Four friends from St Ives are setting off on an unforgettable charity rally which will take them from Cornwall to Italy in five days.
The group, who are members of St Ives Round Table, are taking part in the Rome or Bust 2013 Banger Rally Challenge, in a car which costs no more than £350.
Nick Eastwood, Richard Joyce, James McLoughlin and Stuart Juggins will travel 3,000 miles through nine countries, completing tasks along the way in a 15-year-old Volkswagen Passat.
Richard Joyce, bus driver at Royal Buses St Ives, said: “We are looking forward to doing something completely outrageous. It’s a good way for friends to get together and raise money for charity. I am looking forward to the Stelvio Pass, which is meant to be one of the best driving roads.”
The rally, which is organised by St Austell and District Round Table, takes in countries such as Belgium, Germany and Switzerland, before finishing in Rome on Monday September 23.
The race leaves from The Cornwall Hotel at 6pm on Thursday September 19.
A £2,000 cash prize will be awarded to the drivers who get the most points from the daily tasks. There is also a prize for the best decorated vehicle.
The St Ives team will be raising money for Cornwall Air Ambulance, Bosom Buddies, Cornwall Hospice Care and Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Royal Buses St Ives, which is owned by Mr Eastwood, has donated three days’ worth of services towards the four charities and drivers Barrie Duncan, Sam Milton-Cook and John Waldron donated a significant amount of their wage, bringing the company donation to £1,450.
The group would like to thank their main sponsors Polmanter Touring Park, Second 2 none Roofing and Finchs Automotive.
Donations can be made to the team through St Ives Round Table, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.