Holbeach rally driver raises money for Children in Need

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It may have been a wacky idea, but driving 3,000 miles in a 21-year-old car means a Holbeach man can donate about £1,500 to Children in Need.

Brian Gilham, of Status Design in Holbeach, and his friends John Weston and John Pearson, have recently completed the Wacky Rally, driving a 1995 petrol Mondeo.

Brian says on the first day alone they drove through five different countries, having to prove they had been through them all. Starting from Lille in France, they ended the day 500 miles later in Thun in Switzerland.

There were six alpine passes in store for day two, with tasks along the way, finishing in the Italian ski resort of Lavigno.

There were five more alpine passes on day three, including the famous Stelvio Pass, before the team arrived at Cortina in Italy, equal first in the day’s challenges.

The next day the 55 entrants drove down to Rimini in Italy.

Brian said: “During the event some cars broke down and others needed running repairs, for example holes cut in bonnets to aid cooling.

“Our car did not miss a beat and was, in fact, running better at the finish than at the beginning. Not bad for a 21-year-old car that cost £175.”

So well in fact the men drove home via the world’s highest bridge at Millau.