UWTSD’s Mark Sandford wins inaugural Grove Trophy


Congratulations to UWTSD’s Mark Sandford, senior Transport lecturer, who was the winner of the inaugural Grove Trophy at Britain’s first exclusively low carbon rally.

UWTSD's Mark Sanford Inagural Grove Trophy

Thousands of shoppers, holidaymakers and sports enthusiasts saw some of the world’s most advanced cars in Swansea at last weekend’s event.

Fuel cell models lined up with a wide range of battery electric vehicles to compete in the Green Dragon EV Rally and Show.

Streets around Castle Square were filled with examples of the latest EV cars and competition cars together with demonstrations of electric trials bikes and high performance electric racing bikes which have lapped the Isle of Man TT Course, along with an Aston Martin Rapide e and the e Rally Zoe, the UK's first homologated rally car. 

There was a special Future is Electric Forum at the Dylan Thomas Centre before the event  with expert speakers on electric and hydrogen vehicles and on Saturday the event’s action began in Swansea City Centre before touring around Gower Peninsula and auto tests at Swansea Airport, Fairwood, before finishing in Castle Square, Swansea in front of hundreds of shoppers.

The auto tests decided the winner of the inaugural Grove Trophy, commissioned to mark the contribution of the Swansea academic Sir William Robert Grove, who created the fuel cell in Swansea in the 1840s. That went to University of Wales Trinity Saint David transport lecturer Mark Sandford driving a BMW i3 from BMW Sytner, Swansea.

Accepting the trophy, from Professor Ian Walsh, Provost of Swansea and Cardiff campuses and Executive Dean of Welsh Institute of Science and Art, Mark Sandford said: "I think I had the ideal car for the tests with its very tight turning circle and there was still a lot of range left in the car after nearly 60 miles and some performance driving at the auto tests."

The event was promoted by the Low Carbon MC and organised by Maesteg MC with support from Swansea Business Improvement District, Swansea City and County Council, Swansea Airport and the Welsh Automotive Forum.

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