In a vehicle driven by chip fat oil, a driver goes from Land’s End to John O’Groats.


In a vehicle driven by chip fat oil, a driver goes from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

AN INSTAGRAM STAR and environmental crusader has driven his van from Land’s End to John O’Groats using only chip fat oil.

George Heming, a 21-year-old, completed the 1,000-mile expedition in three days in May. To complete his journey, he paid £400 for a 1999 VW Caddy van that was the same age as him.

A “filtering system” was installed on the car, according to Mr Heming, to help it run better.

However, Mr Hemway admitted that the crew struggled to start the car when the engine was cold.

“We traveled there and back on chip fat,” he explained.

“On the negative side, a lot of it had a lot of bits of chips in it. As a result, we created a filtering system.

“We also found it difficult to start the engine when it was chilly.

“There were times when we wondered aloud, ‘When is this monster going to die on us?’ But it just went on and on.”

To bring the car over the finish line, George filled it with seven 25-litre drums of unused cooking oil.

They had to figure in the 750-mile journey from Scotland back to their Kent home in addition to the 1,000-mile journey.

Local cafe Ossie’s Fish and Chip Ship in Faversham, Kent, provided the fat.

His father James Heming, who completed a similar trek 13 years earlier, provided the inspiration for the Chip Fat Van Challenge.

James completed a trip to Paris in 2008, powered by chip fat, before recording radio programmes from the back of his van.

James accompanied George on his tour of the United Kingdom, which was followed by a large social media following.

It’s Kwik Fits’ Midsommer Madness promotion, which means you can save 10% on your MOT Test with the UK’s #1 MOT tester if you book online.

Instagram users commended the father and son team, saying they “liked” the original concept.

“Wow this is great, well done,” one social media user said.

“I hope you’re going to have to go all the way back now.”

During the journey, one follower claimed to have seen the van passing through Inverness.

Chip oil could be a unique alternative to the high expenses of gasoline and diesel for many people.

Drivers are cautioned, however, that they cannot just dump excess fat into their regular gasoline tank.

“Brinkwire Summary News” will be required for road users.


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