TestimonialsThe BMSTT grant allows us to update rescue safety equipment to modern specification, and to train our rescue crew accordingly.
Midland Hillclimb Championship
As it is necessary to ‘build’ our rally stages in a farming environment, the grant enabled us to enhance our stocks of spectator safety and associated signage to comply with the latest requirements, and for this to be used not just for this event but for following ones too.
Lindholme Motor Sports Club
Without the support of the BMSTT we would not have been able to practice different skills and extrication techniques on a variety of cars.
Motor Sport Vision Racing Club
The BMSTT’s grant aid allowed us to focus on safety rather than finance when we improved spectator safety fencing following an incident where a car left the track during an event. The solution was at a high cost, but the supported change has enabled our venue to further improve its safety management to meet the latest identified needs.
Bugatti Owners Club
The BMSTT helped the team stay financially secure during a period where several events were cancelled due to severe winter weather by grant aiding the replacement of essential Rescue equipment when the need arose.
The BMSTT has kindly supported us on a number of occasions over the years, which has enabled us to continually provide the highest quality equipment and training for our crews in preparation for our attending over 60 events of all types each year. The latest cutting equipment purchased has proved itself on a number of occasions already this year. Thank you.
The grants awarded by the BMSTT have enabled us to move forward with the replacement of equipment and vehicles as the need has arisen so that we can provide the best service to motor sport safety possible.
We ran the first closed road rally event under the new legislation in England, and the Trust’s grant to help us buy new safety signage was a great help in our first year of the event.
Chelmsford Motor Club
We are indebted to the BMSTT for their assistance with the purchasing of additional safety equipment for our Club. We have gone through some challenging times regarding rally safety which has stretched our resources to the maximum, and we thank the BMSTT for their hard work and support in keeping motor sport alive.
Forest of Dean Motor Club
The grant received enabled us to have the correct level of safety stage furniture, and lessened the financial burden on the Club.
North Wales Car Club
The grant received enabled us to complete a scheme to improve the drainage in the paddock area and build resistance to the adverse weather that has been putting events at risk for several years. Without the Trust’s support for this work we would have lost the Championship rounds which generate vital extra income from the additional spectators that the championship attracts. All event income is reinvested in maintaining the venue for motorsport. The changes made have also enhanced the appearance and convenience of the venue for competitors and spectators alike.
Liverpool Motor Club
The BMSTT grants allowed us to replace our outdated safety management radios with more modern sets which are essential to the safe running of any motor sport event. These are now used not just at our own Club events but also used by our Club members when assisting on events run by other clubs.
Knutsford & District Motor Club
The grant award enabled us to purchase essential safety equipment for use on our events, including fire extinguishers and hand held radios. This will help to maintain and improve safety and communication on events.
Aintree Circuit Club
The BMSTT grant helped us to meet the latest Rally Future requirements through the purchase of spectator safety signage and additional safety tape. This grant towards the capital outlay of these items diminished the risk of the rally becoming non-viable financially and was greatly appreciated.
Whickham & District Motor Club
Improved design and new materials constantly improve the inbuilt strength of cars, and when we wanted to upgrade our recue crew’s hydraulic tools to meet these demands, we found the BMSTT grant application process straightforward and we were granted a most generous award towards the costs incurred which has enabled us to buy state-of-the-art rescue equipment, for which we are genuinely most grateful. These days, motor sport is so safe that we don’t often expect to have to use our kit, but the cutter which was financed in part by the BMSTT has already been used operationally to release a seriously injured casualty.
The BMSTT grant allowed our Club to repair a section of road at our main stage rally venue, which has enabled the continued safe use of this part of the venue for the future.
Forresters Car Club
The grant received helped us fund a new pedal cutter for our Rescue Unit, without which we would have struggled to efficiently undertake that particular task.
Sarnia Rescue (Guernsey)
The chassis of our Recovery Unit was rotten beyond repair, and had the BMSTT grant not been available the unit would have been decommissioned at least until a replacement chassis could be afforded and fitted, at which point it would very likely not have been used as a Recovery Unit subsequently. The grant means that the Unit now remains available to provide continuing recovery support on events.
