Team sets off on James Bond-themed rally in aid of breast cancer charity

From left, Chris Sait from Wigg Motor Engineers, Benita Ogg, Stuart Holman from the Car Shop in Becc

From left, Chris Sait from Wigg Motor Engineers, Benita Ogg, Stuart Holman from the Car Shop in Beccles, Sue Hellman, Kim Robertson, Laura Robertson and on the bonnet, Tracey Riches and Jo Somerville from Wigg Motor Engineers. Picture: Andrew Florides. - Credit: Archant

They have just returned from a gruelling mountain trek in Peru, and now three members of a charity group are ready for their next mission - driving from Beccles to Venice in a £150 car.

Kim Robertson, Tracey Riches and Benita Ogg from the Beccles Breast Cancer Now group are taking on the Crumball Rally, driving across Europe over three days in an old banger to raise funds for the charity.

The women left Beccles on Wednesday, crossed the Channel yesterday and started the rally this morning, leaving from Reims in France for Thun in Switzerland, over the Grimsel, Furka and St Gotthard passes to Locarno, and ending in Venice on Sunday.

The rally is themed around James Bond movies, and the route will take in some memorable locations from the films including Blofeld's mountain-top lair from On Her Majesty's Secret Service, the Furka pass where Goldfinger was chased in the iconic DB5, the dam where Bond performs one of the world's highest bungee jumps in Goldeneye and the final location from the film Casino Royale.

Kim Robertson, 51, who founded the group in 2011 after she was diagnosed with breast cancer, said: 'I heard about the rally a few years ago when my sister did the signs for someone taking part and I thought it sounded like a really fun thing to do.

'It is going to be a real challenge, as we have little mechanical knowledge between us and we are on our own if we break down or at the mercy of our breakdown cover or other rally participants. We chose a small car on the basis that it would be easier to push!'

Each team has to complete the rally in a car costing no more than £200, and the Beccles group will be driving a Renault Clio, decorated with the help of Paula Allan, Laura Robertson and the rest of the team.

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Additional expenditure on making the car safe and roadworthy is allowed and the team have received support from local businesses.

Wiggs Motor Engineers of Beccles have carried out the MOT and service, and, along with their suppliers, have provided new tyres and parts to ensure the car is mechanically sound. Saracens of Fakenham sprayed the car pink and The Car Shop in Beccles provided a pink interior, and spares and emergency supplies in case of breakdown along the way.

And the trio will be kitted out in rally suits, donated by Ellough Park Raceway, and dressed as Bond characters as part of challenges set by the organisers.

Mrs Robertson said: 'We are so thankful for the support we have received from our local business community, as well as from everyone else who has donated. I really am astounded by the generosity of the people of Beccles.'

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