England fan to make 15,000 mile Vespa sidecar journey to Rio for World Cup in aid of UNICEF charity

And quits his job in IT to fund it

AN England football fan has decided to ride a Vespa and sidecar outfit on a 15,000 mile journey through the US before reaching Rio de Janeiro to watch the football World Cup.

Chris Hallett, 44, will be riding through Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica, Columbia, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay before reaching his destination.

Using savings from his IT job, which he quit to fund his "Scooters for Goalposts" ride, Hallett will be riding in aid of the charity UNICEF.

Hallett intends to arrive in Rio in time for the tournament’s kick off on June 12. Throughout the journey, he also plans to challenge like-minded fans to penalty shoot-outs, allowing people to lift his replica World Cup trophy if they score against him.

Chris said: "Obviously, the easier option would be to fly to Brazil and sit on a beach waiting for the World Cup to begin. 

"But where's the fun in that? Instead, I am going the long way from Shepherd's Bush to Copacabana Beach.

"I am trying to catch some kind of match in each country and having penalty shoot-outs along the way.

"I just hope Roy Hodgson has got the England team practicing as many penalties as I am facing."

Speaking of his wheels, Chris explained: "Logically, a sidecar is the worst of all worlds compared to a motorbike and car.

"Unlike on a motorbike, I cannot filter through traffic or travel at high speed; unlike in a car I cannot stay warm and dry or transport as many possessions.

"The sidecar also handles like a pig - but I just like it."

He added: "But as an average bloke, riding my Vespa to watch football matches all over the world is a perfect fit."

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