Mission Motorsport, The Forces’ Motorsport Charity, has today announced its support from Morgan Motor Company at this year’s Race of Remembrance. Morgan will provide vehicles to be driven and supported by Mission Motorsport’s team of beneficiaries at the 12-hour endurance race, which takes place during remembrance weekend (12-14 November) and is combined with poignant remembrance service.
The iconic British carmaker is working with the charity to not only provide cars but by the fitment of hand controls, allowing paraplegic and amputee veterans to participate in the event. It is believed to be the first fitment of this type of system to a Morgan and underlines the company’s ambition for inclusivity.
One of the vehicles being driven by beneficiaries is the automatic variant of the all-new Morgan Plus Four race car. It marks the vehicle’s competitive debut and will be joined by the manual version of the car.
Mission Motorsport beneficiaries, alongside The University of Wolverhampton’s School of Engineering and racing team (UWR), recently completed testing of the car at Silverstone Circuit, assisting with the development of bespoke adjustments to the cars.
James Cameron, CEO of Mission Motorsport said, “Having recently employed three Service Leavers, Morgan’s unwavering support for the wider Armed Forces community has been fantastic. The provision of these cars means more of our beneficiaries have the chance to drive a car that would normally be out of their reach, and an unrivalled opportunity to learn and interact with others qualified in the industry.”
Steve Morris, Chairman and CEO of Morgan Motor Company said, “Morgan continues to support the work of Mission Motorsport, a charity which reflects our values and beliefs. Only recently, and through Mission Motorsport, Morgan has employed three service leavers in the engineering and experience teams. Although not from a familiar civilian background, we believe these individuals possess skills ideally suited to work in the automotive sector. Through Race of Remembrance, we hope to offer a unique experience to beneficiaries that will bring lasting benefits.”
A highlight in the UK motorsport calendar, Race of Remembrance (RoR), now in its eighth year, is a weekend of activity enabling people to come together as one community to take part in a unique and poignant pitlane Service of Remembrance to commemorate those who have lost their lives in military operations and to reflect and support those who remain behind. Streamed live, the Service of Remembrance is open to anybody who wishes to attend.
Reaching a larger audience than ever before, the #YourRoR appeal sees activity across the UK over the remembrance weekend, including a karting Race of Remembrance at Thruxton, an online Race of Remembrance, and service of remembrance at Brands Hatch.
About Mission Motorsport – The Forces’ Motorsport Charity
The Forces’ Motorsport Charity, which has a motto of “Race, Retrain, Recover” is MoD’s competent authority for motorsport as a recovery activity, and is a Royal Foundation (the charitable trust of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) initiative.
A Service Charity and a member of the Confederation of Service Charities, Mission Motorsport has an award-winning collaborative model of working with government and other service charities.
As part of the MoD’s Career Transition Partnership, the charity helps those leaving the military to find employment in the automotive industry. A newly appointed IMI training center, Mission Motorsport’s Training Wing delivers Industry recognized Electric Vehicle qualifications in addition to Level 3 Diploma courses and full apprenticeships enabling service leavers to bridge the gap between military service and second careers as civilians, beyond injury.
Now in our 10th year of operations, Mission Motorsport has delivered more than 6,000 training days of sport for 2000 wounded, injured, or sick beneficiaries, leading to over 400 placements and over 200 jobs. The Charity’s veteran employment programs have paved the way for over 2000 veterans into employment in the Automotive Industry.