HARTFORD — A road rally of vintage and classic sports cars is planned for Saturday, June 22, to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The cars will gather at Jaguar Hartford, 133 Leibert Road, Hartford, and travel beautiful back roads to Thompson Speedway for parade laps on the track, lunch, an auction, and an awards ceremony. The event is a game-tour-adventure-style road rallye, and prizes will be awarded in many categories, including vintage, classic, and modern car classifications.
Rallyemaster Bill Wright, of West Hartford, said he is excited about this unique event.
“This is our seventh annual Rallye, and we have raised over $60,000 to date. We are one of the few car events in Connecticut that invites cars of all makes and vintages to participate,” Wright said.
Wright, a vintage car enthusiast, combined his interest in vintage cars with his passion to help find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. Wright’s son, Jack, 21, was diagnosed with T1D 10 years ago. A soon-to-graduate senior at Hamilton College, Jack Wright is an environmental studies and public policy double major. His greatest wish is for a cure for T1D, and he has taken an active part in organizing the Rallye.
“Our family is honored by the community’s support of this fundraiser and we are proud that the amount of participants keeps growing. Most everyone who participated in previous years registers again, AND brings a friend,” Jack Wright said.
Linda Wright, Jack’s mother, states, “I don’t have the scientific knowledge to cure my son’s disease, but I can most certainly raise funds for the researchers who do, and I remain optimistic that we will find a cure soon.”
Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin. T1D strikes both children and adults at any age and comes on suddenly. T1D causes dependence on insulin which must be injected or pumped constantly, and carries the constant threat of devastating complications.
All proceeds of this event benefit JDRF, the largest charitable supporter of T1D research worldwide, whose goal it is to prevent, cure, and treat type 1 diabetes. For more information, visit www.jdrf.org.
Jaguar Hartford invites the public to view the vintage and classic sports cars from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, before the cars begin the Rallye. Jaguar Hartford will provide a complimentary breakfast for all participants and spectators.
For more information about the Rallye for a Cure, register to participate, make a donation, or to inquire about corporate sponsorship, please go to www.rallyeforacure.org.