A well-known face amongst Calne residents has battled her way through to the final six in an incredible competition that could see her win an INEOS Grenadier 4×4 vehicle, but she will have to take it the Hard Way Home.
The Hard Way Home was open to all UK and European entrants who paid a deposit and placed an order for the brand new INEOS Grenadier. The competition offered entrants the chance to win an unforgettable experience when they collect their prize vehicles.
A 4×4 expert panel went through all the applications and chose six to attend a training/assessment day at an off-road centre in the UK in September – giving the drivers an opportunity to get up close and personal and actually drive some Grenadier prototype vehicles ahead of the general public.
The six drivers, including Calne’s own Gemma Harris, spent the day getting to know the Grenadier and how to use it properly, while having their off-road driving skills assessed.
Gemma who owns the 11:11 Yoga Studio in Church Street Calne, hasn’t had the easiest of times in recent years.
During the pandemic she had two lumpectomies, twelve rounds of chemotherapy and a mastectomy. Despite this, she kept 11:11 Yoga Studio running and even raised £10,000 for Cancer Research. When the war in the Ukraine began, Gemma was amongst the first in the town to throw open the doors of the studio to collect donations to help the Ukrainians – she then arranged the onward journey to Polish hubs to ensure the donations got to where they were needed most.
Gemma now teaches yoga to cancer patients going through treatment and when she isn’t doing that, or off-roading, she works with the rehabilitation and release of wild animals in Costa Rica. In short, no-one can deny that Gemma is a hardworking and giving woman who makes Calne proud.
If Gemma receives enough votes to make her one of the chosen three, she will be taken to an undisclosed location to collect her Grenadier where she will be supported by specialist 4×4 driver trainers as they take the Grenadier across rough terrain and learn how to get the best from the vehicle, as she takes the Hard Way Home.
A spokesman for INEOS told Calne News: “As we launch this all-new vehicle to the marketplace, we wanted to mark the occasion of early customer deliveries and those that were early hand-raisers when we opened for reservations and then orders, by giving three the opportunity to pick up their new vehicles in a way that fits the Grenadier ethos. – Rather than the usual shiny new car in a well-lit showroom with a bow on, where you’d just pootle off home across town.
“The lucky three will have their brand new vehicles delivered to an as yet undisclosed location where they’ll get to know their new vehicles on an epic adventure home across remote landscapes and arduous terrain, supported by specialist 4×4 driver trainers to ensure they do it safely and get the best out of their new Grenadier. The experience is on us.”
Voting is open until midnight on November 4th and Gemma would really appreciate your votes.
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