The vast majority of our members live in the northern half of Cumbria, within 30 miles of our HQ. We do have some loyal members from further afield who enjoy our events or are members who moved away from Cumbria. Obviously our events are open to members of other invited clubs. Some older members till like to read our monthly magazine even though they no longer compete. The classic side of the club has developed a lot in the last twenty years as well. Our major show, historic rallies, classic tours etc are very popular.
I’m Competitions Secretary for BARC based at Thruxton but I’m originally from Longtown, north of Carlisle and I was a member at Spadeadam Motor Club in my late teens/early 20’s. Living on the South Coast now, been down here 7 years in May.
For University Motorsport Clubs, you just need to look how successful the British University Kart Championship is and how many University’s now run official Student Motorsport Clubs because of it.
It runs with championships for rookies and experienced alike. I was a competed when I was studying Motorsport Management just under 10 years ago. Some teams turn up with fully sponsored matching suits, minibuses etc. and some teams turn up with 5 kids wedged into a generic small hatchback and have to borrow a helmet and suit from the circuit but the camaraderie and respect on the race days is brilliant and it really is an open field when it comes to the track action.
Few years back, I was one of the organisers who ran the “baby brother” British Schools Karting Championship for a while. It was brilliant to start with but eventually turned into something that could have won the best soap opera award. One word… Parents 🙄