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National Motorsport Week revs up for 2013

01 Oct 2012

The dates for next summer’s National Motorsport Week have been announced. Now entering its third year of joint-promotion by the two leading bodies in UK motor sport – the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) and Motor Sports Association (MSA)– National Motorsport Week 2013 will run from 29 June to 7 July 2013.

The high profile week will again include the country’s premier motor sport event, the 2013 Santander Formula One British Grand Prix at Silverstone and underline the UK’s world leading position within the sport. All eight UK-based F1 teams supported this year’s National Motorsport Week with 13 times Grand Prix winner David Coulthard and Nick Fry, Chief Executive Officer of Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One, appointed as official spokesmen.

As well as celebrating the UK’s on-going global success at the highest levels, National Motorsport Week also puts the spotlight onto grass roots activities and events, encouraging more people to get involved whether as a competitor, volunteer, spectator, engineer or other career profession.

“Literally hundreds of UK motor sport companies welcomed school children, their parents and career advisors to visit their premises during National Motorsport Week 2012, demonstrating to them the job opportunities available from a career in motor sport,“ said Chris Aylett, CEO of the MIA. “During NMW, we announced our first six MIA ‘Motorsport STEM Ambassadors’ who will now promote the importance to young people studying STEM subjects, for a career in motor sport engineering.”

“MIA once again awarded £500 to the MSA Club who created the most imaginative and fruitful promotion to attract new membership during NMW. The winners will be announced at Autosport International 2013 and the award continues for NMW 2013. The entire motor sport community continues to get together to promote our great sport and business to the public at large.”

National Motorsport Week 2012 started with the world-famous Goodwood Festival of Speed and culminated with local team Red Bull Racing winning the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. In between it included just about everything from MPs competing on an F1 simulator in the Palace of Westminster to local motor clubs organising special taster events for complete novices, as well as hugely popular open days at many of the country’s top motor sport businesses.

“We are delighted to receive widespread support from across the motor sport community, from all UK-based F1 teams right down to the grass roots through our registered clubs,” said MSA Chief Executive Colin Hilton.

“This year delivered even greater media coverage, thanks to the likes of David Coulthard and Nick Fry lending their enthusiastic support, so the challenge is to keep the momentum going and make next year’s celebration better still. I would urge all motor clubs to pencil the date into their diaries and start thinking about how they might be able to use National Motorsport Week 2013 to help recruit new members.”

For more information please visit www.nationalmotorsportweek.co.uk

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