I am holding an Open day on Saturday 5th Sept from 11-4 (Marlin owners with Cars to arrive from 10am please) to celebrate the life and achievements of my much missed Mark. At the same time we are raising money for AMMF, the only charity which supports those suffering from the rare type of cancer Cholangiocarcinoma, bile duct cancer, (as Mark did) and the local Devon charity, Hosipcare, as I want to be able to thank them both for all their support as we would never have been able to cope as well without.
This is the first time the factory has been open to the public since moving to Trobridge, Nr Crediton Devon over seven years ago. I am so hoping there will be lots of marlin owners here with their cars and of course I will have Marks last Sportster that he built here plus his EXi race car and the championship leading Avatar One race car.
A key focus of the day is remembering Mark, who passed away in April 2014. Mark always felt it wouldn’t get him and with true grit and determination he managed to survive for eighteen months (despite being at stage four & given only just months when first diagnosed) which eventually lead to him leaving behind the wonderful ‘Avatar One’ racing car, Marks legacy.
I'm also creating, with help from our friends & family, a memorial area where you can bring something that reminds you of Mark. I am expecting all sorts to be brought along and left there including bits of engines, motor bikes or maybe just some weird and wonderful plants. Mark loved nature and often told me that he only found time to truly listen to the birds and smell the flowers when he got ill. I really hope this will be an area that people can come and sit in when they are visiting, which will make them feel closer to nature and Mark.
Events on the day include:
Marlin Cars Judged Concourse (judges to be Paul Moorhouse and myself)
Andrei Burton trials bike display team will be here plus you can try your hand at Clay Pigeon Shooting & Archery - Remote control car Time Attack Challenge (Top Gear style) - Fete style games inc: bash the rat, balls in the bucket, darts, lucky box, bar skittles etc. there will be a BBQ, Hog Roast, Beer Tent, Tea, Coffee & Cake Stall plus live Music with famous local acts. Also a children's area with Disco bouncy castle, Army assault course, face painting, craft table, sand pit, footie games etc
and of course a Marlin rummage table :-)
I am also running an on-line charity auction with some fantastic and rare lots available such as tickets to sell out events like Goodwood Revival, much sort after F1 Silverstone tickets plus various other items of interest.
There are also many items donated by local businesses and Marlin suppliers.
Please take a look at www.avatarsportscars.co.uk/marksauction
It's going to be an amazing fun day out for everyone and I really want as many people to come as possible. To help us with numbers I would really appreciate it if you
confirm your attendance via our facebook page
I am not planning on opening the doors again in this way so I really want as many people here as possible supporting these worthy causes and supporting myself and of course the Marlin name.
Thank you so much and any questions please email me firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 01363 773772. If you can't make it and would like to still give something I have set up a giving page for Mark https://www.justgiving.com/terry-matthews2/