Benidorm or Bust – Mechanics hope old banger will get them 1,500 miles across continent for brave Bradley

Anthony McGinty (right) and Anthony Usher with their car
Anthony McGinty (right) and Anthony Usher with their car

THESE two mechanics are hoping this old banger will get them across the continent in a 1,500-mile charity drive.

And they may even try to make it back in the L-reg VW Passat, which has been given a “rat-look” make-over to make it go rusty.

Bradley Lowery in his Sunderland top

Bradley Lowery in his Sunderland top

The car will be driven by Anthony McGinty, who runs Horden’s Seaview Performance Garage, and mechanic Anthony Usher when they take part in the Benidorm or Bust challenge, in aid of Blackhall boy Bradley Lowery.

Anthony, 32, who is originally from Horden but lives in Haswell, said: “All the cars in the rally have a different theme – some people will be driving Batman or A-Team cars for instance.

“Ours looks like a rusty scrap heap.

“We sanded it down and covered it in brick acid so all the paint came off.

Anthony McGinty (left) and Anthony Usher with their car

Anthony McGinty (left) and Anthony Usher with their car

“It does look good though, we’ve put nice new alloys on it.

“It’s a really reliable motor, it’s only got 80,000 miles on the clock.
“We just hope it makes it.”

The pair will set off from Blackpool along with 100 other cars on April 30 and take part in a rally that will head for Benidorm over four days.

The first day will take in Blackpool to Dover, via meeting points at Birmingham and the M25 services.

They will then take the Eurostar from Dover to Calais and then they have a five-and-a-half hour, 390-mile drive to Poitiers via Rouen and Le Mans. The next day they drive from Poitiers to Bordeaux and then over the border to Zaragoza, in Spain, in what will be a 460-mile drive, lasting about six-and-a-half hours.

The following day they head for Benidorm in a four-hour 285-mile drive.

There is also a bonus day where they can have a full day of racing at the Cartagena race track.

Anthony, who along with colleague Anthony, 30, from Horden, will be wearing as-yet undecided fancy dress costumes on the drive, said: “A lot of people like the look of it.

“Most people get to Benidorm and scrap their car and fly home, but we might drive back yet.”

The car, which was bought from the Gumtree website and has some wellies hanging out of the back so it looks like a person is trapped in the boot, was on show on Sunday, April 6, when the garage held a car meet and around 500 motors turned up. It will be covered in stickers promoting Bradley’s cause.

The meet, organised by the two Anthonys and Matt Davison, in association with Secta NE, was also held to raise funds for Bradley, two, who suffers from childhood cancer neuroblastoma.

Members of Bradley’s family were at the meet, which raised £180 for him. To sponsor the two Anthonys, visit the Seaview Performance Garage Facebook page.