‘The Juke’ sets off for wacky races!

Emily Kemp and John Davies before setting off on their 3,500 mile trip to Rome in their trusty chariot 'The Juke'
Emily Kemp and John Davies before setting off on their 3,500 mile trip to Rome in their trusty chariot 'The Juke'
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WHEN people say ‘All roads lead to Rome’ they probably don’t think about completing the journey in a 20-year-old Austin Maestro.

But for Methil friends Emily Kemp and John Davies, that’s exactly what they set out to do on Sunday – cover 3500 miles in their trusty chariot ‘The Juke’.

Emily Kemp and John Davies before setting off on their 3500 mile trip to Rome in their trusty chariot 'The Juke'

Emily Kemp and John Davies before setting off on their 3500 mile trip to Rome in their trusty chariot 'The Juke'

It’s all part of the whacky Rust2Rome rally challenge and the journey across Europe which is expected to take them eight days – or so Emily (25) hopes...

Speaking to the Mail before they headed off, she said: “It’s going to be interesting. John seems quite sure that the car will make it but he has a bit of a reputation for break-downs!”

Car enthusiast John (27), who works as an architectural technician at a firm in St Andrews, has owned the Maestro for a while and even had it up for sale at one point.

“He couldn’t get rid of it. Can’t quite understand why...,” said Emily

But the challenge, which set a maximum £500 budget for the car, meant the pair, who have been firm friends since school, had a ready-made banger for the job.

Sponsors came on board to kit the car out which means stylish Parisiennes will soon be able to gaze on The Juke’s giant Tunnock’s caramel wafer sticker.

Speaking of which, Emily said her grandmother insisted she take with her two ‘break open in case of emergency’ boxes, containing biscuits and teabags.

On their journey there will be no fancy hotels, with the pair essentially living in The Juke for the duration of the trip.

Emily wonders what could possibly go wrong...

She said: ”There’s a test of friendship right there!”

Join them on the journey thanks to Twitter @theduke94 and facebook page ‘The Juke goes to Rome’.

So far £550 has been raised for the British Lung Foundation but people can continue to donate through www.justgiving.com/EmilyandJohnRust2Rome.