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Musketeers set to arrive in Caithness tomorrow on 4000-mile trip around the UK as part of Mini Mayhem 2022

By Jean Gunn

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Mini Mayhem 2022.
Mini Mayhem 2022.

The Musketeers are on their way to John O'Groats in 20-year-old Minis as they tackle a 4000-mile trip around the coast of the UK in 10 days.

The three cars – Athos, Aramis and Porthos – were all purchased for a maximum of £500. The Musketeers will not be using sat-nav and no motorways are allowed during the journey.

Mini Mayhem 2022, starting and finishing at The White Hart Pub in Lymington, Hampshire, is being undertaken by a team of drivers, who are part of a small charity group called The Musketeers. They set off on Thursday (June 9) at 6.30am, with the aim of raising funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The three Minis - Athos and Aramis (silver), and Porthos (white).
The three Minis - Athos and Aramis (silver), and Porthos (white).

They will be camping along the way and plan to arrive in John O'Groats tomorrow night after travelling up the east coast from Pettycur Bay Holiday Park, near Kirkcaldy in Fife.

The fundraisers are trying to spread the word far and wide and hoping to get a wave or a beep from folks along the way, as well as meet fellow Mini owners.

Towards the end of day two of the challenge, one of the drivers Tony Barnes said: "We are on schedule – the weather is fair and the vehicles are going well."

On Sunday they plan to set off about 6.15am, stop for breakfast around 9am in Dundee, then head up along the east coast to John O'Groats, staying in the camping site there overnight.

The Musketeers with their cars.
The Musketeers with their cars.

The Minis, which are covered in stickers, will set off again on Monday morning heading along to Thurso, then on to Durness and down the west coast to Ullapool, before stopping in Spean Bridge for the night.

Donations to the Great Ormond Street Hospital have been good so far and the team are encouraging people to go on their JustGiving page. "We are taking donations as we go," said Tony. "When we stop people just come up and hand you a tenner, which is pretty impressive. We are up to £7000 already and we are only on day two – we have a target of £10,000, but aim to exceed that."

The Musketeers are also running a competition to guess the combined mileage that the three cars will cover during the challenge. They plan to complete the trip on Saturday, June 18.

More information can be found on their website www.themusketeers.co.uk as well as social media, including Facebook.

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