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GCHQ Motorshow

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2016
GCHQ holds its own charities' motorshow to raise awareness of the Severn Freewheelers Blood Bikes and the Retired Greyhound Trust.

News article - 18 Aug 2016

Staff were encouraged to take a break from their serious work to view over 40 prestige, sports, race and classic cars and bikes today. These ranged from a Mygale M12-SJ Single Seater Race Car, a VW Caddy, a Tesla S, a Motor Guzzi 1200 Sport Corsa Rossa and a Kawasaki ZX6R. They  also included cars from local company H.R. Owen who brought in an Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster, Aston Martin DB9 GT Coupe, Mercedes SLS Roadster and BMW Z3M Coupe.

The motorshow was organised to raise awareness for the Severn Freewheelers Blood Bikes who provide an out-of-hours courier service to the local NHS, and the Retired Greyhound Trust who operate a network of volunteers to help secure a bright future for Britain's retired racing greyhounds. With speed on four and two wheels on display, greyhounds Ryder, Lady and Rio showed a different side to speed on four legs. Volunteers who brought in their cars and bikes paid a donation to the charities.

Paul, a volunteer who helped set up the event, said "It's a fantastic turnout to support Blood Bikes and Retired Greyhound Trust. Everyone has had a marvellous time looking at their own dream cars."

Today over £250 was raised for both charities. Staff donations through the GCHQ Charity Fund (GCF) had already provided £13,000 towards a new life-saving Blood Bike, and in 2015 Richard Hammond, star of BBC's Top Gear, came to GCHQ to celebrate the achievement and formally present the new bike.

For the petrol heads, here is a list of the cars and bikes which were on show:



  • Volvo P1800S                                                               
  • Ford Mustang Coupe
  • VW Beetle
  • Triumph 2500 P1 Mk2
  • Volkswagon Golf GTi
  • Ford Fiesta MK2 XR2
  • Porsche 928 S4
  • Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Cosworth
  • Toyota Hilux
  • Westfield SEW
  • Marcos Mantara Spyder
  • BMW Z3M Coupe (H.R. Owen)
  • Jaguar XK8
  • BMW M4
  • VW Caddy
  • Lotus Exige S S2
  • BMW 1M
  • Audi A1 S Line Black Edition
  • Mygale M12-SJ Single Seater Race Car
  • Mercedes SLS AMG (H.R. Owen)
  • BMW i3
  • Jaguar F-Type R
  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster (H.R. Owen)
  • Jaguar F-Type S
  • RCE F2 Stock Car
  • Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
  • Lexus CT200h
  • Tesla S
  • Volvo V60 Polestar
  • Aston Martin DB9GT Coupe (H.R Owen)
  • Ministry of Defence Response Vehicle



  • Suzuki GT750
  • Honda CB750/4
  • BMW R1200C
  • Kawasaki ZX6R
  • Honda ST1100 Pan European
  • Triumph Rocket III
  • Ducati 1098S
  • Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa
  • Yamaha XV1900A
  • Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport Corsa Rossa
  • Ducati Panigale 1199
  • Kawasaki ZZR1400
  • BMW Blood Bike



©GCHQ 2015. The Bloodbike purchased through GCHQ fundraising in 2015.



Three retired greyhounds and their handlers
©GCHQ 2016. Retired greyhounds and their handlers.



A powerful red motorbike
©GCHQ 2016. A Ducati Panigale 1199.