“Show & Shine” to sparkle at Festival of Motorsport 2013

The Loughgall Festival of Motorsort in aid of Diabetes UK (NI) will see a host of fresh additions this year, one of which is sure to sparkle!

Sponsored by Pinkerton’s Pork Produce, Festival 2013 is the only event of its kind and along with a great day of motorsport and family fun, the aim is to raise £10,000 for Diabetes UK (NI). Everyone involved is a volunteer and giving their time and expertise free of charge.

Armagh Lions President Bob Scott said, “With every passing year, the Festival has become stronger and new features are always welcome. Once a year, Armagh Lions and North Armagh Motor Club get together to organise a major fundraiser and key event in the rally-sport calendar. This year we are pleased to welcome a new feature which brings the craftsmanship of the classic with the sparkle of the new. Show & Shine is just what its name suggests. It’s all about making a car look in pristine, showroom condition. Over 100 cars polished to perfection will be on display at this year’s Festival each competing for the top prize. Show& Shine, comes to us courtesy of BHPni (Brake Horse Power NI).”

BHPni founder Cameron Taggart said:

“I am bringing something which will attract many petrol heads from across the country. This will be in the form of ‘Show & Shine’ car show with prizes for different categories. Car sites and clubs can enter a range of cars on a ‘stand’. Car clubs will need to book a certain amount of spaces for the amount of cars they would like to enter on the day. There will also be a section for cars that has been entered singly (driver entry on the day). The cars will be independently judged and prizes presented at the end of the day. I guarantee this will make a wonderful addition to the Festival of Motorsport 2013.”

Along with exiting new features, the mainstays of the Festival of Motorsport are the historic rally and auto-test organised and controlled by the experts in their field – North Armagh Motor Club.

Clerk of the Course, Treasurer and founder member of NAMC William Fullerton said;
“This is the seventh year of the alliance between Armagh Lions Club and North Armagh
Motor Club in the running of the Loughgall Festival of Motorsport. The event, with its
emphasis on the involvement of historic and classic vehicles, has grown from strength to strength and comprises of a special stage rally which includes six all tarmac stages, each over three miles long, for historic rally cars, an auto-test for classic cars and a static display of classic road and competition vehicles.”

The Historic Rally Car Challenge has separate categories and classes for historic (pre 1967) cars, post-historic (1968–1975) cars and classic (1976 on) cars, but the Club also gives recognition to the obvious historic credentials of what are known as FIA Appendix K cars, which are permitted to run on low-profile racing tyres, and have created an additional category for them, although not eligible for the overall historic award. Any remaining spaces in the sixty car entry will be filled by more highly modified pre-1981 cars which compete for their own category and class awards.

There is also be new award this year – ‘The Spirit of the Event’ which is open to every single person competing, servicing, displaying or in any way taking part on the day. This will be presented by the lovely Miss Festival of Motorsport Emily Moffatt, and will be independently judged throughout the course of the day.

David Gibson, from event sponsor Pinkerton’s Pork Produce said, “We are really looking forward to the Festival of Motorsport 2013, and proud to be involved. Having attended the event in the past and watched it grow from strength to strength, we commend those involved in the organisation for their dedication and determination in hosting a great day out with tremendous excitement and experiences, all for the benefit of others, in this case Diabetes UK (NI).”

So the excitement is building for Festival 2013, and Loughgall Country Park will once more burst into vibrant life on Saturday 25th May!

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