Motorist Shaun's European tour

A TOUR of seven countries in eight days experiencing the culture of Europe sounds like a dream trip.

But for motorist Shaun Carroll his journey from across the continent was certainly no holiday.

He had to take in the sights through the windows of his clapped-out Lexus i200 with 150,000 miles on the clock.

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His trip from Dinnington to Kent, then into France, Monte Carlo, Italy - including a stay near the Leaning Tower of Pisa - Luxembourg, Germany and Belgium was also affected by the ongoing French fuel crisis.

Dad-of-one Shaun (23) was part of a team of six drivers from Dinnington taking part in the Fireball Rally - a challenge that involved using a car worth no more than £600 to complete the 2,500-mile route.

Shaun, of Manor Road, Dinnington, said: “It was a brilliant experience but it was a lot harder than I expected.

“The fuel crisis in France made it really difficult and the organisers advised us to stay out of the country as much as we could.

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“It meant that one day we arrived in France at 7.30am and didn’t stop driving until 11.30pm.”

Shaun said his £520 Lexus i200 was “brilliant” during the trip and said he had raised more than £800 for Hallam FM’s Cash4Kids charity, which helps ill children and their families.

He also promoted his journey with a visit to Dinnington Primary School - where son Joseph (5) is a pupil.

For more information on Shaun’s journey or to sponsor him visit