This year’s Hope Classic Rally saw classic car owners and enthusiasts come together to celebrate their love of classic and iconic modern vehicles, with the event raising over £120,000 for international development organisation, WeSeeHope, and their work with vulnerable children and communities across Southern and Eastern Africa.
The event took place on the 11 th of September and assembled over 40 iconic car models including the Porsche Speedster, Ferrari 250 SWB, Lamborghini Miura, McLaren GT and many more for a convoy across the picturesque Surrey Hills.
The convoy departed from Oatlands Park Hotel in Weybridge and ended at Wiston Park in the South Downs for a quintessential garden party hosted by the Goring family in the park’s idyllic grounds. Guests enjoyed live music, sparkling wine made on the Wiston Estate and delicious woodfired pizza.
There were also interviews from experts in the industry including Thomas Reinhold, Heritage Manager at McLaren Automotive and Richard Tuthill, Director of Tuthill Porsche.
This year, for the first time, the Hope Classic Rally held a Magnificent Seven online auction which raised over £21,300. Car enthusiasts were invited to bid for the chance to drive legendary models including the Jaguar XK120 Roadster, Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing, Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7RS, Lancia Delta Integrale Evo II, Ferrari 250 SWB and Aston Martin DB5 Convertible. The modern supercar, McLaren GT was also generously loaned by McLaren Automotive in support of the event.
Another online silent auction ran in the lead up to the rally, which included luxury prizes such as tickets to the 2022 Cinch Tennis Championships at Queen’s Club, a private tour at the McLaren Technology and Production Centre and a bespoke piece of luggage from Brexton. Now in its sixth year, the Hope Classic Rally has attracted classic car owners from across the country and leaders in the motorsports industry as well as celebrity supporters including TV presenter Simon Thomas.
Hope Classic Rally Chairman and Co Founder of WeSeeHope, Phil Wall, comments: “The 2021 Hope Classic Rally was a truly memorable day. To see such an incredible mix of cars come together and convene outside the beautiful setting of Wiston House was a real sight to behold. I’m so grateful to everybody who supported the event and partnered with us to help make it a success. We are delighted to have raised such a phenomenal amount of money to help support the transformational work of WeSeeHope.”
To date, the Hope Classic Rally has raised more than £1.4m for WeSeeHope and its work to create sustainable change through community-led education, child rights and economic empowerment programmes in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.