Pair rally together for good causes

PUBLISHED: 14:20 22 February 2007 | UPDATED: 10:12 31 May 2010

Richard Stock gets ready for the rally – Pic: Dick Harding

Richard Stock gets ready for the rally - Pic: Dick Harding

FEARLESS friends Richard Stock and Alan Peters are off on the trip of a lifetime when they take part in a Sahara Rally. Richard, the managing director of Linton Village Motors, and Alan, who owns the adjacent Peters Recovery, are taking on the challenge

FEARLESS friends Richard Stock and Alan Peters are off on the trip of a lifetime when they take part in a Sahara Rally.

Richard, the managing director of Linton Village Motors, and Alan, who owns the adjacent Peters' Recovery, are taking on the challenge in July to raise money for charity.

Fifty-three-year-old Balsham resident Richard said: "This is the sort of opportunity that comes along once in a lifetime; it's going to be amazing to drive the Sahara desert.

"The route will take us over the Atlas Mountains, which should provide some spectacular views and it will be fantastic to see the sights on the way."

The Scarred4Life Sahara Rally is a 10-day adventure beginning on July 23 that will see a convoy of vehicles travel all the way from Cambridge to the Moroccan city of Zagora.

On the way the fund-raising procession will pass through France, Spain and Gibraltar, covering about 3000 miles.

Richard and Alan are unlikely to be hindered by the hellishly tough conditions facing their vehicle as they have secured a 4x4 with real pedigree.

Richard, said: "We will be doing the rally in a Land Rover Discovery that's already been used in the tough annual G4 event.

"It's bright orange so it's sure to be an eye-catcher and although you can take part in any car, I know

I'd rather be in something I can trust.

"It was only when the organiser, Karl Scarr, saw the car in a car park and approached Alan, who was driving, that we heard about the rally.

"Alan rang me and asked if I fancied it, and of course I said yes."

Karl Scarr is the founder of the Scarred4Life charity, which raises awareness and money for two other charities that Mr Scarr feels strongly about.

They are The East African Wildlife Society, an organisation that aims to preserve the forests and wildlife in countries such as Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda in the east of the continent.

The other charity that stands to benefit from the rally is Le Crèche de Tanger, a Moroccan orphanage and charity that aims to improve the quality of life for impoverished children in the North African country.

Richard said: "We're taking down paper and crayons for the children at the crèche, as well as clothes and sweets.

"I've asked my children, 16-year-old David and 19-year-old Laura, to provide any clothing they can."

The exotic escapade has checkpoints in Le Mans, Bordeaux, Madrid, Fuengirola and Gibraltar in Europe, then Fez, Casablanca and Marrakesh in Morocco.

The vast dusty expanse of the Sahara Desert will also pass under the wheels of the convoy, before they head back to the northern tip of Morocco to enjoy a sumptuous party in the city of Tangier.

To sponsor Richard and Alan, who hope to raise £4000 through the event call them on 01223 830550 or e-mail lintonvillagemotors@btinternet.com

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