'We'll cover 18 countries in a day for inspirational Tom's charity'

Gazette: 'We'll cover 18 countries in a day for inspirational Tom's charity' 'We'll cover 18 countries in a day for inspirational Tom's charity'

DID you hear the one about the Irishman, Scotsman, Welshman and an Englishwoman driving across Europe?

They’re intent on breaking a world record.

Wacky husband and wife duo Phil Billingham and Shannon Currie are part of the team which plan to drive through 18 countries in 24 hours.

The pair will join Scotsman, Duncan Mackenzie and Northern Irishman, Gerry Mulligan, in setting off at 7am on Sunday, in Poland.

They hope to be in Holland by 6.50am on Monday.

Mr Billingham said: “I like to do unusual things and that goes back a few years to when I set my sights of watching the sunrise in John O’Groats and the sunset in Land’s End in the same day.”

The financial advisor, 53, was part of a team which covered 12 counties in a day, in 2001, but he has always been hungry for more.

“I watched others go and break the record a few times, I saw it go to 15, then to 17.

“So, short of Top Gear getting the police to close off roads and try to do it in a Bugatti, I think if someone gets 18, it will be very, very hard to beat it and I just hope it’s us.”

The couple, from Feering, who run Perceptive Planning, in Little Braxted, are completing the challenge to raise money for the Tom Bowdidge Foundation, set up in memory of the inspirational West Bergholt teen, who died aged 19 fighting aggressive stomach cancer in October.

To sponsor them, go to tombowdidgefoundation.org and click ‘donate’.

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3:22pm Mon 16 Jun 14

romantic says...

It's a great challenge and one I've looked at myself! It would rely on driving fast, motorways as much as possible and being lucky with traffic. Even then, your biggest issue could be border crossings in Eastern Europe. It's also the case that what appears as a motorway on the map of Europe is nothing like any motorway you've seen before. That's where the theoretical 100 km/hour plans disappear behind a clapped out old Yugo. Having said that, the roads are far better now than 10 or 15 years ago. I reckon it's doable with a lot of good fortune.
It's a great challenge and one I've looked at myself! It would rely on driving fast, motorways as much as possible and being lucky with traffic. Even then, your biggest issue could be border crossings in Eastern Europe. It's also the case that what appears as a motorway on the map of Europe is nothing like any motorway you've seen before. That's where the theoretical 100 km/hour plans disappear behind a clapped out old Yugo. Having said that, the roads are far better now than 10 or 15 years ago. I reckon it's doable with a lot of good fortune. romantic
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10:52pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Boris says...

Why would anyone want to sponsor this bunch of petrolheads? All they are doing is spending a lot of money on petrol and putting themselves, and other road users, at risk - which is what all of us do, whenever we undertake a car journey. Fine if they are doing it for fun, but there is nothing meritorious in it. Why not do something less risky, like climbing a mountain or walking the Inca trail, or just a couple of marathons?
Why would anyone want to sponsor this bunch of petrolheads? All they are doing is spending a lot of money on petrol and putting themselves, and other road users, at risk - which is what all of us do, whenever we undertake a car journey. Fine if they are doing it for fun, but there is nothing meritorious in it. Why not do something less risky, like climbing a mountain or walking the Inca trail, or just a couple of marathons? Boris
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