The aim of this challenge is to buy a “banger” for £500, or less, and drive it from St Austell to Pompeii. That’s right, Pompeii, not Pompey. The challenge aims to raise as much money for charity as possible and this year their total will smash through the 1 million mark. There are 150 vehicles taking part this year in all shapes, sizes and themes. Each evening, the organisers provide teams with their route for the following day. Apart from the final destination, the voyagers have little clue where they are going. Along the way, hilarious challenges are set for the teams, whether it is filming your own carpool karaoke video or taking a photo next to various landmarks. This event is strictly not a race.
Ben Jordan, Laurence Champion, Karl Osborne and Thomas Ferguson managed to purchase a 1998 Volvo V70 estate with a 2.4L petrol engine for £500. The theme they decided on was the “Devon Highway Patrol” and they have decorated the car in the style of a US highway patrol vehicle. There’s also a 90’s Mercedes piloted by their friends who are the “robbers”, culminating in a “cops ’n’ robbers” theme in their very own Top Gear style adventure.
Ben, Laurence, Karl and Thomas told us they decided to raise money for Devon Mind because ‘mental health isn’t something exclusive, it takes many forms and effects everyone in different ways and to varying degrees’. This awesome team wanted to promote the services that Devon Mind provide and to help break down the stigma attached to mental health, and ultimately to encourage openness in talking about it with each other. Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem. But hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling.
We would like to thank Ben, Laurence, Karl and Thomas for fundraising for us and taking mental health awareness to a new level! We will be following this epic adventure on social media and sharing it with you all. We are also a little bit jealous because all at Devon Mind want to be in that car! Thanks guys!
Please help they guys reach their target by making a donation on their JustGiving page.