Kames Motorsport Complex hosts the next generation in motorsport

Thursday 13 June 2024

Kames Motorsport Complex, home to the East Ayrshire Car Club (EACC), held a successful sprint introduction day for local Scottish schools with the support of Glasgow Caledonian University, the Royal Navy and the Royal Society. 

A total of 140 children, representing nine primary schools were invited to the complex on 29 May to try out a Scottish Electric Chariot Goblin car with support from secondary school students, aged 16-18, from George Watson’s College and Berwickshire High School.The Goblin project is a result of a STEM partnership created by Glasgow Caledonian University, led by Professor Patricia Munoz-Escalona, and the nine participating primary schools: Wallace Primary, Lancraigs, Todholm, Brediland, Our Lady of Peace, Bargarran, St Anthony’s, Fordback and Colgrain and the Royal Navy, led by Commander Dave Pinder, through the Royal Society. The 43 Commando Royal Marine’s assistance enabled the cars to be in situ for the visit. 

Famed for their outstanding contributions to motorsport, East Ayrshire Car Club donated the day in support of STEM careers in Scotland to encourage more children to try out motorsport in a safe and fun environment, while encouraging children to consider the potential career opportunities that motorsport offers. 

The cars were purchased through the Royal Society STEM partnership created between GCU, Schools and the Royal Navy. 

The Kames event is one of a series of events run by Vernon Williamson, in collaboration with the Jim Clark Trust, who has an extensive career in both racing and educating young drivers and has spearheaded the Scottish Electric Chariot events during the past two years. 

Vernon Williamson commented, “It is great to be able to help pupils that are keen on engineering to learn about that career and also to introduce them to motor sport which could be a useful hobby or profession.” 

Professor Patricia Munoz-Escalona, Glasgow Caledonia University said, “I am thrilled to be involved in this project and provide opportunities to our GCU students, school children, teachers and their parents. This was a fun opportunity for children to learn about engineering design, aerodynamic, materials properties and electrical engineering in addition to learning new skills.” 

Russell Fair, Chairman of the EACC added, “Famed for their outstanding contributions East Ayrshire Car Club owners of The Kames Motorsport Complex are delighted to sponsor the local primary school’s entry and donate the use of the track to encourage the schools in Scottish Motorsport.” 

Lieutenant Commander Dave Pinder, Royal Navy, commented, “The Royal Navy are very happy to support this wonderful initiative bringing together multiple organisations in order to give the children exciting experiences in STEM.  The Goblin Car has introduced so many new skills to the children and has enabled them to work with carers, industry and students to develop a greater understanding.”