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Race the Runway event at Edinburgh Airport sponsored by Mercedes

All the staff at Car Hire Edinburgh Airport would love to be either on a plane taking off at the airport when the event is on or on a day off to go to it, with the draw of all the fast cars. 

For the second year Mercedes is sponsoring the Race the Runway event, which invites owners of high-performance cars of all makes and models to test their cars without fear of being pulled over, on the auxiliary runway at Edinburgh Airport. In return, all they have to do is make a donation to the Glasgow-based Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice. The drag race takes place on Thursday 4 September.

The rest of the airport remains open throughout the drag races – lending the event a dramatic spectacle for pilots and plane passengers alike as aircraft taxi to and from the Terminal buildings.

Taking the form of a series of heats, the event attracts super cars from all over the world, with the fastest car from each heat progressing to the next stage. Last year, the finalists were achieving speeds of around 180 mph on the runway.

Rob Halloway, Communications and Events Director Mercedes-Benz UK said, “We’re delighted to be back at Race the Runway. It’s great fun and a real privilege to thunder along the tarmac at take-off speeds in a car – and of course it’s all perfectly legal! But best of all this remarkable day raises awareness and funds for a terrific cause – the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice. I’m certain that when Ant Davidson gets behind the wheel of the Formula One car it’ll be unlike anything seen before at Edinburgh Airport, and a real magic moment in the story of the Silver Arrows.”