Scrappage cars gear up for charity rally to Barcelona and back

In past years teams have gotten creative with their scrappage rally cars

In past years teams have gotten creative with their scrappage rally cars - Credit: Archant

For five years teams of drivers from Norfolk have turned scrappage into success stories - and this year the tradition lives on.

The 2016 Scrappage Charity Rally is ready for action as 22 teams leave today for a five day trek through the UK, France and Spain.

The drivers will make a round trip journey from The Bird in Hand pub in Wreningham, down to France and finally to Barcelona, Spain, before returning to Norfolk.

The catch? Every team is driving a convertible car, decorated with festive themes, that was bought for £500 or less. The teams drive all day, spending the night at camp sites along the way.

'Two thousand two hundred miles is quite testing for the cars. We're also doing fun competitions, like best car decoration and funniest photo with the best back drop,' said Alexander Brake, managing director of Magnitude Events, which organises the rally.

Scrappage 2016 is supporting three local charities: NANSA, a group that helps to improve the lives of Norfolk people with disabilities, Star Throwers, a cancer support charity in Norfolk, and St. Martin's Housing Trust, an organisation that addresses the needs of homeless people in Norwich.

The rally is also being held in memory of Wymondham man - and unofficial Norfolk King of Sport - Les King. A portion of each team's entry fee will go towards a memorial to remember Mr King.

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All the drivers have to do is make it back to Norfolk this Sunday in one piece.

'We've only had cars break down on the route three times in four years, but we have support vehicles and able mechanics in the convoy in case that happens,' Mr Brake said.

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