£20m line up

Posted on by Simon Dewhirst

Bruntingthorpe boss David Walton is ‘over the moon’ after an Mothers’ Day meeting of supercar owners at the proving ground and airfield raised more than £3,500 for a children’s hospice.  And it all happened after a chance conversation between one of the members of the exclusive Supercar Owners’ Club and car and aircraft enthusiast, Mr Walton.

Adam Thorby of Supercar Driver, the organisation formed four years ago for owners of supercars, says the day was “…an outstanding success at a fantastic location.”  He spoke for all those attending, saying:  “We’re so grateful to David Walton and everyone at Bruntingthorpe for allowing us to meet and organise a photo-shoot that will have raised well over £3,500 for the Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in Sheffield – our chosen charity.”

More than half the club’s 300 members turned up for the event on March 30th bringing in excess of £20 million worth of exotic supercars to be lined up on the runway.  “Every year we organise such a gathering.  But it’s not always easy to arrange a photo-shoot when members of the public are close by and naturally interested to look at the cars.  However, after one of our members was talking to Mr Walton and he made Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground available.  He even had the site’s Nimrod aircraft towed out for the unique picture!”

Members of the club made donations to attend the day with all the money going to the privately-funded hospice which, says Mr Thorby, needs all the cash it can get to look after terminally-ill youngsters.  The Walton family and Bruntingthorpe are known for their support of cancer and other charities.  “It was a request I simply couldn’t ignore,” says Mr Walton.  “Even forgetting the magnificent sight of more than 150 supercars with the Nimrod as a back-drop, the chance to raise much-needed funds for the hospice made it all worthwhile.  And we were blessed with magnificent weather too.

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