Drivers take sick youngsters on dream Ferrari trip around Silverstone
By LJ Hutchins
Thursday, May 6th, 2010
Seriously-ill youngsters have had the thrill of a drive in a Ferrari road car around Silverstone thanks to members of the British Racing Drivers’ Club.
As such they have been among the very first people in the world to experience its brand-new layout first-hand.
The BRDC, which runs Silverstone, teamed up with Ferrari North Europe on Tuesday to provide the experience for youngsters from the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
Also taking part were young carers and seriously-ill children supported by BEN, the automotive industry benevolent fund.
Drivers participating included BRDC Superstars Tim Bridgman, Sam Bird, James Calado, Adam Christodoulou, Andy Meyrick, Chrissy Palmer, Alexander Sims, Dean Stoneman and Oli Webb.
Also taking part was Tim Harvey, the director of the BRDC Superstars programme. The scheme aims to boost the prospects of the very brightest and best of young British racing talent.
Jason Plato, Nick Mason, Stuart Hall, Matt Neal and Darren Turner were also on hand to help with the day, and took 50 children on a 15-minute passenger ride around the new Arena circuit layout in a Ferrari California.
Each child was due to enjoy a thrilling 15-minute ride while their families were entertained in the BRDC Clubhouse.
Matteo Torre, Ferrari North Europe’s Regional Manager, said before the event: “It is our honour and privilege to create a truly memorable day for these children.
“It was Enzo Ferrari who once said: ‘A Ferrari is a dream. For most people it will remain a dream, apart from those lucky few.’ These deserving children from Starlight and BEN will be among those few whose dreams came true.”
For more information on the Starlight Children’s Foundation and its work, visit its website here.