Duo in 7,000-mile road trip for charity

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THEIR plan is to drive 7,000 miles around the desert in an old rust bucket. Their aim is to not get lost.

THEIR plan is to drive 7,000 miles around the desert in an old rust bucket. Their aim is to not get lost.After almost 12 months of planning, Alex Collard and Adam Ataar are ready to explore the world in a month-long journey, armed with packets of noodles.

The pair have organised a Sahara Rally, which will take them through countries including Italy, Tunisia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary and Austria.

They will also travel through the Sahara desert, driving approximately 3,000 miles looping through Algeria where they will experience north Africa’s sand dunes and mountains.

And they will do it all in a 1963 ex-military Land Rover Series 2A SWB – a car so old the tax is exempt and it needs a few miles and a decent tailwind to achieve its top speed of 60mph.

The car, nicknamed Red, with creature comforts including pen holders, was bought for 500.

Alex (27), from Barnack, near Stamford, who is preparing the final details for the trip on January 30, said: “The car is one of the least comfortable and slowest vehicles out there. But this is what our rallies are all about – a challenge.

“Unfortunately, over the past three months we have been finding out all of the 45 years of neglect and slowly patching them up .

“We have put a year’s worth of weekends fixing the car, so we hope it will pay off. If it doesn‘t, we’ll push it.”

The pair are also hoping the trip will raise at least 500 for the Mercy Corps, who work to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.

nTo sponsor the duo, or to follow their journey, visit www.justgiving.com/ saharanrally2009