World’s priciest Datsun to cross Africa for charity

| 14 Sep 2011

Proof of Japanese cars’ famed reputation for reliability doesn’t come much stronger than the 13,500km run through Africa on the cards for a couple of London-based petrolheads.David Hiscox and Alex Thistlethwayte have entered their 1972 Datsun 240Z in next year’s World Cup 2012, London to Cape Town rally (www.londoncapetownrally.com) with the aim of raising $1m for charity.The pair are offering sponsors the chance of exposure during the Endurance Rally Association event by adding their livery to the classic Japanese GT’s bodywork, which will (hopefully) be festooned with stickers. And to fuel interest, the two philanthropists are planning a dare: to do the whole trip dressed in 1972-inspired fashion and listening exclusively to music from the same year while, “generally carrying on in the manner expected of post-'60s Britain,” says commodities trader Thistlethwayte.All donations for Thistlethwayte and Hiscox’s efforts in the January 2012 event will be split between to two leading children’s charities: the Right Now Foundation in India and the Starfish Greathearts Foundation in South Africa.  The pair will be funding the costs of entering and completing the event themselves.The rally leaves London on 1 January 2012 and finishes in Cape Town at the end of the month. The 240Z is currently being prepared for the event by Rally Preparation Services of Witney and sponsors are being asked to reserve space for their logo on the car in return for a minimum donation of $625.And the duo are so confident in their efforts, that they are offering to refund sponsors' donations and replace them with their own personal contributions (up to a maximum of $1 million) if they do not make it to Cape Town.See Million Dollar Datsun for more.