THREE Sheffield friends are ready for the road trip of a lifetime - as they attempt to drive more than 3,000 miles in a car almost as old as them.
The pals from Sheffield Hallam University are taking part in the Sucata Split rally, which will see them attempting to drive from Bruges in Belgium to Split in Croatia for charity.
What makes the challenge more tricky is that to qualify they have to complete the trip in a car worth less than £350.
Their vehicle is an 18-year-old Nissan 100x, which they bought on ebay and travelled to Scarborough to pick up.
Not content with this, the lads have decided to extend the challenge and attempt to travel to 11 European countries in 11 days, pushing the car, and their friendship, to the limit.
Team members are marketing and communications graduate Sunny Radia, aged 25, from Woodseats, and 22-year-old business and ICT students Dave Hood, from Ecclesall Road, and Thomas Hull, from Netherthorpe.
They are hoping to raise £1,000 for their charity Gemin-I, which works with underprivileged children to give them access to education.
Sunny, who graduated in 2011 and now works as marketing executive for Global Brands in Chesterfield, said: “We feel education is sometimes taken for granted and want to give children less fortunate than us the opportunity to improve their lives.
“The charity also focuses on connecting children from various cultures and backgrounds to help break down barriers with the ultimate goal of combating racism and prejudice worldwide.”
The team will be writing a blog to keep people up to date with their progress and to encourage people to suggest challenges throughout their journey.
Sunny said: “We’re not 100 per cent confident that the car will get us there and back, but this is all part of the challenge.
“We’ve got a basic knowledge of mechanics and a very basic grasp of French, which will come in useful on the trip, although, we’re hoping we won’t need them.”