At the Appleshaw Fete, Sir George met two local men - John Lewis and Barry Hawgood. They told him that they would be driving from London to Sydney in a 1968 Hillman Hunter, to raise money for the Prostate Cancer Charity.
"A good friend of mine, Jean Denton, did the London to Sydney in 1968, and hers was the only sports car that completed the race. So it was good to meet up with Barry and John, who are planning to do the same journey in an identical car to the one that Andrew Cowan drove when he won the marathon in 1968".
Barry and John have put £20,000 of their own money towards the cost of the expedition, which they anticipate will take about three months. Their preferred route is to Beijing via Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Mongolia. From Mongolia, they plan to go down the eastern side of China to Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, where the car will be shipped across the Timor Sea to Darwin, Australia.
Barry and John hope to raise at least £75,000 for their chosen charity.