Armed Forces in the fast lane

October 12, 2021

Scotland’s National Motorsport Centre, Knockhill Racing Circuit, celebrated both Armed Forces Appreciation Day and NHS Appreciation Day on October 10.

Knockhill Racing Circuit is an Armed Forces Covenant signatory and Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award holder. They have been proactive in supporting the UK Armed Forces, serving personnel, reservists, veterans, and their families.

This was their fifth Annual Armed Forces Appreciation Day, organised to recognise and pay tribute to all serving and veteran Armed Forces personnel and their families. This year, they simultaneously celebrated their first-ever NHS Appreciation Day, to thank key workers for all their hard work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Fife event coincided with the penultimate Scottish Motor Racing Club Championship race day, adding some thrilling race action to the day.

Race cars at Knockhill Racing Circuit.

The event was open to the public and free to all Armed Forces and NHS personnel. It was an opportunity for the attendees to watch the best of Scottish racing.

Stuart Gray, Events Director at Knockhill Racing Circuit, said: “The debt of thanks we all owe our NHS staff in the last 18 months is incalculable with the effects of the pandemic.

“We all know they were stretched prior to March 2020 but their resilience, dedication and constant role while in the face of the effects of COVID-19 matches the traits of our Armed Forces in time of conflict. We owe the NHS and our Armed Forces so much and our Appreciation day for both sectors is our small way of saying thank you.”

HRFCA Regional Employer Engagement Directors, Ray Watt and Roy McLellan, attended the event with some of our employers who have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and achieved ERS Awards.

Stuart Gray welcomed Stewart Smith and guest Andrew from ERS Bronze Award holder Binn Group, Douglas Kinnear from ERS Silver Award holder Thorntons Law LLP with son Hamish, and Colin McAllister from ERS Silver Award holder John Clark Motor Group.

From left, Stuart Gray (Knockhill), Hamish and Douglas Kinnear (Thorntons Law), Colin McAllister (John Clark Motor Group) with wife Maggie McAllister, and Stewart Smith (Binn Group) with guest Andrew. From right, Roy McLellan and Ray Watt (HRFCA).
From left, Binn Group’s Stewart Smith with guest Andrew.
Knockhill event.
Thorntons Law’s Douglas Kinnear with son Hamish.