Martyn Raybould

Martyn Raybould

Race Against Dementia

Race Against Dementia is the Official Charity to the Specialist Vehicle Association.

Words from National Treasure Sir Jackie Stewart

“I am now facing one of the biggest challenges of my life and will put all my efforts into finding a cure for this horrendous illness”. Sir Jackie Stewart

Celebrations in 1969

Today, 50 million people around the world have dementia. Unless a cure is found, one in three people born today will die with dementia. A new person develops dementia every three seconds. This crisis cannot continue and there are few sectors more innovative than the Automotive ones around the world. As such the SVA would like to invite and encourage our Trade and Enthusiast Members to:

  • Donate as an individual or business.
  • Make Race Against Dementia your own chosen in-house charity for a year.
  • Celebrate the life of someone you know or have cherished and lost, by making a donation in their name. The Specialist Vehicle Association will display your name and the person you wish to donate on behalf of and if you would like, display a picture of that person.
  • Make a donation to Race Against Dementia from the estate of someone, who enjoyed our wonderful Classic, Performance, and Racecar world we love so much.

Race Against Dementia is driven to raise money to fund breakthrough and innovative dementia research.

Sir Jackie Stewart National Treasurer & Racing legend
Helen, Jackie’s beloved wife of 56 years, was his stopwatch


Racing at Silverstone

“In my world of motorsport I have seen extraordinarily creative systems introduced, as well as incredible work to prevent the fatalities that the sport once endured. I have no doubt that finding a cure for dementia is one of the biggest challenges we’ve ever faced. But my vision is that by thinking out of the box and finding new ways to achieve success. We will find a solution to allow millions of people to live without dementia.”

Sir Jackie Stewart


The Race Against Dementia Fellowship Programme draws from the most promising scientific talent around the world; to catalyse their research work by driving a shift in culture that learns from innovation in high technology engineering research and implementation, such as in Formula 1; and to drive collaboration across disciplines and institutions to help fast-track their progress to become leaders in the field.

Click on the image above to find out more about the RAD research undertaken 365 days a year

Accelerating the Research

Years of research have gone into dementia, culminating in a far greater understanding of the diseases that cause the condition, but there are currently still no effective treatments or preventions.
Our ambition is to accelerate this research by reaching around the world to discover a new generation of scientists eager to break new ground, not only to find a prevention or treatment but – perhaps more importantly – to develop a new culture of innovation and speed.

A Revolution

This revolutionary innovation when it is found may be found in the institutions that have been tirelessly working towards a cure for decades, or by those that have recently embarked on the search of a cure.
The brain is undoubtedly the most complex component of the human body. Our ambition is to succeed in finding a cure.
Some in the establishment will no doubt be sceptical. However, there have been many achievements in science and technology over the last 20 years that have changed the world in so many different avenues. Dementia is the next frontier.


We are challenging the brightest minds across the global scientific community to think differently and find new ways of doing business. This will allow us to find better prevention or diagnosis strategies and accelerate our search for treatments or a cure.
To beat dementia, we will need substantial resources to find a way to cure and prevent this terrible global problem.

How can You or Your Business help?

By dontating to the Race Against Dementia research program or in further supporting the many years of work from Helen, Sir Jackie and the team. To find out more or to get in touch go to Race Against Dementia Donate at I want to support RAD or contact the charity at Join the Race.

Martyn Raybould MD Says: The Specialist Vehicle Association is relatively new in the world, having been launched in late 2019. But, my own Mother died of advanced Alzheimer’s and our family experienced up close this terrible disease. Race Against Dementia is now our dedicated charity for life and at the end of every working year, we will make a donation to this extraordinary charity started by Helen and Jackie Stewart and help it continue its work. As we grow we will increase those donations and expand our support until one day we can announce that this disease is now beaten.

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