Ginetta: Leeds cars in charity fundraiser

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A LEEDS racing car manufacturer opened its doors to petrolheads to help a severely ill man raise money for a life-saving operation.

Ginetta in Garforth held a day of guided tours at its supercar factory on Saturday.

Proceeds from the ticket sales will go to the Save Sam’s Spine campaign, and the total will be matched by Ginetta boss Lawrence Tomlinson.

The campaign is aiming to raise £20,000 for Sam Rhodes, 27, who suffers from a severe spinal condition which has put his life on hold and leaves him in constant pain.

His doctors have recommended cervical disc replacement surgery but he is unable to get it on the NHS. So his friends stepped in and launched the fundraising campaign to pay for the treatment.

On Saturday, visitors had the chance to have a look around the Ginetta plant, which makes the G40, G50, G55 and F400 models and see the full line-up of the firm’s cars.

They watched the Le Mans Panoz car being fired up and popped into the Ginetta ‘heritage cars’ showroom which includes a racing suit worn by Nigel Mansell.

The group also saw the G55 being worked on - and were given rides in the G40 race car and F400 supercar.

The day took in a tour of the factory, a look at a full line up of the evolution of its cars, and included doing wheel-spinning donuts in G40 race car on the helipad.

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