Nottingham Post - - FRONT PAGE - By LAU­REN TILLER news­desk@not­ting­ham­

IF you live near Clifton, you might have seen a be­jew­elled, bright pink car mak­ing the rounds over the past few weeks.

Now, the Wacky Races-style ve­hi­cle is go­ing on tour and the four men be­hind the wheel are em­bark­ing upon a 2,000-mile char­ity Euro­pean road trip... dressed as princesses.

The “royal” bunch will be trav­el­ling to the con­ti­nent in the Citroen Pi­casso they have fixed up in order to take part in the Screw­ball Rally – a fundrais­ing event that in­volves more than 80 teams in decked-out and done-up cars trav­el­ling to eight coun­tries in five days.

“We’re go­ing over from Dover, over to Ger­many, up to Prague, Czech Repub­lic, up to Poland, back over to Ger­many and then back to the UK. It’s five days, four nights, so just over 2,000 miles,” said Daniel Sta­ples, who is no Screw­ball Rally new­bie.

The med­i­cal cal­i­bra­tor, 31, of Clifton, ex­plained: “I did the rally last year. It was a good laugh. You meet quite a few peo­ple and it is a nice drive round. Makes peo­ple smile.”

The lo­cal men are rais­ing money and aware­ness for the Crohn’s and Coli­tis

UK char­ity, which is a cause close to fundraiser Michael Lan­caster’s heart.

The 34-year-old welder, of Clifton, said: “I ac­tu­ally suf­fer with Crohn’s dis­ease.

“I’ve suf­fered with it for about four years now.

“Hardly any­one speaks about it, as they don’t un­der­stand how se­ri­ous it can be and how much it af­fects the per­son who has it.”

Choos­ing a theme for their fancy dress did not prove too dif­fi­cult for the band of jok­ers.

Michael said: ““We were strug­gling for a theme and then we thought about what might win us a prize or make peo­ple laugh. We thought dress­ing as women, as princesses in a char­iot, might be quite fun.”

Three of the princesses show­cased their out­fits as they added fin­ish­ing touches to their rally car be­fore the jour­ney on Septem­ber 19. Michael, dressed as Elsa from Frozen, Ge­orge Cawthorne as Snow White, and Daniel, as Fiona of Shrek fame, will be wear­ing their cos­tumes for the whole ex­cur­sion. The fundrais­ers have been out and about in Not­ting­ham to raise money for their cho­sen char­ity ahead of the big drive. The floor-length, sparkly gowns will be paired with wigs of flow­ing locks and will be a part of the chal­lenge, as they will only be taken off at night. Ge­orge says they’re near­ing their fundrais­ing goal The mo­bile body re­pairer, 33, of Clifton, added: “We’re hop­ing to get about £1,000 and we’re not far off.”

The group are be­ing spon­sored by ADI Net­work Limited, Rad­ford Box­ing Club and Butch­ers of Dis­tinc­tion to com­plete their trip. Michael, Ge­orge, Daniel and fourth team­mate Justin Lee Archer have taken months to deck out their royal ride to be fit for a princess (or four). It’s com­plete with loud­hailer, gi­ant tiara, flash­ing lights, gem­stones, stick­ers, and topped off with a glit­tery pink paint job, which took two days to ap­ply.

We thought dress­ing as women, as princesses in a char­iot, might be quite fun

Michael Lan­caster

Princesses on the move, from left – Daniel Sta­ples, Michael Lan­caster and Ge­orge Cawthorne

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