Grant was received towards renewing safety barriers at our kart circuit which has added to extra safety for all competitors. We are a not for profit organisation, and all our profits are ploughed back into making our facility the very best we can, and grants such as that awarded by the BMSTT are invaluable to us.
Cumbria Kart Racing Club
BMSTT grant received enable us to purchase several hand held radios to assist communications and safety management on our single venue rallies.
North Humberside Motor Club
The enabling of the purchase of three more safety management radios was for us a great bonus in rally safety, as they helped cover some ‘blind spots’ that existed in some areas. The BMSTT grant was a great help to a small club like ours.
Sporting Car Club of Norfolk
The grant towards enhanced rally safety provided a much appreciated supplement to assist our event finances at the rally.
Midland Manor Motor Club
This year we celebrate 50 years of rescue service provision to the world of motor sport, and over this time we have seen a great improvement in all aspects of safety across all forms of motor sport, many of which have benefitted from the existence and support of the BMSTT. We are very pleased to have benefitted from BMSTT grants ourselves too – enabling us to offer the level of service that we can offer to the sport today, and into the future.
Motor Sport Services Organisation
The recent Rally Future requirements have introduced a necessary set of improvements to rally organisation and safety, but have also added an extra burden on organising clubs. The financial loss we made on our 2017 event was reduced by the awarding of grant for signage and this will also now be used on our events in future years. The BMSTT’s assistance with this one-off cost is much appreciated.
Quinton Motor Club
The venue safety improvements supported by the BMSTT grant have enabled us to safely and more efficiently clear the track between heats at our kart circuit – and with a considerable time saving too.
Lincs Kart Racing Club
We very much appreciate the generous financial support received from the BMSTT towards purchase of safety radios and additional safety tape and signage to meet Rally Future needs, which will directly benefit both our club’s events and other club events which we attend.
Cookstown Motor Club
The award from the BMSTT was a big help to our club and enabled us to do repairs and modifications to our hillclimb track to enhance safety at this exposed venue.
Grampian Automobile Club
"This Regional Association runs an annual safety training event for all marshals from new to experienced, which usually achieves around 100 attendees. Without the generous grant aid we receive from the BMSTT from their Training Day grant fund, this event would not be able to happen. Thank you so much."
Association of North Western Car Clubs
"Ballynahinch and District Motor Club formed the Ballynahinch Motorsport Rescue Unit (BRMU) in 2002 to ensure continued motorsport rescue services provision across Northern Ireland. We are most grateful for the invaluable amount of advice and encouragement we have received from the BMSTT - alongside significant financial assistance - as various upgrades to vehicles and equipment have been undertaken to ensure that we remain at the forefront of motorsport rescue"
Ballynahinch and District Motor Club, Northern Ireland
The Club's Ranges Motor Sports Centre (which holds a recently renewed 25 year lease) has been subject to over £30,000 of venue safety improvement expenditure over the last 10 years, which enables it to continue to host rallies and other club events such as Production Car Autotests - this being the grass roots of motor sports facilitating cheap entry level motor sport for entrants of upwards of 14 years of age. Much of this work would not be possible without the advice, guidance and grant aid provided by the BMSTT, which has helped so much to guarantee the future of our venue.
In 2016 we also secured a further grant from the BMSTT towards the purchase of additional safety signage to help meet the requirements of the latest rally safety regulations. People often take stage signage for granted, but it is a significant cost for Clubs and the grant helped massively towards the costs of additional equipment to comply with the new requirements"
Bala and District Motor Club
"Everyone involved with managing Motorsport UK registered Motorsport Rescue Units knows how much it costs just to maintain essential supplies and equipment. However, although significant, this pales in comparison to buying and converting a new vehicle. So, when repair bills began to outstrip the value of our existing Rescue Unit, we contacted the British Motor Sports Training Trust and asked for its support.
