Race2Recovery and their British rally raid car the Qt Wildcat 500DKR to appear at The Regent Street Motor Show on Saturday 3 November. The team, some of whose members featured on BBC Top Gear, will be the first racing team of predominantly injured servicemen to compete in the formidable Dakar Rally in South America in January 2013 raising more for Help for Heroes.
Race2Recovery started when a fledging team of wounded soldiers were inspired to raise money for the service charities that have helped them during their recovery process. At least 50% of the team members are disabled or have been wounded in combat, each have a huge variety of injuries, some of which are more apparent than others, whether it is missing limbs, spinal and respiratory injuries, psychological or fragmentation injuries, all have been life changing.
The team are all united in their common goals; they want to prove that beyond injury you can achieve the extraordinary, which is why they are embarking on the toughest race on the planet. The team hopes that their attitude will inspire those who are injured, disabled or facing adversity that anything is achievable. Since their formation, they have been actively raising money for forces charity Help for Heroes and their Tedworth House Recovery Centre, based in Wiltshire. The project was selected by the team, as it is a place where injured serviceman can receive every kind of support, forever.
In preparation for the Dakar Rally, the team have competed in both UK and international rallies, and have had vital training and support from racing driver and former “Stig” Ben Collins. After the team member’s appearance on BBC Top Gear in 2011, Collins said “the filming on BBC Top Gear involved me coaching a group of young army veterans to handle the brute power of a QT Wildcat rally 4x4s. The soldiers’ acute injuries made it extremely difficult for them to control the machines as they flew through the air at high speed, let alone sliding through rocky gate posts and down vertical slopes. Somehow they did it and the footage of their feats makes for unbelievable viewing. It was a rare privilege to ride with these guys and witness their perseverance against all odds, without a doubt the most inspirational journey of my life.” He has since continued to support the team as a patron and is also attending the Regent Street Motor Show.
Come and support the team at The Regent Street Motor Show. . . The Qt Wildcat 500DKR will be shipped off next month in readiness for the challenge, but you can see the vehicle and meet the Race2Recovery team at The Regent Street Motor Show on Saturday 3 November, between 10.30am until 4.00pm where they will be selling team merchandise and raising funds for Help for Heroes. The Regent Street Motor Show is the largest FREE motor show in the UK. Amongst the many attractions will be a display of iconic vehicles celebrating the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries of motoring. To follow the Race2Recovery Team, please visit: www.race2recovery.com/
Also supporting forces charity Help for Heroes is a budding Chesterfield singer Laura Ashby who hopes to strike a chord with the loved ones of fallen servicemen with her debut singleentitled “Soldier’s Wife”. Laura will be performing her single live on stage at The Regent Street Motor Show. All profits from the song will be donated to the charity. The song lyrics tell the tale of a woman whose husband is killed at war, and was penned by 1980’s rocker and St Elmo’s Fire singer John Parr. Laura said: “The very first time I heard the song with its beautiful words I immediately felt a connection with the wives who have tragically lost their husbands in war”. Laura lost her husband Jon, when he died at the age of just 29 from an undiagnosed genetic heart complaint. Laura continues “I found that singing was a comfort and the only thing that helped me feel close to Jon, and this song gives me the chance to do something to help.” Soldier’s Wife is available exclusively from HMV and iTunes. For full details on Laura and the song, please visit: lauraashby.net/
Austin Reed are the Official Partners of The Regent Street Motor Show 2012 and will be offering an exclusive 20% discount on full price items at their Flagship Regent Street store on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 November (on presentation of the redemption leaflet which can be collected from their staff at the Regent Street Motor Show)
Notes to Editors:
Regent Street Motor Show is the largest FREE motor show in the UK. Amongst the many attractions will be a display of iconic vehicles celebrating the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries of motoring. The show will feature the prestigious EFG International Concours d’Elegance and include100 pre-1905 vehicles that will be taking part in the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run the following day. These vehicles will be joined by low energy cars as they arrive from Brighton having completed the RAC Future Car Challenge – some of which have not been seen on UK roads before.
New for 2012 is a new Manufacturer Zone where the latest models will be presented by Jaguar Land Rover, Vauxhall and Renault, plus the Queen’s Jubilee area, featuring a selection of 60 iconic cars launched during the reign of Her Majesty the Queen, as voted by you. To find the UK’s favourite British car of this period, Dennis the publisher of Octane, Evo and Auto Express magazines has launched an online poll, evo.co.uk/FavouriteBritishCarSurvey. All vehicles featured will be displayed on Regent Street, with the nation’s favourite car unveiled by Coronation Street and Hollyoaks actor, Tony Hirst. One lucky person chosen at random from those who voted for the highest-polled car will be treated to a special VIP experience at the Regent Street Motor Show.
Regent Street will be closed to traffic throughout, making a relaxed and spacious family shopping experience, with inter-active displays, celebrity interviews and autograph sessions, award presentations and passenger rides. The event is supported by many of the streets famous retailers including Austin Reed whose own heritage dates back to the same period as the veteran cars on display. The Austin Reed flagship store will be providing an exclusive 20% discount off all merchandise as a one day spectacular in celebration of the show.
For further details about the Regent Street Motor Show, please visit: regentstreetmotorshow.com/
Help for Heroes provides direct, practical support to wounded, injured and sick Service personnel, veterans, and their families. They fund projects and initiatives that make a real difference to the lives of our wounded heroes. Such as providing grants to individuals and other Service charities, capital build projects and support for life at four Recovery Centres across the UK. For more details about Help for Heroes, please visit: helpforheroes.org.uk/
The Dakar Rally (formally known as the Paris to Dakar Rally) is an annual off-road race, organised by the Amaury Sport Organisation open to both amateur and professional entries. It was launched in 1978 with most of the runs from Paris, France, to Dakar, Senegal. In 2008 the rally was cancelled due to security threats in Mauritania, and then all subsequent rallies have taken place in South America.
Despite its name it is an off-road endurance race, called a rally-raid rather than a conventional rally – the terrain the team will endure will be much tougher and the vehicles used are true off-road vehicles rather than the modified on-road vehicles used in rallies. The route covers over 9,000km in 15 days through Peru, Argentina and Chile, with most of the competitive sections off-road, crossing dunes, mud, camel grass and rocks. The team will cover up to 700km per day, hurtling at speeds of between 70-120mph through some of the most arduous terrain on the planet. The stress and strain on the driving team, vehicle and mechanics is beyond comprehension. The wounded soldiers hope that the teamwork, sense of humour and experience of sleep deprivation built up during their military service will give them a competitive edge over the other more experienced teams in this event.
Members of the Race2Recovery Team and Laura Ashby are available for media interviews.
Austin Reed are the Official Partners of The Regent Street Motor Show 2012
The RAC Brighton to London Future Car Challenge (FCC) and London to Brighton Veteran Car Run (VCR) motoring events are organised and promoted on behalf of The Royal Automobile Club by Goose Communications.
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