Alford Rocket team roars to success

19/06/11 Winners of the Techfest Greepower challenge are Alford Rockets. Presenting the �2000 prize is Paul Jefferson, production manager with SPEX.receiving the winners cup is driver Nathan Vickers with team mates Fraser Pope, martyn robathan,,jordan olborough,and callum fraser
19/06/11 Winners of the Techfest Greepower challenge are Alford Rockets. Presenting the �2000 prize is Paul Jefferson, production manager with SPEX.receiving the winners cup is driver Nathan Vickers with team mates Fraser Pope, martyn robathan,,jordan olborough,and callum fraser

Grampian Transport Museum in Alford hosted electric car racing at the weekend, with Scottish primary schools on Saturday and F24 for secondary school children on Sunday.

Favourites for the F24 were three entries from Thurso High School, as they have recently proved themselves very hard to beat at races in England.

On the day, however, the ‘Alford Rocket’ won the four-hour endurance race, narrowly beating off a determined challenge from Ullapool Academy.

The ‘rocket’ is the original car built by the GTM Young Engineers Club, that has been campaigned with gradual modification for the past four years.

The club also entered a brand new car that amazed everybody by coming in third. Thurso High School came fourth.

Jeremy Way, the principle organiser of the GreenPower series throughout the UK for the past 12 years, was full of praise for the Scottish heat.

“It was a truly brilliant race and I can honestly say I have never seen such a high standard of driving, car reliability and general enthusiasm from every team on the grid,” he said.

The GTM Young Engineers have now secured a place again in the national grand final at Goodwood circuit in Sussex in October.

Last time they qualified in 2009 they came 25th out of the 400 schools in the competition and this year, hopes are for an even better result.

The GTM Young Engineers are sponsored by Accura Measurement, DOF Subsea, BP and Alford & District Rotary Club. They meet regularly in the new collections centre at the museum.