Terry Larkin will be jumping in his 1986 Mini car with his best friend Steve Solley this October, as they set off with up to 100 other like-minded Mini-loving souls to embark on the 2017 Italian Job run to Italy.
The group general manager at JJ Food Service has a long standing love affair with the Mini, and he and Solley are now fusing this passion with a fundraising effort for Variety, the Children’s Charity.
The annual Italian Job event began in 1990 and has since then raised over £2.5m pounds for children’s charities across the UK, and in other countries where teams have come from. Rather than outperforming police cars through crowded Italian city centre streets, Larkin and his fellow Italian Job riders will take part in a navigational rally across Italy, which is designed to take them well and truly off the beaten track.
Between them, Larkin and Solley will be expected to find their way along a pre-determined route using no GPS or maps, but following a set of hand drawn instructions called Tulip Designs laid out in a road book.
Through the challenge, they aim to raise enough money to help buy a Sunshine Coach. Donations and pledges are being collected from family, friends and online at their dedicated Just Giving page, which can be found here.
Terry and Solley have a target of £1,500 to raise and they’re aiming to smash it! You can help them reach their target by donating, or if you wish to have your company logo on a magnetic sticker on the car, then any donation over £200 will secure your branding at this event and many other events within the UK.
Larkin said: “We are looking forward to this Italian adventure, and are keen to ensure that our Mini performs as well as possible during the navigational rally. More importantly, though, we want to ensure the success of the fundraising part of the event, so that many young people can in turn benefit from our participation.”