Pals strip off to raise cash for Mongol Rally

Old school friends from Brackley bared almost everything when they hosted a charity car wash ahead of a 10,000-mile adventure on the Mongol Rally.

Nathan Atkins, James Kemsley, Robert Timmis and Ben French, all former Magdalen College School students, dressed in eye-watering swimwear as they scrubbed cars outside the Red Lion pub in Evenley on Bank Holiday Monday. They were raising money for Parkinsons UK as one of the requirements of the rally is to raise a minimum of £1,000 for good causes, £500 of which goes to the official rally charity Cool Earth.

Evenley car wash in Speedos. From the left, Nat Atkins, James Kemsley,Robert Timmis and Ben French with the car they are using in The Mongol Rally raising money for Parkinsons and Cool Earth.'130527M-B010

Evenley car wash in Speedos. From the left, Nat Atkins, James Kemsley,Robert Timmis and Ben French with the car they are using in The Mongol Rally raising money for Parkinsons and Cool Earth.'130527M-B010

The rally team, known as Need for Speedos, will attempt to cross thousands of miles of mountain, steppe and desert in a Suzuki Jimny off-roader. If and when it reaches Mongolia, the car will then be sold by rally organisers to raise money for local projects.

Nathan Atkins, 20, said: “James had seen something about the rally. We were all at the pub and he said, ‘Guys, what do you think about this?’.

“We thought it would be something to do, something a bit different.

“So we just booked it on a whim and more recently realised there’s a lot of stuff to do, getting visas et cetera.”

The rally will set off from the UK on July 13 and usually takes about five weeks to complete.

“We’ve heard a few perilous stories about corrupt police and dodgy border crossings,” said Mr Atkins, who thanked Paul and Angie Crompton and regulars at the Red Lion for supporting the fundraising car wash, which made £554.76.

Visit www.justgiving.com/teams/needforspeedos or www.facebook.com/needforspeedos to support their bid.