GROWING up watching The Gumball Rally, Pete Richardson and Stuart Trowell had always dreamed of embarking on a wacky road race – and now they have the chance.
The pair are preparing to take their 1990 Ford Escort on a 2,000 mile trip around France and Spain in a bid to raise money for charity.
It is part of the Screwball Rally and event which will see almost 50 old bangers setting off to complete the route in just five days.
“We’re really looking forward to it,” said Mr Richardson, 35. “It’s an adventure, it’s going to be a good laugh and a little bit of fun for us.”
The driving duo, who have been friends for around three years, are completing the course to raise money for the Haemophilia Society. Mr Trowell, who is from Rocester, suffers from the condition, which leads to issues with blood clotting.
“We thought it would be the best charity to go for, because it’s quite close to our hearts,” Mr Richardson said.
They are hoping to raise £500 for the cause.
It is not the first time the pair have set out on something of this sort, as they have completed rallies in Wales before.
Mr Richardson said they were not scared about doing it on the continent or the distance – but they were a bit worried about the old car giving up half way through the trip.
However, as Mr Richardson, who lives in Derby, is a mechanic, any technical glitches should be easy to deal with.
“It’s been well looked after and it’s quite a decent car. Hopefully it will get us all the way round and get us back.
“We’ve had a few teething problems, but we’re quite optimistic about it. It’s going to be challenging if it does break down.
“We’re taking a box of spares in the boot and a couple of tools, but hopefully we won’t need them,” Mr Richardson said.
The race takes place at the end of September, and the car has already been decorated to make it look the part.
To sponsor the pair visit www.justgiving.com/stuart-trowell.