Dave is a cut above in the ‘hairdresser’s car’ race

August 28 2015

IT started out as a joke to get a hairdresser to sponsor the Bristol Mazda MX5 Challenge.

IT started out as a joke to get a hairdresser to sponsor the Bristol Mazda MX5 Challenge.  

But Vincenzo and Son barbers in Gloucester Road stepped up to the plate to support the first season of the championship.

Thirty drivers, each behind the wheel of the two-seater roadster – commonly referred to as a “hairdresser’s car” – competed over five rounds, with the competition culminating in a showdown at Castle Combe Circuit on July 2.

All of the rounds were hotly contested, but Dave Newman was crowned the overall winner of the MX5 Challenge. He will be receiving his trophy at the annual awards ceremony in February.

The championship was run by Bristol Motor Club, which aims to raise the profile of the motorsport.

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

Andy 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, previously told the Bishopston Voice: "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.

"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."

Plans are now underway for the 2016 season. If taking part is of interest, visit: bristolmc.org.uk.