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The Prize

A unique opportunity for two people to experience a ‘hot lap’ of the Isle of Wight with Jaguar Vector Offshore Powerboat.

Jaguar Vector Racing is the only powerboat team in the world licenced to take commercial passengers at speeds in excess of 100mph.

The day will also include lunch on the island along with an opportunity to get behind the controls and drive the Vector V40R.

 

The Cause

The driving forces behind Wings for Life are the two-time motocross world champion Heinz Kinigadner and the founder of Red Bull, Dietrich Mateschitz. In 2003, Kinigadner's son Hannes had a tragic accident which left him tetraplegic.

Moved by the dreadful injury, Kinigadner and Mateschitz invited leading scientists from across the world to come to Salzburg. It soon became clear that, contrary to common opinion, there is legitimate reason to hope that traumatic spinal cord injury can be cured. Ground-breaking discoveries made by Prof. Dr. Sam David in 1981 and by Prof. Dr. Martin Schwab in the early 1990s showed that injured nerve cells in the spinal cord are capable of regeneration after specific types of treatment.

Kinigadner and Mateschitz soon realised that research into spinal cord injury was underfunded. Paralysis is not considered a widespread condition and therefore investing millions in research to help a relatively small number of people was generally considered an unprofitable endeavour.

This realisation prompted Kinigadner and Mateschitz to set up the Wings for Life research foundation – with the goal of finding ways to cure all people affected.

 

Additional Details

  • Experience may not be resold or re-auctioned.
  • To be scheduled at a mutually agreeable date.
  • Blackout dates may apply.
  • We expect all winning bidders and guests to conduct themselves appropriately and be polite and respectful at all times.
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