In the first of a series of blog posts on the topic, I’d like to announce that this year, as CEO of Camwood, I’ll be getting behind the wheel of a Mercedes SLS and travelling across North America, raising money for charity, as part of the famous Gumball 3000 international road rally.
Gumball was founded in 1999, (the same year as Camwood no less! This event has pedigree…). Gumball 3000 seemed like great fun, and an ideal way to raise money and awareness for a cause we regard as being particularly worthy.
It’s a great honour to be going coast to coast to raise money for Luca, a 3-year-old boy who lost his legs after being struck down with Meningococcal Septicaemia in early January.
We chose to support “For Luca”
after being inspired by the incredible determination of a boy who battled for life against all odds. Like Vettel, Webber, Button, Hamilton and Coulthard, I’ll be ‘raising my hand for Luca’ and sharing pictures along the way.
My vehicle of choice is a Mercedes SLS specially designed for Camwood by Raccoon
to resemble the Spitfire flown by Sir Douglas Bader. A fighter pilot who lost his legs during a crash but fought to be re-admitted into the RAF when World War II broke out.
Here are the designs for the car, which we’ll be having painted in The States a few days before the event.
Just like Luca, Sir Douglas Bader didn’t let his disability dampen his determination to live a fulfilling life. He spent his later years campaigning for disability rights and continued to fly until the ripe age of 69.
The trip will take me coast to coast from New York to Los Angeles, through the mist of the Niagara Falls and up into Toronto, Canada, before a two-day pit stop in Indianapolis to watch the famous Indy 500. We will then spend a night in Kansas City and Santa Fe before burning through Death Valley and stopping to soak up the bright lights of Las Vegas. Finally, with the Hollywood hills in sight, I’ll be crossing the finish line on the boulevard in Los Angeles.
Support me on my adventure by donating money to “For Luca” via the Camwood JustGiving
You can also follow my progress on twitter
for the latest Gumball updates.
More to come shortly…