Lisbon to West Ashby in a 100-year-old car

Peter Jones with the 100-year-old Model T Ford EMN-140519-161421001
Peter Jones with the 100-year-old Model T Ford EMN-140519-161421001
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There are plenty of ways of travelling from Portugal to Lincolnshire - but a West Ashby man plans to complete the journey in real style.

Backed by his support ‘crew’, Larry Riches set out from the fishing post of Cascais near Lisbon on Wednesday, May 21, and plans to complete the entire 2,000 kilometre journey ...driving a 100-year-old Model T Ford.

It promises to be anything but a touring holiday for Mr Riches and his fellow travellers.

They are aiming to raise £10,000 for Prostate Cancer along the way.

With luck - and plenty of engine oil - the ‘team’ should arrive back at West Ashby village hall next Wednesday (May 31) at around 7pm.

A spokesman said: “This trip is being completely financed by those taking part and therefore all donations will go directly to the charity.”

Apart from Mr Riches, who will be doing most of the driving, there will be two ‘navigators’ - Dimas Petstana and Richard Barrett.

Two other key members will be mechanics Peter Smith and Ralph Kemp.

They will be responsible for keeping the vintage car ‘ticking over’ during the week-long marathon - no easy task considering the age of the vehicle, which first took to the road when King Edward VII was on the throne and the land speed record was 97mph.

The team also includes a photographer - Gary Foester - who has clocked up a fair few miles just travelling to the start line.

He’s flown from Long Island in America for the event.

After leaving Cascais - which is just north of Lisbon - the intrepid crew will head for the towns of Batalha, Ciombra and Curia.

Day two will feature Oporto and Moncao.

Twenty four hours later, the schedule features Santiago de Compostela and La Coruna before heading for Gijon and Santander on May 25.

They will then get something of a ‘helping hand’ by catching the ferry from Santander to Portsmouth, arriving on May 26.

They will drive from Portsmouth to the outskirts of London, staying overnight in Guildford.

The schedule should see them arrive at Great Queen Street, London - the headquarters of the United Grand Lodge of England - at noon on May 27.

From there, they will be heading north, staying overnight near Letchworth before arriving ‘home’ on May 31.

The team should be assured of a warm welcome with a reception party waiting at the village hall.

There will be a bangers and mash supper (£8 per person), a raffle, a guess the fuel competition, a quiz and a bar.

If all goes to plan the car - and its occupants - will be on show at a garden party at West Ashby Manor on Sunday, June 1.

That event will feature a host of attractions, including a jazz band and a display of other vintage cars. It starts at 2pm.

Meanwhile, Mr Riches and his team received a timely send off from a party of children from Horncastle Primary School.

They visited farms in Baumber and West Ashby and saw young calfs and lambs, as well as inspecting growing crops as part of their curriculum requirements.

During a tractor and trailer ride around the West Ashby farm, they saw the Model T Ford

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