Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Rally where cars are cheap and drivers cheerful

It’s one of the most challenging drives you could imagine — and of course there are Northern Ireland folk involved.

This weekend, two cars from these shores will embark on the inaugural Roadhog Charity Drive — an energy-sapping 3000km journey from Brands Hatch in England to Prague and back.

The journey will take in some of Europe’s major cities as well as the famous Nurburgring circuit.

But these cars are not rally prepared; indeed they’re more bargain bucket than bucket seats.

And that’s the twist — the journey has to be made in a vehicle that has been bought for less then £1,000, and then set up to cope with the long, long road ahead.

The two teams include Cushendall man Ruari McNaugthon and his lime-green ‘Leprechaunroadhogs’ PT Cruiser while the other local entrant ‘The Red Devil’ features Enniskillen locals Thomas McCaffery and Gabe Traynor.

And it’s all for a good cause too; the Charity Challenge will raise funds for ‘Dreams Come True’, a national charity aimed at bringing joy to terminally and seriously ill children.

Over the last two decades the charity has made dreams come true for more than 4,500 children across the UK.

Organiser of the Road Hog Charity Drive Camillus Hamill, originally from Cushendall, said: “It’s superb to see the support we are getting from Northern Ireland. It will be great see all the guys coming over to do a few laps of Brands Hatch before heading off to Europe for what could be a once in a life time adventure, that obviously supports a great cause.

He added: “I’d personally like to thank all the people at Contract Services, Corker Communications and Traynor Mobility for all their free time and support in getting the cars ready.”

The organisers would love to see the Northern Ireland public support the teams via their ‘Just Giving’ websites below.

www.justgiving.com/Leprechaunroadhogs and www.justgiving.com/account/your-pages/roadhogcharitydrive-thereddevil for further details

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