UK Street Cars models Calli, Kerry, holding Chelsea Turner, and Misha. Picture by Richard Halfday.
STREET cars from across the country descended on the Isle of Wight last weekend to raise money for a little girl with brain damage.
The Isle of Wight Takeover event, organised by UK Street Cars, was held at Smallbrook Stadium, Ryde, for modified and high-performance vehicles.
Proceeds were donated to Meningitis UK and Chelsea’s Wishes, in aid of poorly Sandown youngster Chelsea Turner.
Eighteen-month-old Chelsea, who was born 11 weeks prematurely with bleeding to the brain, is blind and has cerebral palsy.
Her parents, Matt and Angie Turner, are trying to raise £7,000 to create a sensory nursery with specialist equipment, which will help Chelsea improve her vision and communication skills.
Highlights of the event included a show and shine competition, with trophies for best paint job and best engine bay, exhibition drag racing by the Supercharged Outlaws, a five-a-side football match and a drive-out to Newport.
DJs and burlesque dancers The Lovehearts kept the crowds entertained on Saturday night and a raffle was held, with top prizes including an Alice in Wonderland afternoon tea at The Essex, Godshill, and a drift experience at Goodwood.
Matt, 30, said: "It was a fantastic event and we have raised almost £6,000 in total now, so we are really close. People have been so generous, we can’t thank everyone enough for digging deep in their pockets and helping us. The support has been amazing.
"Chelsea hasn’t had the most amazing week, health-wise, but she is growing all the time. It’s an ongoing battle, all we can do is take each day as it comes."