Grease will fuel trip to Greece for Stonehouse businessman James Hygate
A STONEHOUSE businessman is set to lead the most ambitious biofuel rally ever.
Competitors in the "Grease to Greece Challenge" will attempt to drive from London to Greece in vehicles powered by chip fat, left over cooking oil, burger van grease and other waste vegetable oil.
James Hygate gets ready for the cooking-oil fuelled race.
James Hygate will spend two weeks on the 1,500 miles trip to Athens by begging every drop of fuel he uses as the rules prevent him paying for it.
Competitors will be relying on the goodwill of chip shops, restaurants, hot dog stands and even crisp factories all around Europe to gather enough waste grease.
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The challenge will start at the Ace Café in North London before the teams head off through Germany, Bavaria, Austria, Venice and finally along the Adriatic coast to Greece.
Once in Athens, the teams that make it can look forward to a welcoming ceremony at the British Embassy where they will be presented with the "Golden Lard Award".
Cars taking part in the event include a London taxi and a burger van.
James Hygate, who runs event sponsor Green Fuels Ltd in Stonehouse highlighted the purpose of the event.
"It is a fun event, but one we hope will bring more people's attention to biodiesel.
"By teams getting to Athens, we want to prove that biofuel is a cheap and viable alternative to fossil fuels.
"It just means for two weeks, every time we stop at a roadside burger bar we'll be asking for 20 litres of cooking oil rather than a cheeseburger.
"All the drivers need to take part is a normal diesel car and plenty of cunning."
The participants will be using a "FuelPod2", a device developed by Green Fuels which converts waste into usable biodiesel, which means there is no need for the drivers to convert their engines.
Among the teams will be eco-adventurer Andy Pag, who earlier this year drove 4,000 miles from England to Timbuktu in a lorry converted to run on waste chocolate.