The sole purpose of the Motorsport Endeavour Club is to involve people with a wide range of disabilities in a program of car and motorcycle events and experiences including rallying, hill climbs, auto tests, navigation, trials, visits to Motorsport Centres and employment in the industry.
Motorsport Endeavour involves people as riders, navigators, marshals, timekeepers, administrators and spectators as well as drivers.
Previous experience is not a pre-requisite – the emphasis is on familiarisation and fun.
The Spirit of Endeavour
At the close of 1976, a Motorsport enthusiast and keen driver was lying with a broken neck, paralysed in a Bombay hospital. Stopping at Bombay on the way to survey the London Sydney Rally he needed a swim but hadn’t reckoned with an incorrectly-marked pool. Passing nurses peered uncomprehendingly at the odd-looking and shaven-headed specimen with more tubes sprouting from him than the exhaust outlets of a V12 making noises as if he were accelerating and changing gear.
Broken neck a bloody nuisance… he wanted to drive.
The fascination and independence that driving confers are high on the list of interests of many people when snatched away through injury frequently they are replaced by a lack of self-confidence.
“I’ll have a go at this” makes way for “I can’t do that now” and negative thought impedes the recovery process.
Through participation in the car-related activities of Motorsport Endeavour, the aim is to help the recovery of service personnel damaged in mind or body.
These presently are mainly based in the Southern part of the UK although the intention is to hold events that reflect the nationwide distribution of serving and ex-serving military personnel.
Confidence is the sovereign remedy.
Graham Raphael – Founder of Motorsport Endeavour
We are the Spirit of Endeavour
We are proud that we are unique in lots of ways. Motorsport Endeavour supports the recovery of service personnel and veterans through nationwide motorsports events. To date, Motorsport Endeavour has put together over 250 events with in excess of 4 000 servicemen and women experiencing high-octane, adrenaline-rushing motorsport events.
Many servicemen and women, through Motorsport Endeavour have made life-long friendships, gained much-needed confidence and life skills, building trust and comradeship, thus giving veterans a more fulfilling life with positive self-esteem and resilience.
Brian Rollinson – Club Secretary