50 Pound charity donation allows drivers to speed


VAZON Coast Road is a well-known haunt for speeding motorists. But on Saturday, 100 fortunate islanders were allowed to drive at more than 35mph for charity.

A wide range of cars from Lamborghinis to Minis competed in the HGIB Charity sprint, which was aimed at non-motor sport competitors.

Usually the Vazon sprint is only open to members of the Guernsey Kart and Car Club or the Guernsey Motorcycle and Car Club.

But by paying a 50 entry fee, drivers could travel as fast as they wished along the coast road.

It was also a charity event raising money for the Pink Ladies.

The Pink Ladies is a charity close to my heart, said organiser Stuart Butler.
I know so many ladies who have suffered with breast cancer. It is a very good cause.

He was amazed by the response from islanders wanting to take part.
It is phenomenal, he said.

We have 100 people, but we could have doubled or trebled it.

I was worried about the weather but it does not seem to have stopped people.
The Pink Ladies had even entered a team. Committee member Linda Falla said the charity was grateful for the support.

Jim Mallett was racing a yellow Chevrolet Chevelle.
The finance worker admitted he was a bit of a petrolhead.
My wife is a garage widow, said the 30-year-old. I am a car fanatic without a shadow of a doubt.  It is good to have different things like this happening in Guernsey. Hopefully there will be more of them. I am hoping to get a couple of good runs.

Chantal Harrison was racing her husbands Lightning McQueen Mazda Prelude, which took part in the Bubblegum Bangers this year.
My husband has allowed me to drive it, said the 38-year-old personal trainer.
I have done a hill climb once before which was good. This is a good opportunity for me to have a go at doing this.

Police traffic sergeant John Tostevin was also racing as part of its safety initiative, Licence to Kill.  We want people to break the speed limit, but in a safe and controlled environment where people are not in danger, he said.
They have been doing race and track days in the UK for years.
I think this promotes safety.

Rob Stanford, 20, is a member of the Guernsey Kart and Motor Club. He was a spectator rather than racer on Saturday.  I think this is a good idea, said the mechanic. Hopefully it will bring people who speed, off the roads and down here. Also I think it is a good way to promote what the club does in Guernsey.

Senior fund administrator Kate Le Pelley, 26, had come to watch her brother, Adam, racing.  I think this is great as it allows people to push their cars to their full potential without breaking the law.

Media challenge...
A media challenge was held as part of the sprint and caused some embarrassment for Guernsey Press reporter Alexa Rowe.
She was up against her boyfriend, Channel TVs Rob Moore, and Island FMs Claire Brouard.

Before the event, Miss Rowe was in confident mood.
I really want to beat him, she said. He is used to driving an automatic, so I do not think he will be too hot at gear shifting.

Mr Moore was not too confident in his own ability.
I think she will probably beat me, he said.

But the clock told otherwise. She crossed the line in the borrowed Mazda in 17.27 sec. to his 17.07, the fastest of the day by the media representatives.

Kenny Brouard, pictured, takes the opportunity to unleash the full potential of his Ferrari F430, which has a top speed of close on 200mph and accelerates to 60mph in 3.6 sec.. 

Guernsey Press Article by Aimee Le Cocq
25th October 2010

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