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The JOGLE with OSKAR online competition is now closed because OSKAR had to retire due to a major engine failure which happened on the A9 north of Aviemore on its way to the start in John O'Groats. 

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OSKAR's gift to the Air Ambulance 

Lion Roger Stratton may not have got to John O Groats, but he and OSKAR handed over a cheque for £2438.00 that will help the Wiltshire Air Ambulance to continue to fly the injured and ill to hospital in minutes rather than get held up in traffic.
Devizes Lions are proud to support the project to build the new Airbase at Semington.
We urge others to support it too: you never know when you might need it and they get little or no Government support.

 

Just three days in to the journey, OSKAR had to retire due to a major engine failure which happened on the A9 north of Aviemore on its way to the start in John O'Groats.

This is what Roger has to say:

"I am very sorry that we had to abandon the JOGLE without even getting to the start at John O Groats.
We were beaten by what appeared to be a serious engine failure, but now we believe was an electrical problem caused by the very heavy rain and spray encountered on the way north. Our journey ended on the A9 near Aviemore, with OSKAR being returned to Blair Atholl on a recovery truck.
We are sad this happened and would like to apologise to our wonderful sponsors, the many people who donated their hard earned money and who entered the competition. We are determined that the three charities we are supporting will benefit from our efforts, but we will need to discuss with you all how best to do so.
In the meantime, thanks for the amazing support we had. The advertising will be continuing to adorn OSKAR's body for some time to come.
Roger, Bill and, of course, OSKAR."

Roger (right) and co-driver Bill (left) assembling outside the Bear Hotel, Devizes with the supported Charities.

 

 

 

 

About to be waved off by Peter Healey,
grandson of Donald Healey, the designer of
this cute little 1959 Austin Healey Sprite.

Flagged off by Peter Healey.

 

And away they go up North to John O'Groats
for the ride to Lands End.

     
     

The Plan

To celebrate the centenary of Lions, our current President Roger Stratton is planning a major charity drive, taking his Frogeye Sprite, OSKAR (OSK 800) to John O’Groats and on to Lands End (the JOGLE) in September, raising money for Wiltshire Air Ambulance and The Helen Straker Charity on the way. 

He is planning to leave from Devizes Market Place at 9:30am on September 5th where he will be flagged off by Peter Healey, the grandson of Donald Healey, the designer and man behind so many great British sports cars.  

Having driven up through England and Scotland, he will be leaving John O'Groats for Lands End on the 8th September, passing through Bristol on Tuesday 12th, where he will be greeted by Lions from the Bristol Brunel Lions Club and cross over Brunel's iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge at 12:00 noon accompanied by a convoy of classic cars, before continuing on his way to Lands End; then back to Devizes on the 15th.

 
For such a small car, this is a very long and difficult
trip. For the humans, there are few creature comforts. The hood will be stowed away as much as possible, there is no heater, and no seatbelts or airbags. Motoring in OSKAR takes you back to an earlier era! In OSKAR’s day, Motorways and Dual Carriageways were rare in the UK, so we shall be following a route avoiding them as far as possible. In 1959, the original Severn Bridge was still 7 years away from being completed! There is a map of our route lower down this page and we are really looking forward to meeting other classic cars along the way, and for help from other Lions Clubs, too.
 
OSKAR will be joined by back up cars during the journey, in which there will be luggage for the humans, and spare cans of oil, petrol and some other parts that might be needed.
 
 

Peter Healey, Volunteer Gardener at Dorothy House Hospice Care and Grandson of Donald Healey, co-founder of Austin-Healey says:

“I am delighted to be supporting Roger Stratton and Bill Ritson in their adventure, which in such a small and nearly 60 year old car is no small undertaking. The Healey Sprite was always a favourite of my grandfather, Donald Healey. It was designed as an affordable sports car, using many standard Austin mechanical  components, but that could be easily upgraded for racing or rallying, as many were. Indeed , the final Sprites which raced at the Le Mans 24 Hour Race were recorded at 150 miles per hour, and consistently won their class. I am sure that despite the cars age, Roger and Bill will have a memorable journey, and hopefully free of any  breakdowns.

