Wisbech pair gearing up for Italian Job adventure in classic Land Rover to raise funds for children’s charity

Martyn Wadsley in front of the Land Rover

Martyn Wadsley in front of the Land Rover - Credit: Archant

Forty five years after the classic Michael Caine film was made, a Wisbech sales manager and his cousin are doing their version of The Italian Job.

The Land Rover

The Land Rover - Credit: Archant

Martyn Wadsley and Andy Stimpson have signed up for the Italian Job Rally in aid of children’s charity Variety, which helps sick, disabled and disadvantaged children.

The pair will be travelling in a 1969 Land Rover 109 Diesel Hard-top, which is an exact replica of the van which appears in the film.

The pair’s van even includes replicas of the film’s crash helmets, blue overalls and pickaxe handles.

Accompanied by about 50 other vehicles, mainly Minis, Mr Wadsley and Mr Stimpson will set off from London on October 23 and drive to Turin.

During the week long adventure they will weave their way along mountain roads, drive on the Monza circuit and visit the Ferrari Museum.

The pair’s Land Rover, which is worth more than £20,000, has already made an appearance at the Goodwood Revival, turning many heads in the process.

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Mr Wadsley said: “We can’t wait to get out there. It’s going to be an absolutely wonderful experience. My cousin Andy rebuilds classic motorcycles so this really is a dream for him.”

The pair hope to raise a combined £2,500 for Variety. To donate, go to https://www.justgiving.com/martyn-wadsley/

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