The Motor Sports Association – governing body of four wheel motor sport – has welcomed the launch of a government consultation regarding a proposed change in the law that would allow motor sport events to take place on closed public roads in Britain. The Road Traffic Act states that it is illegal to organise or take part in a race or trial of speed on the public highway, but the MSA has been pushing successive governments to devolve power to local authorities to enable them to suspend the Road Traffic Act without having to resort to an Act of Parliament.
While it seems odd to be talking about a company with such a rich racing heritage in these terms, Team Lotus is to become the fourth new Formula One team in 2010, according to recent reports by the BBC.
Dunlop Tyres have published a new website which features articles of motorsports greatest charcters, including Sir Jackie Stewart, Nigel Mansell and Sir Stirling Moss. The ‘Drivers Know’ site also provides features on the jazz generation, as well as new design technology looking at Dunlop’s RunFlat tyres and the ultra-high performance tyre, SP Sport Maxx.
Visitors to the site will also get a chance to take a break at Café Dunlop. Here there are reviews on great reads for the passionate driver, the best driving films ever made and the ideal musical accompaniment to the perfect drive. Take a look at the design icons gallery or enter the forum for your say. There are also competitions to win your dream drive or the chance to win the ultimate jazz collection.
Commenting on their most recent part of the company’s publicity drive, Geraldine McGovern, Dunlop brand manager said: “The blend of articles and features on the site were all provided by people in the know. The intelligent premium content from motorsport to lifestyle features delivers Dunlop’s Drivers Know proposition online”
Formula 1 tyre producers, Bridgestone and Michelin, provided the all important tyres for an event promoting the possibility of a London Grand Prix. The companies were part of a convoy that drove into London under Police escort on Monday night.
“Something like this takes a minimum of 18 months’ planning, so you’re most probably talking two years away.” London mayor, Ken Livingstone told the BBC. One suggested race route would “centre on Hyde Park Corner and Park Lane” and would involve cornering that would stretch the F1 tyre compounds to the limit.
Williams driver Juan Pablo Montoya lent his support saying: “I’ve raced in a lot of street circuits in America and they test the teams and drivers more. To bring Formula One to people would be a really good thing.”
Former world champion, Nigel Mansell and future hope Jenson Button also supported the proposed London Grand Prix.