Beach Bums are ‘Surfing’ down to Barcelona

Driving the car Adrian Simpson, in the back Adam Clark and on top Wayne Gibson
Driving the car Adrian Simpson, in the back Adam Clark and on top Wayne Gibson
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A TEAM of “beach bums” has taken part in this year’s Barcelona Bangers rally in a 13-year-old car bought for just £240.

After travelling 1,500 miles in three days, they hope to raise more than £2,000 for Diabetes UK.

Their vehicle was a 13-year-old Skoda Felicia which had clocked up some 160,000 miles before they even embarked on the three-day road trip across France to northern Spain.

The car’s optimistic occupants also hope to drive back home and then sell the car to raise even more money for the charity.

The self-styled ‘Beach Bums’ team comprises Adrian Simpson (39), of Terrington St John, Wayne Gibson (33), of Marshland St James, Adam Clark (19), of Tilney St Lawrence, and Stuart Miller (36), of Newmarket.

Adrian said: “We thought it would be a fun thing for the four of us to do.

“Then someone suggested we could do it for charity and we chose Diabetes UK because I am diabetic and so is my mother.”

The car was bought from Peterborough via the Internet “because it was cheap, a diesel and an estate.”

Its distinguishing features include a surfboard on the roof.

Adrian said: “We have had a few small mechanical issues and we had to do a bit of work on the car to keep it going.”

On the way to Spain, they will be relying on the mechanical skills of Wayne.

The team left West Norfolk from the William Day Centre in Tilney St Lawrence on Thursday (May 19).

Adam’s mother, Sherralyn, is the manager of the centre and members held a raffle which raised £100 to help the team on their way.

Nearly 70 bangers took part in the rally, which set off on Friday from Calais.

Teams then headed off to Tours, crossed the spectacular Millau viaduct on the way to Nimes in southern France and crossed the Pyrenees via Andorra before descending to Barcelona on Sunday.

To support the team, please email: barcelonabeachbums@gmail.com or go to www.diabeteschallenge.org.uk/challenge/beachbums