Clough and Co hit the road

TOP GEAR!: Clough and Co's ITwiser team drove from Huddersfield to Germany in aid of Help For Heroes.
TOP GEAR!: Clough and Co's ITwiser team drove from Huddersfield to Germany in aid of Help For Heroes.

ACCOUNTANCY firm Clough and Co have taken the words ‘charity drive’ rather literally.

The firm has raised more than £1,500 for Help For Heroes by embarking on a gruelling 1,206 mile race in a car that cost less than £500.

The ITwise team, led by practice chariman Stephen Gash and IT consultant boss Martin Clark completed the drive from Huddersfield to Germany’s famous Nurburgring race track. They chose a 1998 Audi A4 Quattro for the challenge.

“We set off from the Jack O’Mitre pub in Huddersfield at 10pm and reached Dover at 3.20am,” Mr Gash said.

“Others from the group were less fortunate with one team having to call the AA twice before reaching the port.

“The long leg through France and Belgium was extremely tiring but all the cars eventually made it to Cologne.

“One of the wheel bearings on our car had become noisy, but the car still handled extremely well on the track and it was an amazing drive which beat all our expectations.”

All 10 teams managed to hold it together to get to Germany to complete laps of the circuit, but mechanical problems meant that some teams had to scale back the number of laps they sought to complete.

Mr Gash added: “A car such as ours that costs around £500 to buy usually comes with issues so we had lots of the work to do on the car to prepare it for the journey but it proved to be very reliable.

“It’s done 143,000 miles now but is still a great drive and we’re open to offers for it.”