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Bedford Schools set for annual Grand Prix

Tuesday, June 11 2013

The fourth running of the Bedford Autodrome Schools' Grand Prix takes place this Sunday (16 June), with pupils and teachers from the area set to compete for honours both on and off the track.

The event, which was jointly devised by MSV Chief Executive Jonathan Palmer and the late Mayor of Bedford Frank Branston, challenges schools from the Bedford area to design and construct a small electric car before competing in an endurance race.

Challenges aren't just limited to the track, as the initiative is designed to encompass as much of the school curriculum as possible. Prizes are also awarded for pit stops, car and crew presentation, hospitality catering, publicity campaigns and commentators, covering subjects as diverse as Art and Design, English and Food Technology as well as the traditional Mathematics and Science topics.

The event is fully embraced by the schools taking part, and this year includes a pre-race cheerleader display by Biddenham Upper School and live music from the Bedford Modern School Jazz Band.

Seven competing schools, some of which are entering more than one car, will then race on track, with Bedford Girls School aiming to defend their title, after dominating last year's event.

The day ends with a prize-giving ceremony, with Jonathan Palmer being joined by the Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, and senior members of Bedford Council.

For more information on the Bedford Autodrome Schools' Grand Prix, click here.