THREE friends are embarking on their own quest for the Holy Grail when their Monty Python-themed challenge will see them drive across Europe in an old banger.
Doncaster trio 28-year-old Adam Humphries, Dan Rollins and Dan Cunningham, both 27, will be driving their done up T-reg Ford Focus across nine countries including France, Belgium and Italy in just five days - dressed as medieval knights.
Inspired by the British comedy classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Adam and the two Dans, all of Wheatley and Wheatley Hills, will be donning their costumes and taking their £500 car in the hope of raising at least £1,000 for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research in honour of a friend.
However, the brakes had to be applied when their original BMW banger packed in and they had to do up another to get their epic adventure back on track.
Adam, who works at Printing.com in Silver Street, said: “We took part back in the 2009 Screwball Rally and had some idea of what to expect but this year we decided to go a touch further and do it in costume.
“Our costume idea came because we want to fight for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research and also from the ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ film we like. We’ve also renamed the rally ‘The Screwball Crusade’.
“We began to prepare the car but three weeks before the rally, the engine had major issues and wouldn’t start. We had to sell the car and get a new one with only two weeks to go.
“We’re looking forward to driving through the Alps and visiting the remote places we wouldn’t normally go to.
“We have also found the ‘Stelvio Pass’ which is supposed to be an amazing road to drive down, but could also be slightly daunting in a car that’s only worth £500. We want to smash our fundraising target and try to make a difference.”
Their trek begins on Wednesday. To follow their progress and to donate, visit www.facebook.com/DGCrusade
Another group taking part in a similar drive next Thursday will be Phil Peacock, Sean Carmody and Paul Smith, all of Campsall and Norton.
They will take an Alfa Romeo, worth under £350, across France, Italy and Lichenstein for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital after Phil’s daughter Gracie, 11, was diagnosed with Cruzone Syndrome. Visit www.justgiving.com/PHILIP-PEACOCK1