The First Run

The inaugural Magic of Motoring charity classic car run on New Year’s Day, supported by Aston Martin Works Service, Porsche GB and classic Porsche specialist Export 56, was a big success. The fifty crews enjoyed a relaxed and very social start to the new year whilst several thousand pounds was raised for ‘The Friends of the Walnuts’.

A large crowd gathered at Aston Martin Works Service – the British company’s world leading facility that offers repair, restoration and servicing of Aston Martins from post-war to present day - to watch a wonderful array of classic cars flagged off by the Mayor of Milton Keynes. Drivers and co-drivers had to navigate through the picturesque Buckinghamshire countryside to a check point at the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone Circuit returning to the Export 56 Showrooms in Newport Pagnell.

Red Bull’s Head of Race Engineering Ian Morgan made a guest appearance in a 1959 Porsche 356A Coupe. Not quite the power of the F1 winning RB6 but a little more comfortable.

The Murray Walker Pub quiz that followed proved a walkover for the winning team The Old Morgan’s (protests already lodged by Team Retro-Speed!) and well done to 12 year old Ben Pacey for raising a magnificent £86 towards the day’s cause. There were prizes for: Car of the day – No. 48, Norton Brock in a Bentley 4.5 Litre Tourer; Best dressed crew - Gavin Thomas/Katrina Merridan in their 1965 VW Karmann Ghia; and winner of the raffle for a Porsche GT3 driving experience at Silverstone was Mark Bendell-Jones. Finally, the coveted ‘Golden Pickle Jar’ was awarded to – Car 7, Daimler Dart SP250 Driven by John Hoskins and Co-Driver Mark Nalley who not only managed to turn up late they broke down, got lost and finished 1.5 hours after everybody else.

The launch of ‘The First Run’ event was a great success, I was so pleased with the turnout a really tremendous effort by everybody involved in co-ordinating this event. When you take into consideration it was only promoted from the second week in December and we were under 6 inches of snow for 2 weeks it’s a remarkable achievement. The First Run will defiantly become an annual event with an increase entry to 75 cars with a new route already planned"

Mick Pacey - CEO, Magic of Motoring.

Our Charity
The Walnuts School is a community residential special school for pupils with autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) situated in a rural setting backing onto the North Bucks Way in Hazeley, Milton Keynes.


The majority of the children are from the Milton Keynes area.
There are, at present, 131 pupils on roll aged 4 - 19, and most have a diagnosis of an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).