Gemma and Nick were both involved with the very first NSPCC motorsports event in 2009. It was the brainchild of Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason and former Formula 1 driver Mark Blundell, and it turned out to be a day to remember for everyone who came along.
Deborah Meaden, James Martin, Austin Healey, NSPCC Ambassador Amir Khan, David Coulthard, Damon Hill and other TV and sport stars took part in ‘The Circuit’ (17 September) in support of the NSPCC’s Child’s Voice Appeal.
Motor sport fans paid to spend a thrilling day with celebrities and professional drivers at PalmerSport, at the Bedford Autodrome. Six high performance-racing cars were put through their paces, including the Formula Jaguar single seater, Porsche 911 JP3, and Palmer Jaguar JP1 sports prototype racer.
Mark Blundell, who is involved in organising The Circuit 2013, said at the time: “Guests really pushed the cars to the limits and there seemed to be a few friendly rivalries out there on the track. Damon Hill and David Coulthard couldn’t help themselves from slugging it out on the track!”
In between conversations about whether Jenson Button can win the Formula One World Championship and singing Happy Birthday to Damon Hill, guests enjoyed a lunchtime auction hosted by Perry McCarthy (the original Stig from Top Gear).
Lots included three super rides in a Palmer Jaguar JP1 and a BMW M3 with David Coulthard, Damon Hill and Jason Plato, a visit to Nick Mason’s legendary car collection which went to TV chef James Martin and a Jenson Button signed Honda plate from last year’s car which went to Dragon’s Den star Deborah Meaden.
At the end of the day, the fastest overall driver was English Rugby Union player Austin Healey, fastest team captain was former Formula One driver Derek Warwick and Best Team was led by David Coulthard and Austin Healey.
NSPCC fundraising manager Sophie Moss said: “There certainly seemed to be some action-packed racing! It’s brilliant to see a pro like Derek Warwick show guests how to set some really top lap times!”
All funds raised from the 2013 event will help the NSPCC to protect children all year round through its projects and services including ChildLine – the UK’s free, confidential 24-hour helpline and online service for children and young people in distress or danger.
And it’s still not too late to join us on 7th March. Full details are on the video we made for the NSPCC:
And if there a special offer if you are in a group of five people – you can come along for the discounted price of £5000 for all five people.
Hope to see you there.