On a cold November day, some 40 volunteers braved themselves for a fun day and relaxation with some of their rally idols. Around 30 competitors braved the elements as the weather prior to the reward day didn’t look too appetising.
As the Easterly wind blew across Kirkistown Circuit, this didn’t wipe the smile of the volunteers nor the competitors. With a slightly different layout than the previous years and the greasy surface on the concrete area around the tyres, it didn’t hinder the flair and charisma of the 30 odd motorsport vehicles who entertain their passengers.
Although a few competitors complained of the chicanes been too tight, one competitor fell out with a bale ending up a bit worse for wear and requiring a few alternations with a sledge hammer. But these alternations didn’t hinder him in continuing with the day’s fun.
With fewer volunteers in attendance than in previous years, volunteers took advantage of a few extra runs. With a broad range of motorsport vehicles from the MK2 Escorts of Frank Kelly, Alan Acheson and Wesley Patterson to the Super 1600 Swift of Alan Smyth to the more historic ford Anglia of the only female driver, everyone had a day to remember.
Special thanks to all the drivers who attended to take the time to thank the volunteers for their hard work and the role they play in motorsport. The thankless jobs that these volunteers do are usually unrecognised and the MMP Reward day makes it all that bit worthwhile. It doesn’t matter what type of motorsport vehicle or rally car you have, it’s the taking part in the MMP Reward Day to reward those volunteers who help make events run.