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Thatcham Research raises thousands in charity rally in restored Mazda MX5

An automotive risk intelligence company in Thatcham has raised £2,750 in a charity rally.

Two media specialists from Thatcham Research drove more than 300 miles for the AutoRaise Rally 2023.

Andy and Samuel
Andy and Samuel

The two-day event saw Andy Mackay and Samuel Morris drive from Lotus HQ in Norfolk to Doddington Hall, Lincoln in their restored 2007 Mazda MX5.

The pair hit the road, under the sun, making pit stops at Brigg, Cadwell Park circuit and Stourton Park in what Mr Morris called a fantastic event.

He said: “Hitting the road with the roof down on the MX5 and exploring the beautiful Lincolnshire countryside was made even better with the great weather we had.”

Thatcham Research
Thatcham Research

His driving partner Mr Mackay said: “Taking part in the AutoRaise Rally was a great opportunity to network and showcase the great work both AutoRaise does and the extremely high standard of engineering skill, talent, and attention to detail that our trainers and apprentices have at Thatcham Research.”

The MX5 was donated by UK automotive remarketing, recycling, and auction company Copart UK.

It was restored by apprentices at Thatcham Research’s automotive academy.

Andy Mackay
Andy Mackay

The apprentices found that the car had seized brakes, its front bumper missing, and numerous electric components not working – among other issues.

Thatcham Research academy team leader Scott Loran said: “Together, we made a list of required components, sourcing a lot from eBay so we could use second hand parts to keep the build as sustainable as possible.”

Thatcham Research thanked its headline sponsor AirPro Diagnostics for supporting its entry as well as other sponsors Chubb, AkzoNobel, Steer Automotive Group, Motofix and INDASA Abrasives.

It is now seeking sponsors for its next rally – a four-day drive for Bangers4Ben this weekend.

Ben is a charity dedicated to supporting the people of the automotive industry, providing support for life for them and their family dependents.

The rally kicks off on Saturday, October 7.

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