your Local Motor Club’ showcase at the National Exhibition Centre featured an array of inexpensive competition vehicles and was manned by members of ten car clubs from the region around Birmingham’s NEC complex.
The cars on show included those regularly used for a wide range of disciplines and put the spotlight on asphalt rallying, sporting trials, autotests, sprints and navigational rallies as organised by the hundreds of local car clubs situated throughout the UK. Indeed many were unmodified road cars providing showgoers with a great insight into some of the most cost-effective ways of enjoying the thrills of competitive motor sport without the need to invest in specialist machinery. Several of the vehicles also featured special controls permitting those with disabilities to compete alongside their normally-abled opponents – a rarity in most forms of sport.
“I am hugely impressed with the performance of all the clubs and their members who put this stand together,” reported Richard Egger’s, Go Motorsport’s Regional Development Officer based in the East Midlands who, additionally, is working closely with the MSA as part of the governing body’s increased assistance for the sport at grass roots levels in 2012. “Without exception the clubs stated that they enjoyed the show and it had been a positive experience. I am now in discussions with most of the clubs as to how to build on the experience gained.”
Go Motorsport would like to thank Haymarket Exhibitions, organisers of the annual Autosport International Show, for kindly donating the NEC display stand to the campaign.
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