Greenpower: Gathering of Goblins at Goodwood Motor Circuit

Gathering of Goblins - Lap of the champions at Greenpower at Goodwood  2014
Gathering of Goblins - Lap of the champions at Greenpower at Goodwood 2014

GREENPOWER cars lined up on the grid at Goodwood Motor Circuit on Sunday for the 2014 Gathering of Goblins.

The Greenpower Education Trust, a charity, had 90 entrants from primary schools across the UK.

The Greenpower IET Formula Goblin race category for 9-11 year olds encourages aspiring engineers to gain hands-on experience of designing, building and racing an electric car.

Greenpower Education Trust chief executive, Jeremy Way, said: “It was an absolutely fantastic race day, the sun came out for us, and there were around a thousand children taking part in what has been the biggest grid at any Greenpower event to-date.

“The children participating are a credit to their schools, and we are delighted to now have so many entries for the Gathering of Goblins. Our main aim via the charity is to help the next generation of British engineers develop their technological know-how in a fun and competitive environment.”

The event is the biggest race on the Greenpower calendar and has run for ten years.

St Mary’s Primary School in Clymping were crowned overall winners on July 14, with the school collecting a total of six trophies at the famous Goodwood Motor Circuit in Chichester.

As well as trophies for the top three finishers in each driver challenge – including slalom, drag and sprint races – schools were commended for the Best Bodywork, Greenest Bodywork and the Best Presented Team.

Among the winners were River Beach Primary School, Littlehampton, St Mary’s C of E Primary School, Clymping, St Philips Catholic Primary School, Arundel, Dorset house School in Bury and The March C of E Primary School, Chichester.

Rolls-Royce supported the entry from March CE Primary School.

Before the event, the team had taken a short break from race preparation to tour the home of neighbouring Rolls-Royce and meet and take inspiration from the apprentices, engineers, craftspeople and bespoke designers that helped with the design and build of their car.

Team March were also presented with specially hand-stitched race overalls prepared in the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars leathershop.

The school team worked together to design the car ­proposing ideas on how the final car should look before agreeing on a group direction. A team from Rolls-Royce Motor Cars then helped them turn their vision into reality, teaching the children fundamental engineering, manufacturing and teamwork skills in the process.

Andrew Ball, global corporate communications manager and team leader for the project, said: “We were delighted to support the March CE Primary School with their Greenpower entry.

“The team at Rolls-Royce were impressed with the children’s enthusiasm and passion for the project and we have no doubt that they are engineers of the future.”

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