Scrappage rally which raises thousands for charity will this year be held in memory of Wymondham’s Les King

Mark Wilkinson, (l to r) Amy Greenwood, Mick Mason, Les King, Dylan Yates, ALex Brake and Kate Brews

Mark Wilkinson, (l to r) Amy Greenwood, Mick Mason, Les King, Dylan Yates, ALex Brake and Kate Brewster with Dalton at the launch of the Scrappage Rally at the Bird in Hand pub in Wreningham. Photograph Simon Parker - Credit: Archant

A charity adventure across Europe which has already raised thousands of pounds for deserving causes will this year be held in memory of Wymondham champion Les King.

The Scrappage Rally will see a host of convertible cars – bought for no more than £500 – embark on a 2,200-mile round trip from The Bird in Hand pub in Wreningham down to France and to Barcelona in Spain before returning to Norfolk.

This year, a portion of entry fees for the event, which has raised more than £25,000 for charity since 2011, will be put towards a memorial for Mr King, who was known as the county's King of Sport and who died aged 81 on Sunday.

Alexander Brake, managing director of Magnitude Events, which organises the rally, said: 'Les was a genuine kind-hearted man, loved and liked by many, whose charitable work was well renowned locally. I'm looking forward to supporting the memory of Les King after he spent many years of his life supporting others.'

Tributes have flooded in for Mr King, who was involved with countless charities and community groups in Wymondham and the wider area.

Steven Ho, of Wymondham-based cancer charity Star Throwers, of which Mr King was patron, said: 'Les played a huge part of Star Throwers over the last six years. He had a big personality with an even bigger heart.

'We are really pleased to know that a proportion of the proceeds from Scrappage Rally will go towards a fund in Les' memory.'

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Mr Brake said he would work with Mr King's family and loved ones to come up with ideas for a permanent memorial.

• Cash raised at the rally, which will run from September 7 to 11, will also be split between Star Throwers, the Norfolk and Norwich Scope Association (NANSA) and St Martin's Housing Trust. For information, visit

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