Driving off dementia with an unforgettable sports car

In memory of an incredible fundraiser, a classic sports car is on show, driven around the country with one final stop, the Goodwood Revival Bonhams Auction, in the hopes of raising money to help those living with dementia.

When Robert Davis was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2012, his son and car enthusiast, James Davis became an incredible supporter for Alzheimer’s Society. James’ fundraising was centered around his and his dad’s love of cars.

An old photograph of Robert Davis in a sports car

A younger Robert Davis pictured in a Twin Cam Sports Car

He would attend car shows with his MGA Twin Cam, that once belonged to his father, to raise vital funds and awareness about our work. Robert Davis sadly passed away with dementia in 2019, and James continued to fundraise in loving memory of him.

The MGA Twin Cam

James’ classic sports car was truly unforgettable, as his father, Robert, first bought the MGA Twin Cam in 1964, and over the course of the next 53 years drove it on road and track all over the world - from the UK to Barbados to Canada.

Robert Davis with his family in the Twin Cam

Robert Davis with his family in the Twin Cam

James’ father had always hoped that the MGA would be passed down to James, but in 2016 in Canada as Robert’s dementia progressed, it sadly had to be sold to fund his care.

Having assumed that he would never see the car again, in August 2018 whilst scrolling on eBay for "classic cars" James unexpectedly found the car, back in the UK and for sale. James immediately purchased the car but described the experience as “bittersweet as I couldn't give Dad the news;

Alzheimer’s had him firmly in its wicked grip, at that point he didn't know who I was.

“ The MG was now my ultimate fundraiser - in honour of my dad, I decided to use the MG to raise awareness of the disease. ”
James Davis - On being reunited with his father's Twin Cam in 2018
James Davis Reunited with his father's sports car

James sadly died in July 2021, leaving his estate and his beloved MGA Twin Cam to Alzheimer’s Society. Over the course of James’ lifetime fundraising, James incredibly raised over £17,000 for the Society and a further £16,000 has since been donated in his memory.

A final tour with one last stop: Goodwood Revival Bonhams Auction

Throughout the summer, starting in June 2022, the classic sports car will have one final tour of car shows across the country, kicking off at the Bicester Scramble on 19th June. A chance to raise funds and share its incredible story.

Following James’ final wishes, the car will go on sale between 16th - 18th September at Goodwood Revival Bonhams Auction, with all the proceeds going to Alzheimer’s Society in order to help those living with and affected by dementia through research and vital care.

For dates when the car will be attending car shows this summer, any more information about the auction, or how you could also pledge a gift in your Will, please get in touch on [email protected]

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