Over the course of my life, I have been fortunate to have been involved in some truly amazing endeavours. The one thing that unites all those things is that they were all team efforts.
People sometimes assume that to be involved in motorsports team takes money, or luck, or even both. I too was of that opinion until recently. I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend an annual endurance race run by the British Automobile Racing Club and arranged by Missìon Motorsport.
The annual event takes place at the Anglesey Circuit and is called the “Race of Remembrance”. Established in 2013, by the founder and CEO of Mission Motorsport, James Cameron, the event features teams from across the UK and even Europe.
James set Mission Motorsport up to provide a unique opportunity to service personnel and veterans who were wounded, injured or suffering other service attributable illnesses to continue their recovery and even retrain in an automotive environment.
The race itself is run over the three days of the second weekend in November and I was astounded to see that it was not just rich guys and professional teams racing taking part. There were teams from a wide variety of backgrounds, yes there were professional drivers and company sponsored teams, but there were also regular folks like me present.
Teams included entries from the Mazda MX5 owners club, the RAF motorsports association, and event a team from a family of petrolheads, the Cockills, who race under the name HE Racing. In the Mission motorsport garages, there were people who were still serving and those who no longer served. The service and veteran contingent saw all ranks side by side, with military structures left at the gate, officers, enlisted and veterans just rolling their sleeves up and getting on with their job. Even the drivers of the MM teams were diverse in their experience and background.
This diverse group of people were all there for two reasons, to race and to honour the sacrifice of the men and women of Britain and her allies armed forces who have sacrificed for all of us as a society. There is a line in a Billy Ray Cyrus song, that is oh so true, “All gave something, some gave all.”
In short, the brief period I spent in and around the paddock and pit area educated me that there are people from all walks of life who love and enjoy taking part in motor sport and not all of the are rich and famous. Motorsport is as inclusive as you want it to be, just like life!