Sporting Bears Dream Rides

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What better way to raise money for charity than by taking a ten-mile passenger ride in the car of your dreams?  

About the experience

Sporting Bears Dream Rides offer passenger rides in stunning classic cars at the show. Their garage features a fantastic array of cars for you to enjoy a passenger ride on the open roads surrounding Birmingham’s NEC.

This is a unique and exciting experience where in return for a minimum donation to UK children's charities Sporting Bears will take you out for a 10 mile/20 minute passenger ride in the car of your dreams!

During this ride you will experience the thrill of a Ferrari, the sound of a Lamborghini or the simple joys of classic car from a bygone age.

With 1,500 members in the club, Sporting Bears will certainly have a car for everyone whether you love the classics, hot hatches or the acceleration of a supercar!

No need to pre-book your experience, all bookings are made on the day at the show!

About Sporting Bears

Since Dream Rides began in 1989, the Sporting Bears have raised over £2.5 million in donations, including nearly £31,000 at the last show!

Sporting Bears is run on the generosity of its members and support of our partners who freely give their time, fuel, and maintenance of their cars to ensure that every penny donated by you goes directly to the UK children's charities.

Find out more about the Sporting Bears and their fantastic work for charity.




Previous Charities supported:

  • Together 21
  • Keech Hospices
  • Action Duchenne
  • Derian House
  • Beaulieu Respite care unit
  • Butterfly Trust
  • Victoria School
  • Naomi House
  • Naval Children's Charity
Sporting Bears

Cars available at the last show included:

  • A Defender Works V8 provided by Jaguar Land Rover Classics  to mark the 70th anniversary
  • The latest Alpine A110, given five star reviews by motoring critics, this reincarnation is a truly stunning sports car
  • The new Morgan Plus 6, the first new model in many years, with 335bhp, a top speed of 166mph and 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds
  • The brand new Aston Martin DBS Superleggera capable of accelerating to 62mph in less than 3.6 seconds with a top speed of 211mph
  • Plus a fantastic mix of cars from classic British sports cars, exotic supercars and tv stars including the Maserati 3200GT recently driven by Vicki Butler-Henderson on Fifth Gear

Below are a few short words from a couple of the charities supported last time...

Claire House Hospice cared for Gabe aged 3 and his family at the end of his short life. Jenni, Gabe's Mum wrote “At Claire House we swam together, ate together, watched movies together, took photos together, had fun and made memories. Five days after we moved into the hospice Gabe died surrounded by his family. We are really grateful that you have chosen to support Claire House as they reach out to care for every dying child.”
Birmingham Children’s Hospital wrote to say they felt “beyond privileged that the Sporting Bears Motor Club had chosen them to fund raise for. The paediatric patient experience extends far beyond the walls of our hospital thanks to your support. Weekend camps help children to develop self-confidence and self-esteem. It means so much to our children and families to know that you are thinking of them and sending your love and support.”

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