I am also delighted that the trip will support a number of highly deserving charities, including Dorothy House Hospice Care in Winsley, where I enjoy being part of a volunteer team that look after their large gardens.  Good luck to you both, and have fun.”

This is an old photo of Donald Healey in Monte Carlo at the launch of the Austin-Healey sprite in 1958. Donald is in the passenger seat with no hat sitting next to a member of the press driving and wearing a hat.

Peter Healey in his own Austin-Healey 1971 Sprite Mark 4

 

 

 


 

Fundraising 

The main aim of the drive is to raise money for two Wiltshire Charities that deserve our support.  These are:

The Wiltshire Air Ambulance that is in the process of moving its operations to a new purpose built facility near Devizes and needs to raise a further £1.25m through its Airbase Appeal to meet the shortfall.

 

The Helen Straker Charity which in turn supports The Dorothy House Hospice

 

and the Forever Friends Appeal at the Bath Royal United Hospital.

At the same time the drive will be celebrating 100 years of Lions worldwide.
100 Years of Lions.

 

 

In 1917, Melvin Jones, a 38-year-old Chicago business leader, told members of his local business club they should reach beyond business issues and address the betterment of their communities and the world. Within three years, Lions became an international organisation. Since then, we've earned high marks for both integrity and transparency. We're a  worldwide organisation with a steady vision, a clear mission and a long – and proud – history over the last one hundred years.

 
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Sponsorship

There is also the opportunity to sponsor the car.  The price for logos on doors, bonnet and boot are £500 each and wheels £250 each.  In addition to being placed on OSKAR, the logos will be displayed on a fold-away board that will be featured at any media stops on the way.

Here are some of the sponsors that Oskar would like to thank for their support:

Bath Motor Club
The Beechfield Reclamation Co.
Devizes Motor Panels
Gecko
Mike Wood Tyres Ltd
OHM Clothing
Shire Garden Machines
Vaughan’s Cookery School
Strakers
Devizes Rotary Club
The Bear Hotel
Business Control
The Highworth and District Lions
Radcliffe & Co.

 

   

About OSKAR

This is what Lion Roger Stratton says about his little green car:

"I have been owned by OSKAR who is a green 1959 Austin-Healey Sprite Mk 1 registration number OSK 800, who has delusions of grandeur, since 1990. (Early Sprites are commonly known as Frogs or Frogeye Sprites due to their prominent frog-like headlamps.)

He ('cos only something so macho could possibly be anything else!) is celebrating 25 years of residence here, having had to put up with surgery, both cosmetic and heart and lung, for the first 2 years of our relationship and I am celebrating my 70th birthday this year by celebrating ANOTHER anniversary. Lions Clubs International, whose motto is "We Serve", is 100 years old this year, having been founded in Chicago in the depths of WW1.

So, OSKAR wants me to drive him from his home town of Devizes to the far north of the UK so that he can then complete a JOGLE to Lands End. I presume he wants me to bring him back to Devizes afterwards. He thinks that this will be a challenge at his age, but hasn't consulted with me as to how I feel about it. As well as raising money for a local cancer charity named after a wonderful woman called Helen Straker, funds will also be raised for Wiltshire Air Ambulance. OSKAR's target is £10,000, which he seems to think is easy, given his extreme good looks and oily residues in the garage.

The dates set for this journey of some 2000 miles is the ten days between September 5th and 15th this year.

OSKAR and I would appreciate your support, with flags, bunting, free food, accommodation and cheap petrol. The one thing we do want is advice on the best route, avoiding wherever possible, Motorways, dual carriageways and other heavily trafficked roads not best suited to the size and demeanour of my small green friend."

You can contact OSKAR by e-mail here: OSKAR

 

       

 

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