The Lanarkshire team gear up for the ‘Benidorm or Bust’ car rally in an old cracker

Three adventurous friends from East Kilbride have set out across Europe in a banger for a cause close to their hearts.

The crazy trio of Sandra Millar, Johnny McKay and Raymond Kerr signed up for the popular car rally ‘Benidorm or Bust’ hoping their trusty old, rickety Renault Scenic will make the trip.

This is the first road trip for the friends who met at Murray Bar and the trio will be touring across Europe for six days to help Alzheimer Scotland.

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The charity means a lot to the team after Sandra’s 88-year-old mother Ellen Gilles died of the disease on December 23 last year.

The motor-loving friends leave on Monday to travel to Dover for the ferry to Calais, where they will meet up with the 48 other cars taking part.

From there it’s on to Rouen, Poitiers and Pau in France on day five, to Zaragoza, Spain before arriving in Benidorm on day six, with challenges and prizes along the way.

The Renault Scenic got a bright yellow and black patterned makeover for the car rally

Sandra told Lanarkshire Live: “We painted a very old golden Scenic in bright yellow with black decals and lettering and even added eyelashes.

“We were originally supposed to do the rally in 2020 but it has been postponed due to COVID. We spent £500 on the car to get it roadworthy so hopefully it will make it.

“My mother died at the tender age of 88 and had Alzheimer’s for 10 years. That’s why I wanted Alzheimers Scotland to be our chosen charity. It’s a fantastic charity that helped me back then.

“My parents loved to travel and she loved France and Spain so this is an opportunity to see some of her beloved countries – a little tribute to my mum.

Sandra with her beloved late mother Ellen Gilles

“We plan to take a few days off after the rally – maybe we’ll even go to Seville!”

Vehicles entering the rally should not be worth more than £500, but participants can make any modifications they want to their bangers. The teams receive points and the winners receive a trophy.

Every year each team has to raise at least £500 and the team has already exceeded that amount before getting behind the wheel.

Johnny, who runs a local auto repair shop in Nerston, said: “This has always been on my wish list and now I can finally cross it off my list.”

Raymond added: “I’ve always loved old cars. I look forward to seeing how people have decorated them and if they get there.”

Follow her adventure on Facebook and donate to her cause here.

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