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High octane action for motor vehicle students

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When the IMI (Institute of the Motor Industry) announced that they were giving away tickets to Santa Pod Raceway for the National Hot Rod Finals, the Motor Vehicle Team decided that they would organise a trip for the students to attend the world of Top Fuel Dragster racing.

Students from Level 1,2 and 3 IMI Motor Vehicle courses attended the day trip to see cars and motorbikes competing head to head along the ¼ mile long strip. Nearly all of the top fuel cars were completing the course in under 6 seconds, reaching straight line speeds of over 230mph!

The staff took ear plugs for the students as the noise from the engines was deafening. You could feel the ground shaking beneath you as the cars and bikes accelerated from 0-100mph in under two seconds. Students were treated to a pit lane walk and were able to spend the day looking around the vehicles  that were competing and later watched some real high octane race action.

For many students, this was their first experience of Santa Pod and this type of racing. They all came away with some great memories of their first visit to Santa Pod!

Reaseheath Motor Vehicle Team



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Champion experience for motor vehicle students

IMI Level 2 Motor Vehicle students recently had the opportunity to attend the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) at Oulton Park.

Held on Saturday June 6, students were invited  to the event as guests of Honda UK and SnapOn Tools, forming part of their ‘Excellence in Education’ programme.

The full experience of corporate hospitality was laid on for both staff and students. One of the highlights of the day was a garage tour, where students we were all kitted up with pit radios and listened to the drivers live as they went into the qualifying round of the competition.

BTCC drivers joined by motor vehicle students

BTCC drivers joined by motor vehicle students

Students had front row seats watching cars whizz into the pits to swap over to hot tyres and had the chance to chat with the pit crew who gave them an insight into their roles whilst the cars were pushed to the limit out on track. It was an immersive experience and a great look at motorsport careers for the students.

Students at the British Touring Car Championship

Students enjoying the day at the British Touring Car Championship

After the qualifying round the students were taken back to the hospitality marquee where they were treated to a full debrief by the team principal took time to talk to the students about how the team started their careers in motorsport. This was followed by a meet and greet with the drivers, Matt Neal and Gordan (Flash) Sheddon. Both drivers were really friendly and more than happy to sign autographs and pose for pictures.

The students really enjoyed the day and now have a better understanding of how being multi-skilled, talented, and hard-working is key to securing a career at the top-end of motorsport.

Thanks to Honda and SnapOn for such a great day out.

Automotive Team