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A GROUP of classic car enthusiasts from the Basingstoke and Andover area take part in a classic car rally to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The rally attracts teams from all over the world, with participants coming from as far away as America and Germany.

However, many competitors live locally – of the 41 teams taking part in the final Cape to Cape Grand Classic Car rally in April, nine of them are based in Hampshire.

These nine teams came together for a barbecue and get-together last week, organized and hosted by Whitchurch resident Derek Clark.

Derek is taking part in the rally in a 1961 Jaguar 3.4. He said: “It’s a great event. It’s a lot of fun, but it’s not a vacation!

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Asked about the rally’s goal of raising £1million, Derek continued: “I think we would all be very happy (if the goal was achieved), but I think one way or another , it will bring in £1million.

“I’m sure it will happen.”

Derek isn’t the only local taking part in the rally this year.

Overton residents Richard Gibbons and Stafford Trendall are also taking part in the event. Richard in a 1970 Austin Pickup, while Stafford cruises for Michael Resteghini, who drives a 1974 Dolomite Sprint.

The group hopes to help Cape to Cape founder Dennis Greenslade reach £1million

Stafford said: ‘It comes down to the fact that it’s Macmillan, it’s all about cancer support.

“My mother died of cancer many years ago, Mick’s wife, she died of cancer; we think it’s such a good cause, it’s worth giving up two weeks of your life.

“It’s not cheap to get in, but everyone pays there. Every penny goes to Macmillan.

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When asked how he would feel if the rally reached its £1million target, Richard said: “I would almost have tears in my eyes.

“I think like everyone else, we think that would be a fantastic achievement for Dennis Greenslade – a job well done.”

Rally founder Dennis, from Cornwall, lost his wife, Tricia, to oesophageal cancer. He said: “I feel very privileged to have turned my love of motor cars, my fascination with maps and my experience of international rallying into one of the toughest classic car circuits in Europe.

“My late wife, Tricia, and I felt it was important to raise money for charity with the Challenge. However, like so many participants, over the years fundraising has become even more personal.

The event is a celebration of classic cars that brings together like-minded enthusiasts. The winner is not the car that finishes first, but rather the team that raises the most money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

This year’s 2,700-mile rally begins in Newquay on April 23 and ends two weeks later in Cape Cornwall on May 7. The event concludes with a gala dinner and awards ceremony at the Bedruthan Hotel and Spa.

Jemma Luker, Regional Fundraising Manager, Hampshire, thanked participants for their support: “The first event, Cape Cornwall to Cape Wrath, has raised an incredible £32,000 and to date more than of £900,000 was achieved.

“Everyone who attends a fundraising event for Macmillan has their own reason and the funds they raise help us do whatever it takes to support people living with cancer.

“We cannot thank the participants and supporters of Cape to Cape enough.”

If you want to learn more about the Cape to Cape Rally and want to show your support, visit macmillan-org.enthuse.com/cf/capetocape2022.

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