Three die-hard motoring fans are preparing for the charity banger rally of the year - Scrumrun.
Dave Taylor, 42, of Feltham, will be joined by dad Ken Taylor, 70, and friend Tom Aves,, 32, in fancy dress as they step inside their funky old car to raise funds and awareness for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
The trio, who have called themselves Exhaustedpistontyred, will embark on a four-day drive across Europe in May and hope to drum up £1,500 in donations to help young people with Type 1 diabetes.
Dave, a used car salesman for Audi, in Reading, who has been preparing for the race for about a year, said: “This is such a good opportunity for us to do something for a charity that is closer to home and we as a team have spent lots of time and money getting this old banger fit for the task ahead, we strongly believe that together we can make type 1 diabetes disappear.”
They have already stripped and re-painted an old Lexus LS400 in blue and mustard - along with some leopard print - with their outfits in keeping with the car, in celebration of the 10th anniversary Scrumrun event from May 14 to 18.
They will be among more than 300 motoring fans who will hit the roads driving old cars - under £500 in value - onto a ferry from a UK port and then onto the roads of western Europe.
However, the designated route around Europe will remain a mystery until just before they set off.
Ken, who lives in neighbouring Ashford, Surrey, added: “My son has just presented us with the suits that we are going to wear and I can honestly say we are in keeping with the car and will get noticed by just about everybody, between us and the other Scumrunners we will raise awareness for JDRF and hopefully put us closer to making it type gone.”
Audi Reading have sponsored the team as they get set for the spring rally.
To advertise your business on the car contact Dave on Facebook page.
To make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/exhaustedpistontyred?utm_id=25.