Taking the road to Rouen

Newburgh man Alex Macrae with his Mark 4 Supra.
Newburgh man Alex Macrae with his Mark 4 Supra.

A NEWBURGH man is making plans for a car trip with a difference to raise funds for a cancer charity.

Offshore worker Alex Macrae will be behind the wheel of his pride and joy – a 1994 Mark IV Toyota Supra – when he heads for Rouen in northern France in May to gather money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Alex, 25, will be joining other members of the Mark IV Supra Owners Club in a convoy of nearly 50 vehicles leaving the UK on May 17 to travel through the French countryside.

Every year the club holds an event called the Dragonball, which involves choosing a destination and driving across Europe.

Alex will be the only Scot taking part and it is the first time has put his name forward for the Dragonball.

He told the Times: “It is like an endurance race to get to Rouen. We will travel in two Eurotunnel trains on the Friday and will spend the rest of the day driving in convoy to Rouen.

“We avoid all the main roads and take the scenic routes and it allows you to see a bit of France. We try and stay in convoy as much as we can. I’m sure we’ll turn lots of heads when we drive through small villages.

“We will be meeting up with the French and Dutch sections as well, so the group will be even bigger.”

Alex has been a Mark IV Supra 
owner for around five years and has owned his current model for just over a year.

He will have a round trip of around 1,500 miles when he leaves Aberdeen for the three-day trip, which will have an important aim for him.

Alex explained: “I’m doing it for Macmillan Cancer Support. It has affected my family over the years and I know it’s affected a lot of friends, especially the owners’ club.

“One of our long-serving members died last year and he did a lot of fundraising for them as well. This is my way of giving back to Macmillan and the club.”

Anyone wanting to support Alex’s efforts can visit www.justgiving.com/driftbear

He said: “Whatever anyone can donate I’m happy with.”