Local businesses collaborate to race to the aid of injured drivers
Ahead of the 2016 motor racing season, Wiltshire business have collaborated to provide fast response medical intervention to racing drivers competing at Castle Combe Circuit.
Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd of Swindon has donated a brand new Honda CRV to the Wiltshire circuit, which has been converted by Hall’s Electrical Ltd, also of Swindon.
“Time is of the essence when attending incidents in a live race situation” explained Chris Mason, Medical Centre Co-ordinator at Castle Combe. “The new CRV is the perfect vehicle to ensure the medical team and all their equipment can get to on-track incidents without delay”.
Mark White, Quality Division Manager at the Swindon factory commented; “We have a long standing relationship with Castle Combe Circuit and are delighted to add to new CRV to their existing fleet of Honda vehicles. It has been great to see local businesses come together at our local circuit which we are proud to have supported for many years”.
Halls Electrical, who are the sole provider of Emergency Services conversions to Honda’s Special Vehicle Operations division, were tasked with fitting the emergency lighting and siren systems to the vehicle. Technical Services Manager Rob Hughes commented; “The state of the art LED blue and amber warning lighting and siren equipment we installed was very kindly donated by Roy McClarty of Premier Hazard Ltd, and we also designed and applied the high visibility livery. We are thrilled with the end result and proud to be part of such an important project”.
The vehicle will commence its service at the opening race meeting on Easter Monday, 28th March. The event is titled “Howard’s Day” in tribute to Howard Strawford, the owner and saviour of Castle Combe Circuit who passed away in 2013. The new Medical Response vehicle will follow the grid of the crowd’s favourite ‘Mighty Minis’ racers on the opening race of the season. Following the Minis will be opening rounds of the Castle Combe Racing Club’s ‘home championships’ for saloon, Formula Ford, GT and Sport Racing Cars together with a race for classic MGBs.
Pictured right to left: Dan Hall and Rob Hughes of Halls Electrical Ltd, Mark White of Honda of the UK Manufacturing, Chris Mason of the Circuit Medical Team, Alyn James – Lead Racing Driver of the Swindon factory supported ‘Synchro Motorsport Team’ and Neil Thomas of Castle Combe Circuit.