This year’s new start point for the annual Magic of Motoring Charity Classic and Vintage Car Run on New Year’s Day proved to be a big hit with both drivers and supporters.
Large crowds gathered at Red Bull’s Formula 1 headquarters in Milton Keynes to watch the start of ‘The First Run’.
The event was once again supported by Shell, Porsche GB and classic Porsche specialist Export 56 and proved to be a big success. The seventy five crews enjoyed a relaxed and very social start to the new year whilst raising over six thousand pounds for Milton Keynes based charity ‘The Friends of the Walnuts’.
A fine array of classic and vintage cars turned out on the day with drivers and co-drivers navigating through the picturesque Buckinghamshire villages to a check point at the Stony Stratford Vintage car display. After a quick pit stop teams embarked on a further 30 mile route deep into the Northamptonshire countryside, finishing at the wonderful Art Deco setting of Sywell Aerodrome.
This year’s winners of the Murray Walker Pub quiz were ‘Team Porridge’ who walked away with not only the quiz but a selection of Mac tools. Also very well done to 13 year old Ben Pacey and his friends for raising a magnificent £500.00 towards the day’s cause with a sponsored fun run at the Porsche Driving Centre at Silverstone.
There were further prizes for; Car of the day (No. 44) Ben Brock in the 1930 Lagonda 2L Tourer. Best dressed crew (Car No. 60) Chas Jellis/Heda Kootz in their 1942 Willis Jeep. The Charity auction proved a great success with Rob Roberson’s winning a Porsche GT driving experience at Silverstone.
Finally, the coveted ‘Golden Pickle Jar’ was awarded to (Car No. 47) driven by Dave Wood and Co-Driver Andy Baldwin who not only managed to turn up late but unfortunately broke down 12 meter past the start line at Red Bull, all was redeemed as they soon got underway and completed the route. Their day just got better as they won the competitors prize draw!
“Once again ‘The First Run’ event was a great success, I was so pleased with the turnout a really tremendous effort by everybody involved in co-ordinating and participating in this event.” said Mick Pacey, CEO, Magic of Motoring. “We increased the entry from 50 to 75 cars this year to accommodate demand for places which is incredibly encouraging as this was only our second year of running the event”.
“The First Run will definitely become an annual event with an increase entry to 100 cars with a new route planned for 2013,” said Mick Pacey.
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