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Winners of the Spirit of Twin Town Award

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Winners of the Spirit of Twin Town Award

Two STL staff were the joint winners of the Spirit of Twin Town Award, presented at Blenheim Palace on the end of the 2018 Twin Town Challenge charity fundraising event.

Rene van Oevelen and Steve Evins were chosen for their outstanding effort, the amount of their own time invested and the overall enthusiasm given to making Twin Town Challenge 2018 a huge success.

Rene is an STL Engineer better known for installing telephone and data systems. He made the 4 challenges that the cars took part in on the track at Abbeville. His pride and joy was the Car Fencing, a 30m long TTC18 buzz wire that the cars drove beside with the passenger passing metal loop from one end of the metal frame to the other trying to avoid the buzzer which sounded whenever the loop touched the curving wire. The other games that Rene devised included Car Bowling, Car Jousting and Car Boxing. Rene also managed a team of volunteer mechanics and over the weekend patched up and mended a large number of cars.

Steve is STL’s Applications and Data Analyst and he acted as Competition Director for Twin Town 2018. In advance of the event he built a master spreadsheet and a scoring system for all the challenges and quizzes and was responsible for scoring and updating the leader boards throughout the event.

The ‘Spirit of Twin Town’ Award was given in memory of Nick Walker of Focus, who took part in TTC16 driving the Focus silver Porsche, clad in racing overalls. Focus ORM continue to support Twin Town 2018 as a headline sponsor and an entrant. Nick’s widow Caroline and business partner Nick Jones presented the trophy.

Other Twin Town volunteers recognised for embodying the spirit of Twin Town included Johnny Carberry-Rogers, Abbie Willcox and Gemma Green.

Over 20 STL staff gave up their bank holiday weekend to act as marshals and volunteers for the Twin Town Challenge, a charity event when one hundred cars costing less than £500 travel from Blenheim Palace to Le Touquet undertaking a number of fun points based challenges along the way. The 500 participants enjoyed a quiz night, a street party with live bands and a day at Abbeville circuit. Twin Town Challenge is expected to raise around £500,000 for Charlbury-based charity SpecialEffect.

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