IT’S the car made famous by Del Boy Trotter.
But now a pair of Reliant Robins will be dazzling European motorists with their unique drivability as they play a pivotal role in a 4,500 mile charity driving challenge.
Pals Mark Hill, Nick Rahman, Robert Appleby and Ian Forster are squeezing into the iconic three-wheeled wagons to raise vital funds for The Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in Brackenhall.
During their journey they will take in 16 countries in Northern Europe, with each driving around 300 miles a day.
Mark, 39, told the Examiner: “I did a moped ride to Greece two years ago for Cancer Research and we just wanted to do another one.
“My friend Steven Thoseby told me about the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice and he was going to do it on his own but I said it would be great as a team.
“He has had to pull out for health reasons but he will be in the support vehicle and is also driving a third Reliant alongside us as part of the UK leg.”
He added: “We were looking for a vehicle and Reliant Robins just came up. We searched on Ebay and bought them from our own funds.
“We had to go to Rhyl to pick one up and it broke down a few miles down the road but by chance the AA man knew someone who was a Reliant mechanic so we fell on our feet.”
And now the team have got their vehicles roadworthy they are hesitantly looking forward to their departure and took them for a test drive from Liverpool to Brackenhall to visit The Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice for a photocall.
Mark, who is from Bradford, added: “Reliants are rickety, unstable, hot and cramped.
“They are no airs and graces vehicles.
“We will break down but we are prepared and it will all add to the adventure.”
Steven, said: “A friend of mine who sadly passed away was cared for by Martin House and through them I heard about The Forget Me Not Trust.
“I just think it is a fantastic facility, particularly for the parents and we want to raise as much money as possible.
“I have known Mark for years, we went to university together and the other guys have done similar charity events before but nothing like this.”
Ian, a teacher from Liverpool, added: “It’s always good to do something wacky. Especially in these death traps on European roads.
“They’ve three wheels, no reverse and no rear seats.
“I am over 6ft so the biggest thing for me is lack of space.”
The fundraising team will set off from Manchester on August 2.
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The car was made by the Reliant Motor Company of Tamworth
It was first produced in 1973 and was made until 1981
The cars had either 748cc or 848cc engines
The top speed was 85mph – with a 0-60mph time of 16.1 seconds