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Two intrepid, adventurous local lads will to be taking part in what has been dubbed the "Ultimate Banger Challenge" as they participate in a car rally with a difference across 4,000 miles from Plymouth to Banjul, Gambia, in aid of their locally based charity BREAK.  Will Wilson and Matthew 'Maff' Sharp, both aged 28 from Sheringham, are undertaking this challenge of a lifetime and will be hitting the road on the 9 February 2006 in their yellow 1971 VW Beetle.  Funds raised from the expedition will go towards providing much needed holidays, short breaks and respite care for children and adults with learning and physical disabilities at BREAK's two North Norfolk centres - Rainbow at Sheringham and The Sandcastle in Hunstanton.  The route will see them through France, Spain, Gibraltar, Morocco, Western Sahara, Senegal and finally finishing in Gambia which should take the pair about three weeks, if all goes well.  The rules of the rally state you must buy a car for 100 and make it road worthy for another 15, so after hours spent trawling the internet auction sites Will and Maff came across this distant relative of Herbie and imported it from America, naming it 'Corkey Too' after a boat the two used to sail on the Norfolk Broads.  Will talks about the trip, "We tried to enter two years ago, but forgot!  We tried again the next year but didn't get accepted.  So, when the challenge came up again we entered.

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We got our entry form in on the very last day and a few months later, got the e-mail of acceptance.  "We both have a love of driving cars and couldn't think of a better way to have a full-on, three week 'burn' across some extremely challenging terrain. "We hope to take in some amazing scenery, meet some great people, experience something totally different and raise some cash for good causes.  When we get to Banjul, our car, 'Corkey Too' gets auctioned off along with the others that make it.  The cash raised here goes towards improving local amenities - plus some locals get some cracking cars! "Closer to home our chosen charity is BREAK which provides special care services for children, adults and families with special needs.  They really do some fantastic work so please visit our donation page and help us to help others."  To support Will and Maff or find out more - even read their diary and catch up on their progress while they are away - please log on to

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