The Chris Jones Memorial Auction was a resounding success at Brands Hatch and the total figure raised over the two evenings came to £33,136.62. This has played a huge part in the total figure, which stands at an estimated £70,595.56 and the money is still coming in through various sources and generous parties.
The Auctions were incredible and took the staff involved in the CJMF by surprise, we are all delighted with the figure that was raised. Special thanks must go to all the riders, companies and everyone who donated items and purchased them, they made the event truly special.
British Superbike Race Director Stuart Higgs must get a special mention for his donation of three very special lots, each raising £2500. John McGuinness was blown away when his TT Medal and also the boots he set the fastest lap in went for an amazing £2500. James Ellison's leathers, boots and helmet that he wore at the British Moto GP and Goodwood reached £2225. Toby Moody collected a number of items from the GP Paddock which raised a figure of £3135 - thanks to all, greatly appreciated.
Leon Haslam, Johnny Rea, Eugene Laverty, John McGuinness, Glen Richards, Peter Hickman, John Reynolds, Tom Grant, Steve Plater, James Haydon, Dean and James Ellison must also get thanks for making an appearance over the weekend to sell their relevant items. We appreciate the time the riders spent up at the Auction and it also proved a huge success with the crowd as they got to meet their race heroes close up. TT Legend John McGuinness gained the biggest cheer over the weekend and we would like to thank him for donating his TT medal as we know this item is very close to his heart.
Nino (www.ngroadracing.org) and the Marshalls around the circuit have done a fantastic job at various meetings over the year and raised £8600 for the CJ Fund. Putoline's Steve Brookes completed the Great North Run whilst we were at Brands and raised a brilliant £2000 for the CJ Fund.
One of the next major CJ Events is World Superbike Star, James Toseland and his band Crash playing at Belvedere Park Club, Burton-on-Trent on Thursday 2nd November, the second Thursday of NEC Bike Show in Birmingham. See the leaflet attached, proceeds to the Chris Jones Memorial Fund.