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Taking to the track at the Grampian Transport Museum in Alford.
Taking to the track at the Grampian Transport Museum in Alford.

Peterhead Academy’s young engineers, the ‘Blue Toon Bullets’ competed in a two-day Greenpower car racing event recently.

The event was held at Grampian Transport Museum in Alford and is designed to promote sustainable engineering to young people and targets both primary and secondary schools.

With help from Banff and Buchan lecturer and technical advisor Gareth Davies the “Blue Toon Bullets” finished a commendable fifth overall in the F24 category - an improvement of five places over last year’s event.

Gareth explains: “The F24 cars are built and run by 11-16 year olds.

“The event saw teams from around 25 schools all over Scotland running their cars in a four-hour endurance event, involving driver changes, battery changes and tactical driving in an attempt to cover the furthest distance.

“The cars all run the same 24v motor and batteries supplied by the event organisers”.

The team comprised of Hannah and Jacob Banks, Ben and Lee Mackintosh, Liam Pirie, Luke Duthie, Ashley Bruce, Nathan Stuart, Nathan Robertson, Iain Buchan, Jamie Buchan and Jordan Kearney.

All teams have the same motor and six 12 volt batteries to be used in pairs.

During the race at least five team members must drive the car, and up to six further members can act as pit crew.

The “Blue Toon Bullets” also won an award for best presented team, which included conduct, politeness, teamwork and dress code.

Ben Mackintosh said:” All of the cars that finished ahead of us were purpose built streamliners. 

“Our aim for next year is to look at reducing the drag factor of the car, and this will likely involve a new frame and streamlined bodywork.” 

The UK race of champions final is to be held at Goodwood in October, with the top three cars from each regional competition competing.

The second day of the event featured the Goblin racers event open to primary school children from all over Scotland.

A total of 37 teams participated in the day customising the bodywork of the identical engines.

Themes for the cars included Angry Birds, Star Wars and even one modelled on a guinea pig, complete with fur and ears! 

Bervie School won the award for best bodywork with their Angry Birds theme, and the event overall.  

Dunecht School won the award for greenest bodywork for their extensive use of recycled materials and Durness primary won the portfolio award, as their portfolio of their car was well presented and comprehensive.