A team from drainage specialists ACO has just returned from Monte Carlo, having taken part in the Keyline 2010 Monte Carlo Rally Charity Challenge to raise money for The Prostate Cancer Charity.
20 cars left Keyline’s Northfleet branch on June 24 tasked with getting to Monte Carlo and back by June 27 – in 96 hours. Sat Navs were banned so the participants had to rely on their own map-reading skills.
Among the cars taking part were a 1975 MG Midget to a 1968 Porsche 911 Coupe and fully refurbished 1972 Jago Jeep. The ACO team drove a 1991 Landrover (Henry) and a 1998 ex Red Metrocab, (Betsy) which was bought for £400 on eBay.
Henry was driven by Steve Durdant-Hollamby with Ed Strangeways as the co-driver and Martin Neale the driver of Betsy with Chris Hollis as the co-driver. Between them they beat their fundraising target of £2,000, raising £2,200 for the charity. Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK.
On getting back to the UK, Durdant-Hollamby said: “We made it! Betsy and Henry have been to Monte Carlo and back in 96 hours. We are tired but amazed that a little red taxi brought from eBay for £400 with 330,000 miles on the clock and our 20 year old Landrover Henry have performed so well. Thankyou for all your donations, the trip has raised in excess of £70,000 of which our part is £2200.”
Not everything made it through. Durdant-Hollamby reports the trip lost one BMW and two VW’s which “cooked on the mountains. Our Betsy won the best vehicle as no one gave her a chance of making it!”