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Pink car rally drivers circle M25 London orbital

Pink car rally Image copyright Laura Watkins
Image caption Laura Watkins said drivers were joined by the police

Pink cars have been driven around Britain's busiest motorway to raise funds for a children's charity.

The motorists completed a 118-mile circuit of the M25 in aid of the Little Princess Trust over the weekend.

Drivers set off from Slough on Saturday, to pass through Essex and continue down to Dartford in Kent.

Sunday saw the cars set off from Brand's Hatch racing circuit for Epsom Hospital in Surrey before they headed back towards Berkshire.

The Little Princess Trust provides wigs for children who have lost their hair, mainly because of cancer treatment.

Organiser Sali Gray said numbers were down this year because people felt cautious about using the M25.

'Looks amazing'

"The M25 scares a lot of people and they just don't want to come on it.

"We have people with families and the thought of getting on there with babies is not enticing.

"So, numbers are down but it still looks amazing."

She said the rally normally attracted about 40 cars, but this year had 17.

Laura Watkins, one of the drivers taking part tweeted that highway patrols had been "very helpful" and wrote: "We've been joined by the police!! @pinkcarrally #OrbitingTheOrbital #pinkcarrally"

Ms Gray tweeted her thanks to the Highways Agency: "Thx @highwaysagency these handsome guys helped us park safely & advised us re 'all lanes running' #M25 @pinkcarrally"

And later she wrote: "For the 1st time in my life I can honestly say that I LOVE the police! @pinkcarrally #GoodSports @NorfolkPolice"

Image copyright Pink Car Rally
Image caption The rally included a visit to Brand's Hatch racing circuit
Image copyright Laura Watkins
Image caption Organisers said numbers were down this year but the rally still looked amazing
Image copyright Sali Gray
Image caption Some people were put off by doing it on the M25 but organisers said they had still received "amazing support"

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