British Racing Greats is a high-octane success

Tuesday, June 6th, 2023

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Over 40 high performance cars lined up on a race track with large group of people

Supercar enthusiasts and racing game fans turned up in their masses on 1 June as big names from the games industry held their first British Racing Greats event.

Rally, motorsport, and supercar icons descended upon Donington Park Circuit in Derby, UK, for the event on 1st June, celebrating the greatest racing games ever made whilst raising money for charity in the process for two worthy causes.

Money raised throughout the event will go towards SpecialEffect and Solving Kids Cancer.

The day saw a number of iconic games celebrated including – Outrun 2, DiRT, Top Drives, Team Sonic Racing, and the Formula 1 and Forza franchises, as well as special appearances from racing drivers Jodie Kidd – host of the Kidd in a Sweet Shop YouTube channel – and Ben Collins, better known as ‘The Stig’ from the BBC television show Top Gear, both of whom treated auction winners and visitors to hot laps around the track.

“It’s always great to see the games industry come together and whenever there are charities involved, they do it exceptionally well,” said Darren Mills, Co-Founder of Sumo Group. “The event was a real spectacle – the best of the games industry meets motorsports and supercars, a dream combination! It was an amazing day with great people, great entertainment and, most importantly, fantastic support for the charities. We’d like to thank everyone who came along and supported the event.”

Montage of six images from the event featuring supaercars, Jodie Kidd, Ben Collins and three SpecialEffect beneficiaries

The garages were sponsored by some of the biggest video game studios who kitted them out with familiar themes from their respected IPs, with the chance to play games, compete in time trial tournaments and purchase merchandise.

“Everyone at SpecialEffect can’t thank each person and company enough for being part of games industry and charity history with British Racing Greats,” said Nick Streeter, Fundraiser for SpecialEffect. “With a special mention to our long-term passionate supporters Darren Mills and Chris Lee, who along with Aimee Johnson and Adam Thorby from the Supercardriver Limited team made the event a reality. To see the smiles of our families alongside every single person there will live long in the memory.

“As demand increases for the help of SpecialEffect events like British Racing Greats really do make a life-changing difference with the funds and awareness raised.”

Event logo above a montage of the sponsors logos