Record-breaker to flag off round-Britain Jaguar charity run
The 19-day, 4000-mile Round Britain Coastal Drive will start on September 17 at Pendine Sands, flagged away by Don Wales, grandson of Sir Malcolm Campbell
The Jaguar E-type Club has announced a 19-day ‘Round Britain Coastal Drive’ in support of Prostate Cancer UK. Furthermore, to inject some extra British heritage, the charity expedition will be flagged away from Pendine Sands on September 17 by land speed record-breaker Don Wales.
The grandson of gentleman-racer Sir Malcolm Campbell, Don will instigate the 4000-mile tour around the circumference of Britain's mainland for good reason. Wales has agreed to support the event after being diagnosed with the condition, recently undergoing a successful prostatectomy.
The 2018 Coastal Drive aims to add a further £70,000 to the £150,000 previously raised for the charity in the event’s first two years, raising the charity's profile in the process.
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Consisting of 19 individual stages, each of roughly 180 miles in distance, the Round Britain Coastal Drive will head as far north as John O’Groats and as far south as Land’s End. The finish line rests in the town of Tenby, located on the opposite side of Carmarthen Bay to Pendine.
Although optional about how many stages each E-type completes, with various owners joining for one or two legs of the journey, six crews have committed to undertake the entire trip.
Don Wales commented: 'I am very pleased to be part of this fabulous event and honoured to be flagging-off the entrants from Pendine Sands, where my grandfather set his first World Land Speed Record. I was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer and have now had a successful prostatectomy. We need to get more men to talk about this horrible cancer, and events like this raise awareness and valuable funds to help fight the disease.'
Pendine Sands is also where Don set the UK speed record for an electric car in 2000, achieving an average of 137mph; breaching 160mph during one particular run. He also claimed the record for a ride-on lawnmower in 2010 – clocked at 87.8mph.
The urge to attempt such feats, Don admits, comes from his genes. Besides carrying on the Campbell bloodline from grandfather Sir Malcolm, he is also the nephew of celebrated driver Donald Campbell CBE. Between them, the three speed-hungry moguls hold some of the world’s greatest land and water speed records.
The Round Britain Coastal Drive was originally devised in 2016 by E-type Club co-founder and author Phillip Porter, after he was diagnosed with the disease.
'The aim was to give E-type Club members a great driving event at the same time as raising funds for, and awareness of, prostate cancer’, explained Phillip.
‘It was meant to be a one-off event but proved so popular that we’re now running it for the third consecutive year. We have cars and crews coming from abroad, including the States, and even have people who have bought an E-type so they can take part.’
Prostate cancer is now the third most common cancer, responsible for thousands of deaths per annum. An estimated £120 million is needed for research over the next eight years to halve the number of deaths by 2026. The charity’s chief executive, Angela Culhane, said: 'We need to bust the myth that this is just an old man’s disease that isn’t significant.'
Round Britain Coastal Drive locations
Monday 17 September Portmeirion, Gwynned
Tuesday 18 September Lytham St Annes, Lancashire
Wednesday 19 September Workington, Cumbria
Thursday 20 September Ayr, Ayrshire
Friday 21 September Plockton, Ross and Cromarty
Saturday 22 September Kinlochbervie, Sutherland
Sunday 23 September Inverness, Inverness-shire
Monday 24 September Montrose
Tuesday 25 September Edinburgh
Wednesday 26 September Alnwick, Northumberland
Thursday 27 September Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire
Friday 28 September Cromer, Norfolk
Saturday 29 September Chelmsford, Essex
Sunday 30 September Hastings, East Sussex
Monday 1 October Lymington, Hampshire
Tuesday 2 October Exmouth, Devon
Wednesday 3 October St Ives, Cornwall
Thursday 4 October Bridgwater, Somerset
Friday 5 October Tenby, Pembrokeshire
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