Cambridgeshire duo Martin Wadsley and Andy Stimpson will be piloting a 1969 Series IIA diesel hardtop, adapted to resemble the modified 109in that had a starring role in the film The Italian Job, BKO 686C.
In aid of children’s charity Variety, they’ll be departing on 20th October for the Italian cities of Trento and Turin as part of a 50-strong convoy. On the way they’ll be joined (in a replica Italian Job Mini) by Carlyle-based creator of the Series lookalike, Geoff Giles.
The Land Rover was one of six vehicles collected by Geoff, whose wife had decided the time had come to clear some space. All six were parted with together for a bargain sum, and the 109 became Martyn's proud possession. He’s chuffed to bits. ‘I have files two inches thick on every vehicle in the collection, including every invoice for every part Geoff has ever bought.’
The Italian Job Rally is an annual event for owners of vehicles like those that appeared in the film, that has raised more than £2.2 million for charity since 1990. Click here for more information
If you’d like to support the team’s fundraising activities, visit Martyn’s Just Giving page. They’re hoping to raise £2500 for Variety.