Volvo Lovers Will Drive Fundraising at Charity Track Day

Fans of Volvo cars will have the chance to ride in their favourite vehicles...

The event, at Castle Combe Circuit on Friday June 30, is the eighth to be organised for the High Performance Volvo Club, T5D5 and is being co-sponsored by RTS Group and by City Motors Volvo in Bristol.

Some 40 cars will be on the track during the day, which runs from 9am to 4pm, driven by members from T5D5 and the Pistonheads forum. Representatives from Volvo Cars UK will be present.

There is free entry for spectators, with an opportunity for passenger laps for a donation of £20. These will be available from the Strawford Centre at Castle Combe Circuit during the day.

Organising the track day are Volvo enthusiasts Simon Chiu - who works in the RTS Group team as a training consultant for Volvo – and Ashok Paul, an NHS doctor.

“This is an annual social occasion when forum members from T5D5 across the country meet for some track enjoyment. This year, we even have a small group travelling all the way from Malaysia,” said Simon.

“It’s an opportunity to explore the limits of road cars in a safe and controlled environment. Most of the cars which will be used on the day have been modified in one way or another and it is an opportunity to experience how all the modifications come together.

“Over and above that, it’s a charity event, and a way of giving something back to causes which are close to both our hearts.”

This year, funds will go to the Great Western Air Ambulance. In previous years, beneficiaries have included the DEC Haiti Appeal, Save the Children, Dorothy House Hospice, the Japanese Tsunami Appeal, The Fire Fighters Charity, and Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

Malcolm Miller, RTS Group Managing Director, said: “We’re more than happy to support this event which is raising money for such a great cause.”

City Motors Sales Director, Mike Collett said: “It is a pleasure to sponsor and support this event for the second consecutive year. Simon and his team work really hard to achieve what is always a great event.”


Malcolm is RTS Group’s Managing Director so he oversees everything in the company and spends a large proportion of his time on new business development. He joined us initially as an associate, setting up the Mazda Academy, and became MD in 2013. He is a Fellow of the Institute of the Motor Industry.

Malcolm’s background is as a freelance trainer, largely in the automotive sector but also within the finance industry. His first ever job was as a paperboy – he delivered 40 papers a day from 6am, and was paid double on a Sunday because of the weight he had to carry!

He admits he has a somewhat untidy desk and should probably get the coffees in a bit more often, but his good humour and go-getting approach means the team let him off. In his spare time, Malcolm is a rugby referee travelling across the south of England, and he has three grown-up children. Malcolm describes himself as “curious” which makes him the perfect person to explore new opportunities for RTS Group.