10 YEARS, 10,000 KMS
For 10 years, the Cathy Freeman Foundation has been working to achieve our vision of an Australia where Indigenous and non-Indigenous children have the same education standards and opportunities in life. To mark our 10th year milestone, Andrew Cannon AM will be driving a 1923 Presentation Vauxhall 10,000 kms around Australia in an effort to raise much needed funds.
To say the list of achievements Andrew Cannon AM has under his belt are extraordinary, would be an understatement to say the least.
At age 13, Andrew represented Australia in World Cup skiing which was just the start of his impressive list of sporting triumphs. As well as being an international rower, Andrew went onto sail in the Admiral’s Cup, America’s Cup, Congressional Cup and the 12 Metre World Championships (being a member of the winning crew). But the only thing that has matched Andrew's love and dedication to sport is his passion for philanthropy and helping others.
In 1979, Andrew completed one of the first ultra-marathons (115 kms) to raise money for the Anti Cancer Council of Victoria. And almost 20 years later he continued his incredible fundraising efforts for the Heart Foundation by funding a walk to the North Magnetic Pole.
Andrew was also the driving force behind bringing the breath-taking Grace Kelly: Style Icon exhibition to Australia, which generated more than 150,000 visitors and $20m in revenue for the City of Bendigo. Andrew was awarded Knight of the Order of Grimaldi for his efforts.
But it was in 2006 that Andrew's path converged with one of the few people who could match his unbridled enthusiasm for philanthropy and sport. Having met Cathy Freeman at the Commonwealth Games, Andrew and Cathy went on to join forces and create the Cathy Freeman Foundation in an endeavour to close the education gap in Australia and help Indigenous children reach their potential at school.
Over the past 10 years, Andrew has been a phenomenal supporter and advocate of the Cathy Freeman Foundation, including 7 years as the Foundation's Founding Chairman.
As the Cathy Freeman Foundation enters its 10th year we are both humbled and excited by this milestone, but also acutely aware of the long road we have ahead of us to close the education gap once and for all.
In an effort to help the Foundation raise much needed funds and awareness for our 10th year, Andrew will be attempting to drive 10,000 kilometres across Australia in a one of a kind 1923 Presentation Vauxhall.
Member of the Order of Australia
Consulat de Monaco - Honorary Consul (appointed 2002)
Knight of the Order of Grimaldi - Awarded for the Grace Kelly: Style Icon Exhibition
Monaco Private Label, The Influencer’s Circle, Executive Advisory Board - Director
Carbine Sports Foundation - Founding Chairman
Woomargama Cattle Station - Director
Cathy Freeman Foundation - Founding Chairman (2007 to 2013)
Past President of the Toorak RSL - directing funds to return servicemen and women. Appointed the Governor General, Sir Peter John Cosgrove AK MC, as Patron
ABOUT THE CAR
The car that will be driven on this 10,000 kilometre trip is known as the Presentation 30/98 Vauxhall, with chassis number OE1078. The car was presented by the Vauxhall factory to Boyd Edkins in 1924 for his special service. It was uniquely designed for competition and is regarded as one of the rarest vintage race cars in existence.
Boyd Edkins himself was a remarkable individual.
He held a number of motoring records in the early 1920s, including around Australia, and the Brisbane to Sydney record, which saw him cover 643 miles in 18 hours and 58 minutes (the roads were unsealed). He crossed from Fremantle to Sydney in 6 days, 13 hours and 57 minutes. His daughter Gillian Bunnings gave the current owner the original plaque of the car, which she treasured as a memory of her father.
This particular Vauxhall was raced in England, before it came out to Australia and raced here. It was owned by Australian Grand Prix winner Bill Thompson. He won the Australian Grand Prix in 1930, 1932, 1933. The car was also owned by Marcus Clark, of department store fame, and racing car driver Norman Leslie “Wizard” Smith.
During the Sydney Olympics in 2000, Andrew Cannon bought the car in a dilapidated, but original state - it was part of the Geoff Collins Estate, who had the car for fifty years. Now under Andrew Cannon’s ownership, the Vauxhall was subject to a total restoration by John Kent of Crank Start Engineering. The restoration sought to preserve the unique details and restore as much as was possible, rather than replace it. John Kent did a magnificent job and the car is regarded as one of the best examples of restoration of this model worldwide.
The car is truly unique and is the only surviving competition car of the Vauxhall factory of this period. Apart from a special tuned engine, it made extensive early use of aluminium alloys, and was given a shorter wheelbase than the conventional car. It also sports a Wensum body, which is designed to represent a boat. The car is capable of a top speed of just under 200km/h, which is frightening considering it has quite poor brakes and runs on very skinny tyres. It is regarded as one of the most significant historic cars in Australia.
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