Next stop France – in fancy dress

Tomorow will see a fleet of gaudily decorated cars set off from the Lloyd’s building on a four-day journey to the medieval town of Carcasonne in the south of France.

The charity event, Cars2carcassonne, will see 10 teams in fancy dress driving decorated second hand cars (this is no race, the organisers stress) through the French countryside on a treasure hunt.

Former Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis and her daughter, singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor, will start the event.

Cars2carcassonne, now in its second year, is the brainchild of Tim Simpson-Lee, who underwrites UK liability insurance for Lloyd’s insurer Novae.

Simpson-Lee says: “The idea behind Cars2carcassonne is simple. Having bought and decorated a car costing less than £250, teams don fancy dress and head to the south of France on a four-day jaunt through the countryside, where they decipher clues, collect objects and perform simple tasks.”

With a wealth of insurance industry sponsors, including Novae, Camberford Law, and Tradex, hopefully the drivers will have got a good deal on their insurance.