The 10th Anniversary of The Supercar Event in support of The Children’s Trust was held on 2nd & 3rd July. It is one of the most popular weekends in the Supercar calendar and is going from strength to strength. The event was held at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey and this year 175 supercars gave thrilling passenger rides on the famous Top Gear track.
The total value of the cars is estimated at over £100 million and included Ferrari F12, Ferrari 458 Speciale, McLaren 650S Spider, Porsche 991 GT3Rs, Lamborghini Aventador, just to name a few, and also the Lancia Stratos & Metro 6R4 owned by the late British rally driver, Colin McRae. None of these cars mean much to me but judging by the queues of people waiting to take a ride, they must all be something very special. The Supercar drivers provide their own cars, petrol and tyres free of charge and give approximately 2500 passenger rides.
I have never been to a Supercar Event before but can’t wait for next year when hopefully I won’t be such a coward and will take a ride. I have never seen so many super cars and could not stop watching.
The weekend is a wonderful family event and over 16,000 visitors attended raising over £100,000 for The Children’s Trust. Lots of television stars enjoyed a spin and the event was hosted by TV Presenter Craig Phillips and Olympian Gail Emms. Rides start at £20 and Rally Car rides £200. There are also Driving School rides for 14+ as well a Helicopter rides along with many attractions, entertainment and displays.
The event raises much needed funds for The Children’s Trust, a charity that supports thousands of children and their families from across the country each year. It was at their specialist centre in Tadworth, Surrey where the Supercar Event was born.
Becky Groves, at the age of 12, miraculously survived a potentially fatal brain virus and was transferred to The Children’s Trust, the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury. In 2007, a family friend, Richard Davis, led a group of Ferrari owners on a visit to the Trust to give rides to the children, families and staff. The visit was, and continues to be, a great success and during the last 10 years over £500,000 has been raised. Becky took part in the weekend’s official opening with a Supercar ride on the parade lap.