Injured soldier’s drive for charity race day at Snetterton
PUBLISHED: 11:57 09 October 2012 | UPDATED: 12:24 09 October 2012
A soldier injured in a bomb blast will be among the drivers taking fans on laps of Snetterton in a bid to raise £50,000 for sick children.
Ex-serviceman Steve Gill, who lost both his legs and an eye in a blast in Northern Ireland, has signed up for the charity race experience day on November 18.
Passengers will pay to be driven around the race track in classic and supercars with money raised going to the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC).
Mr Gill, a former Big Brother contestant, will be joined by British racing car driver Shaun Hollamby, and former Formula 1 star Martin Donnelly has already signed up.
The 43-year-old from Leicestershire will be driving a specially-adapted VW Passat designed for people with no limbs.
And he is keen to show other disabled people how motorsports can help them.
Mr Gill said: “We are trying to get ex-servicemen and people who have been injured out and about through motorsports.
“I was a bit of a petrol head when I was in the army. Eight weeks after I got blown up an RUC policeman came to see me at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.
“He was a bomb victim himself and gave me a lift in his adapted car. My morale was massively lifted.”
Mr Gill was 19 when he lost both his legs and his right eye in the attack while serving in Belfast with the Royal Anglian Regiment.
The charity day, backed by the EDP, is being organised by Norfolk businessmen Devin Grosse, Shawn Taylor and Kevin Foley.
Last year it raised £20,000 for the RMHC and this year the organisers are looking to expand the event into a mini-Goodwood with car clubs and trade stands.
The money will be raised by people buying rides around the track in cars donated for the day.
Supercars donated include a Ferrari F430, a Lamborghini and an Aston Martin V12 Vantage.
Car clubs exhibiting include the BMW Car Club, PistonHeads East Anglia and the Wensum TR Group, but organisers are looking for more to sign up.
The Wildcat Aerobatics team from Old Buckenham will perform an air display between noon and 1pm.
The rides are open to anyone over the age of 12 or 4ft 10in tall.
For more information visit www.charityraceexperience.com