You might have gathered by now that I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for fast cars and thanks to Sporting Bears, I used this small vice of mine to support a great cause recently.
Sporting Bears are a dedicated group of classic and sports car enthusiasts with a primary aim – to raise money for children’s charities – which they do through social activities and touring events.
That’s why I decided to get out there and participate in RallyFest. This turned out to be a fantastic first time event on both parts for Dream Rides and Wales Rally GB, who had moved their family day stages out of Wales too.
On the morning of the ‘big day’, I did the usual ‘set off in good time’ so I could avoid traffic and make the most of the whole experience. It was all was going bang to plan until I arrived. In the wrong entrance. Now, might sound like a minor detail, but when the ‘wrong’ entrance was a very muddy single track (with literally hundreds of onlookers), my school boy error quickly turned into a huge man sized embarrassment… Made much more painful by my son who obviously found the whole situation hilarious as I wheel spun us ungraciously in reverse, in a hurried attempt to escape the shame!
But once we made it into the event (through the right and car friendly entrance), we all had an amazing day and everyone’s efforts raised an impressive £1975.
Why am I sharing this with you? Well a couple of reasons. Firstly, it just shows that even when things don’t go to plan – you can turn things around and get on the right track (literally in my case). Secondly, even us seasoned car enthusiasts and Business Angels have to face some embarrassing and nervous situations at times!
For some ideas on how to channel these nerves to a more positive effect, read my top tips piece here.