Lincoln trio to take on 4,000 mile Wacky Rally across Europe for air ambulance charity

A Lincoln trio are to set off on a 4,000 mile round trip across Europe to raise funds for Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire air ambulance.

The Wandering Arms team, consisting of Alex Lee, Craig Marshall and Phillip Johnson, will attend two rally events this summer as part of the Wacky Rally where they take a car which has been bought for less than £300 before being personalised and driven around the continent.

The first rally will see the Wandering Arms leave Lincoln for the starting line in Lille, France on June 23 where they will head to Rimini, Italy and then back home as the second rally sees the trio leave for a return trip to Barcelona a day after they return from Italy.

Alex told The Lincolnite: “The idea came from the Top Gear challenges by taking a cheap car across Europe. The Wacky Rally set the start line and finish destinations and challenges to complete along the way.

“As we are local guys and pay for ourselves to enter the rally, people mentioned that they would sponsor us and so we decided upon a good cause to receive all the money we raise.

The Wandering Arms’ car that will be driven around Europe this summer.

“This year we aim to complete two rallies back to back as last year our car didn’t make it as it gave up on a mountain pass.

“As we have done little in the way of fund raising before we aim to get  £1,000 but would love to increase that target with help.

“Don’t be fooled, this is no holiday,” said Alex. “The rally is extremely fun but it’s also a great challenge. Obstacles are part and parcel of the rally and the bond you will have with your fellow drivers can only be described as a two-year relationship rolled into four days.”

The Wandering Arms took part in the Lincoln 10k in April to help raise funds for the air ambulances and you can continue with their contribution by going on their Just Giving site and for more information visit their Facebook page.