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BMW Car Club Gauteng racing for a good cause


IT IS amazing what you can do when you get a bunch of like-minded, passionate people together. Take the BMW Car Club members, for example. They have, in the past, raised money for anti-Rhino poaching as well as raised money needed for brain cancer treatment for one of their own members. Now, they’ve seen a new need. The BMW Car Club of Gauteng has together with Savspeed, paired up with the Active Education Foundation to bring some cheer and financial relief to a large group of children that are taken care of by the uMephi project.

The project has established homes around Gauteng that take care of traumatized children from all races between the ages of 0-18 years. The children have been removed from their homes because of physical and/or sexual abuse, neglect and abandonment. House parents run each of these homes as substitute parents, taking care of about 10 children in each home.

Naturally, this creates a financial need but over and above this, a need for these children to feel valued, cared for and given experiences to keep them positive and determined to make something of their lives regardless of their traumatic past. To this end, the event organisers are offering hot laps in the BMW race cars that compete in the popular Bridgestone BMW Club Racing Series as well as some other exotic road and race machines.

Join them at Kyalami on the 18th April where you’ll be strapped in as a passenger in these Bavarian monsters and treated to three laps of the international circuit for just R200. All funds raised will go towards the uMpehi project. The public is welcome to join in the fun and can register for their hot laps on the day at the Bridgestone/BMW Car Club Gauteng hospitality area in pit three.

During the day, the organisers will be giving about 40 kids a ride in various BMW road and race cars to give them an experience they’ll never forget.

Aside from the humanitarian efforts, the Bridgestone Track Challenge events are a real treat for any petrol head. Drivers from the Track Challenge Championship and Bridgestone BMW Club Racing Series will be going flat-out to mark their name in history. This is the last open event to be run on the current Kyalami layout before the track is closed for extensive alterations.

Alberante BMW will also be on hand displaying the latest models from the BMW M stable; you will be able to purchase BMW Lifestyle and BMW Car Club Gauteng clothing and accessories; take a lap around the track in a BMW 335i or M135i for just R100 or just watch the BMW Heritage Parade at 1pm. Gates open at 8am, admission to the venue is free and there will be enough food and drink options in the catering area. There are many other attractions in the pit area, which are worth checking out along with a few surprises the organisers have up their sleeves.

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