A rather intrepid team of four friends from South Shropshire will be embarking on, what could be, the journey of a lifetime, albeit a journey of just three days.
The Monte Carlo or Bust Rally is a banger racing event organised in July, from the 16th – 19th. Inspired by the classic 1969 film featuring among others, Tony Curtis and Peter Cook; Monte Carlo or Bust participants have to purchase a car costing under £300.
The team consists of Jane Wilde and Cindy Parry who both live in Bayston Hill, as well as Pete Bason and Bradley Marsh from Ludlow. Jane and Cindy met over 35 years ago while at Primary School, and Jane met Pete, a head grounds man at Church Stretton Golf Club a few years ago. Pete then roped in his friend Bradley to the team.
Jane Wilde, one of the team members said “Pete first saw details about this event in the Shropshire Star newspaper and decided to put a team together”. Jane continued “we are all doing this event for various reasons, but the main ones are for the experience and to raise funds for Mayfair Community Centre in Church Stretton”.
The team, known as the ‘Wilde GT Racers’, purchased a 1996 P-registration VW Polo for £300, and have since spent a further £300 on it to ensure it is roadworthy.
Jane continued “thankfully, Pete does have mechanical skills; we just hope we get to Monte Carlo!”
The rules are quire strict, especially regarding emergency supplies which include high visibility jackets, breathalysers and a first aid kit. Asked what emergency supplies Jane was taking, she cheekily replied “gin! I think we’ll need ‘medicinal’ alcohol along the way!”
The Rally involves 80 vehicles and a route of 1,118 km, which take the team to some of Europe’s most exciting locations on spectacular roads with backdrops of sun, sea, sand and even snow, with the hope to arrive in Monte Carlo at the end of the journey. Daily challenges are set for the teams, both on and off the road, competing for a variety of prizes.
Jane, who runs her own catering business as well as working part time at Mayfair Community Centre said “we decided to raise funds for Mayfair because it is such an important part of the community, Stretton is very lucky to have such a facility”. She continued “there are so many elements of Mayfair that make such a difference, our wonderful café, sending out meals into the community for those who are unable to cook for themselves, teaching people how to use skype so they can chat with family and friends abroad, just to many things to make life better for people.”
If you’d like to sponsor Jane, Pete, Cindy and Bradley – forms are available from reception at Mayfair Community Centre, Easthope Road, Church Stretton, or you can telephone 01694 722077 for details of online donating.