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Gordon Robertson, Chief Driving Consultant at the Porsche Experience Centre, Silverstone, has had a tough 18 months because of cancer. Determination to create something positive from the negative has inspired him to head a charity appeal that will not only raise funds for one of the UK's leading cancer research facilities, but will also celebrate the 50 Anniversary of the most iconic Porsche of them all - the 911.


Gordon says:


"2012 started badly, In January I was diagnosed with medullary thyroid cancer, a form of the disease caused by a genetic abnormality. Following a seven-hour neck operation and six weeks of intensive radio therapy, however, I was back on the road again. Later in the year and following further investigation, it was discovered that, sadly, our then five year old daughter Lucy carried the same genetic abnormality as me, meaning that thyroid removal was advised to minimise the chance of her developing the disease in the future. I cannot begin to describe the agony of discovering that I had unknowingly passed this gene onto my 'wee Princess'. But, in true Lucy style, she tackled the operation with a determined smile, and thankfully she is now fighting fit and desperately wants to become a nurse!

"I wanted to say 'thank you' to the extraordinary people who have helped us along the way. To do this, me and the team at Porsche GB in Reading have planned 'The Long Way Doune: Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Charity UK Tour'. With Lucy in the passenger seat,from July 8-10th  I will pilot the 1965 Porsche 911 Project 50 race car from our home in Doune, Perthshire, to Goodwood Racing Circuit in Hampshire, visiting nine of the UK's finest racing circuits in three days. We will be joined by various VIP guest drivers along the way making this a truly remarkable journey.


Lucy (age 6) says:


"When I found out my daddy was ill I was very upset, then I found out that I had the same gene as my daddy and I needed the same operation but daddy's was worse.

When daddy was made he had a faulty gene and I was given the same one when I was made, so a nice man called Dr Dave Smith put dots on my neck which was tickly- then he took my thyroid out. After my operation I couldn't talk but after 5 minutes I had 2 lunches !

I feel hundreds better now but still get blood taken to make sure I don't need another operation like my daddy.

Please help us if you can so that this doesn't happen to other people"


 The money we raise will be donated to the Ninewells Cancer Campaign, part of the University of Dundee's research centre. Lucy was treated at Ninewells and its team lead the field in genetic cancer research, so we definitely feel like we owe a debt of gratitude. So, please dig deep and help support us however you can."


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Updates 4

New 911 Project 50 car now joining tour driven by Andrea - get some new alloys ordered !! Plans all going well, old 911 is in Doune other cars and crew are on their way ready for The Long Way Doune ! Please keep the donations coming.

07/07/13 10:50

Fantastic news- Top Gears " The Stig" driving guest car at Oulton Park. Donations going really well - thanks to all!

29/06/13 10:58

Rory butcher( Carrera Cup driver) driving guest car at Knockhill.

29/06/13 10:56

Fudraising going extremely well - the generosity is amazing! 21 days to go. Mark Webber , Vicki Butler-Henderson and Richard Attwood all confirmed as guest drivers - thanks so much to them for their support. Thanks agin everyone from Gordy, Andrea and Lucy.

16/06/13 08:32

Raising money for

University of Dundee

University of Dundee

Charity Registration No. SC015096

Funding helps us train and educate the next generation of doctors, dentists, architects, scientists, linguists, teachers, designers, academics and global leaders. Funding maintains the University of Dundee’s reputation as a leading institution for study, research, and employability.

Donations 270

Gordon...thanks for the Macan Turbo fun, saw this and very happy it has worked out for you and daughter....such a great cause for Ninewells...happy to give a bit !

Donation by Alan Stamper on 04/08/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Gordon, congratulations on your recovery and fund raising success, truly inspirational. Thanks for the hot laps in the GT3 on Thursday, unbelievable, made my year! Best wishes to you and your family.

Donation by Johnny Voce on 29/07/14


+ £50.00 Gift Aid

Keep smiling mate

Donation by Anonymous on 17/03/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Keep up the good work, great achievement so far

Donation by Ian Horton on 10/03/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Great result so far - let's hope the donations keep on coming! Gill xx

Donation by Gill Kerr on 10/03/14


+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Great Job Gordon, can I have the Wax and Car Detail please :-)

Donation by Robin Simpson on 07/03/14


+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Great to see what you've achieved, keep up the good work! :-)

Donation by Stephanie Stockman on 06/03/14


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good work team LWD!

Donation by Jon & Kat on 05/03/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Keep on keepin on

Donation by Peter Hambleton on 05/03/14


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Great Effort, Keep up the good work!

Donation by Damien Lawrenson on 05/03/14


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good to see you doing a full weeks work again looking forward to your 50th birthday party this year

Donation by G Bruyneels on 05/03/14


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Well done !!!

Donation by Naz Latif on 05/03/14


+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Great cause and great effort, looking forward to winning the car detailling prize as I need to sell my Audi and it could use it!

Donation by Nick Edwards on 05/03/14


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Thanks to you and Ben and I hope this helps to make a difference to a very worthy cause. Best wishes. Nigel S.

Donation by Nigel S on 15/12/13


+ £625.00 Gift Aid

Well done Gordon

Donation by Pat and Helen Henderson on 10/12/13


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Best Wishes from the colonies! Glad you're doing well, I've enjoyed your videos over the years and hope to see more. Maybe your daughter will take over for you in the next generation.

Donation by Anonymous on 27/10/13


Great name, Great idea, Great effort! All the best!

Donation by Paul Hubbard on 03/09/13


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Best wishes from "next door"

Donation by Diana and Nigel Bishop on 31/08/13


Good luck Gill and Nick with your triathlon! Show 'em how it should be done! x

Donation by Val & Cliff Bailey on 30/08/13


Congratulations! A very worthy cause. from all at 'The Bridge' magazine Doune.

Donation by Anonymous on 24/08/13


+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Well done. A great way to raise awareness for a very worthwhile cause. From a fellow early 911 driver.

Donation by Pete Cooke on 22/08/13

Donation by Morrisons Holiday Homes on 20/08/13


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Congratulations and good luck for the future

Donation by Catherine Aherne on 18/08/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Well done Gordy! So glad you are doing better. I am proud to contribute.

Donation by Bob Pfeiffer on 18/08/13


Donation by Anonymous on 16/08/13


Donation summary

  • * Online donations£13,875.62
  • Offline donations£410.91
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£14,286.53
  • Gift Aid£3,041.25

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