Trio take on Banger Run in aid of Help for Heroes

Published on: 12 Aug 2013

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A nation’s honour is in the balance as an MOD worker from Keynsham and two friends aim to cross seven countries in a car worth less than £250 to bring in funds for Help for Heroes.

Geoff Herbert and his friends Tom Vranch and Matt Cridge will drive from Dover to Barcelona in a Peugeot 405 TD that has been vinyl-wrapped in an Andy Warhol-style Queen’s head print.

Calling themselves For Queen and Country, to fit in with the challenge’s film theme, the trio are tackling the Help for Heroes Banger Run from September 7-10.

Geoff, who took part in the event last year, said: “I have met colleagues injured in the line of duty, and can appreciate the additional support Help for Heroes offers to wounded soldiers. Additionally I did the event last year and really enjoyed it, so got some old friends involved this year.

“Last year climbing the steep twisty passes and then driving back down again in an old car loaded at full capacity took its toll on the engine, the brakes and the steering, especially when travelling up to 500 miles a day, every day. Heat was another aspect, with no air conditioning.

“The highlight would probably be driving the Nurburgring, the views over the Furka Pass, or getting to Barcelona in one piece, and then celebrating with all the other teams.”

Geoff, Tom and Matt hope to raise £1,000 and people can sponsor the team at Country.

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