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FEBRUARY 2016

It has taken a while to decide how to approach successfully staging the race in the future.

The Racing Pedal Car - the ideal vehicle for inspiring innovative engineering design for the next generation

We are seeking support from the engineering industry to promote a national competition for the design and constuction of a race-ready car. This has the potential for regional heats with 4-hour races to test the cars, culminating in the 24-hour endurance race.


OCTOBER 7TH 2015

This is heartbreaking news but UWE emailed today, with apologies, that they cannot let us use car park 25 for the race on Sunday after all. It is cancelled this year but we are looking for a home and a solution for 2016.



SEPTEMBER 2015

The 2015 race will be a Reduced Race taking place at UWE's Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, BS16 1QY on Sunday October 11th 12-4pm.

Scrutineering of cars will start at 10.00.

This is a 'marker' for the future as, despite their best efforts, the PR company we engaged after a grant from the Mayor's Office did not manage to inspire any sponsorship funds, citing that Bristol 2015 Green Capital had attracted the sort of spare cash we might otherwise have expected. Even the annual St Paul's Carnival was so strapped for cash that it didn't take place in the usual way, citing similar reasons.

We are very grateful to UWE for use of car park 25 for the race. Please enter by the main gate: BS16 1QY

Please don't be disappointed about not racing for 24 hours - our event will demonstrate to Bristol the strength of pedal car racing as a sport around the country and its potential as an annual event in the city.




JANUARY 2014

This website will, in due course, include an archive section to show cuttings from 'Nonesuch News' the old university student union newspaper and to show photographs from the race history. All contributions will be gratefully accepted and will be credited.

Meanwhile we're in today's Bristol Post (Monday Jan 13th) with a great picture from 1967.

On Friday 10th we were on the BBC Radio Bristol breakfast programme. Six-and-a-half minutes with Steve Lefevre starting at about 7.40.

We're sorry you had to bear with us whilst we got our Terms and Conditions in place, but now, since Friday Feb 7th we have been accepting entries.

Thursday 30th Jan, tipped off by an archivist at Bristol University Special Collections, we have bought on eBay a photo from 1965 of Reginald Maudling, former Chancellor of Exchequer, sitting in a pedal car. Something for the Archives page!

A great collection of cuttings and stills has arrived on a disc from the University's archive in Special Collections. In a rare spare moment we'll get them into the archives page.

APRIL 21ST

A racing circuit along Hannover Quay and the Lloyds Amphitheatre is what we have applied to the council's Events team for approval. If we can afford it, we'll run traffic management stop/go control at the crucial junctions to enable a cavalcade to progress from City Hall on College Green to Hannover Quay - as per the dotted line. This will symbolically take the teams from the start of pedal car racing in Bristol to the Harbourside, an area utterly transformed since that first race in 1959.

JUNE 30th

Click here to view the map of the new circuit.

AUGUST 4th

There are cars out there which can be borrowed. This one is available for a corporate team: email pedalcar@bristol24race.co.uk

SEPTEMBER 7th

Regretably we have had to postpone the first race from 2014 to 2015. It's taken a lot more time to prepare than originally imagined, with it not really 'clicking' until late June. We've now got superb relationships to build on for 2015 and are in a strong place for the first 'modern' race next year. Many thanks for bearing with us and for all the supportive comments and emails.

MARCH 25/26 2015

We've been beavering away behind the scenes geting more and more contacts to ensure the race is a goer this year.

Made In Bristol TV will be entering a car, covering the race live and also looking at the preparation of cars (especially theirs and their team) and of the race itself.

Dawkins Ales have five pubs in Bristol in Kingsdown, Clifton and St Werburghs. They currently brew between Bath and Bristol and will be dedicating a beer to the race with a contribution from each bottle or draught pint as 'soft' sponsorship. Look out for them at the race itself and for our flyers and poster at their pubs.

Last autumn Spitfire BBQ, who are situated at the mid-point of the race circuit on Hannover Quay, offered to host our after-party. They are similarly dedicating a burger to the race.

Exciting news, too, about Bristol Cars: looking forward to a parade of classic rare and cherished motors and a surprise reveal!

MAY 20 2015

Last weekend many former students of Bristol University received the Alumni magazine spring issue of Nonesuch. With a 2-page spread about our plans to revive the race it has evoked many memories and we've received a gratifying number of emails, mostly supplying images of races from the 60s. The programme from 1968 has a list of commercial supporters, many of whom no longer exist such as Gateway the supermarket chain (which, for younger readers became Somerfield until it was taken over by the Co-Op). WD & HO Wills (part of Imperial Tobacco), great benefactors in the past as a family and business to the university, would no longer be entertained! Fellow student Mary recalls racing thanks to 2 women counting as 1 man - very different times! See the archive page for more links and Facebook for more images.

One email brought an offer for sponsorship of Race Marshals' hi-viz tops - many thanks to Neil Davis, MD of FPS Distribution!

 

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