Every year at the British GP round, a special event is held on the Thursday before the races. It is called the Day of Champions, and it raises money for our favorite charity here at Asphalt & Rubber, Two Wheels for Life.
Now in its 30th year of running, the highlight of the Day of Champions is the rider auction at the end of the day, where special memorabilia and opportunities are sold to the highest bidder to raise money for the charity.
At this year’s Silverstone round, the Day of Champions raised £286,000 at auction, before the weekend’s final tally was made, and well on its way to surpassing the £300,000 that was raised last year.
The auction is a lively event, with a slew of MotoGP riders and grand prix legends taking to the stage to help raise money for Two Wheels for Life.
Colin Edwards auctioned off a special trip to his Texas Tornado Boot Camp, which went for £4400, and then right after that, the American whipped off his shirt and sold it for £300.
Later, a husband to another fan bought his wife the chance for a selfie with Valentino Rossi, which went for £3100, and it was quite the emotional moment on the stage.
Other notable auction items were an LCR Hospitality package for a race weekend (£3,400); the chance to accompany a MotoGP photographer for a weekend at a European race (£2,200); and a signed Replica Rossi Dainese helmet (£7,100).
“We are so grateful to everybody who has made Day of Champions happen for the last 30 years,” said Andrea Coleman, Co-Founder of Two Wheels for Life.
“Each of the racing teams takes time out of their busy pre-race schedule to help us and we really appreciate their dedication to getting healthcare to those who need it in Africa.”
“This year we were overwhelmed by the funds raised in the auction. We know that people have saved to buy many of the items and we are happy that we can help them have once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that they just can’t find anywhere else.”
“Thanks to Dorna, The FIM, Silverstone, BTSport as well as the teams, the riders, and everybody who came, and especially to all our amazing volunteers.”
If you would like to help support Two Wheels for Life, you can make a donation via the Two Wheels for Life website.
Source: Two Wheels for Life