A Harrogate accountant with a passion for classic cars is to help raise funds for Epilepsy Research UK when he takes part in a rally around the UK next month.
Robert Horner, a partner at Lithgow Perkins, will be among 140 classic car enthusiasts to set out on the Round Britain Reliability Run (RBRR) on October 5th. The rally is run by Club Triumph and open to members of Triumph or Standard motor cars.
Robert owns two classic 2-seater Triumph cars: a 1964 TR4 and a 1970 Spitfire Mk3, and he hasn’t yet decided which one to take on the rally. This year’s RBRR will be the third one he has taken part in, driving the TR4 the first time and restoring the Spitfire in time for the second, which he completed with his father-in-law.
Robert Horner said:
I’ve been passionate about classic cars since I was a boy, and the RBRR is always a fantastic experience, as well as being a great way of raising vital funds for a worthwhile charity.
2018 marks the 26th Round Britain Reliability Run, with the event running every two years since 1966. Organisers are hoping to raise more than £50,000 for Epilepsy Research UK, to build on the sum of over £600,000 raised by previous RBRRs for a variety of UK charities.
Participants drive around Britain, from Knebworth to John O’Groats to Lands End to Knebworth. They cover nearly 2,000 miles in 48 hours, with no overnight stops, meaning that the occupants of each car must take it in turns to drive and sleep.
More than 1,170 crews have successfully completed the event since its inception, using Triumph cars of all descriptions, from the Herald 948 to the 2.5 Pi, Spitfire 4 to the TR8.
This year’s rally coincides with my 20th wedding anniversary so, instead of a weekend relaxing in a nice hotel, my wife Leah will be accompanying me on the run. It was actually her idea, although she may regret it in the early hours of Saturday morning somewhere on a wet and foggy A9 to Inverness!