Company Team Do Italian Job For Charity

Dave Taylor  in the French Alps at Chamonix, having just ascended to about 14,000 feet in the mini as part of the Italian Job Challenge.   This picture was taken shortly before the car overheated and burst a cooling hose.
Dave Taylor in the French Alps at Chamonix, having just ascended to about 14,000 feet in the mini as part of the Italian Job Challenge. This picture was taken shortly before the car overheated and burst a cooling hose.

DOOR manufacturer JELD-WEN showed its support for a cancer charity by entering a team into the Keyline Italian Job challenge and sponsoring an old-style Mini they used to enter the race.

Overall, £111,000 was raised for The Prostrate Cancer Charity, with the JELD-WEN team raising £2,500 towards the grand total.

Twenty-four Minis and other sponsored cars took to the road, leaving the Keyline Builders Merchants branch in Kent and heading to Turin in Italy without the use of satellite navigation or motorways.

The JELD-WEN team, Kevin Edmonds and Dave Taylor, covered the 1,615-mile round trip in an impressive driving time of 43.5 hours, giving an average speed of 37 mph.

The highlight of the challenge was a rally around the concrete roof of the former Fiat factory in Turin, recreating the famous scene from the film The Italian Job.

All did not run smoothly and the team faced the challenge of a split bypass hose, which meant regular stops along the way.

But Kevin Edmonds said: “This was such an exciting challenge, we loved driving around in a classic 1980s Mini and recreating the scene from the Italian Job, which is something I will never forget.

“There was great team spirit amongst everyone involved and we were delighted to support our customer, Keyline Builders Merchants, and to be a part of something that raised so much money for such a worthy cause.”