From Elvis to a zombie killer - South Yorkshire man's remarkable transformation during charity rally

A car nut from South Yorkshire hit the road as Elvis and returned as a zombie killer - having made more than £600 to support wounded soldiers en route.

Tuesday, 16th May 2017, 2:41 pm
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 8:01 pm
Richard poses beside his new zombie-killer car

Richard Myatt, from Highfields, in Doncaster, completed the 1,200-mile Benidorm Bangers rally between Britain and Spain dressed as the king of rock and roll.

Having raised £645 for Pilgrim Bandits, which helps wounded soldiers, he returned in a 'zombie' car - shaving off his distinctive black quiff to restyle himself as a slayer of the undead.

Richard as Elvis, pictured with co-driver Liam Cullingworth, before setting off on the rally

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The father-of-two departed in an MGF Convertible but was so taken with a fellow rally driver's Hyundai Coupe - done up as a blood-spattered zombie-killing machine - that he bought it for just £80 and drove it home.

"They couldn't take it home and I didn't want it to end up on the scrap heap so I bought it. I shaved all my hair off to complete the look and I can't go anywhere now without people stopping me to take photos," said the 43-year-old medical courier.

Richard said he and co-driver Liam Cullingworth had a 'fantastic' time during the rally, in which they had to complete challenges like tracking down Parisian landmarks and taking photos along the way.

His Elvis get-up turned heads and when he was 'dragged into' a Spanish bar and asked to perform one of the crooner's hits, he was only too happy to oblige.

Richard as Elvis, pictured with co-driver Liam Cullingworth, before setting off on the rally

Having made it home, he met Pilgrim Bandits ambassador Ben Parkinson, a Doncaster soldier who miraculously survived being blown up in Afghanistan, to present the money he raised for the charity.

"Meeting Ben was special. He was the inspiration for me taking part in the rally and meeting him made it all worthwhile," said Richard, whose cousin Jeff lost a leg in an explosion in Iraq.