The advice and grant provided was greatly appreciated and made a substantial contribution to our overall investment, allowing us to continue delivering a high standard of pre-hospital care for injured competitors and spectators. So, when you need financial assistance with a major rescue purchase which is specified in the Motorsport UK Year Book, I recommend getting in touch with the BMSTT first."
BARC Midlands & Vulcan Rescue
"The BMSTT and Motorsport UK are to be congratulated on their support to enable the provision of this newly developed Extrication Training Frame. It will allow Rescue and Extrication Teams the chance to broaden and build on both their individual and team skills to further assist safe management of casualties."
Race Rescue Instructor and Paramedic, 143637
BARC South East
"The Cheltenham Motor Club would like to thank the BMSTT for its help in supporting venue safety improvements at Down Ampney Airfield, Gloucestershire. The concrete roads of the venue have lasted well since World War II but are now showing progressive signs of deterioration. With an agreement now having been secured with the land owners for extended use of the airfield allowing 3 rallies annually (Cheltenham MC, Cirencester CC and EMCOS), the benefit of the BMSTT grant means that the most urgent areas of the venue needing attention have been repaired and rallying can now continue into the foreseeable future."
Cheltenham Motor Club
Doune Hill Climb has received a number of grant awards following on from its forced closure due to the 2001 Foot and Mouth outbreak. When the land was re-opened for business and the club reviewed the track in what were fresh eyes due to the year that had been lost, it was very clear that an action plan to bring the hill up to current safety standards was needed. The implementation of this plan covered everything from radio communications to the major achievement of re-surfacing the whole hill and improving the barrier condition and positioning. Tim Thomson, Chairman of the Lothian Car Club commented "Without the support of the BMSTT (and Motorsport UK) grants the club would have found it difficult to maintain its status and improve the safety aspects of the venue, but with a continuing improvement plan the grant aid received to date provides us with a promising future."
Lothian Car Club
The Rob Vine Fund registered charity has received a grant from the British Motor Sports Training Trust to help with the purchase of a new ambulance to replace one of the three ‘Hogg Motorsport' vehicles which are more than 10 years old. In addition to providing rescue cover for motorsport competitors and spectators around the Island, the ambulances have also been used to help the Isle of Man Ambulance Service in times of crisis. The rescue vehicles are staffed by volunteer crews from the Hogg Motorsport Association.
Stuart Greaves from the Rob Vine Fund said: "We're really grateful to the Trust for the continued funding from them, having also had grants in the past. The purchase of the new ambulance is vital in ensuring we can supply the best medical care to motorsport competitors and supporters when they need it most. The Island has such a rich motorsport history and we are lucky to have so many fantastic events held here throughout the year so it's important that we supply medical resources to provide care at these events."
[The Rob Vine Fund was established in memory of Rob Vine, a competitor who died after a crash during the 1985 Senior TT, to provide medical/rescue equipment and training for all doctors, paramedics and marshals involved in all motorsport events on the Isle of Man.]
Stuart Greaves, Director
Rob Vine Fund (Registered Charity 954 – Isle of Man)
"Westcountry Rescue was originally part of an Organisation providing a private Ambulance Service to the NHS and others until that organisation went into liquidation 5 years ago, taking Westcountry Rescue with it.
With support from the BMSTT and the Association of South Western Motor Clubs (ASWMC), the Rescue Unit was reborn to provide essential Rescue Services to motor sport events for all disciplines. We now have two fully equipped Mercedes Rescue Units, both of which are kept very busy throughout the year in the South West. All the crew members are unpaid volunteers.
The BMSTT has grant aided much of the equipment needed for the second unit, and in 2016 also assisted the purchase of a secondhand replacement vehicle. Without their continued support (and that of the ASWMC) none of this would have been possible"
"The generous grant aid provided by the BMSTT towards our safety barrier improvements not only enabled us to complete the originally planned work, but also to increase the number of barriers purchased and area covered to continue adding to the safety of our competitors and spectators. We greatly appreciate the BMSTT grant awarded"
Whilton Mill Kart Club