Beaulieu One Hundred Honorary Member, the Legendary Murray Walker was flying the flag to start a 3,600-mile rally being staged in the national battle against one of Britain’s biggest killers of over 10,000 men in Britain every year.
Jaguars from the 1950s were given a rousing send off on June 12th for the Round Britain Coastal Drive (RBCD), to raise awareness of Prostate cancer and fund research into the disease.
From the start line, which was from the National Motor Museum, was Murray, a sprightly 93, who officially “flagged away” every single one of the classic Jaguars and their eager crew; an endurance event? Well it certainly was for Murray and no doubt will also be for the veterans, both cars and crews!
Murray said: “Although this is not a race it sounds like a great event. I wish the crews a really enjoyable drive.” A similar rally staged last year netted £60,000 and organisers are hoping that the 2017 event will be even more successful.
Self-confessed petrol head Brian Johnson, lead singer of rock band AC/DC and another visitor to The National Motor Museum described the event as a “fantastic adventure”. Praise indeed! From ACDC to RBCD!
After leaving Beaulieu on June 12 the cars will head for Exeter. They will visit various parts of England, Scotland and Wales before returning to Beaulieu on June 29.
Planning to take part in all 18 stages and pictured here in his 150 Drop Head Coupé is London-based XK Club member Patrick Hanratty who is currently being treated for prostate cancer, having already battled bowel cancer.
Murray, who lives near Fordingbridge, is a frequent visitor to Beaulieu and Beaulieu One Hundred member. His father Graham, who died in 1962, was the first curator of what was then the Montagu Motor Museum.
An RBCD spokesman said: “Few men even know where their prostate gland is, so encouraging them to learn and check will save lives.”
Heather Jackson Beaulieu One Hundred Manager comments “When you realise the statistics, it emphasises just how significant and important this rally was. When I heard that Prostate cancer is the 2nd most common cancer in the UK with 130 cases being diagnosed every day – this race made sense”