Events : 2015 Blackpool to Benidorm Rally – making the right appearance

Mike Humble

This rather special 216 Vitesse will be driving down to and back from Benidorm all in the spirit of charity this week.

As with most vehicle rallies, it’s all about appearances or, in this particular case, keeping up with them. Next Wednesday, 5th May sees the start of a charity automotive themed rally that kicks off from sunny Blackpool and ends in the Spanish resort of Benidorm on Saturday, 9th May.

John Corbett and Tanya Field will be driving what is understood to be to sole surviving Mk1 Rover 216 EFi Vitesse in support of the Fylde Coast Trinity Palliative Care Services and Brian House Children’s Hospice in Blackpool – a cause very close to John’s heart following the death of his close friend Iain Cunningham, who succumbed to cancer last year.

The theme of their drive will be Keeping up Appearances – the well-known BBC TV sit com which made a household name of the classic theatre actress, Patricia Routledge.

For the benefit of the rally, it seems that Hyacinth has gained a driving licence while leaving the henpecked Richard at home in charge of keeping guard of the Royal Doulton chinaware and answering the white slimline telephone with last number re-dial. At least he saw fit to trade up to a sporting Vitesse just for this good cause occasion.

John will be dragging it up in the character of Hyacinth while Tanya will be playing the role of her downtrodden love-struck sister, Daisy. Both John and Tanya will be updating progress via their Facebook page called “The Hand-painted Periwinkles” and donations are most encouraged and simply done by clicking here.

No matter how big or how small be sure to donate, it’s for a very good cause and we’ll keep you updated of progress as news comes in.


Mike Humble

1 Comment

  1. A great cause.

    Just beware the local Policia – there are a few untaxed ex-pat GB reg cars in the Costa Blanca area, they tend to crack down on older UK cars!

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