European Scumrun charity event

Published:  10 March, 2010

NORTON: Three motoring enthusiasts will attempt to drive a 17-year-old sports car across Europe in a charity event next month.

Ian Banks, a project manager for Travis Perkins, with teammates Simon Coulson and Cameron Baptie, will be competing against 100 other vehicles in the annual Scumrun.

Teams are told the destination only at the start and then have four days to cover about 3000 miles.

The event raises funds for children's cancer support charities with last year's total reaching £65 000.

This year the money raised will be donated to CLIC Sargent, which supports young cancer sufferers and their families.

Mr Banks said all the vehicles taking part were worth £500 or less. "We are driving a '93 four-litre Jaguar XJR Sport – last year we took a two-litre Volvo which was a little short on power.

"Most of the people taking part also dressed up so to fit in with the car we will be going as country gents with tweed jackets and flat caps."

All costs for the event are met by the team with money from sponsorship going direct to the charity.

The team, which sets off from Portsmouth on April 15, is looking for sponsors.

Anyone who would like to sponsor the team or make a donation can do so at

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