Northern Motor Madness

NORTHERN MOTOR MADNESS  30 June at The Jersey Farm Country Hotel

The first event of its type to hit Teesdale, a celebration of the engine as its described.

Motor madness is a show with a difference it has every type of vehicle possible and is free to the public to come and view. Dreamt up by Marc Wagget – cophire and racing driver Mad Mark Watson as a way of raising funds for Mark’s rallycross exploits.

Mark who currently lies 4th in the British championship returned back to the championship in 2013 after a break of 2 years the former 3 times British Open Rallycross Champion has struggled to find the budget to compete but with help of sponsors and individuals this season came back to the top winning round 2 outright at Mallory Park. Mark then suffered an engine failure in the last round which dropped him from 2nd to 4th.

The show at Barnard Castle is a way of generating donations from the public with grid girls walking round with buckets. There is a raffle too with prizes donated by Mark’s long term sponsors.

Cars, trucks, bikes, motorsport vehicles of different disciplines, classics, vintage, American, military in fact every thing is covered with over 300 vehicles on display even a British super bike team. Obviously Mark’s racing xsara and team will be on show to.

Set in the beautiful grounds of the Jersey Farm Hotel the fields will be taken over by a host of incredible machinery, Jersey Farm famous for food will be catering the event and visitors will be able to wander around the grounds seeing all the vehicles and clubs on show.

There are a number of trade stands too, funfair, refreshments and catering. Indoors there is Remote control car racing and RC drifting too.

Motor madness is open to the public from 9 – 5pm with free entry and free parking.

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Its been a busy month for Mad Mark and the team.

Last round of the championship was disastrous as a  massive engine failure caused by a jammed open air injector has dropped Mark from 2nd to 4th in the championship. Parts have been sourced from France but the are very expensive and not what was budgeted for when the season started. Tony Bardy is confident that he can rebuild engine and will generate more power with all new parts but the bill is hefty so lots of promotion work is ongoing.

June has been a busy month for shows with the team at Extreme Nissan Sunderland. The team were amazed how many people were there with Mark signing autographs constantly through the day and even running out of posters.

June 22 and 23 sees Mad Mark Motorsport on display as part of Boltons Le Mans festival in the town centre over the weekend. This will be an ideal opportunity to sell our new line of Mad Mark Clothing. Also reach a new audience for Rallycross

The Last weekend sees Mad Mark’s own show Motor Madness with over 300 cars on display a chance to collect funds for the team.

7 July sees us all on the Go Motorsport stand for rallycross at Silverstone Circuit. This is a free show for the public so should be very busy.

So Far So Good

Well we made it to Lydden for the first round of the British Rallycross Championship sponsored by Monster Energy.

It was a struggle and time was short, so thank you to everyone who lent a hand to get us there and to the team on the day. For Dave and Chris it was a really busy two days as a few teething problems developed.

A thank you to all those who pledged to our £45 sponsor scheme and put their names on the mighty xsara. We are still along way off in achieving our budget for the season. Basic costs like entries, tyres, fuel, transport and such come to over £11000 so you realise why we have to work hard to attract sponsorship money to do our sport.

On the day at Lydden we had a few problems and found later that a turbo issue meant that we were dramatically down on power probably giving away 150 bhp to other cars, so even finishing the event was a good achievement. The turbo is now in the hands of AET Motorsport who are giving it a full rebuild ready for our next race at Mallory Park, Leicestershire on 14 April.

The car in the mean time is getting spruced up and if all goes to plan will be attending Seaview performance garage, Peterlee on Sunday 7 April at one of their open days chance to see xsara meet mark and maybe donate to our sponsor scheme.

In the pink

After a meeting last night we are glad to announce that the Hog Roast Yorkshire company will be a prominent sponsor on the xsara for 2013.

Jim Slater the owner of  Hog Roast Yorkshire met with Mad Mark and Sarah Sharp, team manager of Mad Mark Motorsport at their base at Jersey Farm Hotel and a deal was struck to display his distinctive pink pig logo on the bonnet of the xsara for the whole season.

Jim's company do outside catering, bars, hog roasts along with many other services. The team will be seen at events with the Hog Roast for spectators and fans to sample.

Mad Mark Motorsport are grateful for the help and financial contribution and urge other companies to get their name on the car as space is limited.

A New Season 2013


There has been a lot of speculation as to the return of Mad Mark back to the British Rallycross Championship.

At the moment no decision has been made due to rising costs in the UK and a sponsor has yet to be found to fund the team.

Work will be carried out on the Citroen xsara supercar over the winter to make the car even more powerful in anticipation of a new season.

Sponsorship in the Uk is becoming increasingly difficult to locate, due to the economic climate we are in. However with such a stand out car and a different approach to publicity, Mad Mark Motorsport are guaranteed TV and press exposure.

It doesn't cost as much as you think to sponsor a motorsport team and many benefits can be gained from this form of publicity. A colour sponsor brochure is available and Mark is of course on hand to visit your organisation and run throught the benefits as well as talk numbers as a deal can be done.

Why not have a look through the pdf version of our sponsor brochure,  or if you have a contact you wish to pass on, then please email Mark direct. Many thanks.


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