A motor racing team from Cheadle is helping promote the Lee Rigby Foundation with a specially designed car. Brothers Jason and Robert Carnwell invested in the new Pro-Grand car, which was launched for the new season over Easter.
A motor racing team from Cheadle is helping promote the Lee Rigby Foundation with a specially designed car.
Brothers Jason and Robert Carnwell invested in the new Pro-Grand car, which was launched for the new season over Easter.
Lyn Rigby, Lee’s mum, now lives in Cheadle and officially unveiled the car at Hales Hall on Saturday.
Lyn runs the Lee Rigby Foundation, which offers support to serving Armed Forces personnel and bereaved military families.
Fusilier Lee Rigby was attacked and killed outside the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, London, on May 22, 2013.
Lyn said: “We met Jason through his work with Cheadle Carnival as we helped them out last year.
“We just want to say a massive thank you to Jason for promoting the work of the Lee Rigby Foundation and keeping Lee’s memory alive through the car, when he is racing it up and down the country.”
Lyn added: “We have been welcomed into Cheadle and want to say a massive thank you for all the support, even though we’re not from round here.”
Jason, who has been instrumental in the popular Cheadle Soapbox Race and is part of the organising committee for Cheadle Carnival, started racing in 2001 and now Jason and brother Robert jointly own the car, which will be driven by Jack Shaw, 20, from Oakamoor.
The pair also own another car, which is raced by Jason’s son, Luke, 20.
Jason said: “Racing runs in the family. I love it – it’s the adrenaline rush and it’s a family occasion.
“We’re in difficult times at the moment and it’s difficult to go to businesses and ask for sponsorship, so we just thought we’d try to give something back instead.
“The way Lyn supports the troops with the shoeboxes – she doesn’t have to do that, but she does.
“We all follow the work of the Lee Rigby Foundation and Lyn has done so much for local people during the lockdowns, so we thought we’d give something back.
“I’ve seen the car coming together over the last few weeks and I was getting excited but then nervous because Lyn hadn’t seen it.
“It all came together really well and she seemed over the moon with it. Everyone who’s seen it is astounded by it, it’s a work of art.
“I’d like to thank J-Sprays for the paintwork and Neil Rowlinson for the decals as well as Hales Hall, Tim Cliff at Airfawn and SoHo Vintage who have all been involved.”
The first race in the new Lee Rigby Foundation car will be in Bournemouth on April 17.
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