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GP Week : Issue 178
Never agree to any kind of sporting challenge after a few beers, particularly one that involves cycling 320 miles from London to Paris in three- and-a-half days. However, after one beer I am easily led, and after a few more I’ll agree to anything. So it has come to pass that in July I’ll be pedalling between the two capitals (apart from the wet bit in the middle) for children’s charity ‘Action Medical Research’. If I’m going to endure several days of pain in the nether regions, then I may as well raise some money while I’m at it, so a target of £3,000 was duly plucked out of the air. Having done similar events in the past, I know that raising funds is not easy and in these straightened times it is nigh on impossible. However, I do have the benefit of 24,300 rather enthusiastic Twitter followers (via @GrandPrixDiary), so I thought the target, with their help, was achievable. I decided that a few F1 related prizes, to be given to randomly picked sponsors, would help things along and boy has it just. My first call was to the Caterham F1 Team (I was after something like a signed cap) and their CEO, Riad Asmat, offered a race used, chromed and mounted F1 exhaust. Blimey. Next up Marussia offered pit crew helmet and gloves, Lotus called and asked if I fancied a signed Kimi Raikkonen race suit. There followed signed gloves from Williams, autographed Sebastian Vettel fireproofs from Red Bull and items from Mercedes, Force India, Sauber and McLaren. Nine F1 teams pitched in... The generosity spread outside the F1 paddock with GP2 and GP3 teams offering once in a lifetime prizes, drivers, fans and media started giving too, TW Steel thought a watch might help raise some cash. The result? As I write this on 15 March, there have been 75 days of consecutive donations, from 33 countries bringing in £13,410. And still the money is coming in. So, if anybody should tell you that our sport is self-centred and distant from the real world, just point them in my direction, I’ll show them other wise. Now just the small matter of the bike ride.... Rob Sinfield (@GrandPrixDiary) You can donate to Rob’s fundraising effort here: http://www.action.org.uk/sponsor/GPD F1 >>> NEWS Sweet (F1) charity F1 fan Rob Sinfield is getting on his bike ... 10 GPWEEK.com // 10 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: