Drive to Maggies – helps cancer charity

‘Drive to Maggie’s – the four-day, 50 prestige and classic car Scottish countryside tour and Knockhill race event plus glittering auction – has raised a phenomenal £160,000 for Maggie’s.

Fifty top of the range, high-performance cars departed from Maggie’s Lanarkshire on the 23 August, and enjoyed a four-day drive across some of Scotland’s most beautiful countryside. 

The convoy made a pitstop at Scotland’s national motorsport centre Knockhill Circuit in Fife along the way for a day of parade and driving challenges – including lapping the course with British Touring Car champion Gordon Shedden and Le Mans winning Aston Martin star Jonny Adam.

Day three saw the cars cross the camber of the Scottish country roads to enjoy an evening Gala Dinner at Achnagairn Castle, near Inverness, where there was a fantastic glittering raffle and auction. On day four, the cars took another planned scenic route towards home.

Sandy Wilkie MBE, fundraising board chair for Maggie’s Lanarkshire, was instrumental in forming the committee which organised ‘Drive to Maggie’s’.

Sandy said: “Drive to Maggie’s was a fabulous four-day car event which put a smile on a lot of peoples’ faces from start to finish. To raise £160,000 from this event is absolutely phenomenal! There were plenty of remarkable cars worth seeing from the launch and all along the way including an Aston Vantage, a Morgan, a Ferrari 488 Pista, a 1943 Alfa Romeo 6c, a McLaren 720Spider, a Bentley GTC Supersport, with many a Rolls Royce in attendance too.

“Lockdown has meant that many people with cancer are facing illness that may not have been caught as early as it could have been. This means more people need Maggie’s more than ever right now and we wanted to fundraise to be able to help as much as we can.

“I am very passionate about fundraising for Maggie’s and I’ve been very lucky to have been able to work with a lot of people who have given up their time to put this event together. Myself and our committee members including Andrew Braidwood, Willie Paterson, Barry Wood and Chris Wilson have been working to put on this inaugural ‘Drive to Maggie’s’ event for a long time.

Sandy added: “We were extremely lucky that Gordon Deuchars of Quest Precision in Dundee kindly allowed us to borrow four of his fantastic Ferraris to allow members of the public to bid for hot laps with the racing drivers at Knockhill Racetrack. Gordon is a long-time supporter of Maggie’s Dundee and for that we are extremely grateful.

“Famous faces from the racing world also dropped in across the four days too including the three-times winner of the 24-Hours of Le Mans Allan McNish, rally legend Jimmy McRae, BTTC champions Gordon Shedden and John Cleland, plus four-time British GT champ Jonny Adam – telling many a race car anecdote along the way and keeping everyone entertained from the start to the end.

“A Gala Dinner formed the finale of the four-day event at the backdrop of Achnagairn Castle where we had a Diamond Raffle with prizes up for grabs including a gents Rolex and glittering diamonds. There was also a grand auction with fabulous prizes including a Hollywood Extravaganza Experience – including first class flights to Los Angeles, stay in a four-star hotel for four nights, plus VIP entry to the red-carpet premiere of Anthony and Joe Russo’s film, The Gray Man. 

“Other prizes included the loan of a McLaren for a weekend, a fantastic Aston Martin experience, a Legendary Lunch for two on a yacht, and a Dario Franchitti Kool Green Race suit, to name just a few. 

“The timing of Drive to Maggie’s couldn’t have been better as we were able to hold this event without social distancing and people were to enjoy seeing all the cars in the different venues and have the pleasure of socialising with each other and all for a great cause.”

The lead sponsors of Drive to Maggie’s were Parks Motor Group, with further sponsorship from Asset Alliance Group and Arbuthnot Latham Ltd, Turnkey Group, Jackton Distillery, Browns Food Group, William Grant & Sons, and long-time supporters of Maggie’s Lanarkshire, Tunnocks.

The Tunnock’s Fleurs de Lys vintage delivery van and Filshill Eldorado car also took part in the event, while the Equi’s of Hamilton vehicle promoted ‘Maggie’s Text to Donate’ and a Maggie’s liveried support vehicle carried luggage and goodies along the way. 

Lorrie Cameron, Centre Head for Maggie’s Lanarkshire said: “We are extremely lucky that Sandy and his team got together to lead this supporter event for Maggie’s Lanarkshire.

“It was a brilliant four-day event with amazing cars crossing some of Scotland’s most beautiful countryside and stars from the racing world giving their time to raise funds for Maggie’s. We can’t thank everyone enough. People with cancer need Maggie’s more than ever right now and this event came at a perfect time.”

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