Posted on 05/10/2010
The Live and Let Drive Team with the Porsche924S used in the rally
Keith Mayes from the Information Security Group at Royal Holloway, University of London and his trusty co-driver Glen McDermott took part in the James Bond themed ‘White Hat Rally’ as the ‘Live and Let Drive’ team.
The charity car rally organised by Information Security professionals, some from the ISG alumni, was raising money for ChildLine, a confidential 24 hour helpline provided by the NSPCC for children and young people in distress or danger which relies on charitable donations in order to continue operating.
The rally started in Laon France, and over three days worked its way down through Switzerland and finally to Venice in Italy, following some of the routes seen in ‘On Her Majesties Secret Service’ and ‘Gold Finger’.
Keith said: “The first day was tough as we had to cover 500 miles through France in torrential rain. Our car steamed up so badly that we had to have the sun roof open and put up with the rain dripping on us. Going through Switzerland in fancy dress was quite fun and got interesting when we took a detour up a mountain pass. We followed a steep winding road with hairpin bends and suddenly found ourselves in a snow storm only to then descend the mountain into glorious sunshine. We managed to reach the finish line near Venice without problem although a few ageing vehicles expired en route and one crashed out, luckily without injuries.”
Around 20 teams took part in the rally with each vehicle fitting into one of three categories, Veteran (25 years and older), Fancy Dress (any car dressed up) or Banger (costing less than £500 and getting scrapped at the end)
So far the event has raised more than £25,000 for the charity and the organisers hope this will rise to well over £30,000 in the coming weeks. Donations can be made on-line by visiting: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/KeithMayes