Motorsport Safety Fund

Helping to keep motorsport safe

The Motorsport Safety Fund is a registered charity
formed in 1974 to help improve safety in the sport.

It does this mainly by communication through the Watkins Lecture,
publications and films described on this site.

Registered Charity No. 296802


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2018 Watkins Lecture

Prodrive chief and MSA incoming chairman David Richards CBE to deliver Watkins Lecture on Friday January 12, 2018
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Trustees to wind up the Motorsport Safety Fund

The Motorsport Safety Fund has decided to wind up its operations and hand its training resources over to the UK motorsport's governing body, the MSA.

The organisation's remaining funds will be transferred to the British Motor Sport Training Trust once the winding up process is complete.

Fund chairman, Dr Ian Roberts, said: "The Fund has made a major contribution to motorsport safety in the 45 years since it was established, following the death of Roger Williamson, during the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort.
"However, recent developments in training and motorsport technology, have led us to conclude that, if we continued, we would end up attempting to duplicate the activities of national and international organisations that have greater resources and access to technical expertise."

Those developments include:

  • The creation of the FIA's Global Institute for Motorsport Safety.
  • The appointment of Safety and Technical Executives at the MSA.
  • The developing role of the British Motor Sports Training Trust.

In its early years, much of the Motorsport Safety Fund's activity was confined to making grants to support motorsport training initiatives - a role which the Training Trust now fulfils. In the late 1990s the fund became more pro-active, producing and publishing a range of training materials, aimed at Marshals, Rescue Crew, Medical staff, organisers and competitors.

It also inaugurated the annual Watkins Lecture, named after the late Formula One Safety and Medical Delegate, Professor Sid Watkins.

"We are proud of what we have achieved and are very grateful to all the organisations and individuals who have supported us over the years.
"However, we have to face the fact that resolving safety issues posed by modern motorsport technologies requires knowledge, research and resources beyond a small charity's capabilities.
"The same is true of the latest e-learning technologies which is where we see safety training going in the future," added Dr Roberts.

The Trust's final event will be the 2018 Watkins Lecture, which Prodrive and MSA chairman elect David Richards will deliver at the Autosport International Show at the NEC in Birmingham, on Friday January 12.

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Thanks (July 2017)

The trustees would like to thank the Glavon TRs for their generous donation to the fund after their run, lunch and talk.
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Thanks

The trustees would like to thank the Cirencester Car Club for their generous donation to the fund.
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The trustees would also like to thank the Bristol Pegasus MC, Anne Turner, Matthew Brewster and David Wheeler (in memory of Ron Cottrell) for their generous donations to the fund. It really does make a difference.
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Thanks

The trustees would like to thank the TR Register, Rotary Club of Dudley Charitable Trust and Rotary Club of West Ashfield Good Causes Account for their generous donations to the fund.
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The trustees would like to thank the North Yorkshire Lotus Owners Club and the BTRDA for their generous donations to the fund.
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The trustees would like to thank the TR Register, Rotary Club of Dudley Charitable Trust and Rotary Club of West Ashfield Good Causes Account for their generous donations to the fund.
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2017 Watkins Lecture

FIA safety chief. Laurent Mekies delivered a popular and informative Watkins Lecture.

For more information, please visit the Watkins Lecture page
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Thanks

The Trustees are very grateful for the donations recently received from Jacquie Mackenzie in memory of John Horton, TR Register - Chiltern Group and the Portsmouth/Southampton Mini Club.
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2016 Watkins Lecture

The Fund held a successful Watkins Lecture with Jean Todt and James Allen - read the FIA press release here: fia.com


The Trustees would like to thank Club Arnarge (Ian Selvage in left pic with Dr Ian Roberts) and Meditech Global (Gary Watts in right pic) for their fundraising. (pictures: Maggie O'Malley)
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New short films

Two new short films have been released HERE

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The Marshal

New November 2015 edition HERE

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Clipboard

The clipboard is back and improved! HERE

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Volunteers' Survey

Results of the 2014 survey are in - find them HERE

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New Film for Flag Marshals

The Fund developed this film during 2015 in response to requests from motorsport marshals’ trainers after the MSA introduced new regulations that mean yellow flags are always waved at British circuits and no longer held stationary.

The film is available to purchase on DVD and will shortly be available for free on this website.

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2015 Watkins Lecture

Triple Le Mans winner Allan McNish and James Allen delivered a popular Watkins Lecture.

For more information, please visit the Watkins Lecture page
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The Marshal

The Marshal is back with a November 2014 issue. Depending on how well this is received there may be other editions in 2015. Read the latest issue here on The Marshal page
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Thanks

The Trustees are very grateful for the donations recently received from the following clubs and individuals;
Association of Car Fleet Operators, BRSCC, Estate of Howard Strawford, Charity Classic Vehicle Club, Stone Classic Car Group, Bath Motor Club, Wigton Motor Club, Pulmolink, Chris Bourne, Aston Cantlow Discussion Club, Richard James Smith, A.G. Goodliff, Stuart McCrudden and John Quenby.