Aspiring engineers need a hand to the finish line

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The 1st Stonehaven Boys Brigade have set themselves the challenge of designing and building an electric car and entering the Greenpower IET Formula 24 Challenge - but they can’t get anything done until they find a helping hand for the materials.

The event timetable for 2013 has not yet been published but in 2012 the event took place at the Grampian Transport Museum in June which the BB leaders believe is likely to be the same again.

This means, the group of boys, aged 11-16, will only have six months to source materials, build the car and test drive it to meet the strict Greenpower criteria required to take part in the four-hour endurance race, with the car covering the greatest distance being the winner.

To keep costs down, the boys are looking to scavenge as many materials as possible.

The company running the event, Greenpower, sell a complete kit car but the BB leaders believe that the boys coming up with their own design and overcoming the technical problems to get the car built and ready to race is a challenge in itself, meaning the process and end result will be more rewarding.

However, the boys do require a helping hand with donations as some of the components are set by Greenpower and only available from the website and therefore need to buy some of the materials to get started.

They need batteries from the website, a battery charger and a motor before they can get started.

They are also looking for donations of wheels between 16 and 20 inches in diameter which would potentially come from an child’s bike or folding bike. They also require brakes, a chassis and gears.

The boys will be more than grateful for any amount of donation and have also said that if a company helps them, they can return the favour by placing some advertising on the car on the race day.

One of the Boys Brigade leaders, Grant Affleck, said: “It’ll be a great team working experience for the boys, and the challenge is an exciting one. We just hope we can get some help to fund the experience.

‘‘It’ll be a great project from start to finish, with the boys coming up with the design, methods of money raising, accessing materials, building it, sorting out technical problems etc. We want the boys to think about every stage of the production and be proud of what they’ve achieved.”

For more information visit or contact Grant Affleck on 07921 056102 or by email at or contact Michael Stewart on 07792 268138 or at