"The Mark of Man isn't the Manner in which he falls... But the Manner in which he rises."

For Tony Harris the journey through hell led to the greatest adventure of his life, an adventure that has just begun and has allowed him to pursue excellence in another field... Motorsport! 

Range Rover Sport Weekend

What an incredible weekend! Not only did the Lions smash Australia in the final test, not only did Andy Murray dispel the myths of a Brit winning the Wimbledon male crown, not only was the sun beating down on us all and reminding us all of what we have missed so much this year but I was also privileged to be part of Land Rover's Range Rover Sport Experience weekend.

Recently I have been doing a lot of talks to schools including Eastbourne College and Thomas' School in Kensington, naturally the experiences revolved around my military career and Race2Recovery but underpinning it has always been the key values and ethos that I think defines the way we act as individuals and as teams. The response from pupils, parents and staff has been wonderful although it was SSgt Mark Zambon who I shared the stage with in Eastbourne who added such an incredible insight into the capability of the human mind and soul.

Last weekend was the best way to unwind though when my wife, Elizabeth, and I set off to Abergavenny to be treated to an incredible two days driving the new 5L turbo charged Range Rover Sport through the winding roads of South Wales including a trip to Sennybridge military training area, the Elan Reservoir and then on to Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire to test the car's phenomenal off road capability. The day came to a wonderful conclusion when we arrived at the Montpellier Hotel in Cheltenham before a superb dinner and early night to prepare for the climatic final day.

After a leisurely breakfast we were off into the Cotswolds where we enjoyed another 4x4 course and then on to Cotswolds Airport for possibly the most outlandish driving event I have ever witnessed. After putting the car through it's paces at 150mph on the runway and a 0-100mph-stop time of 16.2 seconds we entered the Boeing 747 driving up an enormous ramp to the hold. Immediately we had to put the car onto a 45 degree side on ramp before a cross axle obstacle all in the back of this huge plane! After negotiating the hold and cattle class it was up to First Class for a steep drop underneath the pilots and back to earth. 

But that wasn't the end and it was back up to economy via another ramp before the steepest drop off straight out the other side and home for tea and medals in the other jumbo! I don't think I have ever seen something so quirky that worked so well - suffice to say refreshed and prepared for Goodwood.





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