AROUND 50 of the country’s most deserving children have been given a high speed thrill during a unique charity event at Silverstone Circuit.
For the second year running deserving children got live out the dreams of many as they sat in the passenger seat of a £150,000 Ferrari California.
Rising stars and professional drivers from the British Racing Drivers’ Club, as well as reigning British Touring Car Champion Jason Plato, made sure the children got to see the circuit at full speed.
Non-motoring stars, including TV presenter Mike Brewer and former Miss England Jessica Linley also added to the glamour by assisting the drivers.
The event is organised by a partnership between Ferrari, Silverstone Circuit and the BRDC working in conjunction with the Variety Club children’s charity and BEN, the automotive industry charity.
A spokesman for the Variety Club said the children were aged seven and upwards and added: “All have displayed remarkable strength in the face of huge obstacles.
“Some are battling illness, others are suffering personal bereavement, but all had the chance to put their problems behind them and enjoy a truly unforgettable day.”
While each child was treated to an exciting 15 minute passenger ride, their families were given unique access to the exclusive BRDC Clubhouse, which is decorated with images and memorabilia charting Silverstone’s history.
BRDC secretary Stuart Pringle said: “We were delighted to work with Ferrari because the chance to put a smile on the faces of some poorly children is an great honour.
“It was very humbling experience, but it was easy for us to host the event and it was a great pleasure to do so.”
Matteo Torre, regional manager for Ferrari North Europe said: “The Ferrari California Experience is now a core part of our corporate social responsibility activity in the UK. It is our honour and privilege to be able to share the excitement of riding in a Ferrari with another group of deserving children.”
All of the children were presented with a souvenir USB stick featuring footage from their own personal ride captured by an on-board camera.