“The Rev” and friends draw thousands to online classic car fest

The inaugural REVS Limiter, the classic car industry’s answer to Top Gear, attracted more than 3,000 people to its first ever live event on 16–17 May 2020 after being forced online by coronavirus.

Re-created by organisers as a Facebook Live virtual event, REVS Limiter was designed to lift people’s spirits after coronavirus necessitated the cancellation of regular classic car events all over the country. The team are now planning a follow up programme of events to meet demand.

Over the two days, the online event featured a stream of video content from classic car enthusiasts, interviews with celebrities from the classic car world and input from classic car experts. The event also aimed to highlight the services of classic car specialists for when the current crisis is over, and to raise support for Mission Motorsport, a charity aiding the rehabilitation and recovery of ex-service personnel.  

A follow up virtual event, REVS Restored, is being planned for 13–14 June 2020.

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The Rev: pioneer minister Adam Gompertz is a former car designer and graduate of CMS Pioneer Mission Leadership Training

The brainchild of ‘petrol head vicar’ and Church Mission Society-trained pioneer minister Rev Adam Gompertz, REVS Limiter builds on the success of REVS, a pioneering mission initiative for classic car enthusiasts and petrol heads that Adam developed during his time studying on CMS’s pioneer leadership programme.

Adam, known to the REVS community as “The Rev”, explained, “The car-related themes of restoration, design and creation have a natural resonance and at each event I get to hear some stories of people whose lives have been damaged. Classic car lovers need to know that God loves them.

“While REVS Limiter was not overtly spiritual, restoration remains a key theme, as owners have the time to speak about their motoring restoration projects as well as their own personal stories of hope, trial and restoration.”

The event closed with a final prayer and blessing and Adam revealed plans for future events to include the opportunity to send in prayer requests.

Jonny Baker, CMS’s director of mission education and leader of its Pioneer Mission Leadership Training programme, said: “There have been many cases where mission pioneers have responded to the coronavirus crisis with inspiring and progressive ideas, such as REVS Limiter. At a time when many so people are dealing with issues of isolation and wellbeing, this innovative characterisation of mission can impact lives beyond the natural reach of the church.”

Published 8 June 2020
Europe, Middle East and North Africa

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