Driver travels from Land’s End to John O’Groats in van powered by chip fat oil

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The 1,000 mile journey was completed over three days in May by 21-year-old George Heming. To complete his trip, he purchased a 1999 VW Caddy van the same age as him for just £400.

Mr Heming said a “filtering system” was installed on the vehicle to help the vehicle run better.

However, Mr Hemway revealed there were difficulties with the team finding it “hard” to start up the vehicle when the engine was cold.

He said: “We travelled there and back on chip fat.

“The downside was a lot had loads of chunks of chips in it. So we set up a filtering system.

“We also found it quite hard to start up on a cold engine.

“So there were days when we thought, ‘When is this thing going to die on us’? But it just kept going.”

In total, George filled the car with seven 25-litre drums of leftover cooking oil to get it over the line.

Alongside the 1,000 mile trip, they had to also factor in the 750 mile trip from Scotland back to their Kent home.

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The fat was supplied by local eatery Ossie’s Fish and Chip Ship in Faversham, Kent.

The Chip Fat Van Challenge was inspired by his own father James Heming who completed a similar journey 13 years ago.

Back in 2008, James completed a journey to Paris powered by chip fat before recording radio shows from the back of the van.

James joined George on his journey around the UK followed by a special following of fans on social media.

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