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Eight-time World king Surtees to guest at fundraiser

By Paul Lindsay

Motorsport legend John Surtees CBE, who won a total of eight World titles on both two and four wheels, is the special guest at this year's SPARKS NI Celebration of Motorsport Charity Dinner and Auction at Cultra's Culloden Hotel on Friday, December 9.

This is the 22nd year of the event that raises funds for Action Medical Research and is supported by local celebrities Pamela Ballantine and former motorcycle Grand Prix winner Jeremy McWilliams - both of whom are patrons of the cause.

To date the charity has raised over £500,000 for Action Medical Research.

Surtees, who made his Ulster Grand Prix debut in 1952 aged just 18, will be joined at the event by a plethora of top local motorsport personalities from both two and four wheels, the most notable being reigning World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea, who is on the verge of retaining his crown with Kawasaki this weekend.

As always, the event will provide some top quality one-off auction items and amazing experiences for those attending the eagerly-anticipated black tie dinner.

Television presenter Ballantine will host the event and provide her usual pre and mid-course dinner banter and table interviews.

For motorsport enthusiasts, it's the gala occasion of the year and not to be missed, if only to meet John Surtees CBE.

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