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Monday, July 27, 2015

Young drivers take part in autosolo challenge

Young drivers with experience of competing in regional competitions will be showing off their skills at Ormskirk MotorFest on Sunday 30 August.

The Under-17 Motor Club North West is organising the Autosolo Challenge at this year’s free motoring extravaganza.

Club committee members educate teenagers, including youths under 17, about the importance of responsible motoring. This includes giving 14-17-year-olds driving practice before they go on the road and encouraging them to gain more driving skills once they have passed their test. 

Although the name implies participants are all youngsters, the club works with people of all ages to promote enjoyable and safe motoring. A wide age range of drivers will test themselves on the short and low-speed course on Park Pool car park.

One of the club committee members is Steve Johnson, a vastly experienced competitor in driving events. He has won in his class in the British Autotesting Championships nine times and been runner up seven times.

Steve said: “The Ormskirk MotorFest is a great partnership between West Lancashire Borough Council and Aintree Circuit Club, and the fact that the event is free is brilliant as there is no barrier to people coming along to enjoy the event. As a club we are delighted to be involved and the Autosolo Challenge will be an exciting part of this fantastic occasion.”

All drivers doing the challenge are experienced competitors in Association of North Western Car Clubs (ANWCC) autosolo and autotesting events. Some car enthusiasts who give a donation to the North West Air Ambulance Service will get a chance to be a passenger while the drivers take on the course. To be eligible to be a passenger you must be at least 1.35 metres tall. Under 18s who want to be a passenger must have a responsible adult with them to sign the appropriate forms. 

The Ormskirk MotorFest is organised by Aintree Circuit Club, supported by West Lancashire Borough Council.

Between 250 and 300 wonderful cars and motorcycles from all eras of motoring will be on display in Ormskirk town centre and Coronation Park at this marvellous event.  Many vehicles will take part in parade laps.

Councillor John Hodson, portfolio holder for Planning, said: “We are really grateful to Steve and his colleagues from the Under-17 Motor Club North West for organising the MotorFest Autosolo Challenge. This will be just one of many exciting attractions which the whole family can enjoy so make sure you don’t miss the Ormskirk MotorFest.”

Mike Ashcroft, Aintree Circuit Club chairman, said: “The Autosolo Challenge adds an exciting competition element to MotorFest and I am sure the crowds will enjoy seeing these skilled drivers taking on the course.”

To become a MotorFest sponsor please call Colin Brady on 01695 585125, or contact Mike Ashcroft tel 01704 882 027 (bus) or 07821 230 961 (m).

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