French firm Michelin is set to supply tyres for a milk float in Leicester to ensure it can compete in a charity event.
Graham Smith, managing director of Leicester-based dairy Kirby and West, is set to drive from the city to Lands End in his milk float to raise funds for local cancer charities, LOROS and PROSTaid.
Michelin has confirmed that it will replace the milk float's current solid tyres, which can heat up significantly over long distances, with van tyres to ensure it can last the 328-mile trip.
Phil Baldock, Michelin UK's Head of communications, was intrigued by the request for help, he said: "We have a lot of experience with fuel saving tyres and dealing with electric vehicles through our international Challenge Bibendum events, but I'm not sure we have helped out with a milk float before."
The milk float has a top speed of 13 miles per hour and Mr Smith will need to stop to recharge the vehicle every four hours.
Posted by Danielle Barge