Visitors to this year’s Rallyday, at Castle Combe in Wiltshire, can enjoy the ride of their life, as passenger in a Defender-inspired Qt Services Wildcat 500 driven by Top Gear’s former ‘Stig’, Ben Collins. However, not only will they experience a once-in-a-lifetime thrill, they will also support the Race2Recovery program, as it raises money for wounded and disabled British servicemen.
The Race2Recovery campaign is supporting three Forces’ charities and has set itself a challenging goal: to compete in, and finish, the 2013 Dakar Rally and in the process, raise £2m for wounded British servicemen and their families. The team will run a pair of Qt Wildcats on the event, one driven by amputee Captain Tony Harris and co-driven by Captain Matt O’Hare, while the second will be driven by Qt’s Dave Marsh and co-driven by triple amputee Corporal Tom Neathway.
The team will be familiar to fans of BBC’s Top Gear, as they featured in the last episode of the latest series, preparing to begin competition in the Britpart British Cross Country Championship in their Freelander. The cause has attracted the attention of several celebrities, notably Top Gear’s former ‘Stig’ and experienced racer, Ben Collins. Collins is patron of the program and will be one of the drivers giving passenger rides at Rallyday, rallying’s premier fan event. Other drivers will also be giving passenger rides, including Harris, who recently claimed Race2Recovery’s first class win in the Freelander, partnered by O’Hare.
Passenger rides with Collins are priced at £250 while rides in one of the other Wildcats are priced at £20, with all proceeds going directly to Race2Recovery’s charities. Spaces on the day, Saturday 17 September, are limited and must be pre-booked, by emailing Race2Recovery Team Manager Andrew Taylor at Andrew@race2recovery.co.uk.
For more information on the Race2Recovery campaign and how to support the cause, go to www.race2recovery.co.uk, click here for race2recoverywhile for event information, go to www.rallyday.com click here for Rallyday
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