The Bermuda Association for Motorsports, the recognised governing body for motorsports on the island, invites the public to the First Annual Motorsports Expo which will be held tomorrow from 12.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. at the RUBiS Southside Raceway, St. David’s.
Antoine Richards, President of the Bermuda Association for Motorsports, says, "In 2017 you can expect to see BAM taking a more prominent role in the Bermudian sports community."
Three of the four racing clubs that will host the event are located at Southside. Two are based at the RUBiS Southside Raceway which encompasses the street racing track that is shared by the Bermuda Motorcycle Racing Club (BMRC) and the Bermuda Karting Club (BKC), while the third club, Bermuda Motocross Club (BMC), utilises the adjacent dirt track.
As part of an initiative to build exposure and numbers within the clubs, the expo will include sports and vehicle displays from each club as well as opportunities for spectators to hop in the driver’s seat and see if they have what it takes to join a high-energy sport. All clubs will be positioned to provide information on how to join the respective clubs and what is involved in pursuing a racing career.
Scott 'Skitchy' Barnes, President of the BKC, came up with the concept of the Motorsports Expo. He believes that it is important to "let the public know what motorsports options are available on the island" and shared that "it is a good opportunity for motorsports clubs that have been struggling to join forces and rebuild their clubs".
The event is family friendly and there is no entry fee. It will host a series of rental sessions for children and adults to try out both fun karts and mini motorcycles throughout the day.
All four sporting clubs offer various avenues for youth to enjoy the sport and information on how to register will be distributed at the event.
The Bermuda Motorcycle Racing Club will be showcasing their year-round Youth Riding Clinics for children aged 5 and up. The Clinics are available for beginners who have never ridden a motorcycle before and continue through advanced racers who are still mastering their technique.
The Bermuda Motorcross Club will be allowing any child with a PEE WEE 50 to ride on their mini track through an initiative to expose young children to the sport.
The Bermuda Karting Club will be giving an insight into their Kiddie Cadet Program and explaining how interested youth can make a name for themselves internationally, much like their young member Jamie Newton, 9, son of Oracle Team USA sailor Joey.
The Bermuda Power Boat Association will also be on site to give an insight into their exciting youth programme and sport while also having power boats set up for the public to take advantage of an intimate experience.
With food vendors, a fun castle and a wide range of activities, there is something for everyone. Racing demonstrations will give spectators a taste of the thrill found at the raceway on any given weekend while fun races will see clubs go head-to-head to see which sports boast the fastest ride in a club versus club drag race. Sponsors, couples, friends and family are encouraged to venture onto the track with their favourite club and try their hand at some fun races for the chance to walk away with their own bragging rights.