Celebrities Going to Race for Charity at Silverstone Classic

A host of celebrities were on hand at Silverstone race track yesterday to launch the 2011 Silverstone Classic Celebrity Challenge. The Celebrity Challenge, which will take place on Saturday 23 July at the world’s biggest classic car racing festival, will see an all-star line-up going head to head in Morgan V6 Roadster sportscars around the famous Silverstone circuit.

“I made my racing debut at the Silverstone Classic last year and absolutely loved it… even if I did go sideways round most of the corners! My bravery rather outweighed my ability and I ended up hitting a kerb and puncturing the tyre so that was the end of my race. This year I’m determined to make it to the chequered flag in one piece,”
Heston Blumenthal said, while speaking at the launch.

“The Silverstone Classic is a phenomenal thing to be part of. It’s a massive event and to be at Silverstone, the home of British motor racing, and actually take part in a race is one of the most exciting things that I have ever done. Seeing Heston go off was pretty exciting too! I’m very happy to be taking part again and raising money and awareness for the Bobby Moore Fund which is a great cause,” added Brendan Cole.

Charley Boorman is best known for his exploits on two wheels, but the actor and adventurer is looking forward to making his car racing debut at this year’s event.

“I am more into my bikes really and I can fall of those quite well so I am sure I can crash this! As they say ‘if you ain’t crashing you ain’t trying!’ Seriously, though, I had a brush with cancer last year so I know how important it is to look out for these things and that’s why I’m so happy to be here and to be raising funds for such a good cause. I’d obviously like to beat all the other guys but I’m sure that will never happen. It’s fantastic to be involved, though, and I’m sure it will be an incredible day,”
Charley added laughingly.
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