Builders Merchant Unveils ‘Pimped Up’ Three-Wheeler for Charity

Trevor Mudd of Chandlers Building Supplies and Sam Hanks of Cembrit, alongside Automotive Tutor, Marc Beattie and some of the student apprentices

CHANDLERS BUILDING Supplies has unveiled a fully ‘pimped up’ and refurbished Reliant Rialto for its entry into the Pavestone Rally 2019.

The family-owned builders merchants bought the 1986 classic three-wheeled car on Ebay for £200. It has been at Hastings College’s Automotive Training Centre since March, where 43 students worked on rebuilding the engine and over hauled the bodywork to create a Darth Vader-mobile.

The Pavestone Rally invites UK builder’s merchants to raise money for charity. The
goal is to drive a car, worth less than £500, across Europe in four days, while in full fancy dress.

Rally driver, Trevor Mudd from Chandlers Building Supplies is taking the wheel for his fourth consecutive year competing in the event. Trevor said, “The enthusiasm and marvelous engineering work done by the students on the car is exceptional. This is an amazing piece of workmanship. I can’t wait to rev her up!”

Part of the projects challenge was to also allow the car to be easily adapted to a new creative theme every day of the rally, with themes including ‘Underground’, ‘Superheroes’ and ‘Back from the Dead’.

Trevor Mudd of Chandlers Building Supplies and Sam Hanks of Cembrit

Trevor, who is being accompanied by Sam Hanks of Cembrit, continued: “This challenge is our most daring yet and we are delighted to have had such young talent supporting us. The input by the students will make a huge difference in getting us across the finish line, raising lots of money for charity and hopefully bring the trophy home. We aim to make the students proud!”

Jamie Nash, 17, a student on the project, said: “I loved working on the car and thinking about how each element could be achieved. We even made a working prototype of a luminous green water jet cannon and a working light sabre for the Darth Vader theme.”

Chandlers Building Supplies has entered the Pavestone Rally for the last three years, finishing in first place in 2016, and second in 2017 and 2018 – the team also won Best Dressed Car and Best Dressed Team last year.

For more information or to donate, visit the teams Money Giving page.




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