Barbers fund ‘hairdressers’ car’ race

February 02 2015

MAZDA MX5s are renowned for being "hairdressers' cars" - so who better to sponsor the Bristol MX5 Challenge than Gloucester Road barbers Vincenzo and Son.

MAZDA MX5s are renowned for being "hairdressers' cars" - so who better to sponsor the Bristol MX5 Challenge than Gloucester Road barbers Vincenzo and Son.

More than 30 drivers, each behind the wheel of the two-seater roadster, will battle it out over five rounds, with the fastest driver receiving the Avon Trophy - once presented to the winner of Formula One in the 50s.

The championship is run by Bristol Motor Club, and hopes to encourage more people into motorsport - the club, which is over 100-years-old, is calling on competitors from Bishopston to sign up.

The sponsorship came about after Andy Laurence, a member of Bristol Motor Cars, went into Vincenzo and Son to get his hair cut.

He got chatting with the son of Vincenzo, Franco Noto, and they came to the agreement that sponsoring the championship would give the event a "fun twist".

Franco, who used to own an MX5, said: "I was cutting Andy's hair before Christmas, and he said that Bristol Motor Club were looking for sponsorships for a new competition they were running, so I asked him how much he was looking for, and it seemed reasonable, so I said why not.

"We thought, wouldn't it be great to have a gent's hairdressers sponsoring the event? The two go together well, and obviously it's quite amusing."

Andy added: "There's a saying that motorsport is expensive and it can be, but you can enter this championship with a car costing £300 and with no modifications needed at all. This is motorsport for the average man in the street."

The competition, which launches for the first time this year, kicks off in March, with the final being in July.

The championship will take place across three venues, Castle Combe in Wiltshire, Llandow, west of Cardiff and Chepstow race circuit.

For more information, visit: bristolmc.org.uk.

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