The Hope Classic Rally swings back around for its fifth edition

The June event in aid of the WeSeeHope children’s charity puts enthusiasts behind the wheel of some magnificent motors – with an element of surprise

A Ferrari 250 SWB is one of the valuable classics that rally entrants may find themselves driving
A Ferrari 250 SWB is one of the valuable classics that rally entrants may find themselves driving

An opportunity to combine driving a classic car worth a seven-figure sum while raising money for an African-children’s charity comes around next month (June 14-15) when the fifth edition of the Hope Classic Rally gets under way from the historic Brooklands race track.

The impressive range of motors loaned for the event includes an Aston Martin DB5 C
The impressive range of motors loaned for the event includes an Aston Martin DB5 C

The Hope Classic formula is unusual in that entrants are entered into a draw to decide which of a range of cars loaned for the event they will end up driving – meaning that some might find themselves behind the wheel of a relatively unremarkable model (an Opel Kadett, for example, has been donated by television celebrity Richard Hammond), while others could land valuable exotica such as an Aston Martin DB4, 5 or 6, a Mercedes-Benz 300SL “Gullwing” or even a 1962 Ferrari 250 GT short wheelbase.

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Alternatively, entrants may take part using a classic of their own.

A Mercedes-Benz 300SL “Gullwing” is also on the menu
A Mercedes-Benz 300SL “Gullwing” is also on the menu

Since its inception in 2015, the Hope Classic Rally has raised over £1.1m for the WeSeeHope charity, which funds “sustainable change for vulnerable children in southern and eastern Africa”.

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The £1,000 fee allows entry to the draw and the rally for two people and includes an opening VIP reception and dinner at Mercedes-Benz World, plus an overnight stay at the Brooklands Hotel before the rally starts the following morning with a lap on the Brooklands track.

For the first time, this year’s event – whose sponsors include men’s outfitter Alfred Dunhill – will see the cars follow a route through the Surrey Hills and South Downs to arrive at Goodwood Motor Circuit, where drivers can enjoy a “pit-stop” lunch at Race Control before tackling the celebrated hill climb.

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