Bangers to Benidorm!

Thunderburbs are go!'Charity rally run to Benidorm from Dover.'L to R) Samantha Wood, Howard Roberts, Andy Melvin, Matt Blackburn, Keeley Harrison.'w7795a206
Thunderburbs are go!'Charity rally run to Benidorm from Dover.'L to R) Samantha Wood, Howard Roberts, Andy Melvin, Matt Blackburn, Keeley Harrison.'w7795a206

AN ambitious crew is hoping these souped-up bangers will raise thousands for charity next month.

But the Thunderbirds look-alikes face a 3,000-mile round trip from Altofts to Benidorm and back.

Howard Roberts and his team of seven, named the Thunderburps, want to raise £5,000 for Wakefield Hospice and the Yorkshire Cancer Centre.

He said: “In some way each one of the team has friends or family that has been touched by the work of these charities. We’ve done a lot of work on the cars are really looking forward to it now.”

The team scoured eBay for their bangers, eventually picking up a three-wheeled Reliant Robin, which they transformed into Thunderburp 4, and a Toyota Previa which has become Thunderburp 2.

They will also dress up as Thunderbirds characters, with the 6ft 2ins, 18-stone Andrew Melvin cladding up as a FAB Lady Penelope.

Mr Roberts, of Byker Avenue, said the plan was hatched over a pint in the Horse and Jockey pub.

He added: “I’m not sure we’ll make it but we’re going to give it a good try.”

The team will set off on Wednesday, March 14.

To sponsor them, visit www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/TheThunderburps or call 07837 465276.