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