Saturday, August 18, 2012
BREATHTAKING scenery and tough terrain await a pair of expert Weston drivers who have won a place in a once-in-a-lifetime motoring challenge.
Neil Bayliss and John Bushell have been announced as finalists in the Conti 4x4 Trophy, a contest organised by Continental Tyres.
The event will see the pair man one of 14 Hummers across the Atlas Mountains and Sahara Desert during a six-day Moroccan voyage.
Fiery dunes, spectacular rivers and rocky gorges will all be covered, as Neil and John traverse terrain used in films like The Mummy, Gladiator and Lawrence Of Arabia.
Neil, aged 56, and 47-year-old John won their place during a 12-week competition to test their skills and aptitude, including their off-road driving abilities. However, the skills the pair have learned through their roles with the Weston branch of the Institute Of Advanced Motorists helped ensure their qualification.
The pair are also using the trip as a chance to raise money for Children’s Hospice South West – a charity which helped Neil’s seven-year-old neighbour in his four-year battle with bone cancer.
The pair have already raised £20,000 towards the Wraxall hospice, but say they are looking forward to their challenge to help raise more.
Neil said: “We are both thrilled to be going to Morocco and putting our driving skills to the test in extreme conditions.”
And John added: “We think it will be an experience we will never forget.
“Our philosophy is the more we put into it, the more we will get out of it – so we’re looking forward to being part of the bigger community of all 14 teams working together to achieve a common aim.”