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Banger crews go international with fun charity drive

  • 37 bargain bangers set sail for Europe
  • Charity aiming for million-bucks bonanza
  • Crews’ drives range from Noddy car to mobile pub
BANGERS FOR BEN RUN: Image: Newspress UK
BANGERS FOR BEN RUN: Image: Newspress UK

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.

BANGERS FOR BEN RUN: Image: Newspress UK
BANGERS FOR BEN RUN: Starating point the banked curves on the old Brooklands circuit in England. Image: Newspress UK

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.

BANGERS FOR BEN RUN: Image: Newspress UK
BANGERS FOR BEN RUN: A touch of glamour with one Run entrant looking in the pink. Image: Newspress UK

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.”

BANGERS FOR BEN RUN: Image: Newspress UK
BANGERS FOR BEN RUN: Queuing up ready to cross the English/French Channel. Image: Newspress UK

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.

MORE IMAGES BELOW….

BANGERS FOR BEN RUN: Image: Newspress UK
BANGERS FOR BEN RUN: Living up to the image is the sausage truck – an elderly Ford Transit. Image: Newspress UK
BANGERS FOR BEN RUN: Image: Newspress UK
BANGERS FOR BEN RUN:  ”I say, well jolly good luck chaps with the RAF’s new invasion of France.”          Image: Newspress UK
BANGERS FOR BEN RUN: Image: Newspress UK
BANGERS FOR BEN RUN: Somebody is going to get a bargain when the cars are auctioned at the end of the event. Image: Newspress UK
BANGERS FOR BEN RUN: Image: Newspress UK
BANGERS FOR BEN RUN: Let’s hope the three-wheeler Reliant lives up to its name. Image: Newspress UK
BANGERS FOR BEN RUN: Image: Newspress UK
BANGERS FOR BEN RUN: No problems, then, should this team score a puncture. Image: Newspress UK

 

 

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