Youth, men’s health charities benefit from road rallies

Youth, men’s health charities benefit from road rallies

Remember the Camel Trophy? It will be celebrated in the UK in May

The 2018 McQueen car show poster

The third annual Friends of Steve McQueen Rally is scheduled for April 27-29 with a route that will explore “the pastoral countryside and… a little twist and should two-lane driving” between the California communities of Santa Barbara to Paso Robles. The rally, open to only 48 vehicles, concludes with a visit to the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard.

The rally benefits Boys Republic, where McQueen was a student and where the annual Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show is scheduled for June 2. The car show will include a special class for the cars that participate in the rally.

For more information, visit the rally website.

Movember means mustaches to promote men’s health | RAC photos

Movember Foundation benefits from London to Brighton 2018

London to Brighton participants draw a crowd

The Royal Automobile Club, organizer of the annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, has designated the Movember Foundation as its official charity. Considered the only global men’s health charity, the Movember Foundation works to raise awareness and funding to combat prostate and testicular cancer and men’s mental health and suicide prevention.

The foundation has become known for encouraging men to grow mustaches each November. The 2018 London to Brighton Run also takes place in November.

“Now all those involved in this autumn’s event, whether they be entrants, passengers, marshals, support crews, followers, visitors, friends or family members are being encouraged to grow moustaches and join the movement,” the RAC said in its news release.

“The Movember Foundation will be encouraging all pubs and villages along the route to show their support in the lead up and on the day and join the Veteran Car Community of fundraisers.”

Not only will people be encouraged to grow moustaches, but a special “carstache” is being created for cars as well.

Former F1 champion Damon Hill and British adventurer Charley Boorman will represent the charity on the run in a 1904 Rover 8HP.

‘British Reliability’ is not an oxymoron

Can vintage car road rallies accomplish more than merely sending people out on a nice driving route? Indeed. For example, the American British Reliability Run staged last fall reports that it generated $56,000 for its charity, Our Military Kids.

The three-day, 2018 rally is scheduled for September 28-30.

For more information, visit the rally website.

The Ives brothers’ winning Land Rover | Bicester Heritage photo

Camel Trophy anniversary at Bicester Heritage

Bicester Heritage, the RAF airbase-turned-classic car center in England, will celebrate 20 years since the last Land Rover-supported Camel Trophy rally at its Land Rover Legends program May 26-27. Featured at the event will be brothers Bob and Joe Ives and their 1989 Trophy-winning Land Rover 110.

The Ives’ “Team Gringo” was the only British entry to win the trophy competition, which ran from 1981-1998 and became considered the “Olympics of 4×4.”

“Their victory in the Camel Trophy in 1989 went down in history as the toughest ever, due to the severity of conditions during the 17-day epic at the height of the Amazon’s unforgiving rainy season,” Bicester Heritage said of the brothers in its news release.

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