A KINGSLEY man has raised more than £1,500 for charity by having his long locks cut off, as well as taking part in car race.
Dan Lucas, who lives in the village situated near Cheadle, entered one of the recent races at Buxton Raceway.
Dan, who has been car racing for a number of years, decided to be sponsored for his latest race to raise cash for Fords Care Charity and the Douglas Macmillan Hospice.
During the fund-raiser, Dan also had his long hair cut off by hairdresser Alistair Goodwin, which has now been donated to the Little Princess Trust, a local charity that provides wigs for children who are suffering hair loss.
Daniel Lucas (aka Dan 'The Taz') races under 666 and started racing at the age of 17. At that time he had shoulder length hair and has grown it since but had it trimmed by Cheadle hairdresser Alistair Goodwin.
This year Dan, at the age of 38, decided to finally have his long locks cut off - he had previously told family and friends that he would do this when his son, Jack, was born - that was ten years ago.
Dan said: "I decided that I wanted to give something back and thought about having my hair cut but at the same time of doing something I love. Lots of people do different things for charity such as running, swimming, walking and cycling - however my hobby is motor racing."
For his challenge, Dan chose his main charity as 'Fords Care' which looks after injured racing drivers, having seen his racing colleagues injured in the past.
Dan said: "I have also had family and friends who have been affected with cancer and my Dad recently visited his friend at the Douglas McMillan Hospice, so that is why I also chose this charity to race for too."
Dan also decided to donate his hair to the Little Princess Trust which makes wigs for children suffering hair loss.
Having the ability and skill to prepare his own motors, with a background of being in his dad's coach business, all vehicles which Dan races are ex road worthy motors which have been stripped and modified, radiators taken out and steam tanks put in to help keep them cooler.
For this fund-raising challenge, Dan had a stretched Ford Mondeo (which meant he cut up two cars and welded them together).
He designed it himself and paint sprayed the vehicle and was helped by his friend Phil Hutson who does all the sign-writing for Dan.
Dan has, in the past competed at Hednesford in bus racing and at the Civil W4rs as part of the Northern Army. He was winner of the Truck Grand Prix which was sponsored by British HGV Training Group.
Dan said: "My main love has always been Hi Edge where I've been a member of the Banger team events."
He has been winner on numerous occasions including Northern and Midland Caravan Race Championship in May repeating his successes of 1999 and 2001. Dan has also won a Car Jump Championship which was on Sky Sports.
Dan said: "It went alright at Buxton Raceway. I ended up doing three races while my girlfriend and friends went round collecting money for the causes.
"From that collection and the sponsorships I already had, we have raised more than £1,500, which is great."
Dan added: "Thanks go to all the sponsors who supported this challenge."