A devoted Elvis fan from Doncaster hopes he won’t be ‘all shook up’ after setting off on an charity rally dressed as the king of rock and roll.
Richard Myatt, from Highfields, in Doncaster, and his friend Liam Cullingworth are driving more than 1,200 miles from Britain to Spain’s Costa Blanca, with Richard in costume for the journey.
They will be taking part in the Benidorm Bangers rally.
The father-of-two is attempting the challenge dressed as his musical hero Elvis Presley.
As well as pulling on the obligatory spangly jumpsuit, he has dyed his usually blond looks black to complete the look.
“I’m a big Elvis fan and I already had a costume so it made sense,” said the 43-year-old medical courier this week.
I’m a big Elvis fan and I already had a costume so it made sense
“I also have a wig but I thought because we’re driving in a convertible I didn’t want it getting blown off so I’ve grown my hair instead and dyed it.”
Richard and Liam, who is aged 25, are raising money for the charity Pilgrim Bandits.
The charity supports wounded soldiers like its ambassador Ben Parkinson, from Doncaster, a former paratrooper who sustained devastating injuries when a landmine exploded in Afghanistan in 2006.
Ben has been on a number of expeditions with the charity
The charity is a cause which is close to Richard’s heart .
That is because his cousin, Jeff Winder, lost his leg after being injured by a nail bomb in Iraq.
Jeff was in Iraqs working for NATO after serving in the army.
“It’s a great charity, which has done so much for wounded soldiers, and I’m really glad to be doing something to support its great work,” he said ahead of the rally.
“After what happened to Jeff, it means a lot to know there is support available to people going through what he has been through.”
As well as driving more than 1,200 miles across three countries in five days, teams must complete daily challenges like identifying mystery monuments or picking up hard-to-find items en route.
Richard and Liam hit the road on their long journey on Tuesday (May 2) morning and are making the journey in an MGF Convertible.