Road trip in old banger pays off for rally friends

Michael Allen and his two team mates made it to Barcelona in a Volvo 240 they bought for �200 earlier this year as part of the "Bangers to Barcelona" charity road trip. They are pictured here prior to setting off.

Michael Allen and his two team mates made it to Barcelona in a Volvo 240 they bought for �200 earlier this year as part of the "Bangers to Barcelona" charity road trip. They are pictured here prior to setting off.

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A GROUP of friends have risen to the challenge by completing a 1,200 mile car rally in a £200 banger.

The trio from Doncaster completed the Barcelona Bangers event which saw them drive from the borough to the Spanish city in an 18-year-old Volvo 240,

All those taking part in the rally which sets off from the French port of Calais have to take complete the route in a car which costs £200 or less.

Michael Allen, 24, teamed up with Michael Richards, 19, and Neal Pin, 26, who are from Sykehouse and Scawsby to form the Yorkshire Puddings.

They raised just over £1,000 for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

Speaking from Barcelona Michael, of Glastonbury Gate, Scawsby, said: “I found out about the rally on the internet and thought it sounded like a good laugh.

“You don’t have to raise money for charity to take part, but we thought it would be a great opportunity to.”

The Yorkshire Puddings completed the trip without a hitch, with even the radio managing the whole distance.

Michael, who works at the Asda Wincanton warehouse in Redhouse, added: “The car needed quite a lot of work doing to it.

“But we got some help off my uncle John, who knows what’s what with cars.

“We made sure the radio and the CD player were in full working order. It had a cassette player, but we replaced that.

“Nothing went wrong with the car on the trip at all. We couldn’t have asked for a better banger.”

For the extra challenge, the trio were also planning on driving their car back to Doncaster.

Michael added: “The whole experience has been amazing. We’ve seen some brilliant sights along the way that we never expected.”