Racing ahead…

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This season seems to be racing ahead quite literally and I can’t believe we are into June already!

The beginning of May saw our clubs’ 25th Anniversary Sprint at Curborough.  The weather wasn’t too kind on the Saturday but the rain was not as heavy as elsewhere!  We also celebrated the King’s coronation with a veritable feast of sandwiches, trifle and cake.  

It’s a great little venue and if you’ve never been along, please think about giving it a try – we have another club event in August.  Thanks to Steve and Julie Hill for all their efforts over the years to run this successful event – we even managed to surprise Julie by presenting The Shadow Trophy regional award at the end of the day too.

Reis are sponsoring the Sprints at Curborough this year and we are grateful to all of the ongoing support from our sponsors.  Some of them have their own milestones to celebrate too.  Ginetta Fest at Silverstone (2 – 4 June) will see the 65th anniversary of this marque and MG are celebrating the week after (10 – 11 June) with Triumph for their centenaries.

Lille have been in touch to advise a few delays to proban overall orders.  The new owners send their apologies and are working hard to get back on track but have had a few setbacks meaning orders are delayed – but being processed in order of receipt.  Please be patient – and remember you can still marshal without overalls – just make sure you have an orange tabard / coat available until they arrive.

The first of the Krazy Races was held in Stockport last weekend – a fun event with no engines we are supporting around the country.  Over 15,000 attended this free event and they even had a fabulous fly-past from the Lancaster Bomber.  If anyone hasn’t volunteered for these events and wants to help out please do get in touch.

We have also had a few volunteers supporting the Blair Project – developing the next generation of innovators, technicians and engineers to fuel the green industrial revolution.  Retrofitting petrol go-karts into electric go-karts and racing them against each other.  Thanks to those who have supported these events.

Lights vs flags update – I have had further conversations with Motorsport UK where they have reassured me that there is no drive or desire to move to a “lights only” scenario at any licenced events and that last years “trial” is ongoing until all venue implementations are completed.  The expectation is that lights are to be triggered in the first instance and flags as support during this trial and where required flags only used to display certain signals (white and red/yellow).  This doesn’t seem to be completely clear in the instructions given so ongoing work necessary to ensure this is understood.  Please continue to provide your feedback to the Chief marshal on the day and also to – constructively and respectfully!

Lastly following a period of community consultation, on 1 June, some detailed changes will be applied to Motorsport UK’s Regulations regarding track limits.  Please follow the link below to read a letter from Hugh Chambers, Motorsport UK Chief Executive Officer, with a full explanation on the amendment, accompanied by visual examples and the amended regulations.


Nadine Lewis
BMMC Chair