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Motorsport festival to showcase engineering excellence

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The Yorkshire Motorsport Festival has revealed the first of its newly-planned theme “Villages” for 2021 – The Palmer Foundation Engineering Village. The Village will bring a motorsport trade element into the event and allow current British motorsport companies access to a targeted trade and competitor audience – which the organisers say is another first for the Festival.

The Palmer Foundation Village will also showcase opportunities for careers in engineering, motorsport and related industries. The centrepiece displays of the Village will feature the products and expertise of a number of regional companies who have made – and continue to make – a major impact in motor sport. One of those featured will be Pilbeam Racing Designs, whose cars will be on display along with those of other companies.

Education and future career development will also be to the fore, as a number of Universities and Colleges, who offer speciality courses in both engineering and motorsport, will give an insight into possible career paths and opportunities through further education to become engineers or take up other roles in motorsport.

This will be complemented by the activities of the Palmer Foundation itself, which is the naming partner for the inaugural engineering village. The foundation was set up, earlier this year, by high-profile Motor Industry Executive and Engineer, Andy Palmer, to work with youths as they make their GCSE choices. It is particularly aimed at children from disadvantaged backgrounds and offers advice, counsel and help with apprenticeships.

“We are both proud and tremendously excited to launch the Palmer Foundation Engineering Village at the 2021 Yorkshire Motorsport Festival,” explains Festival joint MD, Michael McErlain. “The area is a hotbed of motorsport and having a feature dedicated to the trade and industry of the sport we love gives the Festival a further dimension. If the enthusiasm and support that we have received already is indicative of what is to come, we will have started something rather special here. Then to have someone like Andy Palmer becoming involved is a real coup for us – I am truly thrilled about it. His help is already proving incredibly valuable and his faith in the project as a whole speaks volumes for what we are looking to achieve.” 

The Yorkshire Motorsport Festival – including the unique, closed-roads, Wolfstones Speed Hillclimb – will take place from 25-27th June 2021 at Holmfirth in Yorkshire.

The Festival website – www.yorkshiremotorsportfestival.co.uk – and related Facebook and twitter apps offer more details and news for visitors, participants and businesses.

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