Kettering wide-format equipment supplier i-Sub Digital gave disabled children the car ride of their dreams at an event hosted by Sporting Bears Motor Club recently.
Andy Spreag, director of i-Sub Digital, was among 50 members of the Sporting Bears who gave disabled children, their parents and carers thrilling five-lap trips around Rockingham racetrack in a stellar line-up of classic and performance cars at the Sporting Bears Dream Rides day on April 14th.
While Rockingham offered the use of the track, facilities, first aid and marshals free of charge, Andy and the other Sporting Bears drivers donated their time and covered all costs for fuel, tyres and wear and tear of their cars.
In addition, i-Sub Digital helped to promote the Dream Rides day – and future Sporting Bears charity events – by printing banners to the value of £1,000 on its Mimaki JV5-160S demonstration machine at its Kettering showroom. The banners were printed onto PVC banner material donated by manufacturer Soyang.
The Mimaki JV5-160S has an array of 32 print channels to enable production speeds of up to 40sq m/hr at 1,080dpi resolution, and is ideal for the outdoor-durable PVC banner signage required for the Sporting Bears events.
"We're always really keen to get involved with the Sporting Bears and to support its events," says performance car fan Andy, who donated the use of his white BMW M3 for the day. "It was especially lovely to see the children with their parents and respite carers enjoying the variety of cars at the Rockingham motorsport circuit."
Andrew Lake, board member of the Sporting Bears, adds: "This was undoubtedly one of the best Sporting Bears days. We are so pleased to be able to put on a great family day out with smiles all round. It's a truly humbling experience to see the reactions of all the family. We look forward to doing it again next year."
I-Sub Digital takes part in numerous events throughout the year to support Sporting Bears – which has raised over £1million for children's charities since the club's formation in 1989. The Dream Rides day gave disabled children and their families the chance to take part in fast-paced drives free of charge, while other events give petrol-heads the motorsports experience in exchange for a donation to the motor club's supported charities. Membership to the Sporting Bears is open to anyone – with regional groups now holding events across England and Scotland.