Once again, our Cornish ambassadors, Vaughan and Rachel, along with the team at Cornwall College have really pushed the boat out to make the annual Greenpower South West event one to remember! With two days (19th and 20th June) of the finest of the region's school engineering on show in the form school designed and built cars competing in the IET Formula Goblin race for junior schools and the IET Formula 24 four hour endurance race for senior schools.
Sunday 9th June saw the first competitive meeting for the IET Formula 24 and Formula 24+ heats of the year at the Goodwood Motor Circuit. Plenty of new teams and new cars were on show, including a nervous Rotary Racer team with the new car that hadn't even been tested before the practice sessions! Not that they should have worried with all that experience behind them as the car still came 3rd in the 24+ race!
This Sunday's racing at Goodwood Motor Circuit will see Round 1 of the IET Formula 24+ championship take place from 11am - 12.30pm. This will be followed by the first IET Formula 24 regional heat of the season, from 1pm-5pm. The first Greenpower team from outside Europe, Team USA from the Huntsville Center for Technology in Alabama, will be participating in both races.
The best aspiring engineers at the National Finals 2013 will be heading to Autosport International 2014, as part of Greenpower’s ongoing partnership with Europe’s largest dedicated motorsport trade show.
Members of the winning IET Formula 24 and IET Formula 24+ teams from October’s National Finals at the Goodwood Motor Circuit will receive tickets to the show, held at Birmingham’s NEC on 9-12 January 2014.
Our volunteers are usually a very visible bunch - decked out in waterproofs and hi-vis tabards, in among the thick of the action in the pit lane or scrutineering in the paddocks. Many of these people are engineers, and it is always great to hear them enthuse on what they see in front of them and of what we are doing - when you hear young graduates or recently retired engineers waxing lyrical about what we are doing we know we must be getting a lot of it right!
So, with the van repacked and a flight booked, it was time for the team to split and take on two events on the same day. Oakfields Community College had set up a Middlesbrough event, run by teacher Phil Ainsley and sponsored by National Grid. Nine of Oakfield College’s local feeder primary schools took part in this event which was managed brilliantly by Phil and the college and is now set to become a regular Greenpower event.
Saturday 18th May saw the start of a very hectic few days for the Greenpower team with the first stop being the second annual Bristol Goblins event. This event was once again being generously hosted by the great team at Renishaw, many of whom are old hands at Greenpower with a strong history of competing in the F24 and 24+ challenges. This is another event that has grown this year with nine cars taking part including a visitor from Sussex making their way to the event tucked away in the picturesque Gloucestershire Cotswolds.
The Greenpower IET Formula Goblins returned for their second annual visit to the Ford Technical Centre in Dunton and what a difference a year makes! Last year saw some tentative debuts from schools from the Basildon area – this year they had all flourished and were bursting with confidence and enthusiasm. Even with one team having to drop out at the last minute numbers of teams and competitors were up on the first year and the quality of car builds and driver skills were all evidently much improved.