Rally drivers start epic journey

Some of the 14 P2000 naval ships and three coastal forces heritage trust vessels that took part in exercises in the Solent this week

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DEDICATED fundraisers left Portsmouth for a car rally of epic proportions.

Former and serving military personnel in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines left from the Royal Marines Museum at Eastney yesterday.

Around 20 cars are travelling more than 3,000 miles of rough terrain and mountain passes through Europe in the Race for Freedom.

The team will go through France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Belgium on the fundraiser. They are raising cash for the Royal Marine Charitable Trust Fund and the Sailors Children’s Society.

Rally members will race on the Monaco Grand Prix course after being invited by the principality of Monaco.

Yesterday they left the museum for their first leg to Dover, where they will be met by other vehicles taking part in the rally.

At the end of the event the team will lay a wreath on Royal Marine Cpl Tom Hunter’s grave. The Victoria Cross recipient died saving his troop Battle of Lake Comacchio on Operation Roast in Italy in 1945.

Last year a 24-strong team raced for seven days, on some days for up to nine hours at a time, through France, Spain and Andorra to raise £15,211.

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