On Tuesday 27th October, Warwick Racing arranged for amateur drag racing team Orange Pop to visit campus.
As well as hosting the second talk in our new annual Speaker Series to over 65 engineering students, they were also able to set up a showcase of their cars on the campus plaza, offering a unique opportunity for interested students and curious passers-by to ask open questions about a career in racing.
Martin (Marketing Director) kicked off the Speaker event recounting his own experiences at different racing levels and how his passion for motor sport eventually led him to Orange Pop.
He also took the opportunity to impart some useful advice to the audience, about how cohesion and harmony within a team is crucial to success. Such advice could be applied not just to Warwick Racing but to any team project that students may encounter in wider life.
Simon Barlow (Owner, Orange Pop) then took to the stage to discuss the everyday running of the team and their plans for the future. This gave the audience a rare insight into how a racing team is structured, and how one operates day-to-day. Not only was this section of the day informative, but it also seemed to inspire many of those present.
Alongside the talk Warwick Racing also organised for Orange Pop to display their cars on the plaza, which garnered a great deal of interest. Students from all departments stopped by to talk to the team members about their cars, their experiences, and the challenges they face daily. The team also treated us to hearing one of the engines fired up, which turned heads left, right and centre.
Martin concluded: “On behalf of all at the Orange Pop Drag Race Team, we would like to express our sincere gratitude for the opportunity afforded to us by both Warwick University and WMG alike.
“The team were made very welcome and all persons involved in our attendance are a credit to this great establishment.
“Over the years we have displayed our cars at numerous venues but it was a first for us to give a talk. Despite some initial nerves we enjoyed ourselves, learning a lot from the experience and we seek to polish and improve upon the presentation at future events.”
“Please pass on our thanks to all those at WMG who we met on the day and we would like to wish you all the very best in your future endeavours.”
We appreciate the efforts of everyone at Orange Pop for taking the time to talk about their team, and for inspiring a new generation of racing enthusiasts.
Written by Clara Nicolson.