3:54pm Monday 15th April 2013
A GROUP of Old Hill pub-goers have souped up old bangers for a Wacky Races style road trip inspired by a Halesowen leukaemia sufferer.
The friends who drink in the Boat Inn and are part of Old Halesonians Rugby Club came up with the idea to do up cheap cars in various themes and don fancy dress to drive to Aberystwyth.
Around ten cars will revv off from the Station Road pub on Saturday (April 20) before 9am.
The aim is to raise more than £5k for Birmingham Children’s Hospital where Lutley Primary pupil Daisy May is being treated.
Organiser Trevor Patrick’s daughter Ellie May Patrick, aged five, is in the same class as Daisy, also five.
Themes for the cars include Starkey and Hutch, Ghost Busters, Blues Brothers and Batman and Robin.
Among around 25 pals taking part is John Clark, a sales manager for Tata Steel.
John, aged 48, said: “It’s turning into a real Top Gear style challenge.
“The idea is to buy a cheap car, theme it up, and travel into the depth of Wales, where upon, we have several car related challenges and a treasure hunt on route.
“The blokes involved have spent a lot of time and money getting the cars prepared for the run, and once the event is completed the cars will be weighted in for scrap value which will also be donated to the charity.”
Cash will go to the hospital’s ward 15 Children’s Cancer Appeal.
The drivers are expected to return to the pub on Sunday April 21 at around 3pm where their wives and partners will lay on a welcome home buffet.
It is the pub-goers fourth challenge. In 2011 they raised £5k for Help the Heroes by staging a superheros on mopeds race.
To donate visit www.justgiving.de/caranddriverfancydress
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