Duo embark on epic England-Scotland charity drive - in a shed
A dad and his teenage daughter are embarking on an epic journey from Land's End to John O'Groats - in the world's fastest SHED.
Kevin Nicks, a 52-year-old mechanic and gardener, transformed his Volkswagen Passat into the shed which is capable of travelling at 100mph.
Complete with remote central locking, leather seats and air con, the two-tonne vehicle will be used by Mr Nicks and 14-year-old Sophie on the 870-mile journey.
The pair live in a village just two miles away from Chipping Norton, the Oxfordshire town which is home to former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson.
They hope to raise £10,000 for the hospice, which cared for his mother before she died of cancer earlier this year.
Kevin said: “Driving it on a motorway it’s constantly getting filmed, and you see people smile all the time. It makes people happy - which is what the population should be.
“I came up with the idea for the trip because I wanted to do something that included my daughter - something that took us to parts of England that people just don’t go to. The whole thing is a complete adventure.”
After setting off from the hospice on Wednesday, Mr Nicks and his daughter will head down to Land’s End, where the challenge begins.
Mr Nicks has arranged for hot rods and classic cars to join them for part of the route, calling on owners of interesting vehicles.
The journey, which is expected to take a week, will include a stop at Elvington Airfield, near York, where he will attempt to break his own speed record, currently set at 99.766mph.
Mr Nicks added: “The trip will cost me because I work for myself - but there’s more to life than work. It’s all about memories - and the more you do, the more you make.
“We’re all only here once and it’s about what we do when we’re here. A lot of people will get to the end and think ‘isn’t that a dull life I lived’.
“Some people do ask me why I want to drive around in a shed. And I say because I don’t want to drive around in a boring car like everyone else.”
Mr Nicks built the wooden shed on top of a 1999 Volkswagen Passat he didn’t have the heart to scrap.
After purchasing the car to use for repairs on his other Passat, he had the eureka moment of transforming the vehicle into a shed.
The project cost £5,000 and took just over six months to complete, finishing in 2015.
Since then, Mr Nicks and his shed have appeared on TV and radio, and met stars like Chris Evans and George Clarke.