Armed Forces Racing Challenge (ARFC)

We attended Oulton Park for the 750 Motor Club rounds on Saturday 14th April.

Two of the rounds taking place involved the Armed Forces Race Challenge teams.

The Armed Forces Race Challenge is organised by a committee of volunteers from all three Services, some veterans and some civilian guests. The aim of the AFRC is primarily to provide a motor racing community for Service personnel and veterans, but they also invite selected guests to compliment the competition. There are five teams competing for the teams championship in AFRC, these are: British Army, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy/Royal Marines, Veterans and Guests.

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Whilst there Adam Woods got talking to one of the RAF team members, Cpl Barlow who, believe it or not, races a 1.4 MG ZR. Adam and Cpl Barlow hit it off straight away talking technical about the car and an instant friendship was formed.

Cpl Barlow has built the car himself. He said he had two choices, if the car was one of the last 500 ZR’s produced he was going to tidy it up and make it into a concourse show car. It it wasn’t one of the last ZR’s produced he was going to turn it into a track car.

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Image Credit. N & M Rogers aka ‘nicktheclick’ on Flickr

The way the AFRC have their paddock layout for the teams is fantastic, Army (various divisions), Navy and Air Force all lined up perfectly under gazebos with a main marquee tent and BBQ at one end.

Image Credit. N & M Rogers aka ‘nicktheclick’ on Flickr

Cpl Barlow should be receiving a ‘service parts’ parcel from John Woods Motorcare Ltd early next week which we hope will assist with keeping his MGZR on the track for the forseeable future.


The timetable for the rest of the season for the AFRC is as follows:-

We fully recommend going along and watching if you are near any of those circuits to show some support for all members of the Armed Forces teams.

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