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Little Classics News: 15 July 2015

Hope Classic Rally Raises £150k for Charity

Hope Classic Car Rally collection

The inaugural Hope Classic Rally was held at the weekend with over 40 of the world’s most desirable classic cars coming together with stars from sport, TV, film and fashion to raise an incredible £150,000 for the charity HOPEHIV.

Ben Collins in Jaguar XK120 at Hope Classic Rally

Taking place over Friday 10th July and Saturday 11th July, the event saw generous participants and a host of celebrities drive from Mercedes-Benz World in Brooklands, Surrey to Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire in some incredibly exotic machinery. All the funds raised will go directly to projects run by HOPEHIV, a charity which empowers children isolated by poverty, and often orphaned by HIV and AIDS, in Southern and Eastern Africa to create a better future for themselves.

Mercedes SL at Start line

A stellar line-up of incredibly rare classic cars assembled overlooking the Mercedes-Benz World track. The line-up, collectively worth in excess of £30m, was donated by many generous owners and included a host of Ferraris; from a 250 SWB to a pair of 365 GTB/4 Daytonas, a 288 GTO and a 550 Barchetta.

Aston Martin Hope Classic Rally start

The display also featured a Mercedes-Benz 300SL ‘Gullwing’, several Aston Martins (including examples of the DB4, DB5, V8 Vantage and V8 Vantage Zagato), two Porsche 911 2.7 RS, a Lamborghini Miura, a Lotus Elite, an ex-Roy Salvadori Jaguar XK120 and ex-Duncan Hamilton XK120 and several Jaguar E-types.

Lamborghini Miura on Hope Classic Rally

Celebrity guest drivers who were lucky enough to drive thanks to donations from owners included Ben Collins in an ex-Duncan Hamilton Jaguar XK120, Lewis Moody at the wheel of a 7-litre Aston Martin V8 Vantage and Ant Anstead piloting a Ferrari Daytona.

Aston Martin V8 in Hope Classic Car Rally

Participants drove through the picturesque Surrey and Oxfordshire countryside, stopping briefly near Henley-on-Thames to change drivers, arriving at Blenheim Palace where all of the cars assembled on the Great Court at the spectacular World Heritage site.

Ferarri Daytona on Hope Classic Rally 2015

Ex-England rugby star Lewis Moody MBE said: “The Hope Classic Rally was a fantastic event, using our love of classic cars to build awareness of the charity and raise an incredible amount of money to help vulnerable children.”

Aston Martin BD on Classic Car Rally

Racing driver and stunt driver Ben Collins said: “The work that HOPEHIV does is enormously inspiring and I’m so proud and happy to have been involved in this amazing rally. It has tapped into our passion for classic cars in the best way possible, with some amazing donations made by some very generous classic car owners.”

Porsche 911 in Henley-on-Thames Hope Classic Rally 2015

Phil Wall, on behalf of the charity HOPEHIV, said: “We at HOPEHIV have been absolutely overwhelmed by the first Hope Classic Rally. The sight of so many incredible classic cars arriving at Blenheim Palace will stay with me for a very long time – and I am amazed and humbled at the generosity of so many owners, many of who gave their cars to complete strangers in order to raise money for HOPEHIV.”

Classic Ferrari on Hope Classic Rally 2015



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