SEVERAL special pieces of Supercars memorabilia are up for grabs in a fundraiser auction set up by the championship’s Head of Motorsport, Adrian Burgess.
Burgess is taking part in this year’s edition of the Tour de Cure charity bike ride to raise money for cancer research, taking in over 1400km from Newcastle to Noosa between March 26 and April 3.
Direct donations can be made through his Tour de Cure page, but Supercars drivers and teams have also donated a host of items for a memorabilia auction as part of his fundraising.
Among the items is the left-front wheel carried by Scott McLaughlin’s DJR Team Penske Ford Mustang in the qualifying crash at last year’s Gold Coast 600 which saw chassis DJRTP06 written off, as well as a side skirt carried by Craig Lowndes’ Autobarn Holden Commodore at the 2018 Newcastle 500, his last race as a full-time driver.
Cancer research is a cause close to Burgess’ heart, having lost his mother to the disease when he was 20 years old, and more recently his ex-wife Jean last August.
“Last year was certainly a tough year for me and our daughter Darcy,” Burgess said.
“Jean had a four-month battle with lung cancer and when she died Darcy and myself pledged to do what we could to raise awareness and funds for cancer research.
“Darcy is planning to run a marathon, but for me, I’ve always been a keen cyclist, so the Tour de Cure is a nice charity for me to get behind.
“Cancer is a disease that’s touched everyone in some way and the Tour de Cure has done an amazing job to raise funds and awareness over the years.
“Luckily in my position I’ve got a lot of contacts in pitlane, so it made sense to get an auction going as a way of raising funds,” he explained.
“There’s been a great reaction from a lot of people, I can’t thank them enough. There’s over 20 items there and I’m hoping we’ll add more as we go.”
Tour de Cure Australia has raised more than $50 million for cancer research since 2007, and as of the time of publishing this story (March 5) had raised $7.7 million so far this year.
Burgess’ memorabilia auction closes on March 11.