What better way for the Queen to celebrate her 90th year than by racing from Leeds to Benidorm in a clapped out Jag?

On 8th June “Liz and Phil”, plus entourage, set off for Benidorm from Leeds. Their challenge was to travel the 1600 miles in 3 days, in a car that cost just over £100 each, and to raise £2000 for Candlelighters.

"Liz and Phil" arrive at Temple Newsam in the Benidorm Jag, to meet their loyal subjects
“Liz and Phil” arrive at Temple Newsam in the Benidorm Jag, to meet their loyal subjects

200 cars started at Warwick Heritage Museum on 8th June, and then the race was on for Benidorm on the 11th. Sadly it was a one way trip for Liz and Phil’s car, which was scrapped in Benidorm and the team flew home.

To support Candlelighters families through this trip of a lifetime, you can donate here.

To see all the hilarious videos and photos from the trip, please visit their facebook page.

On returning to the UK, “Liz and Phil” said, “We had a great time and the public and other entrants loved our theme and costumes. On the way down to Benidorm we staged Royal openings of anything and everything from lifts and toilets to full service stations and even the Millau Viaduct!! We gained interest wherever we went and we must feature on a thousand pictures and Facebook pages spanning England, France and Spain. We really got into the spirit of the event and the public appreciated this and we obtained donations not only from Britain but also from the public in France and Spain.

On the road 3
“we staged royal openings of anything and everything…”
On the road 4
“…even the Millau Viaduct!”

The car ran pretty much to plan with a bad misfire and a questionable attachment of the steering wheel to the wheels being our only concerns! However that said it returned a pretty impressive 30mpg which, considering the size of it and the five occupants, is not so bad.

On the road 6
“the car ran pretty much to plan”

In Benidorm, we attended the end of rally party and picked up not ONE but TWO awards winning the “Spirit of the event award” and we came second place for our costumes. Each award was accompanied by a trophy and meant we could make a further donation of £125 towards our charity.

We have smashed our original fundraising figure for Candlelighters of £2000,  which we are all really proud of. Raising money is always difficult but to be able to do it in a fun way and make other people laugh also was really special.”

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