25th Sep, 2017

Bromsgrove man drove to Monte Carlo dressed as Scooby Doo, a Roman Soldier and a hairy legged nurse during charity rally

Bromsgrove Editorial 13th Sep, 2017 Updated: 13th Sep, 2017

A BROMSGROVE man has driven from the town to Monte Carlo whilst dressed as Scooby Doo to help raise £155,000 for good causes.

Carl Knowles (Thinckcreative) and his team members, all from Pavestone, raised money for Teenage Cancer Trust and Rainy Day Trust by taking part in the famous Pavestone Rally between September 8 and 10.

It challenged them to complete the route wearing fancy dress and Carl was dressed for the entire journey either as cartoon favourite Scooby Doo, a Roman soldier and hairy-legged nurse, Carl and his team managed to keep their spirits high.

He said: “It was a wacky adventure, like being in Top Gear and a Carry On movie at the same time.”

Back safely in Bromsgrove, Carl described the Cannonball Run style event as ‘the best fun he had in years’.

“Fancy dress is not normally my thing but as soon as the nurse outfit went on, I felt quite at ease.

“What an adventure,” he added.

Photos and video from the madcap adventure will be posted online soon.

It was extra hair-raising to do because participants also had to buy a car that cost only £500 for the challenge but, according to Carl, the risk of breaking down was half the fun.

“Yes, one car broke down immediately at Dover so we had to call the RAC.

“Another car completely conked out in Luxembourg and had to be scrapped.

People just mucked in and did it in other team’s cars.

“Failure was not an option,” said Carl.

Rally cars were also decorated in fun ways, not just the people.

He added the funniest thing was a video of a team called The Red Barrows, doing a simulated air display, with their barrows, right in the middle of a shopping centre.

“There’s going to be hundreds of hilarious photos when they’ve all been collected.”

And Carl is hoping to inspire others to support good causes.

“I know this wasn’t a gruelling 26.2mile Marathon, but it was simply the most amazing and fun way to raise money for charity.

“My message is don’t just sit in your armchair, get out and do something.”

Carl and his team want to thank their sponsors Rowlinson Garden Products, Intergas Heatin, UKF Stainless, James Giles Funeral Directors and Elliot Reeve Hairdressers.

Visit https://www.pavestone.co.uk/pavestone-2017-rally/ for more on the event or http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/pavestoneone to donate.

Story by Andy Tipper. 

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