A couple driving from John O’Groats to Land’s End in a vehicle considered the worst car ever made took a break from the epic journey in their home town on Tuesday.
Barbara Hastings, 65, and her partner, Steve Moses, 68, both retired, are completing the 2,000-mile journey in a Trabant — the East German-made car — to raise money for charity.
They are avoiding motorways because the tiny car has a maximum speed of 55mph on a good day.
As a result, they say they have seen some fantastic countryside.
“The car has been absolutely brilliant aside from a couple of things,” Barbara said.
“There has been a leak above the windscreen, but I managed to stop that with a bit of tissue.
“The other thing, and it is a good job that we cannot go over 60, is the speedometer has stopped working, which also means we cannot check how many miles we have done.
“In the more built-up areas, I have used an app on my phone just to check we have not been speeding.
“It has been a little cramped but the experience has been fantastic.”
The couple first had to drive the Trabant to John O’Groats.
They then travelled to Fort William and past the Great Glen to Alloa, passing near Loch Lomond.
From Alloa, it was on to Newcastle, and then to Bingham.
They parked the Trabant in the Market Place as part of their fundraising activities for two charities that are important to them.
Raising money for charities
They are raising money for Asthma UK, after the death of Barbara’s daughter, Dr Emily Hastings, aged 36, from the long-term effects of severe asthma that had been diagnosed as a teenager.
They are also driving for Prostate Cancer UK, which Steve was treated for two years ago.
They promoted their trip, Trabbi Travels, online and through a Trabant appreciation owners’ club and met supporters at each of their stop-off points, raising money through donations and raffles.
They have a rotating advertising banner on a bicycle wheel, which can be mounted on the Trabant’s roof, that tells their story.
They also have a YouTube channel, Trabbi Travels — 2000 Miles In A Trabant, where videos are posted daily.
They met up with friends and supporters at the White Lion, Bingham, on Tuesday before spending the night at home and then setting off for Worcester, avoiding the M42, where they planned to stay last night before continuing to the next pitstop of Taunton, and on to Land’s End.
They plan to be home on Sunday.
Donations can be made at their two online JustGiving pages, one for each charity, called Trabbi Travels.