Lads clock up 3,000 miles in charity trip

Grant Norris, Kris Hobson and John Collinson who recently returned from a chairty road trip around Europe''w131618c
Grant Norris, Kris Hobson and John Collinson who recently returned from a chairty road trip around Europe''w131618c

Three mates have returned from an adventurous charity road trip across Europe driving a £500 car bought on eBay.

Grant Norris from Kettleness, John Collinson from Stainsacre and Kris Hobson from Egton took part in Scumrun 2013 earlier this month in aid of the charity Well Child.

The trio were sponsored by a host of local businesses and raised £1,000 from the trip which saw them clock up over 3,000 miles.

The challenge saw them have to purchase a car for under £500 and they snapped-up an E reg Jaguar XJ6 from a salvage yard and fixed it up themselves.

The friends each had to pay the £250 entry fee and fund the costs of petrol themselves.

They left Whitby on 1 May to drive to Dover where the famous Scumrun - now in its eighth year - began with 100 cars taking part over four days driving across Europe.

Scumrun is described as the biggest and original banger drive with those taking part tasked with finding mystery locations each day in a series of challenges.

The trio visited France, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic during their travels.

Mr Norris said: “It’s the first time we’ve done anything like this and it was great fun and a good laugh.”

However the trip wasn’t without a few hitches as Mr Norris said as they set out each day from the various campsites they were staying at, they forgot which side of the road they should be driving on.

They even came to the attention of the authorities while in Germany as they prepared to set off on another stage of their adventure.

“When we were about to leave the campsite in Cologne, the police were called as they thought the cars were going to be racing because we had numbers on our cars and stopped us all from leaving for two and a half hours,” he said.

“The organisers had to get their documents out to prove it was a charity event.

“There were police helicopters flying overhead and everything, it was a nightmare.

“The local mayor even came down and they had to discharge us to leave.

“It was quite a peaceful place and they didn’t seem to like noise and stuff going on.”

Using their Sat Nav, among the challenges the trio had to face was to find various places including the famous hotel in Berlin where pop star Michael Jackson dangled his baby Blanket over a balcony and Checkpoint Charlie - the best known crossing point along the Berlin Wall between East Berlin and West.

Overall the drivers raised more than £68,000 for the charity which provides practical and emotional support for seriously ill children, young people and those who care for them across the UK to ensure they receive the best possible quality of care.

After they had completed the challenge the trio returned home wanting to do it all again next year.

Mr Norris added: “We felt a bit relieved we had completed it.

“It took me three days to recover because of the long days driving.”

The friends raised their money thanks to donations from family and friends as well as sponsorship from the following businesses:

Stuart Knaggs, Harry’s Lounge Bar and Brasserie, Cosa Nostra, Bell-Snoxell Associates, Whitby Tyre and Exhaust, Ged’s Bridge Garage, Diamond Property Renovations, Howden’s, Fusco’s, Vinyl Signs and JC Fabrications.