Larne Motor Club, which featured on the blog in recent weeks after visiting Belfast Metropolitan College, was back in the public eye in its hometown of Larne while Ballynahinch and District Motor Club spent a day in Lisburn…
It was on 4 March that a team of Larne Motor Club members set up a club stand in Larne town centre as part of a Road Safety Community Event. Club members joined the local Fire Station crew, who performed a Road Traffic Collision extraction demo for members of the public, while other members provided competition cars for display.
“I thought it would be a good idea for the club to support the road safety event” Club Chairman Jonathan Millar said. “It gave us another opportunity to promote the club to the local community as well as strengthen our relationship with other organisations. We spoke to lots of members of the public, handed out flyers and promoted the FIA Action for Road Safety Campaign. ”
Meanwhile, Ballynahinch and District Motor Club attended Northern Ireland’s ‘Celebration of Sport’ at Lagan Valley Leisureplex on 31 March. Organised by the Department for Communities, this year’s event was based in Lisburn and provided an opportunity for local schoolchildren to learn about different types of sport.
Club members ran the stand which included two Mitsubishi Lancer rally cars as well as the club’s equipment trailer, which served as shelter from the morning rain!
“These children are the future of our sport,” Craig Hunt said afterwards. “We need to do everything we can to encourage new blood into the sport. It was great to be involved in the event and to have the opportunity to share our enthusiasm with the younger generation. ”
Almost 2000 students attended and many of them enjoyed their first experience of sitting inside a rally car. The event provided a great opportunity for the club to promote themselves as well as motorsport in general.
As a result, a number of schools expressed an interest in bringing the motor club into their schools.
Watch this space and if you want a motorsport visit to your school or youth group then contact Jonathan MacDonald via www.facebook.com/MotorsportNI/ now!
Words and Photos: Jonathan MacDonald