May 01, 2012

Historic Car Rally Register revs up support for local charity at the 5th BBO 100 Rally

The Historic Rally Car Register (HRCR) saw 20 classic cars embark on a 100 mile rally for beginners through the Chiltern Hills and Aylesbury Vale. Contestants were flagged off from 10.00 AM on Saturday, April 28 by Rally legend, Paddy Hopkirk,
the HRCR President and  Patron of Skidz, a charity which helps young disadvantaged people in Buckinghamshire gain vocational skills in motor mechanics.

The HRCR opened the 5th annual BBO 100 Rally with a donation of £250 to Skidz, which  was presented at the beginning of the rally and will go towards helping young people reach their full potential in life, by equipping them with key skills needed to gain employment.

The HRCR is a national club for anyone with an interest in historic rallying and the Berks, Bucks and Oxon area hold monthly meetings at The Gate Inn, Bryants Bottom. The BBO Rally comprised of four competitive sections, which tested the crews navigational skills and their abilities to maintain strict, low average speeds which were timed to the second at secret controls. After a Special Test on private land, the contenders finished the 100 mile rally at The Gate Inn where the crews enjoyed a well earned drink and rest while awaiting the results.

Graham Gilmore, from the HRCR BBO Area said, “ We achieved a larger than expected surplus from a recent training course which was attended by over 60 people. This gave us an opportunity to put something back into the community via a local charity that is supported by our President, Paddy Hopkirk. We hope that the Skidz youngsters will relate to classic cars and will see the enjoyment that can be had from this safe, inexpensive, but challenging form of motorsport.  The skills that they are learning at Skidz will be ideal for maintaining classic cars in the future.”

Steve Godfrey, Project Director of Skidz said, “Skidz is very grateful to the HRCR for its generous donation, which will make a big difference to the lives of the young people we help. As a charity which inspires and engages youngsters through the motor industry, we were extremely honoured to be involved with such an exciting event.”


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