A motor meet in memory of a South Cumbrian enthusiast will take place next weekend.
Friends and family of Mark Dempster, who died in July after a short battle with cancer, organized the event in his memory and said they had done everything possible for motoring and motorsport fans and to make sure his name lives on.
The Mark Dempster Memorial Car Meet takes place on Saturday September 24 at the Lakeland Motor Museum in Backbarrow, near Ulverston and 80 cars are expected to take part in the charity fundraiser.
Organizer and friend Edward Mudd said: “Mark was a good friend who helped me get my daughter-in-law into the rally and encouraged her to follow her passion. He was a fantastic person who loved coming to my house for coffee and chatting about cars or his daughter Sophie and his future plans with his fiancée Lianne.
Mark, from Barrow, was a retired policeman and rally driver. A supporter of local charities, including the local homeless shelter, and a volunteer for St. John Ambulance, he had two wishes – to marry Lianne, which service staff Mark was caring for managed to arrange with just 24 hours notice and continue his charity work by raising funds through a car show.
Organizers collected cars for the day’s show, but they also held a charity raffle to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and Furness General Hospital’s New Ward, where Mark was treated.
Local businesses stepped up to support the cause with amazing prizes from across the county. West Point Woods on Walney Island offered a two-night stay in glamping pods, Keith Edwards Motor Services offered a voucher for a free MOT as well as family admission vouchers to the Lakeland Motor Museum, Beatrix Potter, South Lakes Animal Park, Haverthwaite & Lakeside Railroad and Lakes Aquarium.
Other prizes include meal vouchers to spend at local restaurants including The Manor House in Oxen Park and Cafe Ambio, plus Barrow Raiders gave away two pairs of tickets to their Oktoberfest event in Craven Park.
Furness Brick & Tile Co in Askam sponsored the cost of printing the raffle tickets and Barrow Grafixsigns printed the promotional material for the event.
There will also be other motorsport memorabilia prizes on offer on the day, including a passenger rally experience alongside a top national rally driver and other signature merchandise.
Edward added: “I just want to make him proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish. I would like to personally thank everyone who donated raffle prizes, ticket printing and everyone who came to join us with cars at this great event.
There are 27 prizes currently to date and raffle tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased for £2.50 via PayPal by emailing [email protected]
People are encouraged to visit the show, admire the vehicles and chat with their owners from 10 a.m.