Court, Chainbridge Road
Blaydon, Newcastle upon Tyne
England NE21 5ST
|The evenings racers whose ages ranged from 7 years to adult!||Andrew Aynsley and James Manning say "Pants to Poverty!"|
|Paul Hackett-Evans raised a huge £361.26 GBP as his start line sponsorship.||Lewis Baker, Simon Baker, Alex Newton, Les Bailey, Adam Radford, Simon Veasey, Kevin Thornton, John Brown|
|A red car for a RED-NOSE race! The Proslot Toyota - the ideal wood track race car.||Adam Radford (l) Top Junior (from the qualifying heats) with his Ninco Home set and Trophy. Simon Veasey (r) Overall Winner with his very collectable "Loony Party" Proslot Porsche.|
MODEL CAR RACERS DO IT FOR CHARITY!
40 slot car racers gathered at Riverside Raceway on the evening of Friday the 16th of March for what is believed to be the biggest charity race in the history of British Model Car Racing.
The Cars were supplied by Monarch Lines Ltd (the official UK distributor of Proslot), along with T shirts and pants for all racers. Hobby Company Ltd (UK importer of Ninco) also supplied some valued prizes. Riverside Raceway in Blaydon, Tyne & Wear supplied the venue, the track. facilities and a prize for the driver raising the highest sponsorship. The racers paid an entry of £20.00 per car and also raised individual start line sponsorship for their drives.
The race format was 1 minute qualifying all laps to count, followed by an 8 x 2 minute segmented race heat, with the top 8 drivers going to a 40 lap final.
The cars were issued to drivers at 18.15hrs on the Friday evening with a short practice / set-up session and qualifying beginning at 19.15. The 5 rounds of 8 x 2 minute heats started at 20.10 and were completed by 22.25 - with the final for the top 8 being run after the raffle prizes were drawn at 22.40.
The drivers whose ages ranged from 7 years to adult had a great evenings entertainment and some highly competitive racing. Including their entry fees and sponsorship the drivers raised a stunning total of £2832.26 subject to sponsorship returns. This was an unprecedented figure for a group of just 40 racers and attendant onlookers.
Andy Brown-Searle, Managing Director of Riverside Raceway said “I am delighted and awestruck with the response from our racers who have done such a great job raising funds for this wonderful charity. I hope we are in a position to repeat this next year for Children In Need and I would like to thank Monarch Lines Ltd for their fantastic support and generosity in helping bring this event about. My thanks also go the Hobby Company Ltd for their generosity in supplying some of the prizes and lastly to the racers themselves who gave their time, their cash and their fundraising efforts to make this such a great event."
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