Batmobile bound for Monte Carlo

Sam and Matt Hanks will drive their Batmobile from Dover to Monte Carlo.
Sam and Matt Hanks will drive their Batmobile from Dover to Monte Carlo. Photo: Royston Crow

A husband and wife team from Royston, near Cambridge in the UK, are to take part in a 42-car rally from Dover to Monte Carlo to raise money for two charities, the Royston Crow has reported.

The 2,000 km RDT Pavestone Rally will see some cars – none of which can cost more than £500 (€550) – cross 8 countries in 4 days from September 7 to 10.

Sam and Matt Hanks are taking part in the Pavestone Rally in a Batmobile-style Ford Kuga – which they bought for £500 – in aid of the British charities the Teenage Cancer Trust and the Rainy Day Trust.

Mr Hanks told the Crow: “I think virtually everyone I know has been affected by cancer in some way.

“The work the Teenage Cancer Trust does is hugely important, because it’s hard enough to understand what’s going on as an adult, but to go through that as a young person must be so tough.” He added, “The Rainy Day Trust supports people in the building trade and their families who fall on hard times so it is very important to us, in the line of work we do.”

There will be a host of whacky challenges to take part in en route and every day is fancy dress.

“I think if you’re going to take part in something like this, you can’t just drive, you have to fully embrace what the event is about so we will be having different fancy dress days, as Batman and Batwoman, the Joker and Harley Quinn and other comic book characters.

“I am nervous, not in the least regarding car arguments about navigation! But we’ve always wanted to take part in a rally and are really excited.”

The RDT Pavestone Rally starts in Dover, UK, spends the first night in Luxembourg then on to Belgium, France, Switzerland and North East Italy before finishing in Monte Carlo with and Awards Dinner in Nice.


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