Fuel frugality and the MPG marathon
The annual MPG Marathon takes place on 18-19 October, and will highlight the benefits of fuel efficient, economical driving.
The event will be based at the Heythrop Park Resort in Oxfordshire. Competitors will be tasked with planning their own routes to four different venues across the heart of the country, including a visit to the Silverstone racing circuit in Northamptonshire.
Their aim will be to achieve the highest possible MPG figure for their vehicle of choice, with prizes being awarded for those that achieve not just the best overall MPG figure, but also the most significant improvement over the manufacturer’s quoted figure.
“The fact that drivers are judged on how much they can improve a car’s fuel economy over the official figure is massively important for the event,” said event organiser Jerry Ramsdale. “It means you can enter the event in an outlandish sports car or a huge SUV, yet still show the world the benefits of driving economically, both in terms of environmental impact and cutting fuel costs, which are just as important to private motorists as they are to fleet managers and business drivers.”
Brand new for 2016 will be ‘Garage 56’, named after the special place on the grid reserved for experimental vehicles at the famous Le Mans 24 Hour race. The category will be open to any vehicle that doesn’t fit in any of the event’s standard categories, including prototypes, concept cars, classic cars or tow vehicles, each of which will tell a story all of its own.
Although the 2016 event is already heavily subscribed, there are a limited number of places still available for people to take part. To find out more about the event, or to enter, go to www.thempgmarathon.co.uk.