A variety of cars, old and new, experienced the need for speed and a taste of track action all for a good cause on Wednesday 2nd April. The charity track day at Castle Combe Circuit raised £3,200 for its selected beneficiary charity, The Forever Friends Appeal at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.
The track day gave drivers the opportunity to experience speed in their own cars, in a controlled environment, at one of the longest established and famous motor circuits in the UK. The concept of these fundraising track days is fondly referred to as ‘fun with a purpose.’ Where automobile self-abuse is out and enjoying your car, the track experience and the bigger picture is in.
On the day, cars ranged from a Ford GT40 replica and Maserati Ghibli to Mazda MX5, BMW M3 and Porsche 911. Classic cars include Ford Escort RS2000, modified MG Midgets and a rapid Morris Minor. Passenger rides were also popular for those wanting the chance to ride in a car of their dreams, in exchange for a donation to the charity.
Maria Fisher from Castle Combe Circuit comments: “When Christopher Darwin (track day organiser) asked me to choose a local charity I was only too pleased to help the Forever Friends Appeal at the RUH as my way of saying thank you for the care I have received from the Lung Cancer Department in 2013; after both pre and post operation as both the consultants and nurses had been so supportive. The total raised on the day was absolutely brilliant!”
The fundraising will be split between the RUH Cancer Care Campaign and the Children’s ward. Over the years, these ‘fun with a purpose’ track days have raised over £100,000 for a variety of good causes at circuits around the country.
Laura Pearce, Events Fundraiser for The Forever Friends Appeal, says:
“We are absolutely delighted that Castle Combe Circuit chose to support The Appeal for two very important areas of the Royal United Hospital. As a hospital serving over 500,000 people across Bath, Somerset, Wiltshire and even further afield, supporting the RUH is a local cause that touches the hearts of so many – including motor-enthusiasts!
This day was the ride of a lifetime for many, with plenty of seasoned circuit drivers and beginners getting some on track experience. We hope all of the drivers and passengers thoroughly enjoyed their day on this world-class track– thank you Castle Combe Circuit!”