Run what you brung has Jo tickled pink

06/09/2010

MOTORISTS will get the chance to sprint in their road cars for next month. The ‘open to all’ event on 23 October will raise money for breast cancer charity the Pink Ladies. The public Vazon sprint was the idea of Guernsey Motorcycle and Car Club president Bill Cohu, who wanted to offer islanders the equivalent of a track day.

‘In the UK you can go to Brands Hatch, pay your money and drive your car round,’ he said.

The event is being arranged with the help of Heritage Group Insurance Brokers and co-organiser Stuart Butler said: ‘It is not motor sport, it is a fun event. We want a complete mix of people; we don’t want to end up with a load of 40-year-old petrol heads. We want younger people and ladies to take part.’
The event will not be competitive but the runs will be timed.

Mr Cohu said all safety arrangements usually put in place for the Vazon sprint would be in place.

‘On the day they will be given a briefing and talk about safety and if they don’t have a helmet we have some they can borrow.’

The sprint, strictly for standard cars, is also being used as a road safety initiative by the police and Ambulance and Rescue. Mr Cohu hoped it would be an opportunity for young people to drive their cars fast, safely and perhaps get them interested in joining one of the racing clubs.

Mr Butler said the event would also give islanders the chance to see high performance cars in action. Around 20 people have already signed up, including two with Aston Martins and one E-Type Jaguar owner.

Pink Ladies co-founder Jo Allen said she was delighted with the support, especially since the sprint was taking place during breast cancer awareness month.

‘It will give us the opportunity to raise funds and awareness at the event so we can continue helping women with breast cancer.

‘I have done rallying and Nascar racing in the past so I would love to have a go at the sprint, while raising money for our own charity.’

There are 100 spaces available at £50 and each participant will get four or five runs. Forest Road Garage is also providing a car for a media challenge. For more information and entry forms email stuart.butler@heritage.co.gg.

Lining up for the Pink Ladies’ road car sprint are, from the left, Stuart Butler,
Bill Cohu and Jo Allen.                                                   

Guernsey Press Article 6th September 2010


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