Monte Carlo or bust for Harborough quartet

Matt Davies, Martin Smith, Andy Poore and Gavin Blyth with their dream machine.  Picture: Andrew Carpenter
Matt Davies, Martin Smith, Andy Poore and Gavin Blyth with their dream machine. Picture: Andrew Carpenter

Four friends from Market Harborough will be driving an old banger to Monte Carlo, 1,100 miles away, for charity.

The quartet - Matt Davies, Martin Smith, Andy Poore and Gavin Blyth of Team Yeah Baby - are taking part in the Monte Carlo or Bust Rally, in a re-painted 17-year-old Mercedes that cost them £275.

The organised event is billed as ‘the ultimate European banger rally adventure’.

All four Harborough competitors will be dressed as spoof spy Austin Powers.

They hope to raise more than £3,500 for charity – £2,500 online for the British Heart Foundation and another £1,000 for Harborough charities via cash collections.

“The car was a doctor’s wife’s and very well looked-after, so we’re hoping it should get us there,” said Martin.

“We set off next Thursday for the start line in Saint-Quentin in northern France. The event lasts three days.”

The four, aged 42 to 49, are competing “for the camaraderie and the scenery”.

The British Heart Foundation is a chosen charity because Martin’s father and sister both suffered from heart problems.

The team is looking for corporate sponsors at £250 each. Current sponsors are IT3000, Harborough Tool Hire and K2 Recovery (Kettering).

You can donate at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Team-Yeah-Baby