British soldiers disabled in the line of duty will be getting behind the wheel on Sunday, 29 June for a Northamptonshire rally stage supported by Northamptonshire County Council and organised by Motorsport Endeavour, which provides motoring experiences for serving and former members of the Armed Forces who have suffered physical or mental injury.
About the event
The cars will cross the starting line at midday on Sunday from Northampton Market Square as part of the Northampton Grand Prix Experience Day, kicking off a week celebrating the importance of motorsport to the county’s heritage, tourism, culture, and economy in the lead up to Silverstone’s 50th Grand Prix anniversary.
The servicemen, driving a range of sporting machinery provided by Silverstone, will follow the stage on a tour of the county, stopping at checkpoints at Silverstone, Rockingham Motor Speedway, The Cube at Corby, and finishing back in Northampton Market Square at 3:30.
Graham Raphael, founder of Motorsport Endeavour, said: “I am privileged and honoured to work with those who, without counting the cost, have given everything. Through Motorsport Endeavour, we hope to rebuild confidence, frequently the first casualty post-injury , to demonstrate that people outside the military value soldiers’ sacrifice, and to recognise that ‘The Worst Injury Is To Be Forgotten’.”
Cllr Andre Gonzalez De Savage, Northamptonshire county council cabinet member for economic growth and infrastructure, said:
“Northamptonshire County Council is delighted to have Motorsport Endeavour actively supporting Grand Prix week. We are very pleased the troops have been able to form part of a central link to our key motorsport circuits.”
Silverstone Managing Director Richard Phillips said: “It will be a privilege to help provide this experience for brave veterans who have paid such a high price for our country. On the day, we’ll be supplying top notch vehicles adapted for the road, including a Ferrari 360 Modena, an Aston Martin V8 Vantage, two Renault Megane RS, two Mercedes C63 AMG, two Mercedes A Class, a Lotus Exige S, and a Lotus Elise R.”
Seeing the rally
Anyone in Northampton for the Grand Prix Experience Day on Sunday will be able to see the cars and troops in the market square from 11am until 12pm, and can follow the action of the rally on Twitter by following @love_northants or using hashtag #homeofmotorsport
Find out what else is planned as part of Northamptonshire Grand Prix week at www.homeofmotorsport.co.uk