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Cancer has touched the lives of many of us. From personal encounters to sharing the suffering of friends and family. No one should to have go through these experiences.

So, when ClassicLine client and Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club member, Gary Steadman, contacted us about a fundraising initiative, we wanted to give our full support. Gary is channelling his grief and heartache following the loss of some of his closest family members and friends to cancer into raising money for Cancer Research UK (CRUK). Through his passion for Jaguar cars, Gary is raising money by undertaking a series of banger rallies across the UK and Europe between March and September this year, with friends and family joining the fun along the way.

Each rally is self-funded, and all monies raised will go directly to Cancer Research UK. The trusty steed of choice is a Jaguar X-type 2.0D with 132,700 miles on the clock, which Gary purchased for the princely sum of £500 – the maximum permissible to enter the rallies.

The first rally, The Rustbox NC 500, took place in March and involved travelling to Fort William in Scotland before completing the North Coast 500 and returning to Hailsham in East Sussex. We’re pleased to report that the trip went well, and Gary and Jessie the Jaguar returned in one piece! The next rally will be the Rusty Rex to Nice in July.

In addition to the Rusty Rex Rally, the pair will be attending events across the southeast this summer to promote the fundraising initiative. Bromley Pageant of Motoring, Simply Jaguar at Beaulieu Motor Museum, and the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club East Sussex regional event at Michelham Priory are all on the list, so if you are attending one of these great shows, be sure to look out for Gary and Jessie Jaguar.

Raising money through donations on their Giving Page, Gary has invited businesses and organisations to sponsor the Jaguar X-Type in exchange for their logo appearing on the car. There will be sweepstakes to guess the number of miles for each rally, and how far the car will get before a low loader is needed – we have every faith, Gary, that this will not be needed!

Over the next few months, we’ll be sharing Gary’s progress updates. We can’t wait to hear about all the adventures! You can follow Jessie Jaguar on Facebook, and via the pairs Cancer Research UK Giving Page.

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