The stars get ready to rev round the streets of the Big Apple...

THE CHARLATANS’ TIM BURGESS, Lenny Kravitz and Geri Halliwell are revving up to compete in an electric car race around the streets of NEW YORK.

And according to reports in the UK this morning (31 July), if this year’s race is a success, in 2001 organisers say they could see names such as Van Morrison, Goldie and No Doubt take part in a longer race from New York to New Orleans in a similar style to cult ’70s caper movie The Cannonball Run.

This year’s event – the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Rally – will take place through New York streets on August 3.

A first prize of $1 million has been mooted, to be donated to the favourite charity of the winners.