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THE Tortoise Rides Again! Would you fancy taking up the challenge of travelling from Land's End to John O'Groats in a 1953 Ford 103E with a top speed of 55mph? That's exactly what Ian Glass, of Llandyrnog, Denbigh, will be undertaking. In his car, The Flying Tortoise (pictured), he will compete in the Land's End to John O'Groats Classic Reliability Trial and Tour to raise money for Ty Gobaith Children's Hospice and Cae Dai Mental Health Trust.

The event is the toughest of its kind in Europe and possibly the world. Additionally, the car is totally underpowered, unsuitable and hadn't been entered into a rally until a couple of years ago!

In 2014, with navigators Nick Ward and Clifford Auld, Ian took part in the Le Jog (Lands End to John O'Groats) endurance rally for classic cars and raised PS2,600 for charity, and Ian hopes to exceed this amount for 2016.

Whilst all donations would be very gratefully received, you can also use your skill to guess the mileage covered by the Flying Tortoise on Le Jog this December to win a superb prize, kindly donated by Chateau Rhianfa, of a luxury three night dinner, bed and breakfast break for two.

"Simply estimate the distance covered by the car on the round trip from Denbigh and back via Land's End and John O'Groats. Of course it might break down, get stuck in a snowdrift, or sections might be cancelled because they are blocked by snow." said Ian.

Competition entry is just PS2 for one try or PS5 for three, with every penny of entry money going to the charities.

Ian sets off on December 3, and competition entries need to have been received by this date (donations accepted at any time). For more details visit fordpopcharityrun or email

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Nov 24, 2016
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