Racing driver Bill “Wom” Garner made a special visit to Clenchwarton. Below, teacher Michelle Ryan in the driving seat. Pictures: Ian Burt

Racing driver Bill  “Wom” Garner made an important pit stop when he pulled into the playground of a village school.

Pupils at Clenchwarton Primary School were delighted to see the racer with his eye-catching Formula Vee car.

The bright livery, raising awareness of Parkinson’s Disease, made the car instantly recognisable.

The children loved the fact a real racing car had appeared at their school ahead of Mr Garner’s next race at Snetterton next weekend.

“They were so excited and loved the car – seeing a real race car close-up is something not many people have the opportunity to do and we were thrilled when Bill said he would come over and show the children his car,” said Rose Ward, executive deputy headteacher.

Mr Garner, of Wisbech, has been racing in the single-seater class for a fifth season. 

Last year, he had his TW10 car liveried to help raise awareness of Parkinson’s after both his uncle and a friend were diagnosed.

He returned to competitive motor sport in 2016 after competing in Long Circuit Karting during the late 1980s and taking third spot in the sport’s 1989 CIK European Championship.

Formula Vee is designed to be a less-expensive way of racing as all the cars are based on the Volkswagen Beetle 1300cc engine with a purpose-built frame and shell and are all single-seaters.