Epic drive from China nets charity windfall

PUBLISHED: 12:32 05 September 2016

Nigel Lee and Richard Turner handing over a cheque from the proceeds of the Peking to Paris Rally to Sarah Daniels and Trina Lake of Force cancer charity. Ref exe 34-16TI 6254. Picture: Terry Ife

Nigel Lee and Richard Turner handing over a cheque from the proceeds of the Peking to Paris Rally to Sarah Daniels and Trina Lake of Force cancer charity. Ref exe 34-16TI 6254. Picture: Terry Ife

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A pair of classic car enthusiasts are celebrating after successfully completing an 8,500 mile rally and raising thousands of pounds for charity.

Nigel Lee and Richard Turner handing over a cheque from the proceeds of the Peking to Paris Rally to Sarah Daniels of Force cancer charity. Ref exe 34-16TI 6264. Picture: Terry IfeNigel Lee and Richard Turner handing over a cheque from the proceeds of the Peking to Paris Rally to Sarah Daniels of Force cancer charity. Ref exe 34-16TI 6264. Picture: Terry Ife

Nigel Lee and Richard Turner took part in the Peking to Paris rally – a recreation of a 1907 drive from the city now known as Beijing in China – in a 1938 Ford V8, which they had spent 2000 hours restoring themselves.

The epic drive lasted 36 days, and took them through Mongolia, Russia, and much of eastern Europe. A total of 115 cars took part, and Nigel and Richard managed to finish third in their category, and first in their class.

Nigel, owner of Exmouth’s World of Country Life, said they only encountered minor mechanical problems during the trip, which they were able to fix themselves using their experience of restoring the car, giving them an advantage over other crews.

He said: “It was a really good experience – incredible. We did a lot better than we expected.”

As well as aiming to complete the trip, Nigel and Richard also set out to raise money for FORCE Cancer Charity, and having received sponsorship were able to hand over a cheque for £13,697.75.

Nigel said: “It’s a lot more than we ever expected, so we’re very pleased with that.”

Sarah Daniels, head of fundraising at FORCE, said: “We cannot say a big enough thank you to Nigel and Richard for not only raising an incredible sum of money but for their continued enthusiasm, dedication and enjoyment of their fundraising endeavours.”

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