Motor Sport Association Chairman delivers Motorsport Safety Fund swansong

New Motor Sports Association's chairman, David Richards, gave a packed auditorium a comprehensive view of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges facing British motorsport when he delivered the 21st Motorsport Safety Fund Watkins Lecture at the Autosport International Show.

The lecture was the last in the series named after the late Formula One Safety and Medical Delegate, Professor Sid Watkins to be organised by the Fund, which has decided to wind up its operations in the face of recent developments in training and motorsport technology.

Introducing the lecture, Fund chairman, Dr Ian Roberts paid tribute to the MSA, international motorsport's governing body the FIA, and all the individuals, companies, clubs and other organisations that have contributed to the Motorsport Safety Fund's work.

The Fund decided to cease operations after a review of activities concluded that if it continued it would be duplicating the activities of national and international organisations that have greater resources and access to technical expertise.

The review also concluded that resolving safety issues posed by modern motorsport technologies requires knowledge, research and resources beyond a small charity's capabilities.

The Fund's training resources have been handed over to the MSA, UK motorsport's governing body, and its remaining funds will be transferred to the British Motor Sport Training Trust once the winding up process is complete.

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