Alex Lewis, a founding member of the Hope Classic Rally, shares his insights into its ongoing success and thoughts on the passion for classic cars.
I am lucky enough to have been involved with the Hope Classic Rally for the past four years and to have seen it grow every year. What started as a fledgling idea between friends has developed into an annual celebration of the love of old cars and an impactful fundraising event for charity WeSeeHope.
I think the concept of the Rally is so unique because it simply wouldn’t exist but for the enormous trust and generosity of our car donors. Lending your car (let alone a classic!) to someone you don’t know is quite an ask, but it seems our car donors understand what we are trying to achieve through the event and are genuinely moved to be part of it in some way.
After all, thanks to them, our guests get the one-of-a-kind experience of driving classics like a Ferrari 250 SWB, a Ferrari Daytona or a Mercedes Gullwing, and feeling like they are theirs for the day.
We have found that this is an exciting way to raise money and inspire people to get involved with WeSeeHope’s work to support vulnerable children in Southern and Eastern Africa. I personally couldn’t help but get on board with something that uses people’s passion to empower and help drive positive change in disadvantaged communities.
At the Rally there is undeniably a genuine passion for old cars and the beauty of the vehicles. Aesthetically they are like works of art and mechanically they are often stunning under the bonnet. Many great classic cars were at the forefront of engineering design, and racing and rallying were central to the mystique. Nostalgia plays a big part in people’s passion; they remember cars they grew up with or cars that literally transport them to another era.
I have been fortunate enough to drive a variety of cars at the Rally, but if I had to choose one, I would love to get behind the wheel of an Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato. There’s something about an Anglo Italian collaboration that produces the perfect balance of refined brawn and impeccable styling. Apart from being super rare these cars were race bred but perfect on fast roads. A blend of Sean Connery and Sophia Loren!
There is something magical about driving a classic car on a beautiful English country road and we are so excited to be going Track-to-Track from Brooklands to Goodwood for the first time this year. If you would like to join us for this year’s event on 14-15th June, please get in touch with Marina Hamilton at: Marina@hopeclassicrally.org
We hope to see you in June!
Alex, Collector and Private Consultant
Hope Classic Rally Board Member