Truro and District Motor Club recently held an evening for its members at the St Mawes hotel hosted by Club President David Richards CBE raising money for The Cornwall Air Ambulance and Cornwall Urology Trust.
David Richards owner of the St Mawes hotel and CEO of Prodrive invited friends Ross Brawn OBE of Brawn GP and Ferrari and the person who masterminded Michael Schumacher’s six F1 world championship titles. Also present was Jonathan Palmer owner of most of the English racing circuits such as Brands Hatch and Oulton Park and Snetterton, Steve Soper past British touring car champion and Mark Higgins British Rally Champion and stunt driver from the latest James Bond movie.
The evening started with a film show in the private St Mawes hotel cinema showing extracts from the guest’s lives including the year Ross Brawn won the F1 world championship with Jenson Button, the British touring car championship with Steve Soper alongside Jonathan Palmer in the Prodrive BMWs, plus and snippets from his F1 career. And extracts of Mark Higgins driving the Aston Martin DB10 in the last James Bond movie and his record breaking lap of the Isle of Man TT circuit in the Subaru Impreza at an average speed of 128.7 mph.
Following the film David Richard ‘interviewed’ each of the guests. Ross Brawn spoke of his time with Ferrari and his F1 championship year running Brawn GP. He went onto tell us of his hobby of fishing and of how he would like to see changes in F1 with new drivers having to drive for the lesser teams in their first year.
Steve Soper and Jonathan Palmer spoke of the British touring car championship and how it has changed over the years with cars becoming faster and changes in technology.
Mark Higgins spoke of his rally career and his part in the TV programme Top Gear and stunt driving for many of the high octane driving films. In the last Bond film he drove the Aston Martin DB10 through the streets of Rome at speeds of up to 150mph. He went onto describe his record breaking race around the Isle of Man TT circuit with speeds of up to 178mph and the problems of the car going broadside due to a brake lock up at 150mph at the bottom of hill at Greg-na-Baa.
The evening organised by Truro Motor Club was in order to raise money for two charities, the Cornwall Air Ambulance supported by David Richards and the St. Mawes Hotel and Cornwall Urology Trust the charity supported by Truro Motor Club over the last two years. Along with what was placed in the collection buckets the club raised in excess of £700 for each charity.
The evening finished with Motor Club Vice Chairman Jeremy Thomas thanking all the guests for attending and awarding each honorary membership of the club. David Richards invited each to enter the Motor Clubs Tregrehan hillclimb in 2017 and offered to invite more guests down next year for an even bigger evening of high profile motor sport guests.
Club Vice Chairman thanked the guests for giving club members such an excellent evening and presented them with a Motor Club cap, lapel badge and honorary membership to the club.