Hampshire car enthusiast to take part in Europe’s toughest classic car tour in memory of his late wife

A classic car enthusiast from New Cheriton takes part in one of the toughest car tours of its kind in Europe to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

John Hankin plans to race his 1951 Jaguar xK120 at the Cape to Cape Grand Classic Car Rally in April.

Along with participants from as far away as Germany, Canada and America, the oilman hopes to help founder Dennis Greenslade reach his £1million goal raised for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Sharing his reasons for taking part in the event, John said: “I have been a car enthusiast from a young age and previously ran a garage in Alresford. Dennis is an old friend and I have been involved with Cape to Cape for 12 years. It’s a brilliant event that brings in a lot of money for Macmillan every year. I lost my wife to cancer and the diagnosis was not easy as the GP initially dismissed her concerns as a virus. I know firsthand how invaluable the support of a charity like Macmillan can be.

The rally, which combines driving older cars and raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support, is not a race to the finish line but a celebration of classic cars and the gathering of like-minded enthusiasts , explained John.

He said: “The Cape to Cape winner is not the team that finishes first, but the crew that raises the most money for Macmillan Cancer Support and we are very competitive! I have been in the top five percent of fundraisers for Macmillan in previous years. This year I also have local businesses fundraising for me, including the Heidi shoe store in Alresford where my wife used to work.

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“Over the years, Cape to Cape has become more than a rally for those who participate. It has become an opportunity to find friends and share our love of motor racing. With almost forty classic cars arriving in a city at the same time, we can put on quite a show. It’s wonderful, because locals like to come and talk to us and get involved. We will always take the time to take photos and chat.

The group will set off on their two-week 2,700-mile jaunt from Newquay on Saturday April 23, returning via Cape Cornwall in the afternoon of May 7 for a gala dinner and awards ceremony at the Bedruthan Hotel and Spa.

Emma Wright, Senior Fundraising Manager, shared her thanks to participants for their support. She said: “The first event, Cape Cornwall to Cape Wrath, raised an incredible £32,000 and to date over £900,000 has been raised. The support from participants, their friends, families and generous supporters with the organization of fundraising events, morning coffees, auctions, street drives and donations has been nothing short of brilliant. .

“Unfortunately, the number of people diagnosed with cancer is increasing every year and that means Macmillan’s support for people living with cancer is in greater demand than ever. At Macmillan, we know how much cancer can affect everything. We’re here to help everyone with cancer live life to the fullest, but we can’t do it without the amazing people who fundraise for us. We cannot thank the participants and supporters of Cape to Cape enough.

The route will pass through points across England, Scotland, Wales and a circular tour of all of Ireland offering plenty of opportunities for the public to meet the team and help them achieve their goal. .

If you would like to learn more about the Cape to Cape Classic Car Rally and show your support, you can do so here: macmillan-org.enthuse.com/pf/emma-wright-7c729

For comprehensive cancer information and support visit: macmillan.org.uk.

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