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Honda declare charity open day a great success 26 Jul 2007

Jenson Button & Honda fan, Charity Open Day, Brackley factory and headquarters, 15th July 2007. © Honda Young Honda fans in the Kids Zone, Charity Open Day, Brackley factory and  headquarters, 15th July 2007. © Honda Honda fans try the Pitstop Challenge, Charity Open Day, Brackley factory and headquarters, 15th July 2007. © Honda

Over 5,000 Formula One fans descended on Honda’s UK headquarters in Brackley, Northamptonshire on July 15 for the Japanese team’s first-ever open day. The event raised more than £75,000 for the squad’s two adopted charities, Helen & Douglas House and Stepping Stones Pre-School.

Honda race driver Jenson Button and testers Christian Klien and Mike Conway attended, together with Super Aguri’s Anthony Davidson and James Rossiter. Legendary Formula One commentator Murray Walker also made a guest appearance, as did 1979 Formula One world champion Jody Scheckter.

“We are delighted with the success of our very first charity open day,” said Honda CEO Nick Fry. “The fans were thrilled to see our drivers, Murray and all our other guests at close quarters, shaking hands, signing autographs and hearing about the racing season. None of this would have been possible without the tremendous support of our partners, who very generously donated their time and services. We would like to extend our thanks to everyone who played their part in making the day such a success.”

During the day, attendees were able to take part in a range of activities, including a pit-stop challenge with the team's regular pit crew and tours of Honda's design and manufacturing facilities. The most popular attractions, however, were the giant slot-racing set and Formula One simulators in which fans competed against the real Formula One drivers.

Helen & Douglas House, based in Oxford, provides respite and end of life care for children and young adults with life-shortening conditions, as well as support and friendship for their families. Stepping Stones Pre-School supplies educational pre-school and playgroup childcare in Brackley.