Following the success of the inaugural event in September 2016, which saw 200 Jaguar E-types come together to tour Britain and raise money for Prostate Cancer UK, the Round Britain Coastal Drive has gone from strength to strength.
This year, the event took place on 17th September and the route was completed on 5th October.
In 2016 the E-type Club and the International XK Club joined forces to create the Round Coastal Drive. In the first year the event managed to raise £62,000 and drivers covered around 4,000 miles. The Round Britain Coastal Drive is split into 19 daily stages and is akin to a relay, with drivers deciding which stages to complete.
Philip Porter, co-founder of the E-type club, stated: “The aim was to give E-type Club members a great driving event at the same time as raising funds for, and awareness of, prostate cancer...”
Whilst the event was originally meant to be a one-off, the Coastal Drive gained popularity amongst its participants and as such, was decided that the event would be a yearly fixture.
This year, Andy Waters from CBR Classic Restorations joined forces with Pete Stant, from SNG Barratt to support the convoy as they made their way along the coast. Andy’s role was to take over as the “…official tour mechanic from Workington in Cumbria all the way around to Beverley in Yorkshire on the 27th Sept”.
The Round Britain Coastal Drive was organized to start from Pendine Sands, Tenby. Andy attended at the start to help Peter Stant and with two breakdowns before the convoy set off, found himself immediately at work.
You can read about Andy’s journey on the CBR Classic Restoration website.
The official total of the E-type Round Britain Coastal Drive is yet to be released at the time of writing, though you can still donate to the JustGiving page.
Prostate Cancer UK state that deaths from prostate cancer are set to soar over the next decade. In 2016, one man every hour died from prostate cancer in the UK, that’s 10,900 men in the year. Based on current trends, this number looks to rise to over 14,500 men a year by 2026.
Prostate Cancer UK therefore has one ambition, to stop men dying from the disease. Their aim is to tame prostate cancer within ten years; but they need your help to do this.
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