Ahead of the 2016 motor racing season, two Swindon based businesses have worked together to provide fast response medical intervention to racing drivers competing at Castle Combe Circuit.
Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd of Swindon has donated a brand new Honda CRV to the Wiltshire circuit. Hall’s Electrical Ltd, also of Swindon, has carried out the necessary conversions.
“Time is of the essence when attending incidents in a live race situation,” explained Chris Mason, Medical Centre Co-ordinator at Castle Combe. “The new CRV is the perfect vehicle to ensure the medical team and all their equipment can get to on-track incidents without delay”.
Mark White, Quality Division Manager at Honda of the UK Manufacturing said, “A key part of the Honda philosophy is ensuring safety across everything we do. We have partnered with Castle Combe circuit for a number of years and have seen first–hand their commitment to continuous safety improvement and ensuring all racing drivers are attended to as quickly as possible. This is why we are delighted to be supplying the CR-V fast response vehicle to Castle Combe Circuit’s existing Honda fleet.”
Halls Electrical, who are the sole provider of Emergency Services conversions to Honda’s Special Vehicle Operations division, were tasked with fitting the emergency lighting and siren systems to the vehicle.
Technical Services Manager Rob Hughes commented: “The state of the art LED blue and amber warning lighting and siren equipment we installed was very kindly donated by Roy McClarty of Premier Hazard Ltd, and we also designed and applied the high visibility livery. We are thrilled with the end result and proud to be part of such an important project”.
The vehicle commenced its service at the opening race meeting on Easter Monday, 28 March, during an event known as “Howard’s Day” in tribute to Howard Strawford, the owner and saviour of Castle Combe Circuit who passed away in 2013.
The new Medical Response vehicle will follow the grid of the crowd’s favourite ‘Mighty Minis’ racers during the opening race of the season. Following the Minis will be opening rounds of the Castle Combe Racing Club’s ‘home championships’ for saloon, Formula Ford, GT and Sport Racing Cars together with a race for classic MGBs.