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Little Classics News: 16 June 2016

Hope Classic Rally Raises £300,000 for Charity

Hope Classic Rally 2016

The Hope Classic Rally raised £300,000 for charity this weekend, with celebrities and car enthusiasts driving some of the most special classic cars in the world, from historic Brooklands to Beaulieu.

Hope Classic Rally 2016 at the abbey

The Hope Classic Rally is held annually in aid of the charity WeSeeHope, which raises funds to empower children in Southern and Eastern Africa. It is a car rally like no other; generous classic car owners donate their cars to be driven by others, raising a substantial amount of money. This all goes directly to the charity’s projects thanks to full sponsorship of the event.

Hope Classic Rally 2016 Aston Martin

13 top companies sponsored and partnered with the Hope Classic Rally this year, with financial support coming from ADG Holdings, Corfield Morris, Icon Solutions, Joe Macari, Qlik, Tourism Ireland and Signify, as well as iconic British brands Alfred Dunhill and Bremont.

Hope Classic Rally 2016 Porsche

The rally featured many of the best-loved British classics, including an Aston Martin DB2, Aston Martin DB5, several Jaguar E-types, a Jaguar XK 120, a Mini Cooper, Land Rover Series 1 and an Austin Healey 3000.

Hope Classic Rally 2016 start

As well as the British classics, the rally also featured beautiful and rare cars from famous manufacturers from all around the world, with a Ferrari 250 SWB, two Ferrari Daytonas and a Mercedes 300SL Gullwing all taking part. The stylish support vehicle was a classic VW camper van with a vintage tandem bicycle on the roof, and the Mk1 Ford Escort Mexico that was restored by Ant Anstead was another eye-catching participant.

Hope Classic Rally 2016 Jaguar E-Type

During a gala dinner within the backdrop of stunning Mercedes-Benz World on Friday night, rally participants each received a gold envelope revealing the car that they would be driving on the Saturday.

Hope Classic Rally 2016 Ferrari

The weather stayed largely clear, and the few light showers were short enough that the many convertible cars were able to complete the journey with their roofs down. The route ended at Beaulieu National Motor Museum where the cars were parked around the Beaulieu Abbey ruins.


Nicki Shields, official presenter of the FIA Formula E Championship, who completed the route in a 1955 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing, said: “The Hope Classic Rally is an incredibly special weekend and it was an absolute pleasure to be part of it. When else can you drive through the beautiful rolling hills of the English countryside in a Mercedes 300SL Gullwing, sandwiched between a Ferrari 250 SWB and a concourse winning Aston Martin DB2?”

Hope Classic Rally 2016 Aston Martin

Amanda Stretton, leading female motorsport, classic car and automotive TV broadcaster, who drove a 1970 Ferrari Daytona, said: “It was an absolute honour to be involved with a team of such passionate and enthusiastic people, who are making a real difference to vulnerable people’s lives through WeSeeHope. This event is an amazing way for all those who are passionate about classic cars to come together for a weekend of fun that also makes a lasting difference to children who have had the toughest of starts.”

Hope Classic Rally 2016 Jaguar XK120

Ant Anstead of BBC2’s Building Cars Live and Channel 4’s For the Love of Cars, who took part in a 1951 ex-Duncan Hamilton Jaguar XK120, said: "Last year's maiden Hope Classic Rally was sensational and somehow this year they managed to top it. It was the perfect blend of beautiful cars, scenic roads and generous people."


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