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A display team from Mission Motorsport, the Forces’ motorsport charity, is to stage a spectacular high-octane precision driving performance at Autosport International Show – complete with the Band of the Irish Guards.
The five-strong stunt-driving team, all of whom are veterans from the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force and are recovering from physical injury or mental health issues, will take to the main arena during the four-day show next month (January 2020) at The NEC (National Exhibition Centre), near Birmingham Airport.
Not only will they be behind the wheels of £320,000 worth of Morgan vehicles – Morgan Plus Six and Three Wheeler models – after the company lent the team the cars for the event, they will also be driving in strict formation alongside the Band of the Irish Guards in a carefully choreographed and daring display.
James Cameron, CEO of Mission Motorsport, which is dedicated to helping wounded, injured and sick service leavers into employment, said the performance promised to be an astounding visual display. James said:
The intent behind the spectacularly engaging Best of British segment at Autosport International is to celebrate companies in the UK who are going out of their way to level the playing field and help members of the Armed Forces community into employment,
We’ve assembled a team of soldiers, sailors and airmen all going through the transition between military and civilian life and to secure the full band of the Irish Guards is incredible.
We’re really looking forward to unveiling it for the first time in front of the crowd.”
One of the drivers is 38-year-old Kev Carlton, who lives in Cannock. A serving Navy medic, he is currently on long-term sick leave following PTSD and mental health issues. Kev said:
I’m fairly handy behind the wheel and as part of my service, my driving experience includes extreme off-road ambulance driving with patients onboard,” he said. “I went to the Autosport Show for many years as a visitor and I’m really excited to be invited to go and be part of the show.”
Toby Blythe, Head of Marketing at Morgan Motor Company, said it hoped its involvement with the charity will include attracting Mission Motorsport members into its workforce.
Our involvement isn’t about just providing some cars for a charity, it’s about a wider collaboration that should offer some very attractive mutual benefits.
We expect to be able to attract some of the Mission Motorsport team, who have a wide range of well-taught skills into the Morgan talent pool. We’re increasing production from 800 vehicles per year and securing the right skills and talent to add to our team isn’t always easy.”
Autosport International takes place at The NEC from 9th to 12th January. The display will happen during every show day.
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