In celebration of the 70th anniversary markingthe end of WWII, four men are dusting off their 4x4 manuals and maps in preparation for the Help for Heroes European Rally next year.
Team Galloway, which participated in the high-profile event in 2011, have reformed (in part) to take on the 2000-mile challenge yet again.
Wigtown’s Malcolm Middleton and Creetown resident Tom Hudson, two of the team’s original line-up, have brought on board Gareth Earl-Payne from Newton Mearns, who took part with another team in 2011, and Gareth Wilson a friend of Tom’s from St John’s Town of Dalry.
The team is a mix of ex-regular Army, ex-TA, current ACF and current Royal Navy lads and the aim is to raise at least £7,000 towards the rally’s overall total of £1 million.
The event, through seven countries over 13 days, will follow the path and tell the story of the Allied Invasion through Europe. Some parts of the route will also include areas of the ‘Western Front’ of WWI.
The rally kicks off inNorth Wiltshire on June 13 and ends in Bavaria but the lads have no set route map handed to them - they have to make their own way based on sketchy instructions, which adds to the fun.
This non-speed touring assembly, with a maximum entry of 45 teams, will be part military history tour, part off-road driving and part social, open to road-legal 4×4 vehicles.
Last time, the team used Tom’s own vehicle for the tour but this year they’ve chosen a purposely-sourced Freelander for the job.
The lads also managed to raise well over £7,000 in 2011 thanks to individual cash donations and corporate sponsorship.
To donate to the cause, you can visit the team’s fundraising site atbmycharity.com/TeamGalloway2015 and keep up to date or contact the lads by following them on Facebook.