Building a Dumball desert rally car brick by brick

NADV 1404095AM3 Gumball Rally Volvo.Rich Lethdridge with girlfriend and co-driver Lauren Payen and the Volvo Estate covered in Lego bricks that they will drive in this years Dumball Rally to the Sarara. Picture : Adrian Murray. (1404095AM3)
NADV 1404095AM3 Gumball Rally Volvo.Rich Lethdridge with girlfriend and co-driver Lauren Payen and the Volvo Estate covered in Lego bricks that they will drive in this years Dumball Rally to the Sarara. Picture : Adrian Murray. (1404095AM3)
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A Harrogate fundraiser is set to drive 3,000 miles to the Sahara desert in a car covered in over 1000 Lego pieces to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Despite being 30 years old, Rich Lethbridge decided to use the toy more suitable for children aged eight to 12 to decorate the ‘banger’ he bought to take part in the Dumball Rally.

The rules of the rally state that the car must be worth less than £400, meaning the little plastic bricks adorning the 17-year-old Volvo estate are worth more than the car itself.

He said: “There must be easily more than £1,000 worth of Lego, we wrote to lots of the Lego shops across the country expecting just a few bits and bobs but they have been very generous with us.”

He added: “We have a Lego camel stuck to the front where the Spirit of Ecstasy would be on a Rolls Royce.

“We’ve called it Sandy the camel so hopefully that will bring us some luck.”

The eight day rally starts in Brighton on May 25 and Rich will be accompanied on the adventure by his girlfriend Lauren Payne.

He said: “She speaks French so that will come in handy if we need to ask for any help with the car.”

With just six weeks to go Rich still has a few loose ends to tie up and needs to get injections and sort out a visa in time for the challenge.

He is also planning fundraising events around Harrogate and Newcastle, visiting schools and shops including Sainbury’s in Harrogate, encouraging people to donate £1 to place a brick on the car.

The rally is one of 30 different challenges events Rich is putting himself through this year with the hope of raising £30,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

So far Rich has run the Kielder Marathon dressed as a squirrel, run the Sheffield 10k dressed as a Yorkshire Tea teapot and cycled from London to Paris in 24 hours.

This weekend Rich will be tackling the Yorkshire Warrior Challenge at Rudding Park with a surf board strapped to his back.

He said: “Physically the hardest challenge so far was definitely the marathon, it was hard work dressed as a squirrel. Mentally the Paris cycle ride was difficult because it was so far to go and difficult to organise and not get lost.”

Rich was inspired to take on the year of challenges for the Teenage Cancer Trust after hearing about the challenges young cancer suffered face from his sister, who works at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

l For more information or to sponsor Rich visit www.justgiving/30goingon30