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Charity rally holds launch party at Brands Hatch

Thursday, April 28 2011

Spring bank holiday fever was in full swing at Brands Hatch today as the 2011 Scumrun charity rally set off for Europe. Over 100 teams will be raising money for Dreams Come True, which aims to fulfil the wishes of seriously and terminally ill children.

Amongst those lining up for a lap of the legendary Brands Hatch circuit were Team Tubbies, in their Tellytubby-carrier. "We're looking forward to our 3rd Scumrun", they said. "We made the finish on the first two events we did, although we did fill up with the wrong fuel on one occasion, very embarrassing for a mechanic!"

A whole range of vehicles were present, the £500 budget allowing a surprisingly generous amount of car for the money. Amongst the ubiquitous BMWs, Audis and Mercedes were Toyota Celicas, a Mazda MX-5, Porsche 944 and a Fiat Coupe, all liveried for the event. Meanwhile a Fire Engine, a London Cab plus a look-a-like of its New York cousin were also spotted. Closer inspection revealed four nuns in the American cab and they remarked, "this event was recommended to us; as for the idea, we're not sure but the taxi came first!"

Royal Wedding fever struck one of the teams and 'Kate' told us, "we have a one-man tent for our honeymoon", although it appears that this 'bride' is in fact using the event as his stag party...

To help make sense of it all, Scumrun organiser Edward White explained, "we hope to raise over £100,000 and bring back all of the cars after a trip of over 3,000 miles, through 9 countries."

Of course there is a serious side to the event and on this, Martin Neal of Dreams Come True commented, "it's a brilliant event, we can't believe the different vehicles and fancy dress. The money will reduce our waiting list and have a massive effect. Were very pleased."

Dreams Come True beneficiary Harrison Stedman, a true petrolhead, remarked, "Dreams Come True helped me to meet Lewis Hamilton at Silverstone last year. I wanted to meet him as it's frustrating that I can't race and the event made me feel special. After my last heart operation, my first thoughts after waking up were 'Formula One'!"

The rally heads off into France early tomorrow morning, but the drivers won't know their destination each day until the morning of each leg. The cars will cross the finish line on Monday 2 May.