Racing into the future as Hevingham model car club recruits new members

Presto Park Slot Club in Hevingham which was established in 1962 and are looking for new members to

Presto Park Slot Club in Hevingham which was established in 1962 and are looking for new members to join as there are 18 members and just 1 youngster. Pictured are Effie Newstead and Harriet King. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A model car racing club which has been running for more than 50 years has held its first open day in a bid to recruit more members.

Presto Park slot racing club, which is based at Pound Farm, the Street, Hevingham, is looking to get more youngsters interested in model car racing.

The club is open to all persons aged 12 and over and gives enthusiasts the chance to race cars on a 97ft permanent four lane braided and routed track which is fully landscaped. The races are run every Wednesday night from 7.30pm to 10pm.

The current track was built by Mike Harvey, who owns the club with his wife Averil, and the track is dedicated to his late father Roy, who first took him to Presto Park in the 1960s.

The club currently has 18 members and Mr Harvey said ideally they would like to raise that number to above 20.

He said: 'We have got several adult members and we used to have about five or six youngsters nut now we just have one as the others have gone on to university and college and things like that, so we would like to inject some new blood into the club.'

He said they were looking for people aged 12 and upwards but would be willing to take those from age 10 as well.

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Speaking about the open day event he said: 'It went really well. We had well over 40 people come, families mainly and as a result of the day three people have joined up.'

He said six or seven young peopled aged about ten had also expressed an interest in wanting to join when they are a little older in about a year or so.

Mr Harvey added: 'We are really pleased with how it has gone.'

To contact the club, call 01603 754319 or visit

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