Patrick Stewart, who is known to Star Trek fans as Captain Jean-Luc Picard is boldly going where plenty have gone before: celebrity racing (ok, that’s last Star Trek joke.)
The Celebrity Challenge race at the Silverstone Classic next month lets the notable drivers compete on the legendary British grand prix circuit. The weapon of choice will be lightweight, competition prepared Morgans capable of hitting 130 mph. So for Stewart, hitting the top end in these old-world cars will likely be like going at warp speed (sorry we couldn’t resist.)
Don’t expect Stuart to be the next Paul Newman. “The only time that I’ve raced was on the Long Beach Grand Prix course in California which was in a Pro-Celebrity Toyota race and I really, really enjoyed it,” he said. Still, Stewart has earned a competition license, and it its really cool to have the 71-year-old actor going out and mixing it up with the younger celebrities.
Well, the term “celebrities” featured in this race is used a but loosely. Besides Stewart there is one other internationally recognized star, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson. The rest of the grid is filled with a bunch of Brits who are unknown to anyone not living on the island.
We won’t make too much fun of the competitors because they are all doing it for a good cause. The July 21st race will raise funds for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK and the RPJ Crohn’s Foundation.