17 August 2007
The annual Grand Tour Cape to Cape for classic cars set out on a new route in 2007, from Cape Wrath in Scotland over to Cape Clear in Eire. Of course this meant that the Cornish contingent first had to make the long journey north to Cape Wrath for the start – an extra hurdle. Like the three earlier tours between Cape Cornwall and Cape Wrath in Scotland, it was enormously successful with everyone enjoying the camaraderie and the scenic routes. Nearly £70,000 has been raised so far this year, with more still to come in, making a total of well over £200,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Organiser Dennis Greenslade, set up some special events for the Tour's foray into Ireland, including a popular whiskey-tasting. The experts all tasted and deliberated, but the prize went to Jill Cowley, who doesn't like whiskey and just studied the tasting notes and decided by the aroma! Tim and Liz Cook raised the largest amount of sponsorship and Dennis awarded them a special Waterford Crystal trophy in memory of his wife Tricia. Dennis said "throughout my life I have loved motor cars and motor sport and I have always been fascinated with maps. The two came together naturally when I started rallying many years ago and this long involvement has led to the planning and organising of The Grand Tour - Cape to Cape, almost certainly the toughest classic car tour in the country. As we all enjoy the challenge of driving these older cars from one end of the country to the other, I thought that at the same time raising funds for a charitable cause would be most welcome. I chose Macmillan Cancer Support as the professional work undertaken by them provides comfort to individuals who have cancer, an awareness gained from personal experience as my wife, Tricia, sadly succumbed to the disease two years ago".
Next year's Grand Tour sets off in a completely different direction, over to Cap Ferret in France. It is provisionally booked for 30th April to 6th May and Dennis welcomes enquiries from anyone who might like to participate. Please contact the Macmillan fundraising office in Cornwall: firstname.lastname@example.org