The route from Lands End to John O’Groats is a well worn path, which in the name of human endeavour, and often for notable charitable causes, has been tackled in many different ways.
Next April, in support of Prostate Cancer UK and Asthma UK, Bingham resident Steve Moses and his partner Barbara Hastings are taking a unique slant on the trip by attempting the journey in a vehicle, which has picked up the rather unfortunate label of being the worst car ever made.
The East German manufactured Trabant, or ‘Trabbi’ as they are affectionately known, were made in their millions for the domestic market during the Cold War. The 600cc, 2 stroke powered vehicle had simplicity at its heart, but with production having ceased not long after the Berlin wall came down, few of these cars now survive and have subsequently developed a reputation for being uncomfortable, smelly, noisy and always breaking down.
Steve told Rushcliffe Local News: “I’ve always had an interest in renovating old cars and after seeing a Trabant on a trip to Berlin last year, I set about acquiring one. Once I’d got it roadworthy again, it attracted a lot of attention wherever I took it. Off the back of this, we thought it would be fun to use it to help raise money for charity.”
He continued: “The upshot is that after talking to friends, we are going to attempt the journey from John O’Groats to Lands End next April. We’re going to do it in fairly short stages as the car doesn’t like to do too many miles in one day! We are hoping to get sponsorship, support and donations for our chosen charities. These are Prostate Cancer UK and Asthma UK, both of which are very close to the heart of Barbara and I.”
If you are interested in supporting the trip via these charities, you can donate via justgiving.com under Trabbi Travels
Steve and Barbara are also offering advertising space on the car itself to any companies who may care to donate towards the costs of the trip, while at the same time having their name and branding attached to it. If you are interested in further information, please direct any enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org, where we will forward all correspondence to them.
By Jason Benskin