Italian Job’s a good ’un for mini challenge drivers

ITALYMI''dave taylor with his mini in the French alps.
ITALYMI''dave taylor with his mini in the French alps.
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TWO Sheffield adventurers enjoyed their very own Italian job – and raised £2,500 for the Prostate Cancer Charity.

Kevin Edmonds and Dave Taylor, representing Sheffield door manufacturers JELD-WEN, drove from Kent to Turin and back in the Keyline Italian Job Challenge.

The pair joined 23 cars in their classic 1980s Mini – rather newer than the 60s models which starred in the famous Michael Caine film.

The objective was to make the 1,615 mile round trip without the use of modern satellite navigation – or motorways.

The pair completed the trip in 43.5 hours, with an average speed of 37mph.

The participants raised £111,000 for the cancer charity.

The highlight came in Turin when the drivers were given the chance to recreate a famous scene from The Italian Job, taking part in a rally on top of the Lingotto concrete factory – formerly the main Fiat plant.

Kevin said it was an unforgettable trip, adding: “We were delighted to be part of something that raised so much money for such a worthy cause.”