RACING AND REMEMBERING

Our team reflects on charitable track days in the run-up to Remembrance Sunday.

RACING AND REMEMBERING

At Collecting Cars, we love to see high-performance cars and bikes used as intended, and very often that means at full throttle in motorsport. Numerous members of the global team are regular entrants to modern sports car or historic racing, with even more choosing to head to a favourite circuit on a weekend to participate in track days.

Of course, none of us forget that it is a privilege to be able to use and enjoy cars and bikes like this, and so it is no surprise that there are now a number of charity-focused track events established in recent years. One that Collecting Cars has been proud to support and sponsor over the last few years is Veloce, which you can read more about here, and which in 2022 alone raised more than £188,000 for good causes.

Another event that is timely to highlight is the Race of Remembrance (RoR). Conceived in 2014 and now in its eighth year, the 12-hour endurance race centres around a Service of Remembrance on the Sunday of the event weekend (this year, from 11-13 November). The motorsport and forces communities come together to pay tribute and remember those lost in conflict, and to show their support to those who remain in service.

In aid of Mission Motorsport, teams descend on a likely damp and windswept Anglesey for an endurance race with a difference – and one that makes a difference. Unique to RoR, all activities taking place on Remembrance Sunday are paused at 10:45 that morning for competitors, pit crews, marshals, staff, and supporters to come together as one in a special pitlane Service of Remembrance. Those unable to attend but who still want to support can donate to Mission Motorsport and watch the live streams on the RoR website.

Chris Harris raced at the event in 2015 and produced a one-off special film, while Collecting Cars’ Olly Brand has raced at the event twice, and he gives his views on this poignant weekend:

“Forget LeMans, the Nurburgring 24H and the budget-rigged F1; this is racing! I've been fortunate to race and attend twice, and while I can't attend this year, you can click through to read about my 2021 experience, or watch a video documenting the race below. Hopefully, I will see you at RoR 2023!"