The “Bears”, as we are affectionately known, are a dedicated group of classic car and sports car enthusiasts with the primary aim – to raise money for children’s charities through our own social, dream rides and touring events, and to support other charitable events. It is to the club’s credit that annual subscriptions support the club overheads thus allowing all monies raised from Dream Rides® and other events to be directed towards the selected charities. Since the Club was formed in 1989 we have been very active and have raised over £3,000,000 for children’s charities in the UK.
Are there regional groups?
Yes. The Sporting Bears initial base was formed with members loosely based in the Cambridge/Midlands areas. However the club now has eight regional groups around the country
- The Midlands
- Northamptonshire and surrounding counties (Shire Bears)
- The North West
- The North East
- Southern England (Koalas)
- South West England (Surfing Bears)
- Northern England & Scotland (Polar Bears)
- Isle of Wight
Each of these groups organises its own events in their local area. Club nights are also a regular feature, usually for a noggin and natter. Each member receives “The Bear Facts” which is the club’s magazine containing items relating to interesting cars, stories about events that have taken place, and other motoring highlights.
Perhaps the most significant benefit the club offers is the knowledge that through the efforts of its members, the club helps charities in the most tangible way – through donating funds to such worthy causes.