Birmingham’s property elite get revved up for charity

Nigel Simkin of JLL

Over 50 of Birmingham’s most well known property professionals took part in a Classic and Sports Car Reliability Run organised by JLL.

Now in its sixth year, the event saw over 50 people join their JLL colleagues, from companies including Baker Tilly, London and Cambridge Properties, Barberry Developments, HSBC and Mace Group.

Amongst the fleet of classic and sports cars were a McLaren 650S, a 1937 Riley Lynx Sprite, a Triumph Spitfire, Ford Mustang, two classic Minis and an Austin Healey to name but a few.  After starting out at Rybrook’s Specialist Cars in Hockley Heath the cars took a leisurely drive through the Worcestershire countryside to The Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb, a motor sport venue that has been hosting Midland Automobile Club (MAC) Speed Hill Climbs since 1905 and attracting world famous drivers through the ages.

Once at Shelsley Walsh, the drivers enjoyed a pit stop lunch before embarking on ‘spirited runs’ up the 1,000 yard Hill Climb with a 1:7 rise at its steepest point – quite a challenge for a few of the vehicles. The spirited runs were kindly sponsored by EOS Interiors.

Nigel Simkin from the Planning and Development team of JLL who organised the day said: “What started out six years ago as a fun way to raise money for JLL’s chosen charity is now an event that is very much looked forward to year on year.  Our thanks once again goes out to everybody who took part on the day. The support we have is fantastic and each year gets better and better.  We’ve managed to raise over £3,000, all of which will go to our charity partner Starlight Children’s Foundation.”

Peter Hemus from Rybrook who also took part and once again kindly provided the meeting point and breakfast said: “As always the event has been great fun and this year the weather was on our side too.  We’re always pleased to be asked to support the Reliability Run, which is now very much part of our calendar of events!  Taking part in the hill climb was the highlight of the day for me as Shelsley Walsh is an amazing venue.”

Peter Leach of EOS Interiors who sponsored the spirited runs added: “It was great to see everybody again.  The JLL Sports and Classic Car Reliability Run is always a great day out and EOS Interiors are always delighted to support it.”