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Three decades since the very first Day of Champions at Brands Hatch, Day of Champions 30 took over Silverstone ahead of the British Grand Prix for another action-packed day of fundraising. With a ride in, live entertainment, classic bike display, paddock access and the world-famous auction, the event was bigger and better than ever before to celebrate the milestone in style.
The day started with 150 bikers riding in to the track, with the gates to the paddock opening mid-morning for Two Wheels For Life’s 2000 guests to see behind the scenes in MotoGP™. The classic bikes were lined up in the sun, the weather was holding out…and the auction hadn’t even begun!
Every year, the auction is the centrepiece of the Day of Champions. Not only because it raises incredible amounts of money for the cause, but because it’s a chance for fans to get their hands on some truly unique memorabilia and experiences – and most of it auctioned by the riders themselves! Each takes to the stage to present anything from race boots to artwork to
Nine-time World Champion – and fan favourite – Valentino Rossi was one of the biggest draws at the Day of Champions 30, with the ‘Doctor’ bringing the house down and some of his incredible items raising a huge sum of money. Even a selfie with the legend himself raised over £3000!
Another fan favourite, Colin Edwards, also brought in the big bucks with his Texas Tornado Boot Camp Experience going for an incredible £4400. Other notable auction items were a full weekend with the LCR team (£3,400), the chance to accompany a MotoGP™ photographer for a weekend at a European race (£2,200) and a signed replica Rossi helmet that went for an awesome £7,100.
That all goes towards the grand total for the weekend, with Two Wheels for Life having already raised £286,000 so far. With more paddock pass and raffle sales over the weekend still to come, the target of last year’s full weekend total of £300,000 is well in sight!
Andrea Coleman, co-founder, said: “We are so grateful to everybody who has made Day of Champions happen for the last 30 years. 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.”
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