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Super entry starts Snowdrop Autotest

Updated: Mar 1

Another fantastic entry blew in for this year's funfilled fully forward autotest. As the weather forecast threatened the return of Larne Motor Club's the club's never quit attitude once again shone out. Unfortunately the main thing that everyone would have loved to have shone failed to arrive. 65 crews entered this years event named after the chosen charity and the Snowdrop Autotest lived up to it's name. A bitter morning greated everyone as the tests were set up and the competitors queued up to show off their new Motorsport UK licences.

As Storm Jorge was due to arrive late afternoon everyone set into their groups and out to tackle the five tests for the day. A mixture of surfaces gave the competitors a taste of everything and a chance to show off their driving skills.

It was a pride battle for the Nixon family as club member Kenny brought his wife Laura out for the day in their Peugeot 106 (45 bhp) along with his parents (Ivor and Heather) in a Vauxhall Corsa and brother Robert in his MX5 who were trying Autotesting for the first time. Kenny and Laura had a great day finishing 35th overall in their shopping trolley. Robert and Alistair took the Nixon beginners bragging rights back to Larne finishing three spaces higher than Ivor and Heather, although these two can argue that their car was still in one piece at the end (only saying).

There were some great battles throughout the day but the overall winner was a joy to watch as he enjoyed a relaxing time before his championship starts next weekend. Robin Lyons took his mother Wendy for a day out in his Mini who had a huge smile on her face at the finish.

A massive thanks must go to all the marshals who stood out in the bitter weather and snow. They were a great credit to local motorsport who without their help the event would not have raised a great amount for the Snowdrop Room and Bereavement Midwives.

The event has raised around £3000 and we thank all who donated including The Coffee Doc, Ulster Bank, Gilpin Automotive, Everun and Northern Automation.

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