The one thing guaranteed to be in the Sporting Bears’ Dream Rides Garage at the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, with Discovery, is a rare find – with this year’s event offering not one but two hidden treasures in its line-up.
On Friday 23rd March, the Sporting Bears will have a very rare MG SV-R available for a Dream Ride, a ten-mile ride as a passenger in exchange for a charitable donation. Based on the Qvale Mangusta with a Ford Mustang V8 and styling by Peter Stevens, only about 50 were produced, with this particular model being even more rare given the lack of rear spoiler.
With top speeds of 175mph, the MG SV-R was produced between 2003 and 2005 by MG Rover. It was a complete departure from all previous model MGs with the only possible comparable model being the 1930’s K3 Magnette.
On Saturday 24th March, the Sporting Bears will welcome a very special Dodge Challenger into the Dream Ride Garage. A true ‘yank’ tank, this car was purchased by an Italian American restaurant owner in New York in 1970. He factory ordered a green stripe and green interior to match his company colours, so it is a one-of-a-kind in this colour combination. It was then sold by his son to a museum, where it sat for 20 years until the current owner found it and brought it back to life.
The Sporting Bears has been operating Dream Rides for over 25 years, raising over £2million worth of donations to over 100 charities.
Two of the charities benefiting from the March event at Birmingham’s NEC are Me and Dee, which arranges seaside holidays for families of the terminally ill, and Tony Tim’s, a Coventry-based charity supporting children with disabilities and special needs.
Both charities will have a presence at the show to raise awareness and to show the public who their donations will be helping.
Show director Lee Masters said: “The Sporting Bears brings a fantastic feature to both our Spring and Winter events, never failing to delight the enthusiasts with the eclectic mix of cars and support the most worthwhile organisations.”