Team of kings set off on charity Barcelona rally in banger worth just £50

The 4Kings team in their banger ready for the Barcelona or Bust rally. Pictured from left is Charlie

The 4Kings team in their banger ready for the Barcelona or Bust rally. Pictured from left is Charlie Coote, Grant Bartlett, Mick Needham and Bob Janney. Picture: Sara Needham. - Credit: Archant

A group of friends have set off on a charity banger adventure dressed as the four kings from a pack of playing cards.

The 4Kings team, Charlie Coote, Bob Janney, Grant Bartlett and Mick Needham. Picture: Courtesy of Gr

The 4Kings team, Charlie Coote, Bob Janney, Grant Bartlett and Mick Needham. Picture: Courtesy of Grant Bartlett. - Credit: Archant

Grant Bartlett of Pakefield and Bob Janney of Beccles, who back in 2015 took part in the Monte Carlo or Bust banger rally, are joined by new teammates Mick Needham and Charlie Coote for their journey to Barcelona this weekend.

The team, under the name 4Kings, left The Ship Inn, Pakefield, yesterday to reach the starting line in Rouen in France, where they set off this morning on the Barcelona or Bust rally with 75 other teams.

They are travelling in a Hyundai Matrix worth around £50 - the same car which came to their rescue two years ago when their original vehicle broke down on the way to Dover.

The team are raising funds for Autism Anglia, an independent charity that provides care and support to children, adults and families affected by autism throughout Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk.


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The first day of their rally journey will see them dressed as characters from the film Shrek to fit in with the fairy tale theme, as they drive to Bordeaux, with an optional stop at Le Mans 24-hour circuit.

Tomorrow, they will journey to Andorra, dressed as The Flintstones, travelling through the Landes de Gascogne Regional Natural Park with an optional stop at Pau – the gateway to the Pyrenees.

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The last day on Sunday will see them end their adventure in Barcelona, with a final outfit change into beach party clothing.

Mr Bartlett, 52, said: 'There's been a huge amount of organisation, so the fun and excitement will start when we are on the road.

'I can't say it's extreme racing because you never know if you will get to the end of the day in your banger as they take a bit of a pounding, but it can get quite competitive and every team has some sort of weapon like a water pistol or cannon.'

As well as the driving, each team is given daily tasks to complete on the route.

The 4Kings have already raised almost £1,000 through donations and quiz nights held at The Ship, where Mr Coote is landlord. They also wish to thank all the local businesses who have sponsored their trip.

To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/teams/4Kings

You can also follow their journey by searching for 4Kings Charity Banger Team page on Facebook.

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