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Motoring yesterday, today, tomorrow...
Classic tale
Memories came rolling back for an old boy as he arrived at his former school in classic style.
Old Barnardian Mike Tarry drove his brother Philip in an Austin A7 to Barnard Castle School which had opened its doors for a swinging reunion for students of the 1960s.
“It felt really good driving up to the school legally this time in my Austin A7,” recalled Mr Tarry, a retired airline pilot. “We weren’t supposed to have a car at school when I was here and I had to hide it away.”
His father bought the car, known as Gladys, from the bank manager in Shildon in 1962 when it was already 12 years old. Mr Tarry has owned it ever since, although it has also been driven by brother Philip and his sister Susan.
Tesla sparks inspiration
The day the Chicken ‘ ew’
To celebrate the completion of
his Tesla supercar themed DT Project, Bethany School, Kent,
Year 12 student Alvin Kan sent out a request for an owner to bring their car for a photoshoot. Little did he expect six Tesla S-type eco- friendly electric cars to show up!
Alvin designed and built an electric guitar that channelled the Tesla branding, shaped as the iconic Tesla ‘T’. Not stopping there, his stand for the guitar could easily pass as one of Tesla’s distinctive ‘super-charge’ stations that are increasing in number throughout the UK and are slowly making large scale electric car ownership a possibility in this country.
On designing his project, Alvin said: “I wanted to create something innovative, and there is no company that does
innovation better than Tesla.” A keen photographer, the Bethany pupil wanted to get a shot
of his creation alongside an actual Tesla car, and so on the recommendation of a classmate, reached out to the Tesla Owner’s Club UK Facebook group to see
if anyone was willing to take
part. Much to Alvin’s delight, so impressed were the group with his work that not one, but six owners brought their cars to Bethany for the occasion!
Once the cars were set up for Alvin’s photography, which included a drone  yover, the owners of the cars were treated to a tour of the Design & Technology department, where Alvin had spend tens of hours perfecting his project. They were amazed to see some of the projects underway by Alvin and his peers.
Bromsgrove School’s ‘Chicken’  ew to the  nish line and was awarded  rst placed kit car at the Season Opener at Rockingham Raceway last month (May).
The Chicken was  nally released after a winter of heavy modi cations and development where it was put on a strict diet and lost at least 10kgs in weight; had a host of new aero parts  tted to create less drag and was treated to a new yellow powder coated frame.
The venue for its  rst race of
the season was a team favourite and regular stomping ground for the car, Rockingham Raceway in Northampton. Thirty-seven teams attended the event with new Greenpower partners (and sponsors) BMW and Siemens. Since last season, the team has climbed yet again in the world standings from
49th to 28th overall and are now the 2nd fastest Kitcar on the planet!
The Chicken has been ranked as potentially the 4th fastest F24 car
as numbers 1, 9 and 22 were out
in force for the seasonal opener. With a dozen new team members
in attendance, Bromsgrove had to make strategic driver choices for optimum performance during a race.
Rockingham is a daunting track and it surprised some of Bromsgrove’s students with the sheer vastness and size of the 1.47 mile circuit.
The team collected the trophy and medals at the end of the day and seemed to really enjoy all aspects
of the race day experience. With a new sponsor in the pipeline, more modi cations to work on and strategies to develop, Team Chicken will be the team to beat.
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