Railway staff to take on Banger Challenge

Banger challenge
Credit: GTR

Five colleagues from Govia Thameslink Railway are finalising preparations ahead of driving a 14-year-old taxi nearly 1,300 miles across Europe as part of a fundraising challenge.

Neil Plummer and Simon Hurford of Eastbourne, Allan Morton of Shoreham, Keir Stainton of Bognor Regis, and Alex Doughty of Tunbridge Wells, are taking part in the Screwball Rally on September 18 through a number of countries.

Rules of the competition state that participants can spend no more than £750 on a ‘banger,’ but the colleagues from Govia Thameslink Railway and Siemens did one better by bagging their old TX2 Hackney Carriage for just £300.

Neil, 38, Simon, 38, Keir, 42, and Allan, 38, are all Fleet Maintenance Control Managers based at the Three Bridges Rail Operating Centre. Working alongside them is Alex, 26, who works on behalf of Siemens in technical support. The team, who will be wearing braces, flat caps and checked shirts, will share the driving, doing a day each.

They are raising money for End Youth Homelessness, which is a collaboration of charities that gives 30,000 young people across the UK a safe and stable place to live. To donate, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/neil-plummer2

What did the officials say?

Father-of-two Neil said:

“We just need it to cover another 1,281 miles and we will be alright! Our group includes two ex-engineers and an-ex Royal Air Force engineer, so we should be OK. We’ve found a couple of small oil leaks, but nothing we can’t sort out.”

“I love driving. I find it therapeutic, and everyone wants to drive a London cab. The driving and everything in between will be priceless. We’re itching to get going.”

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