Fa­ther and son gear up for Monte Carlo banger race

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - By Tim Collins

tcollins@thek­m­group.co.uk A bruised and bat­tered hatch­back will be the ve­hi­cle of choice when a fa­ther and son team take a road trip with a dif­fer­ence.

Roger and Daniel West will be set­ting off from their home in Brabourne Lees next Thurs­day, to take part in the Monte Carlo or Bust banger chal­lenge.

In­spired by the clas­sic Para­mount film of the same name, Roger, 58, and Daniel, 18, will be driv­ing a red Ford Fi­esta, aptly named The Fly­ing Tomato, across Europe.

Dur­ing the three day trip they will travel from France, through Italy and on down to Monaco.

The rules state that the cars tak­ing part can cost no more than £250, and the Wests cho­sen mo­tor has cer­tainly seen bet­ter days.

Each day they will have to com­plete Sir Cuth­bert’s chal­lenges both on and off the road, com­pet­ing for a va­ri­ety of cash, drinks and other prizes, while still mak­ing it to the fi­nal fin­ish­ing line.

About their chances, Roger said: “Let’s just say that the car has had a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It’s got over 111,000 miles on the clock, but we’ve man­aged to do some weld­ing and re­place some parts to scrape it through an MoT.

“But I’m qui­etly con­fi­dent. Most com­peti­tors scrap their ve­hi­cle at the fin­ish, but Daniel and I are plan­ning to drive ours back home again.”

The fa­ther-son-team are rep­re­sent­ing the Bri­tish Ve­hi­cle Sal­vage Fed­er­a­tion, based at the Eve­g­ate Busi­ness Park in Smeeth, of which Roger is sec­re­tary gen­eral.

They are also hop­ing to raise cash for three char­i­ties, and are call­ing on read­ers of the Ken­tish Ex­press to make a gen­er­ous do­na­tion to their ef­forts.

To spon­sor them, visit www. go­fundme.com/3blaqg

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM2676421

Roger West and son Daniel with their Ford Fi­esta

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