Launched in 2019, Motormouth is a digital motorsport community with an app, website and podcast dedicated to the latest news, views, video and interviews with the biggest names in global motorsport.
The partnership with The Brain Tumour Charity is inspired by Motormouth’s Harry Benjamin, whose mum Ginny, was diagnosed with a glioblastoma brain tumour.
Ginny was diagnosed in 2017 after experiencing severe headaches which Harry’s dad, Jon, being a practicing Neurosurgeon, suspected might be something more than just a bad headache. Surgery followed with chemotherapy for the majority of the year before more surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. However, she very sadly passed away at home in November 2018.
Harry was 21 when his mum passed away, having studied acting at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and juggling working as a broadcaster alongside studying for a University degree.
Harry said: “I’m a workaholic which is probably not the best way of dealing with things, but working as a broadcaster, particularly as an emerging broadcaster, within motorsport, is something I’ve wanted for a very long time and even during chemotherapy and radiotherapy, my mum was incredibly supportive and made sure I kept going, when all I wanted to do was stop.
“I’ve found motorsport a massive escape from the real world at times, whether that’s simply enjoying watching a race, or going out and making content, which through MotorMouth we’ve been incredibly successful with.
“Interviewing and working with some of the biggest racing names in the world is a huge honour and makes me proud that I am not only carrying on with pursuing my career goals but that in doing so, my out and out love for motorsport is helping me get through what has been the hardest moments of my life and what still does help me through today.”
The Motormouth app is the brainchild of founder, CEO and podcast host Tim Silvey, who over the last 15 years has worked in the commercial and marketing industry of Formula 1 including spending many years managing the careers of high-profile racing drivers across F1, BTCC, Le Mans and bringing young racers through the junior categories.
Together, he and Harry have ambitious plans for the business including some major developments to their app plus podcast releases with the likes of Formula One and IndyCar star Mario Andretti, Formula One legend Gerhard Berger, former BBC F1 broadcaster Jake Humphrey and Haas F1 Team boss and star of Netflix show ‘Drive to Survive’, Guenther Steiner, with further big names being announced soon as they continue the growth of the platform which already has an audience in over 35 countries around the world.
Tim said: “It’s an honour to see MotorMouth partner with The Brain Tumour Charity and an important step in our purpose-led approach. The cause is close to our hearts with our podcast host, Harry, being personally affected with his mother’s illness and sad passing.
“We were seeking partners that resonated with us and that story was more than enough to bring the parties together and unite.
“Through the partnership, we will be activating several programmes over the next few months to raise awareness and funds for the charity including special podcast episodes focussing on Harry’s story, but also others in motorsport who have been affected by brain disease.”
Annie Edwards, Corporate Development Manager at The Brain Tumour Charity, said: “We are especially proud and grateful to have MotorMouth’s support to help fund our world-class research and carry on all our work to accelerate a cure for this devastating disease.
“We are unashamedly ambitious in our goals to double the survival and halve the harm that brain tumours have on quality of life, and the partnership with MotorMouth will be invaluable in helping us to achieve these by reaching a wider audience and raising vital awareness.”