Porsche Budgeteers ready for off

Leicester-based motor claims consultants, Industry Insights – AKA the Porsche Budgeteers – are competing in this year’s AutoRaise REAL Rally (17-19 May) in a £999 1984 Porsche 928.

Steve Thompson, Industry Insights’ managing director, and co-pilot, Justin Bown, will join 30 other entrants (20 from the bodyshop industry) for the three-day European Charity Challenge. The REAL Rally sets off from Essex, taking in overnight stops at Bruges in Belgium and Le Touquet-Paris-Plage in France before heading back to the UK on Friday.

Steve and Justin in the Porsche Budgeteers’ 928 S2 – which sports a 1980s Miami Vice colour scheme inside – have secured the backing of Porsche Centre Leicester. M&M Fix Auto are supplying the livery and 2017 Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship’s Harris & Co Motorsport Accountants are also lending their support.

Steve said, ‘We have been overwhelmed by the support of our Connected Solutions partners who have donated generously to get their logo on our rally-winning 928.

‘The car was originally supplied by Charles Follett of Mayfair to a specific spec and the first registered owner was a record management company, with some major acts of the time on their books (Elton John to name one). We are doing some digging, but it may well have had quite an interesting history.

‘It’s far from perfect, really it is, but it looks half decent, it goes well and is surprisingly comfortable to drive – we are just praying it will make it.’

To sponsor the team, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SteveDGThompson