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Reading FC themed charity car to drive to Monte Carlo

19 May 2016

‘Sibling FC’ driving to Monte Carlo for charity in a Royals-themed car

Brother and sister, Connor and Emma, are driving to Monte Carlo in a Reading FC themed car for charity!

In 2015, more than 160 cars and 500 people successfully completed the Monte Carlo or Bust challenge and raised over £100,000 for UK charities. This year, the event is limited to just 80 places - and a Reading Football Club-themed car will be leading the way...hopefully!

The Monte Carlo or Bust rally focusses more on encouraging all participating teams to put less effort into their engines – and more effort into dressing the car and crew! The concept is to buy a car for £300 or less and hit Europe’s greatest roads and cities for a three-day drive to Monte Carlo, all in the name of charity.

Connor and Emma will set off on Thursday 2nd June aiming to get to Monte Carlo in under three days!

You can keep track of ‘Sibling FC’ on Facebook and Twitter and donate to their charities here.

The two charities that ‘Sibling FC’ are raising funds for are the Reading FC Community Trust and Building for the Future a local charity providing activities, support and therapy for children with disabilities and/or additional needs and their families.

‘Sibling FC’ Connor and Emma pose with their car

We had a Q and A with the duo that form ‘Sibling FC’:

The theme for a Monte Carlo or Bust car can be anything! So why Reading FC?
My sister and I are both long-term fans of the club and we wanted to choose a theme that would represent the both of us. It's also a European Championship year, so a football club theme seemed quite appropriate!

Check out the time lapse video of the car being painted below:

What is going to be the toughest part of the journey?
I'd expect it will be day two. We travel from Freiburg in Germany, through Switzerland to finish in Mennagio, Italy. Part of the route involves crossing the Gotthard Pass, which will mean a climb of nearly 7,000 feet! I'm sure it's going to be tough on the car!

How long will the entire journey take?
The starting point is a town called Namur in Belgium. We check in with the organisers on the evening of Thursday 2nd June, but the rally officially begins on the following morning. The event is organised with official start & finish points to each day, so all being well, we should make it to Monte Carlo on the Sunday evening. All in all, from Belgium to Monte Carlo, it's about 15 hours behind the wheel.

How did you choose the car for the rally?
The car we're doing the rally in is actually mine. I've been driving it since passing my test back in 2012, but I've since got a new car. The rally is almost serving as a farewell tour to it, so it might be a bit emotional when we make it to Monte Carlo! We're supposed to buy a car for under £300, but this 'rule' isn't enforced heavily by the organisers. In all honesty, the car isn't worth much more than that!

The car has an astro turf roof with a pitch on it!

Do you reckon the car will keep running the whole way?
Well, fingers crossed, yes! It's been checked-over by a mechanic and he says it's pretty sound, but he's also pretty realistic that it's a long journey!

Can you explain how the rally works? How do you win?
It's not a race, but there are various challenges throughout the event. Scores are totted-up throughout each day based on the challenges and the overall winner is announced on the final night in Nice. All the teams also vote for the winners of various categories - best dressed team, best decorated car, best fundraising effort and best team spirit.

Why did you select the charities you’re representing?
My sister is involved with Building for the Future, so she was keen on helping them out with funds. As we're in a Reading-themed car, I wanted to put something back into the club I support, so the Community Trust was a logical choice.

How much are you hoping to raise?
We've set an initial target of £1,000. Each charity is getting a 50% share, so it would be great to raise as much as possible!

Good luck from everyone at Reading FC to Connor and Emma!

Don’t forget to keep track of them on Facebook and Twitter and you can donate here!

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