August 24, 2009

Men plan 4,000-mile ‘sauna’ drive

A pair of British men have announced plans to drive 4,000 miles in a 20-year-old Volvo nicknamed the sauna on wheels.

Tom Sharrad, 23, and Chris Wilkinson, 24, of Sevenoaks, England, said they spent months covering the outside of the Volvo, which has driven more than 187,000 miles, with Scandinavian pine reminiscent of traditional sauna decor, The Daily Telelgraph reported Monday.

The men, who will wear nothing but Turkish bath towels during their cross-Europe trek, said they are planning to visit 12 countries in 14 days during the trip, which was concocted to raise money for the Samantha Dickson Brain Tumor Trust, a research and support organization for people suffering from tumors and their families.

The idea of going to Sweden came about because we wanted to take the car back to its spiritual home. We've also wanted for a long time to give something back to a brain tumor charity and thought this was the best way, said Sharrad, who made a full recovery from a brain tumor he was diagnosed with at 18-months-old.

Although there's not a proper sauna inside the car, when it's going along it does get pretty hot in there, Wilkinson said.

The men are planning to depart Thursday.