Team’s trans-European challenge in £100 car

PUBLISHED: 11:28 06 July 2006 | UPDATED: 10:23 06 May 2010

The £100 banger

The £100 banger

A TEAM of friends are gearing up to drive a £100 car across Europe for charity. Nick Clode, a satellite communications officer from Biggleswade, will be accompanied by three friends, including 29-year-old Paul Morgan from Knebworth, on the 1,500 mile Stap

A TEAM of friends are gearing up to drive a £100 car across Europe for charity.

Nick Clode, a satellite communications officer from Biggleswade, will be accompanied by three friends, including 29-year-old Paul Morgan from Knebworth, on the 1,500 mile Staples2Naples banger rally which starts on September 22.

Under the team name Alfa Beta Blockers the friends will spend four days driving from Calais in northern France to Naples in southern Italy in a road legal K registered Alfa Romeo.

The team hopes to add to the £600 they have already raised for the Aplastic Anaemia Trust, which supports people who suffer from the bone marrow disease aplastic anaemia.

Nick, 32, said the rally is not a race, instead it is about which team gets the most points which are awarded for a variety of challenges along the way.

He said: "We won't know until we drive out of the car park what the challenges are so it should be quite interesting.

"The event takes place over four days and there are also prizes for things such as the car least likely to succeed. However, one of the reasons we chose an Italian car is that if we broke down when we were in Italy they would know what to do with it."

It is the second year that Mr Clode has taken part in the rally and he hopes to learn from last year when he had problems with his brake pads while driving across the Alps.

"We don't go through the swanky tunnels, we go straight over the top," he said.

"This year I have made sure I replaced the brake pads. We will just have to take it easy over the mountains.

"The idea is really that you buy the car for £100 and you can make slight alterations. However, you cannot for example go and stick turbo chargers and things like that on it. You've got to be in the banger rally spirit.

"For example, if you wanted to stick a spoiler on which was made out of cardboard then that is fine, but if you spend lots of money on it you probably won't be welcomed much."

The team's website www.alfabetablockers.co.uk has a link to a Just Giving website where people can donate money to the charity.


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