It’s Monte Carlo or bust for Falkirk mechanics

The Monaco team
The Monaco team

Four pals from Falkirk completed their own Monte Carlo rally adventure to raise awareness of an incredibly rare medical condition.

David Thomson, Paul Thomson, Douglas Potter and Craig Mill took turns to drive a 20-year-old Toyota people carrier from Falkirk to Monaco and back again to help those with ‘sleeping beauty syndrome’ - an incurable neurological disorder that affects just one in a million people.

Known as Kleine-Levin Syndrome (KLS), those with the condition suffer ‘episodes’ in which they can sleep for up to seven weeks at a time as their brain temporarily stops functioning properly.

David (35), from Shieldhill, decided to raise cash for the only KLS support group in the UK after a close member of his family - who The Falkirk Herald has been asked not to name - was diagnosed with the rare condition.

The mechanic, who works alongside his brother Paul at the Carron Motor Company in Falkirk, decided a ‘Monte Carlo or bust’ adventure would be a good way of testing their skills and raising awareness of KLS.

The brothers were joined for the trip by Douglas Potter, who also works as a mechanic, and Craig Mill, who owns the Taste Bud takeaway in Falkirk.

They drove a 1993 Toyota Previa which was donated by the Carron Motor Company.

David said: “The journey went really smoothly. The car really is a testament to Toyota - we passed plenty of more modern vehicles that had broken down along the way.”

The quartet left Falkirk on Wednesday, June 12 and drove continuously south through England and then France, only stopping to take the ferry across the English Channel.

They arrived in Monte Carlo at 6.30 a.m. on June 14 and had just enough time to pose for pictures to prove they had reached their destination - and take a short detour along the route of the city’s famous annual Grand Prix route - before they had to turn around and head back north in order to catch their ferry.

David added: “We hope to raise more than £1000 for KLS and raise awareness of this very rare and complex condition.”

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