Barry Arundell and Southsea Motor Club have been named the JLT MSA Volunteer and Club of the Year respectively, following an outstanding array of entries showcasing the best of UK motor sport.
Barry was nominated by the Motorsport Marshalling Partnership (MMP) in recognition of his efforts over many years in Northern Ireland as well as the Republic of Ireland. Barry is a chief marshal with his local motor club and also acts as a deputy stage commander on various events, from club to international level. He was praised for his enthusiastic approach to marshalling and for taking every available opportunity to enhance his knowledge and skills.
Barry said: “I am very humbled and privileged to receive the JLT MSA Volunteer of the Year 2017 award. I would like to thank the clubs that have nominated me and especially my own club, Omagh Motor Club, which has just celebrated its 75th anniversary. It is not only me – there’s a great bunch of people who are the backbone of the club and this is for them as well as me.”
Southsea Motor Club’s nomination was endorsed by the Association of Central Southern Motor Clubs (ACSMC). The club has increased its membership by 54 per cent in the last five years following various initiatives to introduce motor sport to new people. These include working with East Hampshire District Council – with Go Motorsport support – to run a Production Car Autotest for juniors. The club also sponsored the Auto Student of the Year prize at South Downs College in the Vehicle Repair Diploma Course and currently supports the Andover College Motorsport Course.
The club currently runs events ranging from 12 Cars and autotests to stage rallies, and in 2017 it co-promoted a new autocross event on the Isle of Wight. It also runs social events for members alongside its motor sport activities. During the last three years, the club has donated over £2500 to five local charities.
Shane Dennis, secretary of Southsea Motor Club, said: “We are surprised and delighted to learn of our success. This is without doubt the most prestigious award we have won in the 86-year history of Southsea Motor Club. It will raise our profile locally and help us to increase our membership and the number and type of events we organise.”
Barry and representatives of Southsea Motor Club will receive trophies and prize cheques at the MSA Night of Champions at the Royal Automobile Club in London on 27 January.
Overall 56 volunteers and 20 clubs were nominated. The volunteer category winners were:
Second place in the club awards went to Ballynahinch & District Motor Club, with East Ayrshire Car Club coming third. Vintage Sports Car Club was designated as Highly Commended.
For further details of all award winners, please click here.
Images: A Southsea Motor Club autotest (top) and Barry Arundell (bottom).
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