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Schools' Grand Prix 2012

Coming Soon! - The Bedford Autodrome Schools’ Grand Prix

National Television has already shown interest in this year’s ‘Bedford Autodrome Schools' Grand Prix’ - and pupils across Bedford Borough have been waiting all year for this event, which is set to take place at 2pm, on Sunday 17th June at Bedford Autodrome, in Bedford.


Launched in late 2009 by MotorSport Vision (MSV) Chief Executive Jonathan Palmer and the late Mayor of Bedford, Frank Branston, the occasion challenges pupils aged 11-16 from schools within the Bedford Borough area to design and construct a small electric car, before competing in a two hour endurance race.


This year, there are 8 schools competing:


  1. Bedford Academy
  2. St. Thomas More Upper School (2 cars)
  3. Mark Rutherford Upper School (2 cars)
  4. Biddenham Upper School (2 cars)
  5. Redborne Upper School
  6. Bedford High School (2 cars)
  7. Bedford Girls School
  8. Bedford Modern School


In addition to creating the car itself, each school is also challenged to involve as many pupils and departments as possible by creating a website for their project, putting together a pit crew to assist with driver and battery changes, publicising their team and providing hospitality for their guests on race day. Awards for these categories, which are designed to cover as much of the school curriculum as possible, will be presented on the day.


The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “This is the third year that the Council has worked with MSV to run this event, and each year, the display of engineering talent on show has been hugely impressive. Also impressive is the sheer determination shown by students in seeing through all aspects of the project, resulting in this highly physical and demanding competition. The children and young people who have worked so hard in preparation for Sunday’s race should be enormously proud of their efforts, and I hope they all have a great day.”


Jonathan Palmer, MotorSport Vision Chief Executive, said: "The Bedford Autodrome Schools’ Grand Prix has provided a wonderful opportunity for pupils to get involved with not just practical engineering, but with the creation of an exciting performance vehicle, totally in tune with the low emission objectives of transport today.  I am delighted that a number of schools have recognised this great opportunity for their pupils and that their teachers have been so motivated and inspiring.  The results of a huge amount of work will be revealed in competition on race day and I look forward to seeing many very excited pupils give it their all!  It is also wonderful to see Bedford Borough Council support this valuable educational programme so strongly.”


For more information on this event, contact Beth (Bedford Borough Council), on 07876241452.


For details on previous year’s races go to:



There will be awards for:


1. Overall 1st for most laps completed

2. Overall 2nd for most laps completed

3. Overall 3rd for most laps completed

4. Fastest lap achieved

5. Most reliable car

6. Most interesting technology

7. Best pit stop

8. Best looking car

9. Best publicity campaign


It is Jonathan Palmer, Chief Executive of MotorSport Vision Ltd, who, working with Bedford Borough Council, offers schools across Bedfordshire a unique opportunity to take part in the Schools’ Grand Prix hosted at Bedford Autodrome. MotorSport Vision is the leading operator of five UK motor racing venues. MSV has a portfolio ranging from two and four wheel championships to organising the PalmerSport corporate driving event.


Previous winners:


2010 – Mark Rutherford School

2011 – Biddenham International School and Sports College

2012 - ?

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