It’s more than just ‘Rome-ing’ around for trio

With vehicles now ready, Andrew and his pals are all set to take on the 'Rust 2 Rome' challenge next month. Pics: FPA
With vehicles now ready, Andrew and his pals are all set to take on the 'Rust 2 Rome' challenge next month. Pics: FPA

A Thornton man and his pals are going the extra mile ... in fact, 3043 of them, as part of a drive to raise money for a national charity.

Andrew Forrester and two friends are to take on the ‘Rust 2 Rome Challenge‘ - a charity initiative which involves entrants purchasing and preparing a a vehicle for no more than £500 and then driving it from Edinburgh to the Italian capital.

Having purchased the vehicles – a Jaguar, Jeep Cherokee and a Toyota – the trio, nicknamed ‘The Dirty Martinis’, have this week embarked on a test drive before they take on the mammouth Europe-wide road trip for real next month.

And their efforts are set to raise cash for Help The Heroes, a charity supporting British military personel who have been injured in conflicts.

“Having served as a Royal Navy Engineer for 10 years it was an appropriate cause close to my heart,” Andrew told the Gazette.

“I’ve always wanted a Jag and to actually find one for less than 500 quid was a brilliant, if it survives the trip I’ll be keeping it,” he added.

Those wanting to donate to the worthy cause can do so by going to their Just Giving page Dirty Martinis

Epic road trip event that started in Cupar

Setting off on the last Sunday in June from Edinburgh, entrants are allowed to spend no more than £500 on a vehicle which must be road legal with a valid MOT certificate.

The route from the Scottish capital winds its way through Europe covering over 3000 miles.

The convoy of vehicle are expected to cover between 150 and 350 miles per day, with two daily checkpoints en route.

The event was started in 2005 by Marko Fleming, who made the first trip in an old Ford Capri from his home in Cupar, having been influenced by Ewan McGregor’s journey series ‘The Long Way Round’.