TR Fastenings hosts the Uckfield Mini Grand Prix 2011

Uckfield based TR Fastenings, a leading international manufacturer and distributor of industrial fastenings, hosted the Uckfield Mini Grand Prix 2011 in its car park on Sunday 10 July, featuring 20 teams of children from 19 Primary schools racing kit cars to victory. On the day the TR Fastenings’ car park was be transformed into a racing track, with chequered flag, winning podiums, cups and prizes along with lots of fizzy lemonade for the winning teams to spray!

Usually TR Fastenings uses its expertise to supply fastenings to well known automotive companies such as Jaguar, but at this event primary school children raced Greenpower Goblin Kit cars that they had made themselves. The Greenpower Goblin kit car is designed specifically to offer Year 5 and Year 6 pupils a chance to be involved in a simple, practical engineering project that embraces many relevant aspects of science and technology in a fun and exciting way.

The Mini Grand Prix started at 11am at TR Fastenings’ car park at the Bellbrook Estate, Uckfield. Each car raced in two heats with each heat comprising a 12 lap relay race with six drivers. At the end of the 10 heats the cars were ranked on points and then went forward to one of five finals. The ultimate final consisted of the top four cars and teams followed by the presentation of cups and prizes at 4.30pm.

Malcolm Diamond, Chairman at TR Fastenings, said “TR Fastenings is delighted to host the Uckfield Mini Grand Prix again this year. The Grand Prix is a really exhilarating event for the children involved and a fantastic way to introduce them to both teamwork and engineering. The children racing could be the engineers of tomorrow.”

The Mini Grand Prix event is a collaboration between Uckfield Community Technical College (UCTC) and Uckfield Rotary Club. Last year saw nearly 250 year 5 and 6 students taking part in the event with over 1,000 parents and local supporters attending.