Race2Recovery and their British rally raid car the Qt Wildcat 500DKR to appear at The Regent Street Motor Show on Saturday 3 November. The team, some of whose members featured on BBC Top Gear, will be the first racing team of predominantly injured servicemen to compete in the formidable Dakar Rally in South America in January 2013 raising more for Help for Heroes.
Race2Recovery started when a fledging team of wounded soldiers were inspired to raise money for the service charities that have helped them during their recovery process. At least 50% of the team members are disabled or have been wounded in combat, each have a huge variety of injuries, some of which are more apparent than others, whether it is missing limbs, spinal and respiratory injuries, psychological or fragmentation injuries, all have been life changing. The team are all united in their common goals; they want to prove that beyond injury you can achieve the extraordinary, which is why they are embarking on the toughest race on the planet. The team hopes that their attitude will inspire those who are injured, disabled or facing adversity that anything is achievable. Since their formation, they have been actively raising money for forces charity Help for Heroes and their Tedworth House Recovery Centre, based in Wiltshire. The project was selected by the team, as it is a place where injured serviceman can receive every kind of support, forever.
In preparation for the Dakar Rally, the team have competed in both UK and international rallies, and have had vital training and support from racing driver and former “Stig” Ben Collins. After the team member’s appearance on BBC Top Gear in 2011, Collins said “the filming on BBC Top Gear involved me coaching a group of young army veterans to handle the brute power of a QT Wildcat rally 4x4s. The soldiers’ acute injuries made it extremely difficult for them to control the machines as they flew through the air at high speed, let alone sliding through rocky gate posts and down vertical slopes. Somehow they did it and the footage of their feats makes for unbelievable viewing. It was a rare privilege to ride with these guys and witness their perseverance against all odds, without a doubt the most inspirational journey of my life.” He has since continued to support the team as a patron and is also attending the Regent Street Motor Show.
Come and support the team at The Regent Street Motor Show. . . The Qt Wildcat 500DKR will be shipped off next month in readiness for the challenge, but you can see the vehicle and meet the Race2Recovery team at The Regent Street Motor Show on Saturday 3 November, between 10.30am until 4.00pm where they will be selling team merchandise and raising funds for Help for Heroes. The Regent Street Motor Show is the largest FREE motor show in the UK. Amongst the many attractions will be a display of iconic vehicles celebrating the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries of motoring. To follow the Race2Recovery Team, please visit:http://www.race2recovery.com/
Also supporting forces charity Help for Heroes is a budding Chesterfield singer Laura Ashby who hopes to strike a chord with the loved ones of fallen servicemen with her debut singleentitled “Soldier’s Wife”. Laura will be performing her single live on stage at The Regent Street Motor Show. All profits from the song will be donated to the charity. The song lyrics tell the tale of a woman whose husband is killed at war, and was penned by 1980’s rocker and St Elmo’s Fire singer John Parr. Laura said: “The very first time I heard the song with its beautiful words I immediately felt a connection with the wives who have tragically lost their husbands in war”. Laura lost her husband Jon, when he died at the age of just 29 from an undiagnosed genetic heart complaint. Laura continues “I found that singing was a comfort and the only thing that helped me feel close to Jon, and this song gives me the chance to do something to help.” Soldier’s Wife is available exclusively from HMV and iTunes. For full details on Laura and the song, please visit: www.lauraashby.net/
From Motorin News