Porsche con­tin­ues late owner’s fight against cancer

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Nick Larkin

A1988 Porsche Car­rera 911 is be­ing used to help pro­mote cancer aware­ness and raise re­search funds fol­low­ing the death of its owner.

Chris Drum­mond started the Race Against Time cam­paign af­ter he had been di­ag­nosed with cancer, in­tend­ing to take the car to as many events as pos­si­ble. As part of his ini­tia­tive, Chris had raised funds for the Stand Up to Cancer pro­gramme, or­gan­ised by Cancer Re­search UK. How­ever, his other pri­mary aim had been to raise aware­ness for early de­tec­tion of the dis­ease.

Chris died on 2 June. Now a ma­jor sup­port group, in­clud­ing his fam­ily and friends across the Porsche fra­ter­nity and be­yond, is con­tin­u­ing his work.

Porsche spe­cial­ist Aut­o­farm, based in Bices­ter, Ox­ford­shire, is look­ing af­ter the car and has shown the 911 at sev­eral events, in­clud­ing Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic.

Aut­o­farm spokesman Jon Whit­more says: ‘Chris had been a long­stand­ing cus­tomer of ours and was a well-known Porsche en­thu­si­ast. When he ex­plained his sit­u­a­tion to us we felt we had to do some­thing to sup­port his Race Against Time cam­paign.

‘Sadly, Chris died long be­fore any­one ex­pected. His en­thu­si­asm and pas­sion were in­fec­tious and he is sorely missed.’

Jon is also look­ing af­ter the so­cial me­dia part of the aware­ness cam­paign.

The Porsche is af­fec­tion­ately known as the RATP88, the name re­sult­ing from a cam­paign meeting – RAT stand­ing for Race Against Time, P for Porsche, and 88 be­ing the year of the car.

Gemma Coles at Cancer Re­search UK says: ‘This is a won­der­ful fundrais­ing ef­fort.’

Cur­rently more than £9000 has been raised through Just­Giv­ing, against a £30,000 target.

just­giv­ing.com/fundrais­ing/chris­drum­mond-racea­gain­st­time Do­nate by tex­ting RATP88 £1 or RATP88 £10 to 70070

Watch out for ‘RATP88’ at your next clas­sic event.

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