- 37 bargain bangers set sail for Europe
- Charity aiming for million-bucks bonanza
- Crews’ drives range from Noddy car to mobile pub
LONDON, England – A mobile pub, a grazing cow, Noddy and his best pal Big Ears, a Batmobile, an Aixam Mega microcar, a Reliant three-wheeler and a stretch limo – just some of the 37 weird and wonderful cars taking part in a Wacky Racers-style charity challenge this weekend (Oct 5-8 2018).
The annual Bangers4Ben charity rally rases fund for the UK motor industry and allied trades benevolent fund, BEN, which assists people in the automotive sector and their families at times of crisis.
The armada of bangers set sail from the the famous banked curves at Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit in southern England on Friday, October 5, with the first overnight stop scheduled for the historic French city of Reims – home to a grand prix connection.
BANGERS ON CALL
From then on, the route remains a mystery… but for spectators wherever they may go there will be no ignoring their passage.
One team even stretch the bangers theme with two Ford Transit vans to serve hot sausages throughout the event. The vans themselves are already battered…
The annual event is organised by automotive publication Car Dealer, and this is the 10th. So far more than £350 000 (the equivalent of about R6.5-million) has been harvested.
CARS (AND OTHERS!) TO BE SOLD FOR CHARITY
As well as sponsorship cash collected by the participating teams, many of whom work for automotive trade-related companies, the cars will be sold at auction, the proceeds also going to BEN.
Andy Entwistle, MD of the publishers of Car Dealer, told The Corner: “Bangers4Ben is one of the highlights of the year for a lot of our industry, a great fun event, but there’s a more serious side. BEN is a charity that means a lot to many of our readers, advertisers and event participants, and we’re determined to smash through the £50 000 mark with our 10th anniversary event.”
The charity run will end on October 8 though followers can keep up with the antics of all the teams involved by following social media hashtag #B4B18. If you’re reading this in the UK, a donations page has been set up.
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