In Britain, we have excellent racing heritage, and have been at the very forefront of motorsports since the very beginning, both as participants and manufacturers. We’ve got some of the greatest marques and drivers in the world; something that isn’t going to change anytime soon. One of the secrets to the huge popularity of sports here is the fact that anyone can get involved, whatever their age or ability.
Racing From an Early Age
Karting is available well before it’s legal for someone to be able to drive on the roads, and some of our best drivers have been comfortable behind the wheel since they were children. Lewis Hamilton was six when his father bought him his first go-kart. There are plenty of clubs and competitions all across the country, which encourages young drivers to get into motorsport. Safety is paramount, but children learn racing strategy here. There are even courses for younger drivers to learn how to operate a car before they turn 17.
Motorsports for Disabled Drivers
While the Paralympics have really brought about significant interest in physical sports for the disabled, we actually have a very impressive range of opportunities for disabled people within motorsport. The British Motor Sports Association for the Disabled is a club dedicated to assisting people in getting into competition by helping them get licences from the Motor Sports Association. The association was formed in 1987, and has helped more than 200 people compete in rallying, racing and karting.
The main aim of the BMSAD is to help disabled people show that they can compete in all competitions. Cars are often slightly modified to make driving possible. The main issue is of course making sure that races are fair for both disabled drivers, and the other competitors. Things have been successful though, as there are now many disabled drivers with racing licences competing across the country.
Britain has a real focus on making sure that people are able to drive. The Motability scheme is not run in any other country, and is an affordable way for disabled people or their carers to get a car that allows them freedom. www.alliedmobility.com stock mobility cars for sale are a great choice for anyone looking for a specialised car under the scheme. Of course, you can’t race them.
Racing on a Budget
Getting out on the track doesn’t have to be expensive either; you can race very cheap stock cars, and there are plenty of track day experiences for sale everywhere nowadays. You can get behind the wheel of a supercar for less than the price of a tank of petrol.