IAM Roadsmart celebrates its 60th

IAM RoadSmart, formerly the Institute of Advanced Motorists, is celebrating its 60th anniversary with two parties – one for bike enthusiasts on 2 July and another for car buffs a week later.

Multiple Isle of Man TT winners Steve Plater and Mick Grant will be at the bike party at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham, while rally legend Paddy Hopkirk will be special guest at the car party at the British Motor Museum in Gaydon on 9 July.

Visitors will also have the chance to have their car or bike take centre stage as part of the magnificent #60bikes and #60cars displays. IAM RoadSmart will select one motorcycle or scooter and one car manufactured in each of the past 60 years to be on display at the respective parties.

Sarah Sillars, IAM RoadSmart chief executive officer, said, ‘We are proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 60 years. In co-operation with our group volunteers and the willingness of the motoring and riding public, we have all worked to improve lives for the better and have seen road fatalities and injuries plummet over the decades.

‘As IAM RoadSmart we are now ready for the next 60 years. There will always be a need to make better drivers and riders whatever happens to the transport landscape in the UK. Our work will only become more relevant in the future.

‘Our events on 2 and 9 July will be a chance for people to celebrate their love of cars, bikes and most importantly driving. They are an important part of so many of our lives for so many reasons. We look forward to meeting as many of you as possible.’

IAM RoadSmart has helped more than 400,000 drivers improve their skills in the last 60 years, and there are now 207 local groups coaching and testing drivers around the country, with 5,000 volunteers.

In the next year it will launch a range of products to support specific needs, such as driving at night, rural driving and motorway driving, and it also operates a commercial division which addresses the specific needs of business drivers and fleets with a suite of courses and advice.