Keith gears up for car show aimed at educating young drivers

An event created to raise awareness amongst young people on the dangers they face when first taking to the roads is set to take place in Keith next week.

‘Rrrallye’ days were created in Keith in memory of local youth Stuart Harper, who died in 2008 after a Renault Clio car in which he was a passenger hit a tree. Stuart had just bought his own dream car, a white Series 2 Rallye, five days before the accident.

Determined to do something to educate young car enthusiasts Keith’s mother Linda organised the first Rrrallaye even in 2009.

Now in its sixth year the event aims to raise further funding to purchase vouchers that would allow young people aged 17-25 to attend a Skid Car Course or to help with fees for Pass Plus or Advanced Driving courses.

Linda said: “Our aim is to try and encourage youngsters to do these courses as it does help to improve their awareness of road conditions and their own cars.

“On the day of the Rrrallye there will be lots of cars from different clubs attending – cars were Stuart’s passion. A good turn out of motorbikes and the emergency services will also be there on the day alongside Roadwise Driver Training and other driving instructors.

“Local charities and fundraising groups will bring along fun games and information stalls while we have a marquee running all day with various groups and individuals putting on some great entertainment.”

Now a registered charity, Rrrallye is supporting a number of young people towards their achieving a variety of awards through helping to organise the event. These awards include such as Youth Achievement, Dynamic Youth and the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme.

Rrrallaye 2014 is being held on Sunday, June 15 from 10am until 4pm at the Keith Community Sports and Leisure Centre.

Anyone who wishes to book at stall at the event or is seeking further information should email Rrrrallye@live.co.uk or call Linda on 01542 887717 or Raymond on 07788 560308.

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