South Norfolk motor enthusiasts visit Italian Job movie sites

Roger Youngs (black t), Mick Sadler (beige jacket) and Julian Buck, (green top), all took park in th

Roger Youngs (black t), Mick Sadler (beige jacket) and Julian Buck, (green top), all took park in the recent Bangers 4 Ben road trip. - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Three motor enthusiasts visited sights from the iconic film the Italian Job when they travelled to Turin in a banger to raise money for charity.

Fressingfield man Julian Buck, 46 was joined by his friends and motor industry colleagues Roger Youngs, 65, and Mick Sadler, 72, both from Harleston, for the 2,700 mile round trip to the Italian city in a 15-year-old Ford Mondeo estate while participating in the Bangers4BEN event to raise £30,000 for the charity BEN, which provides support for people who have worked in the automotive industry and their dependants.

Mr Buck, who runs Barley Green Garage in Stradbroke, said during their time in Turin they visited some of the sights that featured in the Italian Job, a film starring Michael Caine in which a gang attempt to steal Chinese gold from Italy.

They set off from Dover on Friday as part of a 40-strong convoy of bangers and followed a route that took in the Stelvio Pass, the second highest paved mountain pass in the Alps.

The intrepid motorists managed to reach their destination following a route that also included a visit to Lake Como in Italy and Mulhouse in France.


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The vehicles involved in the expedition are set to be auctioned off to raise more money for the charity appeal.

Mr Buck said: 'It has been an interesting old time. It has been gruelling, it has been tiring, there have been some dramas. There have been things happening, but that is what it is all about.'

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BEN exists to provide care, support and advice to those in the automotive industry who need help in times of hardship or distress.

Among the support offered by the charity, it provides help with the cost of specialist disabled equipment for a child, emotional support through an illness or funding a respite break for couples.

Have you got a charity event planned? Email dominic.bareham@archant.co.uk.

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