Father-of-two James Ellary died in June 2021 after a courageous battle with motor neuron disease, marrying partner Phoebe just two days before losing his life.
His friends and family are now hosting the GTG Santa Pod on May 13 in his honor, where spectators can watch exciting drag races and admire the vehicles on display, all to benefit the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
James’ mother-in-law, Julia Adams, 44, said: ‘We try to do fundraising and awareness raising – that helps.
“James’ story touched so many hearts, and we’re glad it keeps his memory alive.”
After months of testing, James was finally diagnosed in January 2021, at which point he could no longer walk more than a few feet or lift his arms.
At the time of his death he had lost all use of his arms and legs and was dependent on the use of a wheelchair or being lifted and moved by his family.
Julia said: ‘Everyone is shocked and warned about this because there was no family history. He was only 20 years old and two children were left without a father.
“Motor neuron disease does not discriminate. It doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor, young or old. That’s what shocked people.
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Julia would like to thank Phoebe, who works as an apprentice mechanic at the Garage, Shefford, her colleague Ian, Peri from autolinked.co.uk, Darren, Jay and Mike from the Mustang Owners Club, and Cassie, Phoebe’s close friend, for the organization of the event.
Julia added: “James was a bit of a petrol head. He loved his cars, his loud stereos, everything. Phoebe too!
“GTG stands for ‘good to go’ [in the industry] but James and his friends always joked and called each other the “Grey Tracksuit Gang”.
The event will take place at Santa Pod Raceway, Airfield Road, Wellingborough.
So far family and friends have collectively raised £12,400 for the charity.
Julia would also like to thank Amie Jo Buckland of Time For You Cleaning, Biggleswade, who will donate £10 from each new customer to James’ tribute page.