Lad and dad revved up for char­ity drive with a bang

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - ALEX SCAPENS

AFATHER and son team with a com­bined age of more than 130 hope to drive a 22-year-old car from Mac­cles­field and over the Alps to Venice.

Mark and Michael Beres­ford, 53 and 79, will take part in the Mo­torscape Rally -a char­ity event where com­peti­tors race old banger cars.

They spent £1,000 on a 1997 Audi con­vert­ible, which they will drive down to Saint Omer, in North France, for the start of the rally on Satur­day, Septem­ber 7.

Cov­er­ing be­tween 300 to 350 miles a day they hope to reach the Ital­ian city by the fol­low­ing Wed­nes­day and raise £1,000 for char­ity Space4Auti­sm in the process.

While they are away Michael, who will share the driv­ing, cel­e­brates his 80th birth­day.

Mark, of Con­gle­ton Road, said: “It is a long

dis­tance in a car that has done 145,000 miles, leaks oil - al­though less than it did - and is 22-years-old.

“We go over the Stelvio Pass, in Aus­tria, which has 60 hair­pin bends and is known as a car killer. But I’ll have a role of duct tape and some WD40.

“It will be a great ex­pe­ri­ence and I’m look­ing for­ward to spend­ing some time with my dad.

“It will be our first hol­i­day to­gether since I was 15.”

To get the duo - who will ride un­der the name the Beres­ford Boys and dress up like the Blues Broth­ers - to Venice and back the Audi will have to cover around 2,500 miles.

Rules state that cars tak­ing part must be ei­ther 20 years old or cost less than £500.

Michael, of South West Av­enue, Bolling­ton, is re­tired but Mark has had to take time off from his job as a care­taker at Park Royal Com­mu­nity School.

A prize is given to the win­ning team al­though the event is more about the money raised for char­ity.

The Beres­ford Boys chose Space4Auti­sm as Mark’s son Joel, 13, has re­ceived sup­port from the Mac­cles­field-based or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The dad-of-two said: “We have re­ceived a tremen­dous amount of sup­port as a fam­ily, Space4Auti­sm has been in­valu­able and this is a way of giv­ing back.”

Mark and Michael aim to raise £1,000, any­one wish­ing to spon­sor them can visit the JustGiv­ing web­site and search Mac­cles­field-Venice Banger Rally 2019.

M Mark k (d (driv­ing) i i ) and d Mi Michael h lB Beres­ford f di in their 22-year-old Audi, ready for the hair­pin Alpine bends to raise money for Space4Auti­sm which has helped Mark’s son Joel (left)

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