Team set for rally across Europe in ‘cop’ car

From left, Jason Lugget, Derek Rollo, Richie Govan and Stevie Govan will dress up for their Bullrun Rally adventure across Europe in their Ford Granada 'police' car. Picture: Toby Williams
From left, Jason Lugget, Derek Rollo, Richie Govan and Stevie Govan will dress up for their Bullrun Rally adventure across Europe in their Ford Granada 'police' car. Picture: Toby Williams
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THIS may look like a scene from Smokey and the Bandit – or a live action version of the Wacky Races.

But these real-life Dukes of Hazzard aim to travel through Europe in an old banger made up to look like an American cop car while avoiding the law – and all in the name of charity.

Dressed as policemen, pimps and prostitutes, they will cross the continent in a souped-up Ford Granada complete with siren, flashing light and novelty horn.

They chose to install orange rather than blue lights to avoid being mistaken for real police, which they feared might land them in trouble.

But Stevie Govan, 44, who will be dressed as a pimp, then learned that emergency 
vehicles in Europe actually use their chosen colour.

“It might be an issue but we are going to take the risk,” said Stevie, from Haddington. “Part of the attraction is we don’t know if we will get away with it. If we get pulled over we will play dumb. If that doesn’t work we will play the charity card.”

Jocks Go Foreign – the only team from Scotland taking part in next month’s Bullrun Rally – want to raise £4000 for Macmillan cancer nurses. They have been working on their car, dubbed the Highland Patrol, since November and will be taking turns in the driver’s seat.

Joining Stevie is his brother Richie, 38; Derek Rollo, 29, of Dunbar; and Jason Lugget, 38, from Northumberland.

They have been considering entering the rally for years, before their madcap mission was given fresh impetus following the death of Derek’s mother from cancer last June.

Derek said: “She battled it for a few years and my dad speaks highly of Macmillan nurses. If she is looking down she will be having a good laugh at us.”

The 1988 Granada was destined for the scrapyard before Stevie paid £1500 for it.

At the end of the rally, two of the lads will take part in a bull run – Pamplona’s famous festival Fiesta de San Fermin.