Children secure Goodwood win

Children from Swanbourne C of E Primary School at the TopCats Workshop
Children from Swanbourne C of E Primary School at the TopCats Workshop

Children from a village primary school have won a prize after taking part in an amazing engineering project.

Children in Years 5 and 6 at Swanbourne C of E Primary School took part in the Greenpower programme, aimed at getting young people interested in engineering, particularly sustainable engineering, at an early age.

Run by the Greenpower Education Trust, the project involves building and racing a mini-racing car, called a Goblin.

With the help of its Friends association, Swanbourne bought kits to build two of the single seater electric cars, at a cost of £1,000 each.

The cars were built in the workshop of TopCats high-performance sports car specialists, owned by parents Warren and Charlotte Gilbert.

Thirty Swanbourne children attended the Westcott site on Friday afternoons to build the car with the help of the TopCats race team, and to also design the bodywork.

A total of 84 school teams lined up on the grid at Greenpower’s 2015 Gathering of Goblins race meeting at Goodwood Motor Circuit, on Sunday, July 12. Teams took part in four races – slalom, drag, sprint and the “lap of champions”, which involves all cars completing a full lap of the 2.4-mile Goodwood track.

Blue Peter presenters Barney Harwood and Radzi Chinyanganya were special guests.

Swanbourne came away with first prize for bodywork and was placed second and third in the drag races.