Clown convoy’s charity boost

A team from Garforth who took part in the Benidorm or Bust car rally.
A team from Garforth who took part in the Benidorm or Bust car rally.
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This team weren’t clowning around when they set off on their quest to raise over £1,000 for charity.

Four men from Garforth dressed up in clown costumes bought from Ebay to compete in the Benidorm or Bust car rally.

The old school pals Richard Barmby, Christopher Chew, David Bendelow and Richard Eveson raised around £1,200 for Martin House children’s Hospice, after a friend’s child was treated there.

The quartet had planned to drive from Blackpool to Benidorm in a zanily decorated car they bought for £250 – but after problems with the gearbox the clowns had to bid farewell to their original vehicle in Birmingham.

Richard Barmby said: “We didn’t want to let the charity down, after some frantic phone calls we managed to get the car to a scrap yard.

“It was such a sad sight because a lot of work went into to the first car so it was a bit of a nightmare to let it go.

“Luckily, the scrap yard had a road legal car which we bought for £100.

“We managed to take a few stickers off the first car and borrowed bits and bobs from other cars to make it look less like a bunch of clowns just out for a normal drive along the motorway.”

After switching and ditching cars the lads eventually caught up with the convoy in Calais where they continued the three day quest.

The group were awarded for the prize for best spirit of the event which saw them scoop another £150 for Martin House.

Richard said: “The whole drive was a bit stressful.

“We still got toots and waves and people taking pictures all through England, France and Spain.

“We couldn’t quite believe we’d managed to complete it so it really was a fantastic achievement.

He added: “Maybe next year we’ll get one car from start to finish.”