Published on
14 May 2019

Tony and his Mean Machine are Benidorm bound

Foster carer Tony Adams and three friends have set off for Benidorm in their head-turning Wacky Races Mean Machine.

Tony's Mean Machine
Tony's Mean Machine

They are taking part in Benidorm or Bust, a 3,000 mile fundraising rally involving 160 teams, but no one else will have a car quite like Tony’s Dick Dastardly motor.

It has taken 12 months of planning to transform a Mercedes Benz CLK Convertible into a car fit for Dick and his canine companion Mutley and it has all been done to raise money for Barnardo’s.

Tony and wife Diane of Henllan, Denbigh, have been foster carers for six years, so chose the children’s charity which provides adoption and fostering services across Wales.

“Both my wife and I wanted to foster for many years but we had to put the idea on hold until we had a house big enough. We have fostered two children long term and although one is now 18 she is still very much part of the family,” he said.

It is the third time Tony has taken part in the rally, having previously transformed cars into a tank and Thunderbird 4. But the Mean Machine, complete with bubble machine, is the biggest challenge yet as unlike the last two he won’t be scrapping it in Benidorm but driving it back to North Wales where he’s planning to take it to local events before selling it on.

“I always liked Airfix kits when I was growing up so transforming cars is just the grown-up version,” he said.

Tony, who will be dressed as Dick Dastardly, will be joined by brother-in-law Daniel Rostron and friends Liam Clement and Luke Patterson from Burnley.

“I grew up watching Wacky Races and wanted to make sure our car was unique. As far as I know there is not another road legal Mean Machine to be seen.

“We will be meeting up with four or five other teams and driving down slowly together over a week so we can see a bit of the countryside on the way. The only things I’m worried about are tall bridges as I don’t like heights!” he said.

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