V8 Supercar stars McConville and Jones begin 'Climb to the Mountain' charity ride Melbourne to Bathurst ride for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to take 10 days V8 Supercar drivers Cameron McConville and Andrew Jones will depart on their 'Climb to...
V8 Supercar stars McConville and Jones begin 'Climb to the Mountain' charity ride
Melbourne to Bathurst ride for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to take 10 days
V8 Supercar drivers Cameron McConville and Andrew Jones will depart on their 'Climb to the Mountain' charity bike ride from Melbourne's Albert Park Grand Prix circuit this Friday.
The Garry Rogers Motorsport duo, who finished 10th in last weekend's Sandown 500, will ride from Melbourne to finish at Bathurst's Mount Panorama circuit on Sunday September 25.
They are raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and have received over $50,000 in pledges from companies and organisations keen to back them on their challenging test of mental and physical endurance.
Their riding group will wind its way through country Victoria and New South Wales before finishing with a lap of the famous Mount Panorama race circuit at Bathurst from 12.30pm next Sunday. Local riders in Bathurst are encouraged to join the V8 Supercar duo in their 'last lap' of the Mountain.
"Initially our goal was to raise $40,000 but as time has gone along we have had more and more support from a variety of areas," said McConville.
"We'll be taking donations at the various appearances we'll be making over the course of the ride so the sky is the limit in regards to how much money we can raise.
"We're not kidding ourselves. This is a major ride and will be tough. It will be hard on the body and the mind.
"But when you compare it to what some of the kids go through that the Make- A-Wish Foundation works with, it will be a walk in the park.
"I wanted to come up with an event that was not only a test, but allowed us a chance to visit plenty of areas that have strong interest in V8 Supercar racing but don't currently have a round of the series. Those fans are important to us and it will be great to catch up with some of them along the way."
Jones, who drives the #34 Repco Valvoline Cummins Holden Commodore, has first-hand experience of the great work of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. His late older brother Nigel was granted a wish by the Make-A-Wish Foundation to watch the Australian cricket team play a One Day International match at the Sydney Cricket Ground and have fast bowler Merv Hughes visit him at home in Albury.
"I've seen first-hand the brilliant things the Make-A-Wish Foundation does so to be involved with them for this ride is quite special for me," said Jones, who won last year's V8 Supercar Development Series and progressed to the main series this year.
"Cameron first floated the idea of the ride when we were on a flight home to Melbourne from a sponsor appearance earlier in the year. It has really grown into an event that has attracted plenty of attention and support.
"We've both been training hard, which can be difficult when the racing calendar means you are away from home quite often. But setting off on this ride will be the start of something we'll look back on in years to come and be proud to have been a part of."
The ride will make nightly-stops at Seymour, Shepparton, Wangaratta, Albury, Wagga Wagga, Harden-Murrumburrah, Canberra, Boorowa and Cowra, covering a total distance of 1075 kilometres.
McConville and Jones will return to Bathurst two weeks after the completion of the ride to drive in the Bathurst 1000, which is the tenth round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series.
Supporters can pledge donations by phoning the Make-A-Wish Foundation's toll free number on 1800 032 260. When making a donation it is vital to quote reference number 6081 to ensure the donation is attributed to the Climb to the Mountain charity ride.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation is celebrating its 20th year of operation in Australia this year. It makes the cherished wishes of children with life- threatening illnesses come true by granting them a special wish.
Climb to the Mountain acknowledge the following companies and organisations for their support of the 2005 event: Holden, Network Ten, Tattersall's, Warwick Fabrics, IMG, Hog's Breath Café, Phil Munday's Panel Works, Valvoline, Repco, Cummins, Garry Rogers Motorsport, Ontera Modular Carpets, Stratton Finance, Stream Solutions, Bolton Signs, Typo Corporate Services, Tangelo and Powerade.