Father and son gear up for Monte Carlo banger race
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Roger West and son Daniel with their Ford Fiesta