Bangers and cash – from Bridlington to Benidorm in a £100 car

Mark Cusick and Kevin Pawson are swapping Bridlington for Benidorm to raise money for Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Mark Cusick and Kevin Pawson are swapping Bridlington for Benidorm to raise money for Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

If you thought there wasn’t much legroom on a flight to Spain, imagine driving to Benidorm for five days in a Ford Ka.

Long-time friends Kevin Pawson and Mark Cusick will squeeze into the car they bought for just £100 for a fundraising trip for Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

The duo have decorated their �100 car ready for the journey.

The duo have decorated their �100 car ready for the journey.

They will drive through France and Spain alongside dozens of other old cars in the Benidorm Bangers Run To The Sun.

Kevin said: “We did it two years ago, dressed as hippies and driving a Beetle.

“This time we are in a Ka and it is going to be compact and bijou, to say the least.

“It’s good fun and there are various little challenges along the way. It’s not a race, but the idea is to do it in the cheapest car which is as unlikely to get you there as possible.

Mark and Kevin set off later this month.

Mark and Kevin set off later this month.

“We will get there, by hook or by crook.”

The friends both work in the care industry and have known each other for 40 years.

They bought their 17-year-old car for £100 in Filey and it has already clocked up 197,000 miles.

The trip to Benidorm will add another 1,500 miles to that total.

Kevin, who lives in Bridlington, and Mark, who is from Filey, will meet up with around 70 other teams from around the UK at the Ace Cafe on the North Circular Road in London on April 24.

The first day sees them cross the Channel and head to Rouen. Day two takes them to Limoges before a night in Andorra.

With each stage being around 400 miles, they will stop off at Valencia before a shorter journey on the final day to the finish line in Benidorm.

To help with their fund-raising, Kevin and Mark are holding a race night at the Telegraph in Quay Road on Saturday, April 21.

There will also be a charity auction of sports memorabilia and prizes donated by local businesses.

Kevin stressed that all the money raised will go to Yorkshire Air Ambulance and they have paid for the car and accommodation themselves.