Captain Jean-Luc Picard might have been off the Enterprise command deck for quite a while now, but he is now ready for a new high speed challenge, albeit a more down-to-earth one. Sir Patrick Stewart has recently passed his official ARDS racing driver test and is preparing to take part in a special Celebrity Challenge race that will be included in this summer’s Silverstone Classic.
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The actor will compete against a multitude of VIPs from the worlds of showbiz, sport, TV and music all racing around the famous Silverstone Grand Prix track, using motorsport-modified Morgans that have a top speed of 130 mph (209 km/h). The list of names includes award-winning chef Heston Blumenthal, lifestyle guru Jo Wood, ‘Comedy Dave’ Vitty from Radio 1, Sky Sports presenter Vicky Gomersall, legendary rocker Brian Johnson from AC/DC and Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendan Cole.
The Celebrity Challenge is set to take place on Saturday 21 July and will raise funds for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK and the RPJ Crohn’s Foundation.
“I can’t say it wasn’t a challenge at times but I’ve enjoyed it very much,” Sir Patrick Stewart said upon passing the aforementioned test. “I’ve watched too many professionals at work on the race track over the years to feel that I can now call myself a fully-fledged racing driver but it was exhilarating that’s for sure and I’m looking forward to putting my new skills into practice.”
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