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INSPIRED by Ghostbusters, a gang of friends will be taking part in a road trip in a replica of the hit film’s car.

Michael Jackson, 29, from Portchester, is participating in Rust2Rome, a road rally which takes drivers from Edinburgh to the Italian capital.

Michael Jackson and his dad David Jackson who along with friends are driving their Volvo car from Edinburgh to Rome to raise money for charity. The car has been converted to resemble the Ghost Busters vehicle.'Picfture: Ian Hargreaves  (131724-3)

Michael Jackson and his dad David Jackson who along with friends are driving their Volvo car from Edinburgh to Rome to raise money for charity. The car has been converted to resemble the Ghost Busters vehicle.'Picfture: Ian Hargreaves (131724-3)

The rally challenges the teams to buy a car for less than £500 and get from Scotland to Italy and then back to their home towns in 12 days.

To make his stand out from the crowd, Michael decided to decorate his car like the Ghostbusters vehicle.

The Volvo – renamed Volvecto1 in honour of ectoplasm – has been decorated with the famous phrase “Who ya gonna call?” along with the Ghostbusters logo.

And the vehicle has a roof rack like the one in the film.

The road trip starts on June 30 and Michael is happy to have the car complete and is raring to go.

He said: ‘My friends and I always wanted to do a road trip to Rome.

‘We were looking at different ways to go about it and saw the Rust2Rome challenge.

‘It seemed like a load of fun and would also help us do the best route and see the best sights.

‘We will be taking in landmarks along the route covering some 4,500 miles over nine days.

‘The starting line is The Forth road bridge and the finishing line is The Colosseum.

‘We will be travelling from Scotland to Holland, down through Belgium to France and then on to Rome.

Michael will be travelling with his dad, David, and two friends, Adam Ayling and Darren Hodgson.

The group have decided to raise money for Cancer Research UK and are almost at the halfway mark of their target.

Michael added: ‘Rust2Rome raises money for charity but in addition to that, each team can pick their own charity too.

‘Both my parents have had cancer scares in the last five years so I thought Cancer Research UK would be a good choice.

‘So many people have to deal with cancer so I think it’s a great cause.

‘We wanted to raise about £1,500 and we have nearly £700.

‘But anything we raise will help.’

To make a donation visit Michael’s Just Giving page at
justgiving.com/volvecto1R2R