December 10 2013 Latest news:
Andrew Fitchett, Reporter
Thursday, October 17, 2013
A car lovers’ dream charity event that raised £41,000 last year is revved up to be better then ever as it returns for another year.
The Charity Motor Show returns to raise cash and pulses at Snetterton Race circuit on November 17, giving motor enthusiasts the opportunity to have a lap in the passenger seat of cars ranging from Ferraris to Fiestas.
Shawn Taylor, of Snetterton Charity Events and Shawn Taylor Racing (STR), said the array of 500 cars at this year’s event would put fans in the fast lane.
“We’ve got Ferraris, Porsches, Lamborghinis, a Lexus LFA supercar – which there are only two of in the UK and cost £350,000 – and some great drivers for people to experience laps with.
“There are also more niche cars like classic and muscle cars. Getting to experience a lap round a race circuit in one of those is not something you get to do every day,” he said.
The cars are put into a range of classes, with prices going up to £70.
Nearly 120 drivers will be putting pedal to the metal on the day, with every one a veteran of the Norfolk circuit.
Petrolheads will be able to hit speeds of up to 140mph on the track from as little as £15 for three laps.
And according to Mr Taylor, the circuit is the star.
“What people are really getting is not just a few laps in a rare car, but the chance to see what it’s like to go on a real race circuit.
“We’ve got some great drivers lined up – many of whom are professionals – and it’s an opportunity to see what these cars can really do,” he said.
There will also be activities available for children as young as five with the East Coast Truckers offering laps of the circuit.
Stalls, refreshments, exhibitions and car club displays round out the event.
Last year’s event raised more than £40,000 in a single day, and this year’s will be raising funds for four charities.
The British Heart Foundation, the Big C, East Anglian Air Ambulance and East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices are all set to benefit.
This is the first year that STR has taken on running of the event and Mr Taylor said he was looking forward to a day of fun.
“With the line-up we’ve got I just can’t wait. I think people are going to get a real kick out of the cars and it’s a great way to raise money for some really good causes,” he said.
The event is volunteer-led and anyone wishing to contribute can get in touch via the event’s website.
It takes place from 8am to 4pm with passenger rides available for children over 12 and 4ft 10in tall.
Entry is £10 per car.
There is also the chance to enter a raffle before the event, with the chance to win a ride voucher worth £90, and runner-up prizes of vouchers worth £70, £60 and £50. Go to the website for more details.
For more information, go to www.charityse.co.uk or facebook.com/charitysportingevents
Follow the event on Twitter via @strgroup