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Hook’s CLASSIC car enthusiasts take part in one of Europe’s toughest vintage vehicle tours to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Philippe and Sue Allison will drive their gleaming 1939 Citroën Light 15 Roadster, the second oldest car in the rally, at the final Cape to Cape Grand Classic Car Rally in April.

Alongside participants from as far away as America, the couple hope to help founder Dennis Greenslade reach his goal of raising £1million for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Philippe said: “Having completely restored this beautiful car to its original condition, Sue and I love taking part in classic car events and raising money for Macmillan is well worth it.

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“We have known people who have had cancer and the wonderful support Macmillan has given them. The last 18 months have been very difficult for all of us and especially for people with cancer and charities like Macmillan. We are already over halfway to our personal goal of raising £5,000, thanks to donations from generous donors.

Rally founder Dennis of Cornwall lost his wife, Tricia, at age 60 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 rally is not a race but a celebration of classic cars and brings together like-minded enthusiasts. The winner of the Cape to Cape is not the team that finishes first, but the team that raises the most money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

“Over the years, Cape to Cape has become more than a rally for those who participate in it,” added Dennis. “It’s become an opportunity to catch up with friends and share our love of motor racing. With nearly 40 classic cars arriving in a city at the same time, we can put on quite a show. It’s wonderful, because locals like to come talk to us and get involved. We will always take the time to take pictures and chat.

The 2,700-mile getaway departs Newquay on April 23 and returns via Cape Cornwall on May 7. The finale is a gala dinner and awards ceremony at the Bedruthan Hotel and Spa.

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Jemma Luker, Regional Fundraising Manager, Hampshire, shared her thanks to participants for their support. She said: “The first event, Cape Cornwall to Cape Wrath, raised an incredible £32,000 and to date over £900,000 has been raised. To date, the support of participants, their friends, families and generous supporters by organizing fundraising events, morning coffees, auctions, street drives and donations has been nothing short of bright.

“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.

The route will pass through points across England, Scotland, Wales and a circular tour of all of Ireland offering plenty of opportunities for the public to meet the team and help them achieve their goal. .

If you want to learn more about the Cape to Cape Classic Car Rally and want to show your support, visit macmillan-org.enthuse.com/pf/philippe-allison.

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