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Charlie Martin helps make motor racing history


Racer Charlie Martin has starred at the first-ever Watergate Bay Speed Hillclimb motorsport event – competing in her NGK-liveried Mini Cooper.

The event was the first closed-road hillclimb to receive approval from the MSA, which governs four-wheeled motorsport in the UK, and the third closed-road event in all.

Competitors tried to record the fastest time along a section of the B3276, the coast road linking Padstow and Newquay, which was temporarily closed to normal road traffic for the duration of the event.

The start of the course was Watergate Bay, one of Cornwall’s most popular tourist destinations, with the racers setting off in the direction of Newquay, with the breathtakingly beautiful North Cornwall coastline to their right and crossing the finish line 720 metres further up the hill.

NGK-sponsored Charlie, who recorded a fastest run time of 29.21 seconds, said: “The MINI JCW went so well ­– punching above my weight against 4WD cars with double my power (or more!) so fifth in class was pretty good. Capped off a mega week of surfing and partying down in the South West.”

Mark Hallam, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd Marketing Manager, said: “It was great to see so many people attend this unique event and cheer on Charlie who is very popular with motorsport fans, many of whose own vehicles are fitted with NGK components.”

All profits from the inaugural running of the event will be donated to the Cornwall Air Ambulance and the Cornwall Food Foundation.

NGK – a leading supplier of original equipment (OE) spark plugs, glow plugs and NTK Lambda and other engine management sensors is a long-standing supporter of all forms of motorsport, supplying its racing plugs for many of the World’s leading two and four-wheel competitors and teams.


For more information on NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd and its products and services, please visit the website

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About NGK SPARK PLUG: Worldwide: NGK Spark Plug is one of the leading automotive and technical ceramics suppliers, with its corporate headquarters in Nagoya, Japan and sales organisations and production facilities all over the world. The automotive side of the company specialises in the fields of ignition and sensor technology, supplying Original Equipment and Aftermarket customers across the globe. Its product portfolio for the Aftermarket comprises spark plugs, glow plugs, ignition coils and leads under the NGK Ignition Parts brand, whilst oxygen and temperature sensors, NOx sensors, mass air flow (MAF) and manifold absolute pressure (MAP) sensors operate under the brand NTK Vehicle Electronics. With more than 14,500 employees, the company’s automotive and technical ceramics activities generate a total annual turnover of around 3.1 billion Euros worldwide. NGK Spark Plug is represented on all continents and has 41 group companies, 24 production plants and five technical centres. NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd is a leading supplier of original equipment (OE) spark plugs, glow plugs and NTK Lambda and other engine management sensors, plus ignition coils, to the independent UK automotive aftermarket.

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