THE Baildon supercar show today was about far more than a need for speed for its organiser.

Jason Holman has lost five friends to suicide in the last 14 months, including former Love Island stars Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis.

Therefore, the event at SRS Automotive, Sapper Jordan Rossi Park in Shipley was held to raise funds and awareness for Mind Charity in Leeds, which helps people suffering with mental health issues.

Mr Holman said: “It’s been a tough 14 months but it felt right to hold this event as we reach the first anniversary of Sophie’s passing.

“The venue has done work with our supercar club before and this was the biggest place available to us. We had 92 cars coming so we needed a large car park.

“There were some fabulous raffle prizes on offer, which I managed to obtain through my work contacts.

"These included a two night stay at the Park Plaza London Riverbank for two people, including bed and breakfast, as well as two tickets to a show of your choice at the First Direct Arena in Leeds.

Mr Holman added: “Some officers were here with their cars from TV show “Police Interceptors” and they were very popular with people throughout the day.

"I don't know why the police tend to get such a bad rap as they're just there to help. Seeing them here, relaxed and doing photos, just bridges that gap between themselves and the public though.

"It was a phenomenal occasion and I'd say about 5,000 people turned up, including Mel B's sister Danielle. We'd already raised £900+ on Just Giving and we should end up with a few thousand on the day.

"We couldn't have done this without SRS' collaboration and the security team were amazing too."