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Raving Automobilia Auction to fund UK Paralympians

Racing car and automobilia collectors are in for a spectacular treat this December, following the announcement of a major motorsport auction that will assist in raising funds to aid the mobility for potential members of the Great Britain Paralympic team. 

Hosted by classic car auction company, Historics at Brooklands, in association with motorsport and sportscar specialists, The Modena Group, the 2010 International Motorsport Auction will be staged on 10-12 December.

Appropriately, it will be held near to Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire, the birthplace of the Paralympics and venue for the first ever sports event for people with disabilities in 1948, and the site of the world-famous National Spinal Injuries Centre.

Together, Historics and The Modena Group are confident of making this one of the most significant and valuable dedicated International motorsport auctions in recent times, as Graham Shultz, Chairman of The Modena Group explains:

“It’s over 15 years since we held a similar event and the reception then was overwhelming from sellers and buyers alike. We feel it’s the right time to stage a sequel and are confident that we can consign a truly spectacular sale of significant competition cars, and fascinating, ‘must-have’ motorsport automobilia.”

It is not only enthusiasts who will benefit from the sale, as a percentage of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to WheelPower, the national charity for disability sport.

Liam Cardiff, Managing Director of Historics at Brooklands, explains:  “We were delighted to accept The Modena Group’s invitation to co-host this one-off auction. With the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics looming fast, it’s a great opportunity to contribute to the equipment fund and mobility of potential Paralympians, to assist them in their pursuit of victory.” 

Ian Barham, the Buckinghamshire Manager for the 2012 Games said: “2012 will see the homecoming of the Paralympic Games to Great Britain and to Buckinghamshire. It is hoped that the Great Britain team can build upon its second place in the medals table achieved in Beijing. To do so, aspiring athletes will require access to the finest equipment available, and so we are thrilled that the charity, WheelPower, will benefit from this auction.  It is also particularly apt in view of the proximity of the auction to Silverstone, the home of British motorsport.”

Martin McElhatton, Chief Executive of WheelPower, the national charity for disability sport, said: “We are delighted that we have been chosen as the beneficiaries from this auction. For a young athlete to take part in wheelchair sport the first and most important item is their chair.

“A modern sports wheelchair costs around £3,000.  As part of our Wheel Appeal, we have pledged to provide 2,012 new chairs to young athletes ahead of the 2012 Games,” he continued.  “We know that this resource will directly benefit athletes representing Great Britain in 2012 and leave a lasting sporting legacy for many current and future Paralympians.” 

For all enquiries regarding consigning cars and automobilia to the auction, e-mail Graham Schultz at graham.schultz@modenagroup.net or call 01494 519100 / 07860 333760. For further auction information, visit www.historics.co.uk.

*5% of net proceeds from the auction will be donated to the charity, WheelPower, to aid the purchase of equipment for the Great Britain Paralympic team 




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