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TY CHARITY CHARI BANG BANG; Brothers attempt 7610-mile Peking-to-Paris rally in dad's beloved 1927 Bentley to raise PS50,000 for cancer research.

Byline: Marc McLean m.mclean@dailyrecord.co.uk

TWO Scots brothers are gearing up for a race from Beijing to Paris - in an 86-year-old car.

Daniel and Antony Woodcock will take on the huge challenge in memory of their dad Louis, who died last September from bone cancer.

Louis loved classic cars and, despite losing an arm in his battle to beat cancer, had hoped to compete in the rally in his 1927 Bentley.

Following his death, Daniel and Antony are determined to complete the race in his name - and are aiming to raise PS50,000 for cancer charity Sarcoma UK.

The pair will cover 7610 miles in 33 days, starting in China and travelling through Mongolia, Russia, Ukraine and into Europe, where a triumphant finish in Paris awaits.

Daniel, 25, said: "The Peking to Paris Rally was, for many years, a dream of our father's. And this car was his pride and joy.

"He signed up for the race a couple of months before he was diagnosed with cancer, but the illness didn't stop him.

"He was still constantly back and forth with the rally organisers. At one point he was doing it, then my brother and I were doing half of it with him.

"Unfortunately, he's not going to get to the start or finish line.

"But that's what we are doing for him."

Louis, from Lochwinnoch in Renfrewshire, built a successful business in the hotel industry which allowed him to splash out on the vintage cars he loved.

That passion was passed on to his sons and both have also gone on to work in the hotel industry in London.

The duo have only had a few months to prepare for the epic adventure, which begins on May 28, and includes travelling through the Mongolian Desert.

And they are worried the old motor may break down in the vast desert terrain.

Daniel recently completed a crash course in mechanics to learn about their dad's prized Bentley.

Antony, 23, said: "I feel slightly more comfortable that at least one of us knows how to fix it.

"The Mongolian Desert part of the trip is going to be the toughest. It involves 10 or 11 days travelling through the desert."

The first Peking to Paris rally took place in 1907 and was entirely off-road.

The second did not take place until 90 years after the original race, and there have been only two since - in 2007 and 2010.

Daniel and Antony will be travelling up to 500 miles a day.

Their mum Carol, 54, said: "Naturally, as a mother, I'm a bit apprehensive about them taking part - but I'm pleased that they are doing it in memory of their dad.

"He loved his cars and when the boys were born he came to the hospital and took them home in his old Triumph sports car."

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DRIVEN 3 Boys are determined to finish route

PRIDE AND JOY J Louis in his Bentley

PASSION 3 Louis loved vintage cars

PARIS OR BUST Z Daniel and Antony are gearing up for their big adventure

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