Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Race Star Steve Parrish Patrons Truck Drivers Charity

Recognises Work of Professional Drivers Foundation
Shipping News Feature

UK – The Professional Drivers Foundation, a charity which offers assistance to lorry drivers and their dependants in the event that they are unable to work, has secured former British motorcycle champion and five-time winner of the World Truck Racing title Steve Parrish as their patron.

The PDF, which is part of the Professional Drivers Association, told the Handy Shipping Guide that: “The Trustees of the Professional Drivers Foundation are delighted that Steve has agreed to be our Patron and to help us in any way he can.

“Last year, the PDF’s first, was a huge success and confirmed the very real need for a charity specifically for lorry drivers and other vocational licence holders.

“Steve Parrish has always been a lorry driver’s favourite since his days in the Suzuki GP racing team, and after that in his Truck Racing career, where he took five World Titles.

“2010 will see Stavros, as Steve is fondly known, and the Professional Drivers Foundation working together, to support lorry drivers in times of need.”

Steve Parrish began his race career in 1976 when he joined Barry Sheene on the Suzuki GP team. In 1978 and 1979 he won the British Motor Cycle Championships, and then in 1980 he joined Yamaha – winning many European and British races.

In 1986 he moved over to the Truck Racing Series and became the most successful truck racer in history, taking 5 World titles before retiring from the sport in 2002.

Steve subsequently has commentated on motor bike racing for the BBC and Sky Sports and on the Red Bull Air Race series for Channel 4. On his patronage of the PDF Steve said that: “I am very pleased to be supporting the Professional Drivers Foundation.

“Having had a few accidents on the tracks over my racing career, it is good to see a charity specifically supporting lorry drivers, who we all know are the lifeline of this country."

He concluded that: “I am very honoured to be associated with the PDF.”

The PDF also helps fund the PDA’s Next of Kin (NOK) card, which is endorsed by Bob Brotchie, the founder of ICE (In Case of Emergency). The NOK Card is now carried by a huge number of lorry drivers, to aid immediate identification in case of any emergency.

(pic: © Steve Parrish)