The former Top Gear presenter is a longstanding supporter of Teenage Cancer Trust and Quentin will be at Volvo’s Warwick based headquarters on Wednesday 8th September to witness the start of the incredible 1180 mile non-stop, 3-day challenge. As well as offering some expert advice to Volvo’s two intrepid tourers, Quentin will be posing for photos and meeting members of the organising committee.
Derek Mayor, Volvo Bus Service Manager UK and Eire will be driving his classic two seater Morgan sportscar, fitted with a Rover V8 3.900cc engine, whilst Barry Mace, Volvo Service Manager for Eire will be astride his BMW R1200 GS motorbike.
The pair will depart Warwick on the first leg of their tour, initially taking in dealerships in Walsall, Coventry, Croydon and Southampton, before heading into Wales and Avonmouth. They then travel overnight from Swansea to The Republic of Ireland and to Cork. The next step takes them through Dublin and to Irish Commercials, based at Nass and then across the boarder into Northern Ireland to Ballyclare.
The final leg sees the pair move on to Scotland via overnight ferry, where at daybreak they head to Fleetwood and Volvo Truck and Bus Centre West Cardonald. A gruelling 192 mile trek to Preston and Thomas Hardie Commercials follows, before a short hop to Birstall before heading home to the finish in Warwick.
Along the way Derek and Barry will be picking up cheques representing monies raised by individual dealerships. The Classic Road Tour is one of several fund raising initiatives undertaken by Volvo this year in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.
Everyday in the UK, six teenagers or young adults (between the ages of 13 and 24) will find out they have cancer. This equates to approximately 2,100 new cases each and every year. Teenage Cancer Trust believes that teenagers should not have to stop being teenagers, just because they have cancer. The charity funds and develops specialist teenage cancer units within NHS hospitals which enable young people to be treated together, by an expert team, in the best possible environment. Teenage Cancer Trust focuses on quality of life and aims to improve the chances of survival for young people with cancer. Since its inception in 1990, the charity has opened a total of 16 units and plans to build enough so that, by 2012, every single teenager in the UK can have access to the support they provide. Volvo’s Classic Road Tour fundraising will help contribute towards Teenage Cancer Trust’s goal of building brand new units in NHS hospitals specifically designed for teenagers with cancer. The money will help pay for superior medical facilities, day rooms, kitchens and chill-out rooms where teenagers can relax and feel at home or have friends and family visit in a comfortable environment.
“The Classic Road Tour is part of our ongoing commitment towards raising £100,000 to assist this extremely worthwhile cause,” explained Volvo Bus Managing Director Steve Dewhurst. “We are delighted that Quentin Willson has agreed to come along and support the launch event and we wish Derek and Barry a safe, enjoyable and profitable tour.”
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Photo caption: Renowned TV personality and motoring expert Quentin Willson is lending his support to a Classic Road Tour organised by Volvo Bus