THIS year Jane Peckham-Cooper (pictured) would have been 70 years old – had her life not been snatched from her 16 years ago in a tragic road accident.
Now her husband, 77 year old Trevor of Edenbridge, commercial artist, graphic designer, painter, sculptor and former racing car driver, has come up with a unique idea to mark what would have been Jane’s landmark birthday and raise money for her favourite charity, the NSPCC.
Trevor, who spent 30 years in advertising and marketing, working on some of the biggest accounts of the day, and who has a long list of racing, sprints and hill climb successes to boast about, is organising a speed challenge at the famed Brands Hatch racing track in November.
The idea is that Trevor will set a time for one standing and one flying lap using a hot hatchback which drivers aged 70 and over will have to beat.
To enter participants must be over 70 years old, use their own car or a similar type and power to Trevor’s and donate £250 to the NSPCC.
Trevor said: “On the track day at Brands Hatch on November 20 I will set a flying lap time in my 2002 Volvo C70 T GT Coupe developing 190bhp. This will be verified by two independent time keepers.
“As it is a track day Brands will be marshalled. The challengers pay the Brands Hatch track day fee. Once this is done challengers contact me and I will put them in touch with the NSPSS branch to enable them to donate £250. We will meet up in the paddock at Brands Hatch to note the cars for timing purposes. Then they don helmets and onto the track.”
Trevor added: “However if somebody wishes to challenge me in a more powerful car and they are happy for me to drive it we can see how we each stack up – bring it on. All the more money for the NSPCC and a lot of fun.”
If you want to take up the challenge email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01732 863052.
Photo by kevin black shows Trevor and the Volvo he will be driving on the track day challenge