Two teams from Market Deeping and one from Spalding endured a 3,000-mile, four-day ‘Scumrun’ car rally across Europe – and raised a phenomenal £7,353 for JDRF, the type 1 diabetes charity.
Malcolm Smith and Ady Wellan (Team Mutts Cutts) and Harry Hinks, Shaun Hodgett and Reuben Balderson (Team No Direction) had to purchase a car for no more than £500 for the trip.
Malcolm and Ady bought a Chrysler Grand Voyager and after a health check at Market Deeping’s Marriott and Stimson Garage (and four new tyres and new brake pads all round) they were ready to prepare the Voyager for the rally. With the help of local company Productive Design they changed the vehicle into a copy of the Mutts Cutts vehicle from the film Dumb and Dumber.
With the excitement of the faux fur wrapping (and a big prompt from one of their customers, Aidan, who has type 1 diabetes) Reuben Balderson and Harry Hinks from Productive Design decided to also enter a car into the rally, along with Shaun Hodgett from Commercial Signs.
The No Direction car was a Citroen Xsara Picasso, which needed a cambelt and waterpump change and the design and installation of the ‘No Direction’ graphics.
The 85 teams from across the UK assembled at Dover with no idea of where they were going – instructions and postcodes were given each morning.
Teams arrived at a camp site in Nancy, France, at 12.30am after a long drive in persistent and heavy rain.
The next day they drove to a small village on the outskirts of Nice, including an incredible drive through the Alps, arriving at 11pm.
Day three saw them drive to Zurich via the famous tunnel featured in the Italian Job, and the following day saw a drive to the infamous Nurburgring ring in Germany for the last camp night and party.
Mutts Cutts ended up as the top fundraising team with a massive £6,063, and Team No Direction raised a wonderful £1,290.
The whole event raised in excess of £126,000 for JDRF work to fund research to find a cure for type 1 diabetes.
Malcom Smith and Ady Wellan said: “We would like to thank everyone who sponsored us for this worthy charity and hopefully through the money we have raised we can help make a difference for children affected by type 1 diabetes.”